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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Plicata Press (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098282050X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982820506
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erne lives in Port Ludlow, Washington where he is now working on Drug War, his next novel, and where he sometimes races his Etchells sloop in the local regattas. Erne was a Seattle architect for several years, then a salmon aquaculturist in Oregon for 17 years, subsequently an entrepreneur-businessman, political activist and an ocean cruising sailor. In 2000 Erne ran for Congress as the Libertarian Party candidate. He also led a petition drive to remove Washington State's corrosive and unjust asset forfeiture laws. Erne believes pandering power-seeking career politicians are a primary reason for the constant war and chaos our nation and the world endure. It was that observation that led him to write An Act of Self-Defense.

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This book is gripping and fast paced.
D. Buxman
Although this book is a work of fiction, there is much truth in Mr. Lewis's work, which is very frightening.
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Read this book and make up your mind to do something!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lew R. on July 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Michael Crichton wrote a suspenseful and spine-tingling techno-thriller about "global warming." So why can't Erne Lewis write a suspenseful and spine-tingling techno-thriller about . . . term limits?

He has, and the comparison with Crichton is apt.

I have not read a novel that handled ongoing suspense as well as Crichton's "State of Fear" until I read Lewis' "An Act of Self-Defense," pretty much in one sitting. I could not put it down.

By comparing Lewis with Crichton, I mean to imply that Lewis has mastered the technical craft of writing -- dialog, plot, etc. -- to the extent that while reading the book, one forgets all about such things. One is just swept up in the story. One wonders, where has Lewis been? Is this really his first book?

Lewis's politics are obviously libertarian, similar to Crichton's and Ayn Rand's, but this book is no Atlas Shrugged. For one thing, Lewis' characters are more realistic. Lovers have spats that start from overly sensitive misinterpretations of ordinary gestures, and then spin out of control. There is actual character development -- what a pleasant surprise! And the political screeds are mercifully short, believable, and actually part of the plot. Many readers of John Galt's long speech start skimming after a while, but the brief press releases of Lewis' TLR must be read carefully, not to miss a clue.

One is reminded of dystopian novels like Orwell's "1984," and Huxley's "Brave New World." But the most frightening thing about Lewis' book is the extent to which the horrible things in it are all individually, if in limited cases, already happening today. Already persons are imprisoned indefinitely in secret, without legal counsel, on mere allegations of connections to "terrorism.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By David Thomas Reida on September 20, 2010
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A high octane, adrenaline-powered debut novel. Lewis puts the reader into the most important issues we face today. He tells the story in a way that puts us there naturally with well developed and intriguing characters at war with a smothering and corrupt government. It's a powerful argument for individual liberty that kept me reading until I finished. And still, two weeks later I can't stop thinking about it. Lewis has created an exceptional novel that leaves no doubt he is a writer with a bright future.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Wants Towrite on September 22, 2010
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An Act of Self-Defense is an edge-of-your-seat ride from beginning to end. This political thriller provides tense moments and tears and really makes you unable to put it down until the end.

The characters are well thought out. The sensibilities of the main players, which ebb and flow with the events keep you wondering what their next act will be - agents who may or may not commit treason; freedom fighters who may or may not give in. It makes you wonder how far you would go yourself and truly think deeply about the direction our country is heading in the present.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Julie M. Harry on October 14, 2010
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It is amazing to me that this is a first novel for Erne Lewis. What a talent! This book flows with skill and confidence as from a seasoned, award-winning writer. - I found it to be all at once thought-provoking, eye-opening, prophetic, exciting and inspiring. I believe that Thomas Jefferson is thinking Mr. Lewis has done a great job "carrying the torch" for the "land of the free and the home of the brave". I was not able to put down this fast-paced, gripping, political cliff-hanger. I shall be sending copies to thinking, open-minded family members, friends and acquaintances who love our country and Liberty. It would make a great film!!! I sincerely thank Mr. Lewis for this exceptional and timely literary piece.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nancy & Dave Harris on September 5, 2010
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Apparently this is the first novel of Erne Lewis, but An Act of Self-Defense is the work of a excellent writer. It is hard to believe it is his first. It is far more than a political thriller and will be hard for any reader to forget. The issues are enormous. The themes are as basic and important as are our lives: liberty vs. power, the individual vs. government organized society. These are juxtaposed in characters that we love one minute and fear the next. I cannot imagine anyone reading this novel without their heart hammering as mine was. I had a hard time putting it down and even when I did my mind was still in the story. The author's opinions are plain to see. He fears individual liberty is being lost as government gains power, but the characters on the other side have credible arguments too--they are not straw men. We readers are sympathetic to both sides as this novel builds suspense all the way to the last page. I hated that it ended. And I cannot believe any reader will be disappointed.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 12, 2012
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Kudos to the author for a well-written debut novel but beware: this is not, as one reviewer called it, a "non-partisan thriller". Clearly the writer has talent but for me the book would have flowed much better had he edited out much of the messaging. And I am not taking issue with his political stance as much as the fact that at times it interferes with the enjoyment of the story. Clearly by the number of 5 star reviews the author has hit a chord within a particular political constituency. And I have no problem with that as we have plenty of media dedicated to preaching to the far right and the far left. Frankly I find it helpful at times to listen to both extremes because in such cases it's likely one recognizes there's no black and white but rather some common ground to be found somewhere towards the middle. But in this case I think with less rhetoric the book would appeal to a wider mass of people and the message he's attempting to deliver would be more widespread and more credible. That being said, again, I credit him with a well-written first novel.
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