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From the Author

This novel is my way of giving back to my country. I've never served in our armed forces and that bothers me. I wanted, therefore, to do something deeply patriotic that might, in some small way, contribute to the health and survival of our great republic.

Being a lawyer who has read a bit of constitutional law, I desired to engage characters in such a way as to illuminate certain aspects of our current governance that reflect vast departures from what the Founding Fathers intended, and which create many, if not most, of the economic and political problems we have today.

Accordingly, you will find discussions on a number of seminal US Supreme Court decisions as well as a theory of judicial review derived from John Hart Ely's, "Democracy and Distrust," which, by the way, I believe may have informed Chief Justice Roberts in his recent ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius.

I read my reviews and I have noticed a few people have been more than a little upset by characters who are not politically correct. One rather colorful person has even asserted that I am advocating violence against the US as well the murder of minorities (both of which, of course, would constitute federal crimes).

A couple of interesting patters have emerged with the reviews that deserve mention.

First, none of the negative reviews are from people who have actually read the whole book. This is important because much happens in later chapters. Secondly, two reviewers changed their opinions when they had read the whole story.

Mr. Bill Woosley, with whom I'm forging a friendship, said this:

"In the end I would raise my opinion to a 4 instead of a 2 ... Anyway, my first review was not fair, this is a fun read and I offer my apologies to Mr. Reddy."

It is nice to see that, in America, truth usually carries the day. It is also nice to see that people still have the integrity to admit they may have been mistaken. Those are the type of men who have made this country the greatest in the world.

Anyhow, suffice it to say, this is a very conservative story. It's message is one of reverence for the Constitution, our free enterprise system, and common sense. Leftists and the politically correct will have a hard time watching their sacred cows being taken apart piece by piece.

About the Author

Mr. Reddy received his BA from Michigan State University and his law degree from The University of Michigan Law School (but his blood runs Spartan green!). A graduate of Gunsite Training Center and numerous firearm and self defense classes, he has taught the lawful use of deadly force for over 10 years. Mr. Reddy’s interests include golf, table tennis, cross country skiing, cycling, playing guitar, building acoustic guitars, woodworking, and impersonating the Big Bopper on karaoke night. He currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his two miniature schnauzers, Elsie and Ellie Mae.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: White Feather Press, LLC (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618080245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618080240
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading and writing were my worst subjects in school. Actually, I hated to read because I was so dang slow at it. If any of you recall those SRA reading carts with all the color-coded stories... I was always in the lowest color (purple, I seem to recall). Never got out of that color. Never... The first book that I read in its entirety was Animal Farm, and I didn't do that until the eighth grade.

My "English" skills stayed pretty much the same (which it to say, very poor) through High School. I don't think I ever got more than a "C" in any English class, though I did begin to do very well overall.

When I enrolled at Michigan State University I was determined to improve my reading and writing, and so I enrolled in James Madison College with a major in Justice, Morality, and Constitutional Democracy (JMCD). Pretty highfalutin sounding for what was mostly a Marxist indoctrination program. This was an intensive program and reading assignments took me so long that I came to realize there were only three states of being: I was either behind, seriously behind, or irreparably behind!

As a JMCD major I began to develop my political philosophy. To the chagrin of my professors, it was in the opposite direction they intended. I recall having to write a modern day Communist Manifesto... Funny that I was never tasked with writing a modern day Declaration of Independence... Funny, too, that in nearly two years I have no recollection of ever reading a word of James Madison. Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx? Max Weber? All day.

In any event, I learned pretty quickly what the professors wanted me to say in my papers, and my grades began to reflect my disagreement with Marxism. That's when I knew I had to change my major, which I did (to Marketing). Unfortunately, all they wanted me to do in Marketing was regurgitate definitions in a text book. There was little, if any, analysis . Indeed, I came to see the study of marketing as one of "thinking of a process" as opposed to the "process of thinking." So, by this time, with a decent GPA, the liberal arts college was more than happy to pull me in, and I became a "Interdisciplinary Humanities" major with a triple cognate of history, English, and business.

I finished "A More Perfect Union," (the original version of this novel) in the late 90's and was discouraged by one particularly nasty (and liberal) agent. I let the story sit until I began to see, in 2008, how Mr. Obama was not what he claimed. Also, as you might guess, I knew a Marxist when I saw one.

Interestingly, and amazingly, as I revised my story to comprehend Obama, I tried to conjure up outlandish scenarios that might rile Americans. And no sooner would I put it in the story and the next headline (on Drudge) would proclaim that Obama had just done it! This would force me to go back and add something even more crazy. That's is how I ended up with things like the highly abusive BSCA (Bureau of Socially Correct Activities) and the RCSA (Religious and Cultural Sensitivities Act). In other words, it was hard to conjure up somewhat believable stuff that was beyond what Obama was already doing. I mean, 40 years ago no one could have imagined a full-blooded Marxist as president--instituting such draconian measures as shutting down coal-fired energy plants, telling us what light bulbs and health insurance we must buy, and firing CEO's of major corporations. Such a story would have been thrown in the slush pile never to be seen again... Oh, wait, there was such a story. Something about 1984...

So, I hope you read my novel. And I hope you like it. But, even if you don't, please understand that I love my country and that my feelings and beliefs are focused on its health and longevity.

So help me God.

June, 2012.

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By billwoos on July 27, 2012
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I read the reviews before purchasing this, I thought it would be interesting as I am quite a bit right of center and the reviews indicated that it was an offering that I might like.... wrong. I am 3/4 through the book and I can only say that - in my humble opinion - it just sucks. Not sure I can even get all the way through it. Very sorry Mr. Reddy, whle we seem to share similar views on the state of our country and our society, I certainly do not share the views of the other reviewers about this book. Nothing personal, just a bad read FOR ME, others may love it.

First off, I would like to say that I finally finished the book and I need to make a couple of statements. Mr. Reddy asked for and deserves a new review once I finished it and has been a gentleman even after I dissed this effort. As a writer myself, I understand how harsh comments can hurt. I also want to retract the words "Sad" and "sucks", neither were helpful and I apologize.
Secondly, Mr. Reddy asked me about the news articles in the Kindle edition of the book, Cameron, I never could read them. I have no idea what they added to the storyline. Just an FYI.
Lastly we come to the book... at times, especialy the last 90%, I didn't want to put it down, at other times I made myself go through it like I do when I go to the dentist. The plot was interesting but the book spent far more time attempting to incorporate a romantic angle than fleshing out the other aspects. I loved the military coup portion of the plot and would rather have seen that much more developed than Annes sexual wishes. This could have been a great book, as it is it is a good book. In the end I would raise my opinion to a 4 instead of a 2.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. McKinney on August 1, 2012
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I'm an avid reader who enjoys fiction across a wide spectrum of genres. I wouldn't put this novel on my A-list (with the likes of Tom Clancy, John Grisham, John Le Carre, and Dick Francis), but it would be high on my B-list (more interesting to me than Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, James Patterson, or Mary Higgins Clark). Your taste may vary.

I think this book is in some respects a political tract or propaganda; Reddy has an opinion about where the USA is heading, and it felt he was writing this book to persuade others to share his perspective. He is vision-casting. However, he does not forget that he is telling a story, which would have been fatal to the book. As a philosopher he provokes thought, and as a story-teller he entertains.

Philosophically, "Patriots" addresses the question, "When is enough enough?" How much should (or will) Americans allow their liberties be infringed? Are there legitimate grounds for such infringement? Is the infringement something to be opposed socially, politically, or by force of arms? I admire our American founding fathers for the risks they took and for their vision of liberty. At the same time, I find it difficult to imagine the kind of person today who would take up arms against his government for taxation without representation and other abuses faced in the 18th century. How could people be so liberty-minded and so educated on human-rights philosophy, and ignore issues such as slavery and the way native Americans were treated? I feel I don't adequately understand the culture of the revolutionists. In the same way, I look to the Arab Spring and wonder (1) why they put up with so much abuse for so long, (2) what caused their military forces to "defect," (3) why rise up at this time?
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kip Allen on June 16, 2012
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"By Force of Patriots" is a spellbinding, nail-biting read. Ripped from the headlines of today's newspapers, author Cameron Reddy, a Michigan-based attorney, looks at what happens when an overbearing federal government finally pushes too far, and how an aroused citizenry responds to this assault on freedom. "By Force of Patriots" is a page turner the reader will have a hard time putting down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Hale on October 20, 2012
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The book started off with plenty of action and suspense, but it soon turned into a soap-opera. The main characters in the beginning chapters became minor characters throughout the rest of the story and what should of been minor characters took over center stage. The story line went from an action book to a girly book with far to much "what should I wear" and "let me tell you how I feel." And the depressed mom became a Motor Cross Race Driver leading the not-so-smart men on a mission to save the day.

I gave this book two stars instead of one star because it included some good Constitutional history.

Bottom line; the book was far to feminine and PC for me.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sue Nearing on July 12, 2012
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Still, I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The characters were believable and the the scenarios very possible considering the present poliltical climate. The rogue element of the militia hit too close to home for me to feel comfortable with from experience I have had with the militia in this area. It was a great and thought-provoking read and I did not expect to say that about a book written from such a conservative viewpoint. I really enjoyed as a Michigander, the realistic depictions of the various settings in the novel such as the law library at U of M. Mr. Reddy is off to a great start in the literary field and I cannot wait to read his next book.
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