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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Steelcutter Publishing (July 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972831029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972831024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Bracken's latest novel is a brave book. It's brave because it's a sequel, and expectations from a readership that embraced his first book, Enemies Foreign And Domestic, are high. It's brave because he believes in the grand purpose of the right to bear arms, and that runs against the mindset of mainstream publishers. And it's brave because Bracken makes a harsh prediction of where this country is headed should the unchecked flow of illegal immigration not be halted and reversed.

That the protagonist is a female of part Arab descent, and that she is joined in her quest by Americans from all heritages, will not matter to those who usurp the banner of diversity to promote intolerance of dissent. And those will be many if sales show DETR is being widely read.

And it should be widely read, because the potential for events to unfold as described seems inevitable based on current trends. Bracken nails the probability of near future disintigration of the Republic with terrifying prescience. In his words:

"Reconquista begins five years after the end of EFAD, with a leading character from the first book in a detention camp for suspected terrorists ... this allows the reader to experience a significant deterioration of the state of freedom in American. The plot takes that character on a journey across the Southwest, which is then in the opening stages of a low-intensity civil war."

Bracken's latest page-turner takes us down dark paths. Their twists fill us with dread. But through this he manages to instill hope -- in his characters and his readers -- that if we can summon up the courage to say, "No more!" and to act, we can once more win back the right to consider ourselves the land of the free and the home of the brave. --David Codrea, GUNS Magazine, February 2007

John Ross, author of Unintended Consequences

I ve long felt that one of the most difficult tasks for a novelist to pull off is creating the willing suspension of disbelief in the mind of the reader. It is for this reason that, with very few exceptions, the genre of Science Fiction leaves me cold. Almost always, I find myself feeling that the author is just spewing out an endless stream of whatever made-up nonsense came into his mind.

The exception to this is when the story asks its audience to accept a single impossibility (or near-impossibility) as fact, and the writer then weaves a What if? tale in which all the characters behave logically and consistently in the face of the one anomaly: What if a man somehow became invisible? (This has been done successfully several times.) What if a twelve-year-old boy found himself in a thirty-year-old body? (The movie Big, with Tom Hanks.) What if the South Africans developed a time machine that could take them and their equipment back to a date in the middle of the Civil War, but no earlier? (Harry Turtledove s Guns of the South.) Stephen King, of course, is the master of making his readers fall into a story with a central premise that is impossible.

Writers of political novels have considerably less leeway in what they can reasonably ask their readers to accept as a given. Political novels can t ask us to believe something we think is impossible. The further they stray from existing conditions, the more likely the reader (this one, at least) will be unable to accept the imagined situation that the author lays out. In one infamous, racist (and excruciatingly boring) novel, the author gave us an America where, for racial reasons, rape was no longer a crime. Yeah, right.

Domestic Enemies: the Reconquista doesn t just ask us to accept that Hispanics want to retake the Southwest. It asks us to accept that in a few years they will have nearly completely achieved this goal. In Domestic Enemies, we are shown a New Mexico with a milicia to enforce existing fictional Spanish only and land reform laws. Storefronts with signs printed in English are regularly razed, and large estates owned by gringos are seized and turned over to formerly illegal aliens. All of this is done with official state sanction. Citizens in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona regularly abandon their homes and take only what they can carry in their vehicles to the free states of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Got the picture?

Domestic Enemies asks us to assume an America circa 2011 that has secret detention camps for ordinary citizens, an America with hyperinflation (gold $7000/ounce, gasoline $30/gallon), an America that has replaced the old paper currency with new blue bucks at a 1-for-10 exchange rate, an America where lawlessness in the big cities and political corruption everywhere exceeds anything seen in real third-world hellholes in 2006. Is this too much to swallow? You be the judge.

The action in Domestic Enemies is exciting, and as plausible as you will find in works of fiction. The technical details, at least the ones where I have any expertise, are dead on. The question remains: Is the America of a few years hence portrayed in Domestic Enemies believable? This book addresses in fictional form a serious problem deserving of our attention: the problem of illegal immigration, anchor babies, and the long-term effects of a massive influx of people to our country who have no interest in adopting America s culture of individualism. My fear is that the nightmare conditions Bracken asks us to imagine for 2011 America are so far from what we have now, that mainstream readers (and reviewers) will dismiss his book as delusional ranting. That would be a grave error. --John Ross, The High Road, August 30, 2006

About the Author

Matthew Bracken was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957, and he graduated from the University of Virginia and Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in 1979. He is married, has two children and lives in Florida. He is also the author of Enemies Foreign And Domestic, and Foreign Enemies And Traitors, the first and final novels in the Enemies trilogy.

More About the Author

Matthew J. Bracken was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957, and graduated from the University of Virginia and UDT/SEAL Training in 1979. Besides writing novels, he has also built a steel sailboat and has made several major ocean voyages.

He is currently working on a the second Dan Kilmer novel, about a former Marine sniper trying to live as a free man in an unfree world. About a hundred pages of each novel may be read on his website at

Matt has also published The Bracken Anthology, a collection of his recent non-fiction essays and short stories, including: Alas, Brave New Babylon, The Civil War 2 Cube, What I Saw at the Coup, Trapping Feral Pigs, and a dozen others. A free audio version of Alas, Brave New Babylon may be found on the Radio and Reviews page of the author's website. The running time is one hour.

Customer Reviews

An excellent read that keeps you turning the pages.
It is still a really good read, I just wish the author would have stayed the course like he did with the first book.
G. Smith
This sequal to Matthew Bracken's "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" more than lives up to the original work.
J. Head

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Jordan on August 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Reconquista (Marxist invasion, land reform), US apathy/cooperation, restrictive gun control, anti-terrorism legislation and other extra-constitutional government excesses--all these elements support a non-stop, action filled new story about our favorite dark-haired, avengatrix, Ranya Bardiwell, six years after we last left her in Enemies Foreign and Domestic (EFD).

Sequels seldom live up to readers' expectations. However, the fertile ground prepared in Matthew Bracken's first work is not wasted. We discover Ranya eeking out an existence in a camp for politcal prisoners, with no hope of release or knowledge of the whereabouts of her child. I had read the first few chapters of the novel online last year and was primed for resolution. As the story/threads developed, I could anticipate to some degree where we were going, but Bracken skillfully keeps you guessing.

I especially appreciate Bracken's accurate depiction of weapons use, unlike much of the outlandish skills of many greater-than-life protagonists in other works in this genre. What makes his two works sing in my estimation are the carefully crafted 3D characters who exist in a world not improbable.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By michael stamm on August 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I usually expect the sequel of a solid book to be a bit less than its predecessor. I was delighted to find Matt Bracken's "Domestic Enemies, the Reconquista" to be even better than his earlier "Enemies Foreign and Domestic".

The first book was solid, fast-moving, and enjoyable, but the second was even better. The subject matter of the second book is even more compelling than was the preceding book's, and Bracken's skill at developing his characters is impressive.

I did something I've not done since reading John Ross's "Unintended Consequences", which was to take every possible moment to devour the book on its first reading, stopping only for sleep and aspirin breaks.

This is an excellent book, alarming in message and compelling in tone. If you read no other novel this year, read Matthew Bracken's "Domestic Enemies, the Reconquista".
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67 of 80 people found the following review helpful By bookloversfriend on September 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
First of all, this book is NOT a mass market paperback! It is a trade paperback of the same quality, binding and print quality as Enemies Domestic and Foreign.

What Bracken has done in this book is paint a picture of the U.S.A. as a third-world country. It's a pity that all the people who are working so tirelessly to make America into a third-world country won't read this book and find out what their life is going to be like when they succeed. And he has couched it in a fascinating story that keeps reinstating the tension again and again up to the very last page.

"it was those [expletive deleted] illegal aliens--New Mexico just plain got overrun. It should never have come to this--and it all goes back to the federal government in Washington. If those traitorous Quisling [expletive deleted] had done their lousy jobs and stopped the invasion years ago, we wouldn't be in this mess today." (p. 416).

"Well, Jim, it's not like the reconquista boys kept it a big secret, what they planned to do after they seized power. . . . (p. 438)
"Radical politics and raw numbers. . . . The Anglos wouldn't fight for California when they had the chance and now their time is over. . . .
"The la raza crowd called `em racists every time they made a peep about illegal aliens and the gringos crawled into a corner and hid." (p. 438)

If you want to know how so many Americans got brain-numbed by PC and "multiculturalism", read While America Sleeps ( While America Sleeps: How Islam, Immigration and Indoctrination Are Destroying America From Within), another maverick book that a lot of Lefties don't want you to read. It tells you everything you need to know.

A satisfying read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MC on April 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic. I'd rate it a 10+ for realism. Mr. Bracken knows from whence he writes. It paints an all too believable picture of the way things are headed. I've just come home from a 13 month road trip that included the majority of our Western States, and the impressions that I got toward our future as a sovereign nation aren't good. Read the book - and it's predecessor first, if at all possible for the background. And above all - don't think "it can't happen here". This is not an alternate future - it's the way things are headed if we don't wake up.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Kropp on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Are you tired of novels where everything is Politically Correct?' Then sit back, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and prepare to be pulled into a place where the P.C. crowd doesn't exist in any meaningful way. Domestic Enemies, the second installment of Matt Bracken's Trilogy, is an outstanding piece of fiction. It traces the trials and tribulations of Ranya Bardiwell, who had lost her father and the father of her unborn child in Enemies Foriegn and Domestic, as she learns of her son's existence and what happened to him while she is in a detention camp. The detention camp is for gunowners, and anyone else who doesn't support the liberal leftist govrnment that is now governing the United States. It also covers the illegal immigration debacle, and shows what could happen if things are not changed, including a currency collapse. I found this an intrigueing book, as well as entertaining. There is a lot of food for thought here, all you have to do is be willing to let your mind digest it.
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