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Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista Paperback – July 7, 2006
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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
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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 www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Sequels seldom live up to readers' expectations. However, the fertile ground prepared in Matthew Bracken's first work (EFF) 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.
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".
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.
The central character, Ranya, carries over from the first novel as she finds herself in a hellish environment of a future America where politlical correctness, rampant unAmerican ideology, political pandering, and an ongoing environment that ignores the growing illegal immigration and border issues lead to insurrection and conditions more closely resembling a banana republic.
Think it can't hapen in America...to answer that question one need look no further than the illegal immigrant demonstrations of the summer of 2006 to realize that most of the conditions presented in Bracken's novel are projections of those very images displayed to us all on the news during that time.
Can Ranya escape her federal government imprisonment, can she ouththink and outfight both federal bureaucracy gone insanely amuk, foereign mercenaries, and an entire state government that has given itself over to a "La Raza" and "Aztlan" mentality that is spreading its cessation tentacles through the southwest?
Find out in this compelling read. And be prepared...the answers are neither clean or all neatly wrapped up.
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