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Gods of Ruin: A Political Thriller [Kindle Edition]

JSB Morse
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Book Description

The gods will fall when the people rise.

Com DeGroot is an outsider politician who tells it like it is. But as he makes his way up the power structure of the U.S. Senate, he is forced to choose between his promising career and the promise he made to defend the Constitution. Just as Com is poised to make a name for himself in the cutthroat climate of D.C. party politics, he is presented with an opportunity to save the charter city of Ur, Texas from a suspicious partisan plot aimed at taking over the rare free-market hold-out. The only catch is, in order to save Ur, he has to go up against the most powerful men on Capitol Hill and risk all he has accomplished in his young career.

With the help of astute libertarian and elusive old past Cate Heatherton, Com engages in a dangerous fight to save Ur from what they discover is a shadowy corporate-government conspiracy that will stop at nothing to get its way.

"Gods of Ruin" thrusts the reader into the quick-deal, high-stakes game of national policymaking, and uncovers the secret underbelly of a government where morality and the rule of law are quaint sidelights to all-engrossing corruption and power-broking. Set a decade in the future, this thriller serves as a stark reminder of what can happen when liberty is overlooked in pursuit of security, and offers a glimpse at the potential solution.

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"Gods of Ruin" is an absolute masterpiece of socio-political commentary. Like "Atlas Shrugged" or "1984" before it, this book takes the great questions of the current age and frames them around a gripping, entertaining narrative.

"Gods of Ruin" manages to reach many of the main points from "Atlas Shrugged," with far less verbiage... May Mr. Morse's work fare as well as the years go by. -- A Book a Day Reviews

Morse infuses timely political commentary with memorable characters, thrilling action, laugh-out-loud humor, and, of course, an inspiring romance. "Gods of Ruin" is a must-read! --The State of Art

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  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1600200524
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Classic Books (July 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003URRSX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely and Compelling Tale September 19, 2010
Senator Com DeGroot has just been elected on a campaign promise to honor the Constitution. But when he arrives in Washington, he realizes that liberty and justice have been replaced by wheeling and dealing, and that, if he wants to advance his career, he'll have to get on board. This is the premise that kicks off JSB Morse's Gods of Ruin and carries the reader through an exhilarating tale of political intrigue.

As DeGroot struggles between the lure of power and the call to justice, he is pulled into a corrupt system that turns dark and dangerous when he dares to question the status quo. DeGroot's journey explores the fraudulent nature of the political machine with scenes and characters that will ring true to anyone with an eye to current-day politics. Yet it also presents a compelling alternative, exemplified by the charter city of Ur, that shows what can exist when the Constitution truly is honored and politics are left out of government.

Morse infuses timely political commentary with memorable characters, thrilling action, laugh-out-loud humor, and, of course, an inspiring romance. Gods of Ruin is a must-read for voters and politicians alike, yet it will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates a powerful, well-crafted tale.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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`Gods of Ruin' is a classic fictional account of a civilization in social and political turmoil. Like `Atlas Shrugged' or `Nineteen Eighty-four' before it, this book takes the great questions of the current age and frames them around a gripping narrative that draws the reader in and reveals truth in a very entertaining way. In fact, many of the same problems Rand and Orwell faced in the '40s and '50s are still relevant, and, as Morse has shown, still make for a compelling story. But `Gods of Ruin' is in no way a simple rehashing of those standards; it is original and timely in its own right and provides another name to the list of political masterpieces.

The most unique aspect of this piece is the brilliant insight the author lends into the inner workings of contemporary policy making and Washington D.C. culture. No one can know for sure if this exact story would ever take place in real life, but the reader can be sure that similar stories are going on right now in the power centers of the world--simply read the headlines or tune into chatter in political spheres. With `Gods of Ruin,' Morse puts faces and names to those obscure images, and gives the audience something tangible with which to grasp the state of the modern geopolitical system.

In doing so, Morse provides us with a constellation of characters that are absolutely unforgettable--the outsider Com DeGroot, the political hack Kevin Donovan, the career people's man Roger Thurston, the slimy back-room guy Duane Delano, the old sage Freeman Jennings, the cheery idealist Santiago Garza, the sophisticated beauty Cate Heatherton. Their interactions all weave together to form some of the most memorable scenes and dialogues this reader has come across in modern fiction, scenes that almost beg for a follow-up movie.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it and Weep February 2, 2011
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I've not written a review before but had to after reading this book. It sure has it's corny moments such as the characters always shouting and Kevin always lusting after women but the theme of a degraded American society in which we willingly are turning more and more of our lives over to the government hits close to the bone. The examples used such as the housing meltdown, the Great Depression, a government take over of the Internet to insure our "safety" and other ideas are skillfully put in the context of this novel. The parallels to today's events and the rise of the Tea Party movement are eerily familiar. The book also points out that in the hands of a skillful writer anything can be made to sound like the best thing since sliced bread or evil. The scenes regarding the various media types and the way they portray events make me want to question everything that real life media does today. The only way to try and get a true perspective is to read &/or watch many different venues and make up your own mind.
Could this happen in America? Maybe it already has!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stuck in the middle with you July 12, 2011
I gave this book three stars so as not to align with the poles of 5 star and 1 star reviews which I suspect are more indicative of political leanings than literary acumen. The book reads, as one reviewer intimated, like Ayn Rand filtered through Rand Paul (or Ru Paul). A Libertarian utopia contrasted with the money grubbing political establishment we currently 'enjoy' in Washington. Guaranteed to tingle your mental toes whatever your political persuasion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story was interesting and was a fast reaad February 15, 2011
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A very different political thriller, if you can call it that. I did enjoy the story; in fact, I took a break in between parts to let the story and characters sink in better. No disrespect to the author with my next comment - anyone buying this book and expecting to get an Ayn Rand level of story and then coming here to complain about it, wake up. The author in no way (IMO) made himself into A. Rand's contemporary. However, that being said, the story was still interesting and relevant to today's world events. I think this is a book my teen daughter could read and understand, and that is definitely good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and political commentary
This is a FASCINATING informant on the inevitability of corruption in politics and the subsequently harmful effects on economies and societies. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by teresa m pione
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not need another civics lesson!
My son loaned this to me via Kindle. I tried very hard to get through it, but gave up a little over half way through. Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by James M Ball
1.0 out of 5 stars I Gambled and Lost
The reviews for this book were all over the place, but I decided to take a gamble and buy it since it sounded fairly interesting. I lost the bet. Read more
Published on May 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad read
An implausible plot. A political dialogue from the far right point of view. The end could not have happened early enough.
Published on May 17, 2011 by Jerry A. Bittner
1.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Politics and Little Story
It is rare that I start reading a book and feel like throwing it away half-way through but feel somewhat compelled to get my money's worth by suffering through it. Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great agitator of a book
It takes a great agitator to elicit such strong sentiments from both sides of the political debate. When half the people are clamoring about how great the book is and the other... Read more
Published on April 30, 2011 by John R. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars The "Ruin" part is correct
Rarely have I forced myself through such a poorly-written tome. Ridiculous and flat characters meandering through a faux Ayn Randian (though Rand would shudder at a church being... Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Mary L. Stromquist
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible portrayel of a terrible reality
Don't bother to read this book. It is very poorly written. Read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. It is 100 times better than than this book. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by Angelo M. Dimeglio
1.0 out of 5 stars can this book remain so bad?
I bought the Kindle edition mainly due to the hugely divided reviews. Seems people loved or hated it. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by J. Keith Contarino
1.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand? Give me a break...
A very amateurish and long-winded attempt to dumb-down Ms. Rand. When I read the 4 and 5 star reviews on this book I had to have it. Read more
Published on March 14, 2011 by Shulahmit
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JSB Morse grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Texas as soon as he could. He is author of several critically acclaimed novels including the political thriller "Gods of Ruin", financial thriller "Chaos and Kingdom", and the most recent spiritual fiction "Now and at the Hour of Our Death". He has also authored two non-fiction book series "The Evolution Diet" and the "Take Advantage" series. He lives in Austin, Texas with his lovely wife Gina Maria.

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