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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Bestselling author and real-life war hero, Oliver North delivers one of the best action-packed thrillers I've read this year! This incredible, compelling story has you on the edge-of-your seat through chilling events, told by a Master storyteller that's based on the author's experience in combat as a United States Marine. A man who President Ronald Reagan hailed as 'An American Hero.' An expert on terrorism and national security, chronicles a thrilling story that intrigues from beginning to end as the author takes the reader to 2032 at a time where it was assumed that America was safe from harm, filling the minds of all concerned with peace and tranquility. A time when the people were told that America no longer has to worry about nuclear attacks or threats as the government spread the news about our nation being protected, and while under such pretenses, our Armed Forces were cut drastically to save money. Then, all hell breaks loose when Houston is targeted, and one of our notable scientists is kidnapped. Suddenly, America must deal with suicide bombers, catastrophe and chaos, and that's only the beginning. Peter Newman sets out on a mission to find Dr. Marty Cohen, but this scary quest not only places Newman's family in danger, it exposes a threat to our entire nation. Does the scientist make it out alive, and who will survive? The price of fuel on the rise is nothing compared to the oncoming events that will send chills up your spine. Oliver North makes you feel as if you are there, during a nightmare that erupted as quick as a flash, and time may not be on their side. Riveting, exciting, and highly recommended to all thriller lovers!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
This is the best political thriller written in years. On the level with Clancy and Ludlum. So real, so prophetic is scares me. The writing is profound and the story takes us on a wild ride into the highest and most secret echelon of American Government, through sinister terrorist cells, and into the home of a good American family who still believes in the Constitution of The United States and who garners an inspiring sense of Patriotism that seems to be waning in the present America. This is my first time reading a North novel, and I can't wait to go back and read the rest.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
I call this "cutting-edge" fiction because it is a plot perfectly attuned to today and it's written by a man who actually knows what he's writing about. With all the talking heads bloviating on every subject under the sun, it's always refreshing to hear from someone who has actually done what they're talking about.

In Heroes Proved, Oliver North gives us a neuro-igniting glimpse into the possible near future of America and the world. A propelling plot, compelling characters, and high technology combine to form one of the best novels you will ever read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
I rarely rate items 5 stars. I feel that products that do what they are supposed to do well are a 4. A 5 is for exceptional. This book starts explosively and continues to excite. The exceptional parallel to present day circumstances is chilling and revealing to those who normally don't pay attention. Your reaction to this novel will be swayed by your political beliefs.

EXCEPTIONAL!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2013
ive never written a review before because books are usually obviously terrible or great... this book was different... the first half was like a rough hike through a thesaurus jungle... the author wrote in painful detail about everything... from pages about how a phone works to explanations of every acronym used in government... it was just a little too much and slow going... after halfway though the main story kicked in and the excruciating details stopped lending to an enjoyable read... the story through most of the book is actually really good and kind of scary as it seems we as a nation are actually heading that way... the last chapter or so the book changes again and goes into a short skip and jump over broad topics to finish the book quickly... it seemed like the author didnt know how to end the story so it just abruptly ends with barely any detail or explanation...

so to summarize... i would definitely recommend this book mostly for it's political commentary ... it also plays out like a clancy so it is a good spy like novel... the caution i give though is that it is very slow and painful to start...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
Oliver North gives us a great picture of what the US might look like come 2036--a chilling look at how dystopian America will become with socialism, expansive government control in the hands of crooked politicians just like what occupies our White House today--perhaps this is not the real beginning--which actuallly began with the so-called Great Society, and has meandered into the politically correct bs of today. Good story and focuses on heroism. A fast, fun read--but one with significance to today's corruption of true American values.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
Overall not a horrible read.
A little bit over the top in the "for god and country" field. This gets in the way of an otherwise acceptable book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
Just completed this novel. It is a heads-up primer for all of us if we don't pay attention to whom we elect to our government. Some problems with understanding all the military jargon, but a helpful section in the back of the book that clears it up. I can highly recommend this book to real life future action by us all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
Oliver North's book provides an often funny, sometimes touching, yet fundamentally frightening look at the character flaws driving American politics. Given today's events, the book offers a prophetic look at the future. Buying a copy for both my liberal friends. Heroes Proved
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2013
I am amazed at the reviews that led me to believe that this book was similar to the first three. The Jericho Sanction was one of the best novels I have ever read, even when read by itself without the other two.

This novel, however, was a grave disappointment, perhaps because I am so impressed with the trilogy. This book does not even belong in the "set," in my opinion.

Based on the raving reviews, I could not wait for this book to arrive. I quickly discovered, though, that this novel simply is not very interesting! The entire book is written as expository fiction--telling the tale rather than developing the setting and characters to let them tell the story. Case in point: at one place, Mr. North dedicated at least two pages to a technical message (all caps, etc.), and then for two more pages explains the exact contents of the message through dialogue, effectively repeating and what the message said. I suppose his readers are assumed to be too daft to figure it out themselves?

The dialogue gaffes continue. There is one crazy exchange between James Newman and his father's friend, a Senator. Here, James oddly details, most graphically, how he got his wife pregnant. I can't imagine such a thing like this actually happening!

Then the plot issues abound. There is the kidnapped retired-admiral-turned-inventor that can endure extremes of hurricane-tossed lifeboats and sweltering jungle heat, but cannot seem to overcome a single captor on a derelict tanker when waves are about to wash the villain overboard anyway? In many places the plot just simply does not make sense!

There is endless dialogue in this book when compared with the more action-packed trilogy. Dialogue covers plans in detail that either end up not happening, or happening according to plan (so you read it again!). Why not have sufficient plot and plot development to let the plot tell the story--I don't need to read everything twice!

I would have rather seen the repetitious pages dedicated to North's view of the future. Alas, here he seems to lack vision as well. He sees almost no advance in technology happening over the next twenty years: from touch panel thin televisions to the V-22, P-8, RFIDs, PIDs, and magnetic resonance power transfer--all these are already here! Concerning the governmental state of the US in twenty years, I would suspect that things will either be far better or far worse than North describes--he picks an unsatisfying middle-of-the-road approach, in my opinion. Perhaps this was the biggest risk in North's futuristic novel--it is a departure from the more timely (but now outdated) trilogy. I would place this novel at around 2020 at the latest.

Another thing worth mentioning is the departure from the trilogy in profanity. This novel contains token profanity and crudity that was eliminated from the other books. Many will laugh at this critique, but I have always considered it a mark of an exceptional author who can write without profanity, graphic sex, and violence, and yet tell a convincing story. In this case, the token profanity is another mark of the decline in excellent authorship.

Sadly, this book became such a chore to read that I no longer cared how the story would end. I became convinced that Mr. North either wrote this book himself, or used a different ghost writer; it's just that different from the trilogy! I would hope that Mr. North will return to writing excellent novels in the future.
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