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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
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I heard about this book on Twitter and on a whim, after exchanging tweets with the author, downloaded it. He promised it would pull me in right away and just in case he was right, I decided not to start reading it on a school night as I'm guilty of neglecting my family if I'm into a book that I can't put down. Well, here's what happened. I opened it last night as a something-something to read till I fell asleep and I finished at 3:30am this morning. I don't think I can anything more to the synopsis of the other 5-star reviewer, so just let me say that if you were looking for a good action story on the theme of our times, read this one. Good job, Lee!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
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From a security standpoint, things don't get much worse than the opening scene of Lee Dodson's Infiltration. The book's protagonist, a 67-year-old rancher named Rand (picture a cross between Tommy Lee Jones in "No Country for Old Men" and Sly Stallone in "Rambo"), is awakened in his home in the middle of the night by the subtle but unmistakable sound of a silenced gunshot.

By the novel's third paragraph, Rand's wife and son are dead. Before the end of the first chapter, his ranch is razed and, from the sound of reports in the distance, the same nightmare has played out at the home of his closest neighbors. Thoughts of security are swiftly supplanted by those of survival, and from there, the situation does not improve.

Rand, whose past is shrouded in the mists of Vietnam, recognizes professionals when he sees them and, even though he can't fathom the reason, soon realizes he's up against a coordinated and highly strategic attack by a small army of well-trained killers. What gradually unfolds is that the infiltrators--a combined force of Mexican and Middle Eastern terrorists--have special plans for the 20 square miles of Arizona desert that includes Rand's land, and those plans are aimed at hurting America. What also comes to light is that the terrorists have used the nearby porous southern border to stage the assault and that the plot's leaders have been in the United States for years, making the connections and gaining the skills needed for the larger attack to come.

It is a violent, bloody, and often tense book, and, unfortunately, the particulars of its plot are plausible. On that point, though, not everyone agrees. According to Dodson, some early readers of the novel have taken issue with the very idea that, more than 11 years after 9/11, an attack of the same magnitude-- or worse--could happen again or likewise from within.

"I'm getting that kind of feedback now-- you know, `What are you doing writing a book like this because this is America--we're safe,'" the author said. "The gist of that feedback is that this country is impregnable, but actually that stopped being the case in the War of 1812 when the British burned the White House. And if you really want to talk about being attacked, our consulate in Benghazi was American soil, and that just happened. The fact is, we are at risk. I think people sense it, but it pisses them off to sense it."

Domestic Intranquility

In an effort to ascertain what else his potential audience might sense on the subject, Dodson made the unusual move for a novelist of posting a brief survey online; links to the survey's 10 questions were picked up on 50 different websites, mostly news sites. Beginning the first week of October, he began hearing from people all over the country. And then the thing went viral.

"This is by no means a scientific survey," Dodson said. "Just a few questions to see if terrorism awareness still has a pulse. . . . People I know and speak with often are still on edge, but are those just folks who were around to hear World War II stories, or is there a consciousness that because nobody in power is talking about it, terrorism on our soil is a thing of the past?"

Judging by responses to the survey, titled "Today's View on Homeland Terror," awareness is alive and well. After two weeks, Dodson had collected more than half a million responses and at least two crashed servers.

Of those who responded by mid-October, 94 percent said they do expect another major terrorist attack on the United States, and 89 percent expected a weapon of mass destruction to be involved in the attack. Asked, "Do you think you might have to defend yourself from terrorists in this country?" 90 percent said yes. Interestingly, however, to the question, "Do you know enough about what to do if a terrorist attack strikes near where you live or work?" only 15 percent answered in the affirmative. Also interesting, 80 percent said yes to "Do you think sleeper cells are already in the United States?" and 77 percent said no to "Do you believe the current administration is truthful about terrorism in this country?"

Comfortably Numb

"I wrote a scary book, but I wasn't prepared for what I'm seeing in the letters of people who write me," Dodson said. "There is an undercurrent, an unspoken thing, and it's not fear or resignation--two big intended results of terrorism. It's an undercurrent of determination, a feeling of `We will not be defeated, no matter what they do to us.' And that's largely the feeling of the book; it essentially says that at some point you're going to have to fight."

Dodson added that, meanwhile, he also is aware of a prevailing undercurrent of unpreparedness-- a certain portion of the citizenry composed of, as he put it, "unserious people in a serious world."

"I think some of us have failed to recognize exactly how bad things can get," he said. "And I'm by no means pessimistic because holding this country would be hard to do-- hard--but the bad guys can sure make us uncomfortable in a lot of ways."

About the Author

Ronnie Rittenberry is print managing editor for Security Products and Occupational Health and Safety magazines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2014
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This is a book that should be read by every true American!! With our out-of-control government and being surrounded by enemies on every side who want to destroy us, it is a wakeup call. Having lived in the middle east for 7 years, it sounds just like what I learned over there. They hate us and want to kill us!! And it seems, so does our own government.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
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I had a couple other books I was reading but thought I'd just scan this to get a flavor. Well long story short, the other books got put on hold. If this is his first book, then he is a very promising author. He touches on what I feel is one of the biggest dangers to America, an EMP attack. If you are unfamiliar, read "One Second After". This is no joke.

I promise you, this will be the best $3.33 you'll spend for a good read. He should charge more. Good work Lee W. Dodson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
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The story was a simple one, nothing in this was convoluted. Unlike other stories of this type of genre there were no women ( sexy) the hero also felt very real. The story did give history on the characters that counted. It left ,me wondering could this be true. Did this happen? Something to ponder after reading a book...the way it is supposed to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2013
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When I read the review of this book I thought of my grandpa who was a vet of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Even in his eightys I wouldn't fight him. On the gammer and plot side the author grabs you and never lets you go till the end of the book. If you are looking for a book that makes you lose sleep to read this is it. I hope the next one is on the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It pulls you in right from the start, no boring backstory here! I definitely was rooting for Rand and was emotionally invested in the main character pretty quickly which is the hallmark of a good book for me. Kudos to the author for delivering a great story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
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This book is exceptional. I have never been drawn into a book as fast as this one drew me in. It's exciting.....really exciting. The characters are so well defined that I felt like I knew them almost immediately.

Okay, this is one of those "I make noises" books. Yeah, I groan and I say "Oh no" and I say "Whew" out loud. It's that kind of a book. I love it. I know this part of the country. I also like the author's asides like "similar to Boo Radley." Yeah, I know who Boo Radley is. I bet you do, too. If not, google him. But before that, read the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
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This book held my attention from the beginning. I could not put it down to the point that my Kindle was begging to be recharged I finished it in two days. A must read. I have gone back and read this book again and again. There is a fan page on facebook please go and like it. It will help with the growing of this book and help Mr. Dodson to get the sequel written. This man has hit every avenue with what is going on in our world today do you feel safe? Do you understand that this could happen in real life? Read the book and get ready.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
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This is a very exciting book from start to finish. It is well written without the stumbling found in many Kindle bargains. The plot is compelling, but implausible - or is it?
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