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Liberty Gulch [Kindle Edition]

A.G. Fredericks
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ray Stanton and his wife Charlotte never expected to live a life in the country, but find themselves doing just that after events beyond their control push them from their beloved city. When the dollar collapses, a scene of violence and hunger erupts. The rich hunker down or flee altogether, while the middle class and the poor are left to battle it out over the remaining resources like food and energy.

By nationalizing large farms and setting up voluntary food camps, the government offers the people an escape from their hardships. Along with some old friends, Ray and his family choose to "rough it" and take care of themselves. After an especially harsh winter, a late night knock on the door brings news of what the voluntary food camps have truly become, and good people are forced to make a difficult decision - to maintain the status quo and hope things get better, or to bravely fight against tyranny.


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About the Author

A disenchanted libertarian nearing 40, I woke up one morning and decided it was time to start writing. I love the self-publishing industry and the fact that anyone with patience and the ability to string together a few thousand sentences can write a book. For me, it's a way to relieve the tensions and questions I have regarding the world I am leaving behind for my daughter, while fulfilling my social obligation to open eyes and question mainstream thought using subtle story-telling instead of in-your-face, argumentative journalism. Some call my books dystopian. To others, they are a warning sign of things that may come. A few think I'm nuts, but that's okay too. As long as they don't write bad reviews. I hang out on Twitter a lot @agfredericks... come say hello.

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  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478387645
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DIJ8OK8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Defense of Liberty July 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
It is difficult to write a good dystopian novel. George Orwell, Ray Bradbury and the rest set the bar high. I can't even say that I know what makes it good. Perhaps the fact that Orwell's protagonist in 1984 ultimately fails lends his book some credibility. It's possible that Bradbury's ability to create such a different world (predicting reality TV and iPods-not bad!) made his dystopia a little more engaging. Glenn Beck's attempt, The Overton Window, sadly, fell far short of the mark. Again, I can't really say what Beck missed. The book simply didn't work.
I worried, as I began Liberty Gulch by A. G. Fredericks, that I was reading nothing more than another Overton Window-that the climax (spoiler alert) would feature the protagonist saving himself from death by electrocution by reciting poetry to his father. Quite the contrary.
Fredericks' novel is a 200-page examination of a possible end to our tyrannical civilization. It addresses issues that libertarians like the author are passionate about. We see the dangers of a police-state in a late-night raid as well as the inefficiency of the same when the riots begin. We see bank runs, gas and food shortages, and life without electricity.
Fredericks' character is not a libertarian, but rather an average American who moves to the country for a better life. This proves effective as we aren't treated to the author's views through long-winded monologues. Instead of writing the message in the characters' thoughts, the author shows us through various events. The importance of arming one's self is emphasized by the absence of a weapon, instead of a room full of AR-15s. This is a more effective approach and is far more interesting to read.
Throughout the narrative, we find ourselves asking how we would react to the situations it portrays.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I want to grab people by the throats, ears or shirt collars and yell, "You must read this book, "Liberty Gulch!" Fredericks writes a novel about a family that sees the world as it will become just before it actually does. It could be our future here in the U.S. years from now or next week. If it happens how will you feed yourself, how will you get around, how will you defend yourself, how will you purchase what you need, how will you keep your house if you have no job and the currency is worthless?

The opening lines grab the reader and never releases:

"Nights were darker ever since the snowstorm took down the power lines. In the past the lines would have been mended in days and power restored. But not anymore."

We see the action through Ray's eyes, the father, and we see him grow into a leader even though he doesn't seek the role. He's compassionate and he has a moral core.

The author is a Libertarian and so we see the problems wrought by a paternal government that leaves citizens with little means or knowhow to protect themselves.

We also get to ponder the value of pursuing "stuff" and chaining ourselves to a desk to pay for it. Wouldn't it be better to simplify our lives? However, I would not like to go back to a society without electricity. It's not an easy life.

Final thought: If the future arrives as it does in "Liberty Gulch," how prepared are you? Not very, I suspect. A.G. Fredericks has written a novel I wish I'd written and I can't wait until the sequel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and Entertaining. July 13, 2013
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This book made me think about about how I would protect my own family in a crisis and spurred me to make some preparations, but it was also just a fun novel to read. The style reminded me very much of Robert Heinlein's books, especially Tunnel in the Sky. The main character is smart and capable and finds himself being pushed into a role he never envisioned for himself. I convinced my husband to read the book by telling him it was "Atlas-Shrugged good." He read it in two days and we've been discussing it since.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly Entertaining.... July 13, 2013
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What a fantastic follow-up effort by A.G. Fredericks. First, from a technical standpoint, Liberty Gulch offers a fast moving plot with truly great character development. It doesn't take long before you find yourself actually caring about the various characters in the book. I also love the format of the story - Middle, Beginning, End. This structure draws you in and keeps you turning the pages, eventually leading you to a moving ending. I think he also does a good job leaving room for Part II...and possibly Part III.

The subject matter of the book is the frightening part. A few years ago, this plot line would have seemed far-fetched. Given the recent global and domestic political landscape, I fear Mr. Fredericks may be a soothsayer. I hope I'm wrong, but if not, this could serve as a guidebook, or at the very least, and inspirational tome on self-reliance and survival.

I'm very much looking forward to Liberty Gulch Part II.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, looking forward to Part Two July 14, 2013
Format:Paperback
I downloaded this onto my Kindle, and found myself unable to stop reading. This talented author has created characters that come to life, placing them in a perilous circumstance that is an all too possible reality for our future. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot development, it reads like an accounting of historical fact because of Fredericks's ability to create an environment that seems to really exist. The important freedoms that our country was founded on are continually being eroded by our own out-of-control government, this book does a superb job of forecasting what may happen if we continue on our current path. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Writer & Interesting Novel
This book was interesting enough that I've now gotten Book 2, Liberty Rekindled. While the first book doesn't leave you hanging and could well be read on its own, after reading it... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Gregory I. Whedon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Characters are relatable, description & language captivating, + a message spun by a masterful storyteller. 5/5, shelved for a re-read.
Published 8 months ago by Jocelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberty Gulch For All!!!
This is the 2nd book that I have read by A.G . Fredericks and I must say that he is becoming one of my favorite authors. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LOVETROY
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
I really like books and movies that put an average guy in extraordinary circumstances. Ray is a leader who never realized it.
Published 8 months ago by Tipmax
4.0 out of 5 stars great read!
Very enjoyable read, looking forward to the next book in the series. Almost passed this one up, so glad I didn't though.
Published 10 months ago by STK
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to old times when things were simple.
I chose this book and am so glad I got I did. I as a Prepper got a lot out of this store and could really believe. Reads fast and smooth and character's are perfect.
Published 12 months ago by Peggy L Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed every page
I just finished this book and want to say that I feel great. I loved the story and especially the ending. Thanks for a story with old fashioned great values and heroes.
Published 13 months ago by Brain Cloud
3.0 out of 5 stars reality
The story is good and it is well written, however, the naïveté is severe. It is nice to see city people naive to such things as guns and ammo however the country people and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by new
5.0 out of 5 stars A Realistic Picture
Mr. Fredericksburg did a very good job of painting a picture of what could happen if we rely too heavily on the government. Always remember nothing is free.
Published 15 months ago by Theresa M. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job!
I'm afraid that this is what where we are headed unless some changes are made. Thanks for a great and very moving story.
Published 15 months ago by Scott Mitchell
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A disenchanted libertarian nearing 40, I woke up one morning and decided it was time to start writing. I love the self-publishing industry and the fact that anyone with patience and the ability to string together a few thousand sentences can write a book. For me, it's a way to relieve the tensions and questions I have regarding the world I am leaving behind for my daughter, while fulfilling my social obligation to open eyes and question mainstream thought using subtle story-telling instead of in-your-face, argumentative journalism.

Some call my books dystopian. To others, they are a warning sign of things that may come. A few think I'm nuts, but that's okay too. As long as they don't write bad reviews.

I hang out on Twitter a lot @agfredericks... come say hello.

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