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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Trepper & Katz Impact Books (August 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984026320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984026326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,849,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lily Pad Roll is an atmospheric and disquisitive thriller that casts US military presence along Russia's Eastern European border in a light American readers may find shocking. --Mike Hopping
Journalist and novelist
Author of MacTiernan's Bottle

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People often ask me, "Why did you call this novel Lily Pad Roll?" The answer is simple and should be known by most Americans, but unfortunately isn't. This colossal and largely manufactured ignorance weighs heavily on the course of history today, and, in fact, endangers us all. For as the US seeks total strategic supremacy around the world, and its military deepens and broadens its hold upon scores of nations, especially as it maneuvers to contain Russia, the old foe (and China, too) the chances of a global, terminal conflagration increase exponentially. In this scheme lily pads play a nefarious role. 


A lily pad is a floating leaf of the white water lily family. A bullfrog sits on a lily pad in a pond. The lily pad does not sink under its weight. The giant water lily, victoria amazonica, has the world's biggest lily pad, up to four feet, which can support the weight of several people at once. The lily pad is quiet. It lies tranquilly on the surface of the pond water, offering refuge and camouflage for the frog, protecting it from predators. The lily pad fits in with its natural surroundings, as does the frog.


Human beings are the only creatures which do not fit in with the rest of nature. Nature is simple. But mankind rejects simple living. The American military has adopted the lily pad concept. In military jargon, a lily pad means an outpost, an advance camp, a foreign base, or a staging area, only one in a series. It means a scaled down military facility with theoretically little permanent personnel, often used as a staging ground for Special Forces and Intelligence operations. Soldiers may then leapfrog from one lily pad to another. The outpost aspect of the military lily pads follows the model of the multiplying lily pads. Especially the giant water lily leaf. They not only multiply but also grow in size and in time tend to become permanent military bases now encircling the world. For example, Afghanistan is a gigantic lily pad; permanent, also a place to move out from, a place from which soldiers go out to 'conduct operations' against other people around that part of the world.


In American military thinking, the huge city-like bases for 100,000 troops in Germany are no longer necessary. So America is "reconfiguring its footprint"--that is, reviewing its global deployment of troops in order to be able to apply military force anywhere rather than be tied to a small number of bases. That is the lily pad concept, the analogy of frogs hopping around a growing number of foreign bases. Frogs equal battle-ready troops. Saudi Arabian restrictions on the use of U.S. bases there resulted in the construction of the Qatar lily pad. The air war against Serbia and the theft of its historic territory of Kosovo made possible the creation of the giant lily pad-state in the Balkans. Lily pads now dot Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic, northwards to the Baltic States, across the Black Sea to Georgia, another lily pad-state, to lily pad-state Iraq, and on to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan and to Singapore. The only limit today is the surface of planet Earth, but the moon and Mars are not excluded from military "Strangelove" ambitions and dreams. At the last count--no one can be precise since the U.S. maintains secret bases and Intelligence installations all over the world--the United States of America had 737 bases and more than 600,000 soldiers manning garrisons or involved in countless operations in some 200 nations, spanning the globe from Europe to Iraq and Afghanistan, to the Far East, the Pacific, Africa and Latin America. To this figure one must add hundreds of thousands of "private contractors", aka mercenaries--their exact number is also secret--serving the interests of the global American empire. Like the lily pads. It is safe to assume that their number is growing.


 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Dellinger on October 28, 2012
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Although THE LILY PAD ROLL is frightening, it is refreshing to find an author who tells the truth as he sees it. The first book of the trilogy gave me great hope that at last I've found an author who writes very interesting but also knowledge of his experience.
Please hurry with the third book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Pea #2 on October 11, 2012
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Gaither Stewart's book is a wake up call to our nation. Just as "Dr. Strange Love" depicted the military mindset
run a muck during the cold war; Lily Pad lifts the curtain on the global machinations of the USA military designs
on our world today. This masterful depiction of the tentacles that encompass the globe, with rationales
never shared with the citizenry, threatens our our economy, and increases the animus nations feel towards our
hubris that we not only know how the world's nations should function, but fosters the audacity to feel justified in placing military lily pads (the military term for such bases...) with impunity in countless countries. Never contemplating how we would react to another nation's audacity, should they decide to return the favor! The paranoid reasoning is that Russia is still the arch villain, our supreme enemy, justifying this invasion in seven hundred countries to encircle the Russian bear, with more pads each year! Eisenhower's prescient warning about the dangers to democracy of the military/industrial/(and congressional) complex is being realized by these bases, and kindled by our super nationalism and sense of exceptional ism! Aiding the execution of this covert plan is the dereliction of our our subservient fourth estate who have been feeding on the huge, payroll of the US defense department's propaganda budget for America; billions of tax payers dollars buy their silence. We will all pay for the toll it will ultimately cost us in blood and treasure. This paranoid mirage, obviously illogical and bogus, yet Romney and his fellow neo cons demand adherence to their fear inspiring villains.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guillaume F. Rochat on September 24, 2012
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As political thrillers go, Gaither Stewart's are unequalled. His insights borne from long residences abroad have opened him up to the effects of what are considered US foreign policies. Especially in this time when expansionism is driven by financial speculation and when the US military is fully in the service of Wall street interests, which is a logical phenomenon after the ground breaking foreign destructions by the US secret services.

The slow parasitical monetary encroachment on foreign societies, breaking them up into a strict capitalist mode, is the modus operandi of the US abroad. Thus imperialism is masked as humanitarian intervention. Stewart sees this clearly and his thrillers describe in superb detail the machinations preceding the parasitical exploitation and the ways the victim nation is prepared for economic domination.

The Trojan spy enters as a disguised virus, the Lily pads provides firm ground for poisonous frogs hopping towards new territory to be invaded. These allegorical titles prepare the reader for fascinating, instructional and moral tales by a nonpareil story teller. Both books are highly recommended.
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1) Excellent real intelligence on the reason for hundreds of US bases in the Middle East and worldwide
2) The plot line is more captivating and more realistically handled than most military thriller stories, such as Hunt for Red October
3) The underlying power plays and their effect on Eastern Europe seems accurate to me, and commonsensical given the usual and historical goals of Western "Civilization", power, conquest, economic imperialism
4) The author invented a Bradley Manning before the real Bradley Manning
5) The male characters are compelling and well developed.
6) The covert actors also appear largely real, at least in my experience, except female spys and operatives are used as much as males. (e.g., Broadwell and Tripp.)
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Gaither Stewart is a shatterer of myths. In The Trojan Spy, volume one of the Europe Trilogy, he shattered the myth that the USA is fighting terrorism and showed instead how our government works in a symbiotic relationship with the so-called terrorists. Now in Lily Pad Roll, volume two of the trilogy, he shatters the myth that America is invading countries and building foreign bases in order to defend the homeland and secure oil supplies. He shows instead that the deeper motive for this slaughter of hundreds of thousands of our fellow human beings and the resulting near-bankruptcy of our country is brutal geopolitics: the desire of our ruling elite to weaken their chief rivals, Russia and China, and to prepare for war with Iran. Stewart's artistic skills make this case more convincingly than a dozen academic analyses could.

The lily pads of the title are the new US bases now proliferating on the borders of Russia and extending towards China, allowing troops to hop quickly from one to the other in strategies of domination on the Eurasian chessboard.

Some of Stewart's characters are seeking to expose and stop this aggression, some are determined to extend it by any means necessary, and others are trying just to stay alive in the crossfire. Most of them are deracinated internationals adrift in the New World Order but alienated from it: Cliff, ex-CIA operative who quit because he couldn't stand the ruthless killing. Haunted by his past, tormented by guilt, he seeks solace with Elizaveta, the painter who can see into others and capture them on canvas but who refuses to reveal herself. Masha, her mother, fragile and vulnerable after decades of trauma.
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