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Prairie Fire [Kindle Edition]

Dan Armstrong
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Book Description

The winter is unseasonably warm in Asia. The snowpack across the Himalayas is reduced by thirty percent. The spring is dry. The summer too hot. Drought conditions arise. Grain crops throughout the Far East suffer badly. The effects of the shortfall ripple around the globe like a twenty-dollar spike in the price of light sweet crude.
In America’s heartland, retired Army war hero Colonel Nathaniel Cromwell farms eight hundred acres of wheat and corn. This winter, like most family farmers, he sold ninety percent of his crop cash advance to finance planting in the spring. Now as the price of wheat reaches twelve dollars a bushel, Cromwell curses the day he must harvest his fields at the four-twenty-five January price—while the big grain dealers and transnational distributors reap huge profits off Asia’s crisis.
In early June, several Midwestern farmers burn their crops in protest of the market mechanism. Cromwell’s neighbor does the same, but he stays in his fields after he sets them aflame. At the funeral three days later, the National Grange President confronts Cromwell. Family farmers throughout the United States are talking about forming a union. They want Cromwell to lead a strike.
On July 4th, the Nonpartisan Farmers’ Alliance collectively burns a million acres of wheat—seen vividly on nationwide TV—and threatens to steadily burn more until its strike demands are met. The Homeland Security Director immediately labels the striking farmers terrorists and issues a warrant for Cromwell’s arrest. A difficult cat and mouse game ensues with the National Guard trying to protect the grain fields from the disgruntled farmers and the federal authorities attempting to capture the Robin Hood-like Cromwell in his own backyard.

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About the Author

Dan Armstrong is the editor and owner of Mud City Press, a small publishing company and online magazine operating out of Eugene, Oregon. He has written extensively in both fiction and non-fiction. Access to his books, short stories, political commentary, humor, and environmental studies is available at

Product Details

  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 556 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098300451X
  • Publisher: Mud City Press (January 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHZ1S6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting the puzzle pieces in place January 17, 2008
I'm reading the most amazing book, given to me as a gift. Ordinarily I don't read fiction but this novel, Prairie Fire, written by Dan Armstrong of Eugene Oregon, is a fabulous read. It's unbelievably current, reads like a thriller, totally absorbing, and covers everything immediate: grain shortages and grain markets, family farmers organizing against government and agribusinesses, oil pipelines and depletion, Central Asia, Afghanistan wars and terrorists, Washington's power players (the establishment), the CIA and its drug connection, the chemical industry, aerospace industry, defense industry, electronics, surveillance. I mean it's all there. The book is an unexpected treat, totally compelling and difficult to put down. The author has done his homework.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read this book October 24, 2007
Prairie Fire is the unlikely but highly satisfying story of a farmers' rebellion, initiated by a farm leader with a mission to save the soil, rendered barren by chemicals, to limit manipulation of grain prices by international corporations and to return profit to the family farm. It is set in the not-too-distant future when global warming is beginning to take its toll. The hero is a man of exceptional character, a former colonel, who reluctantly agrees to lead the fight. Prairie Fire has a wide scope, ranging from Kansas to Washington, D.C. (politics of course), to Newport R.I. (for a look at the obscenely rich), to Kazakstan to Singapore and beyond. The characters include farmers, CIA operatives, Senators, the President, commodities brokers, journalists, socialites, a basketball star, a right wing militia leader and Chinese warlords. There is adventure, sex and romance. The book is page-turner, filled with twists of plot. There is clearly a political/social agenda, an exceptionally timely one that needs to be put forth, but agenda or not, it is a good read. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taut, fast paced action August 21, 2007
I liked Prairie Fire. The style reminds me of Tom Clancy; interesting premise with lots of sub plots twisted together. Engaging cast of characters. Very plausible story line. This book was hard to put down. If you want a good, long plot-driven novel you can sink your teeth into, give this one a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite kind of novel January 27, 2008
I like novels that inform me as well as being entertaining, and Prairie Fire gets five stars on both counts. Armstrong's book is based on an accurate map of the world (how our current economic and political systems operate, and the problems we face as a result)-- something we'd all do well to have. It's also well-written and suspenseful, has characters the reader either cares about or despises, and includes romance, sex, and action. What more could you want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prairie Fire March 12, 2011
This would be a great fiction read worth your time simply for the entertainment factor of a complex plot full of action. But it's a lot more than that, because the issue is so contemporary, even futurist although not by much. As we move into a period of grain shortage, much higher food prices worldwide with associated political discontent, and the probability that prices reflect futures trading as much as scarcity--it's all here in this book, along with an inspiring populist reaction to right food production wrongs. Reading it is both enjoying and thought-provoking. A masterpiece of populism for our times. We borrowed it and now because it haunts us, need to buy it to loan out!
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