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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432788604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432788605
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,553,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a retired Naval officer and emergency physician who has spent the last 38 years directing intensive care units, directing emergency departments, or working as a physician in trauma centers or emergency departments. I live on a family plantation which was purchased from King George II in 1743. This plantation has been at the crossroads of American history more than once, and I am the direct descendant of its original owner. My passions are history, reading novels, writing thrillers, visiting battlefields, building historical structures like covered bridges and grist mills, and honing my expertise in both primitive and modern weapons.
In my first thriller,"The Farm" I utilized my Navy background and exposure to SEALS, my emergency medicine career, my knowledge of the Civil War, my expertise with weapons, and my childhood experiences growing up on a colonial plantation to weave a story of a modern patriot sucked into a nuclear conspiracy.
In my second thriller,"The First To Say No" I called on my years of experience in emergency departments to highlight a little known scandal in American medicine, the rising level of patient violence toward healthcare workers. Were you aware that healthcare workers are twice as likely to be assaulted on the job as police officers? Healthcare assaults account for over 60% of all workplace assaults in America. In this book, emergency department physicians and nurses in an inner-city hospital devise a unique and permanent solution for a local gang that preys on them. All of the evil people in this book were real patients of mine under different names. I didn't invent them. Every event in this book occurred in front of my eyes over 38 years. People who are unaccustomed to seeing evil are sometimes uncomfortable with the choices forced upon victims, especially if the victims are care-givers. Some people believe that care-givers are obligated to be victims.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
The plot of this book contains two storylines that I ordinarily find so absurd that the story is completely uninteresting. The first is the superwarrior, a highly trained fighter capable of taking on and defeating large numbers of others that are also trained warriors. No matter how difficult or unusual the situation, the superwarrior emerges victorious.
The second is the massive government conspiracy involving the highest levels of the American government engaged in destructive acts on American soil. In this case the U. S. government is buying old Soviet tactical nuclear weapons on the black market to be used in dark operations rather than dismantled. They are fusion bombs, so even the tactical weapons are extremely destructive and of course the residue could be used to identify the origin.
However, despite the story being based on these two premises that I ordinarily reject, this story is so well written that I dropped my visceral opposition and was absorbed by the story. Andy Carlson is a trained ER physician and former Navy SEAL living on the family farm in Virginia. The title refers to this land and dwellings. It has been in his family since the seventeenth century and there are many secrets, heirlooms, and treasures hidden deep in the limestone caverns underneath the ground and buildings. There is also a love interest and it is one of the greatest understatements in the history of my reviewing to say that the relationship starts out badly.
Anderson incorporates history and legends into the plot, there are heirlooms that go back to the time of George Washington as well as some actions in the last days of the Confederacy. Given that the primary capital was in nearby Richmond, the potential repository of Confederate artifacts passes the plausibility test. This is a combination medical and techno-military thriller with a completely implausible conspiracy theory superbly executed.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is based on a reviewer copy received directly from the author but reflects my own views. This book came in a package with the author's next two books with the disclaimer that they are three separate stories but are best read in order to keep continuity. The author did tell me some things about the next two books which already gave me "spoilers" for this one but I did not let that effect my enjoyment of this one.

The author introduces Andy Carlson on a Navy Seals mission in Saudi Arabia. Things don't go right as his friend is killed but Andy is able to forge ahead based on the training he received to be above pain and to be able to always improvise to survive. At the end of the mission he saves a Saudi girl and then the story flashes ahead several months.

Andy is no longer a Seal but is now employed as a doctor in an emergency room. He is attracted to Lindsay, another doctor and they plan to spend a weekend at Andy's home, called the "Farm." It is actually a large plantation estate dating back to the 1700's with a series of underground limestone tunnels. On the way to the Farm they "happen" to see two Saudi Princes that they had just treated in the emergency room, apparently doing recon at military locations. They photograph the pair and follow them around checking out what they are doing. After providing the authorities the information about the Saudis they finally arrive at the Farm.

Lindsay is not who she claimed to be and tries to put something in a drink for Andy. He sees her and subdues her. She says that what she put in the drink was something to only make him sleep. She is working for the government and needed to do something wthout Andy in the way.
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Every book written deserves to be read, some more than others. With so many choices available and very capable aspiring writers needing attention, something’s got to pop, whistle, shoot rockets or promise riches to be really successful. When I got the opportunity to read The Farm by Charles C. Anderson, I thought; well, the title didn’t exactly make the adrenalin flow, but the bellowing mushroom cloud looming over what appears to be the Potomac River suggests this may not be your annual Farmer’s Almanac. The author’s bio gets straight to the point to let the reader know, this is who I am, what I’ve done, and why I’m qualified to tell this story. The second nicety is opening the book and there it is. The story begins, props are in place, the star is on stage and you have to decide if you’re ready to go along. If you’re not ready, close the book. U.S Navy SEAL Andy Carlson is already in motion.
I must admit, when I hear Navy and SEALS, I think divers in the ocean at night in rubber rafts with lots of explosives. Charles Anderson simply takes that ultimate athlete with military discipline and survival skills out of the ocean and casts him out of a crashing helicopter and into the desert. Lieutenant Commander Andrew Carlson will perform whatever action is necessary to complete his mission including dying or making others die by his choice of weaponry. Andy has skillfully mastered making his own “primitive” bows and precision arrows, stealthily arranging silent and instantaneous death to his combatants when appropriate. Although not a born killer, Andy’s ancestry prepares him to accept the ultimate price as well as to provide it to those unfortunate souls daring to cross his country’s loyalty or the boundaries of The Farm.
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