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  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Larken Rose (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1607437325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607437321
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to read but with enough surprises and suspense to keep you interested.
JBS1717
Rose writes great dialogue: he presents important philosophical ideas in conversations that you can imagine real people having with one another.
Dabooda
I didn't learn anything I didn't already know, but the big speech at the end is just awesome!
G. Carlson

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dabooda on October 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read thousands of books in my 60 years, but this one instantly became one of my favorites. Rose writes great dialogue: he presents important philosophical ideas in conversations that you can imagine real people having with one another. And while this may not be the best plotted book I've ever seen, the author seems to have put his anarchistic, freedom-loving soul into it, and it shines through like a star. I read the book in just a few days. Two weeks later I read it again, to make sure it was as good as I thought it was the first time through. Then I ordered 10 copies to send to friends. Yeah, that good.

The book focuses on three characters: a young woman fresh out of high school, a newbie Federal Agent (ATF), and the personal secretary to the newly elected President of the United States. These three are all mild, ordinary folks of good will. Nothing special or particularly interesting about any of them . . . which turns out not to matter too much, because the real show is what's going on around them. The author throws his characters into the middle of a Waco-like government siege of a rural community in Arizona. The government and the ever-trustworthy news media call the besieged folks "terrorists" belonging to an "anarchist cult" called "The Iron Web." But as soon as the viewpoint characters meet the people who supposedly belong to this dreaded conspiracy, they find that the government is up to its old tricks of demonizing people of good will who happen to hold politically incorrect opinions. In this case, the government has real cause to be frightened of these folks: tyrants must always fear men who know that they are free. And that's all I'm going to say about the story - you should have the fun of discovering it for yourself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ReturnToLiberty on July 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Fast paced spellbinding action, intriguing characters caught in a diabolical dead end trap, a love-able heroine and fearless heroes caught in the throes of an inescapable situation until ...
Larken Rose has you in his grip. You're deep in the underground with these colorful freemen, firmly in the Iron Web 'til the end.
A dis-establishment classic work of fiction, mixed with truth and a healthy dose of anarchy aimed at the umbrella of tyranny reigning in the land of the Iron Web.
This is one you'll want to get out to your friends if you've read Matthew Bracken or Boston T. Party.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Lilley on January 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
What I wouldn't give to hear a real president make Grant Collins' speech! The biggest weakness of this book is that some of the situations are contrived and unlikely. That said, the dialog is great and very thought-provoking, and it's message far outweighs the weaknesses. This is a great work of libertarian fiction.

I got this book in the audio version available on the author's web site. Many books don't work well in an audio format and since it is read by the author instead of a professional reader, I wasn't sure how well this one would do. But the author does an excellent job and the book works very well because it doesn't have too many characters to remember, the chapters are relatively short, and the most important passages consist mostly of dialog.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Scott on November 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I got this book yesterday evening and just finished it this morning. Didn't want to put it down.
The message it contains in a highly entertaining "read," is one everyone should explore.
This book explodes the myth of the necessity of a "state" and centralized power in the
form of government as being the solution to problems facing humanity.
The state is the problem and so is government. Giving any entity like government the monopoly on the initiation of force is evil and has caused most of the problems in the world today. Government creates far more problems than it supposedly solves and it isn't necessary at all. In fact just the opposite.
Limited government is just limited evil.
Freedom is incompatible with government.
Take the time to but this book and read it. You won't regret it unless you like living in the matrix.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ezra N. Johnson on December 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Like many of the greatest novels ever written, or stories ever told, the Iron Web not only tells an fascinating and gripping story, it teaches the true ideals of freedom every American should know. Never before have I seen the precepts of freedom taught in such an entertaining and gripping way. If you love the idea of freedom, or wish to share the philosophies of freedom with a friend, read and give this book to your family and friends. I got it from my father and will be passing it on to my father in law. Well done Larken Rose!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kubel on June 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
I got the audio-book version of The Iron Web. To be honest, I knew this book was written by a newbie of sorts (this was the authors first and last novel), so I was worried that it was going to be shallow, cheesy, and predictable. I was wrong. It was both funny, exciting, sad, thought provoking, and... well, let's just say unexpected.

Without spoiling the story, a hardcore statist might find The Iron Web offensive, extreme, maybe even a little disturbing. Then again, it might be the perfect read to introduce someone to the concepts that are essential to freeing them from the cult of state worship. If you are merely a libertarian leaning reader, this book will make your enslavement just that much more uncomfortable, but not leave you with a feeling of total despair. If you are an anarchist, there's plenty for you here- especially the speech near the end!

If you are concerned that this author might not produce a novel worth reading- don't be worried at all. It's an excellent book. I really hope Larken Rose will continue his passion of freeing peoples minds.
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