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About the Author

James Howard is a veteran of the US Navy where he worked with nuclear weapons. He has also spent the last twenty years working in various aspects of heavy industry, including electrical power generation and distribution, and has learned much about our nation’s power grid. These experiences, combined with his devoted study of Bible prophesy, world history, and Islam, make him uniquely qualified to write this novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453672435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453672433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like most writers my writing journey started with a love of reading. I learned to read in kindergarten as part of a special program and soon discovered that books were a doorway to a larger world. Not only could I discover the fascinating people, places, and cultures around me, but I could also explore worlds that were solely of the imagination. The emotional power of what I read, coupled with the engrossing nature of storytelling, convinced me to try my hand at writing.
On the way I also discovered that with books one could educate oneself in almost any topic, and this ability to research would serve me well in my writing career. I first met the Lord Jesus in US Navy boot camp and soon focused my research on Him and the Scriptures. He also opened for me a whole new world as well as a new perspective on life.
I began my writing career writing novels in different genres. I also spent time studying and writing (and directing and/or performing) dramas for my church, as well as poetry. Both of these pursuits sharpened my ability to write prose, and after taking a course on writing short fiction I wrote "Glimpses of My Friend the King," which was released in 2004. A collection of short stories, it was well received in my church and in neighboring churches as well. Fans have told me that they've found the stories useful in daily devotions, family Bible reading, and adult bible study groups.
I continued writing short stories and poetry and even began writing novels in other genres when in 2006 I awoke from a disturbing dream, the details of which would become the opening scenes for my greatest novel to date, What So Proudly We Hailed. In it I explored America's historical connection between freedom and Christianity, America's drift from our Christian heritage, and the most probable outcomes of our departure from the principles of our founding fathers.
As we look around at the world today and see the proliferation of nuclear weapons, our dependency on technology, the increase of hedonism in our culture, and the rise of Islam, the novel becomes a prescient warning to our nation. Released in 2010, it has sold thousands online and continues to sell copies each month, many sales coming from other countries.
So now I divide my time between the work of the Gospel, developing my writing talents in other genres, mastering the arena of social media, and exploring new avenues to reach out to the world to share my faith in meaningful ways. I have a blog called http://apenforhisglory.com/ through WordPress and I invite you to join me on this adventure of discovery. You can also reach me at aPenForHisGlory@gmail.com , or on my Twitter account @aPenForHisGlory , or on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChristianAuthorJamesHoward/ .
I have found that, like the Lord Jesus Himself, my work creates strong friends and determined enemies. Discover it for yourself and find out where you stand.
God bless you. - James

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WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED is a book in the fashion of apocalyptic stories. James Howard knows his material he uses so well in this book: he has been closely affiliated with the US Navy and with nuclear weapons and with the intricacies of the power grid of the United States. While other authors must search for written material from which to extract a novel, Howard has been there and knows just how treacherous are the ideas he proposes.

The concept of a nuclear attack from North Korea is a little too uncomfortably real to allow the reader to put this novel down once begun. Howard takes his main character and family into territory thought to be a safe haven from the chaos on the mainland, but systems fail and with a homeland in the throes of blatant crime with survival tenuous, and with the rise of a a wholly different religious threat, this journey of Jason Ribault and his family are placed in that position we all must face if annihilation threatens. How the Ribaults and fellow survivors cope is the fast-paced conclusion of this novel. The writing technique may be a bit raw but the story idea is a shocker and Howard makes it work well. Grady Harp, December 10
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What if... there was a nuclear attack on the United States? What So Proudly We Hailed takes that question and runs with it. The title makes this book seem to be a story about the beginning of the United States, but that's not the case. It is, in part a story of war, but of more modern times; an alternate reality, if you wish. The characters do exhibit patriotic characteristics though.

The scenario seems plausible and the book is well written. Especially in the last half, the narrative tends to get a bit preachy for my tastes, which explains the one star rating drop. Still, the story is enjoyable.

Recommended for readers age 16 and up who enjoy reading books which promote a Christian viewpoint. The author has put his characters into some controversial situations, which would make for good group discussion material.

This book was provided to me free by author in exchange for review. This review has been simultaneously posted on Dragon Views, LibraryThing, Amazon.com and wherever else I may deem appropriate.
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What So Proudly We Hailed was recommended by a member of our book club. I purchased the book the same day and began reading. Could not put it down ~ page after page my mind raced forward. Most of us go through our daily routine without giving much thought to our dependance on electricity and electronics. As I thought about what is going on in the global world beyond our little corner and add to that our electronic dependance I quickly "got it". No cash registers at the store, no operational pumps at the gas stations for fuel, ATM's etc! etc! The "what if" so vividly depicted by the author became a real possibility. James Howard has done us a huge favor if we just digest what he has written for us as an introduction to the Book of Revelations. This development of the story line begs a sequel. I do hope Mr. Howard will do the next book and take us beyond the East Coast of the USA and perhaps arrive in Australia with the Ribault family. I read many of the reviews both positive and not so much ~ I felt most of the uncomplimentry reviews were written by people who are closed minded to scripture and do not believe the Bible. When they find themselve smack dab in the middle of The End Times as written about in the Book of Revelations they may wish the had heeded the warnings. I have recommended this book to all my family & friends. It is very relevent.
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If you are a serious fan of Post Apocalyptic fiction, pass on this one.
If the "Left Behind" type of silliness is your cup of tea, then drink up.
The only reason to finish this book is to see how bad it can get.
Implausable plot, predictable characters, rediculous storyline...you name it.
While my religous beliefs may not dovetail with the authors', I am a Christian too.
So no, it's not that.
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If you know ahead of time (as I did) that this novel is heavy on Christian themes and pretty much void of prepper training then you might like it. I enjoyed the author's use of a short-wave radio as a way of informing the reader what was happening in the outside world. I also enjoyed the protaganist's moral struggles in rejecting the sexual advances of a 22-year old sexy blonde (his daughter's friend). I might not have been as strong as our hero. Overall, it was an okay use of my time.
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I got the book as I'm a fan of the genre - and the premise is worth exploring and could serve as a really interesting canvas.

I read some other reviews stating that the religious commentaries we're a bit oppressive, but I'm such a fan of the survivalist/nuclear genre that I gave it a shot hoping it would just be an ebb in the background.

Unfortunately, the book reads like a sermon virtually every chapter. It's a constant flow of prayer, hyper christianity vs. militant islam positioning.

Despite all that, I could have forgiven it if the underlying story was well structured and moving. It's not. You never get a feel for what's really going on elsewhere in the U.S., and where I had thought the story would focus on survival on the seas and sharing insights on the challenges one could expect following a limited tactical nuclear attack -- we never really get it.

Even for the most die hards of the genre like me, skip this one -- there are FAR better options available (The New Madrid Run, The Last Ship, come to mind that are also naval/sea related stories that are far superior).
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