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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 (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Howard started writing at the age of 11. He writes, "The novel 'Jaws' came out that summer and my sister read me the part where the boy on the raft was eaten. An avid reader, I decided to read the novel myself, greatly impressed with its emotional power. I started my own shark attack novel, but soon lost interest. Novel writing requires more discipline than this 11 year old possessed!"
He wrote sporadically over the next 10 years or so until he saw the movie 'The Abyss' in 1989.
"Again I was impressed by the emotional strength of the film and it rekindled in me the desire to write." This time he stuck with it and wrote 'The Kraken', a modern '20,000 Leagues' story, completing the 1st draft in 1992. "I started the manuscript in 1991 after much research about novel writing and oceanography."
He pushed on with 'Seed of Aldebaran', a futuristic story of a killer virus loose on a remote space station. Sensing the books were not up to professional standards, he skipped the publishing route and completed his next novel 'Mariner Valley', a story of a police manhunt on Mars, in 1996.
But by this time he became a single dad and the pressures of that important task pushed the writing to one side. By 2000 he was remarried and decided to try his luck with 'on-demand' publishing, releasing 'Mariner Valley' in 2001.
"During this time I had rekindled my walk with Christ and so decided to give my pen to Him." He published 'Glimpses of My Friend the King' in 2004, enjoying good success with Christian audiences.
"By 2006 I was writing sci-fi again, but had a dream that disturbed me greatly." The details of this dream became the first chapter of 'What So Proudly We Hailed'.
He writes, "By now the Amazon and Kindle phenomenon were in full swing and I was well placed to take advantage of it. I feel our nation is on the wrong track and this novel serves as a warning that we could lose the wonderful blessings we've been privileged to enjoy."
'Hailed' became a great success, selling thousands online.
"Epublishing has eliminated the middleman of traditional publishing and allows the writer and reader to connect directly. It's a dream-come-true. Now I'm going back to my old novels, revising and releasing them under my sci-fi pen name of James Crawford."
James Howard has a website for his Christian writing called www.aPenForHisGlory.com . You can also find 'Hailed' on Facebook.
Concerning a sequel to 'Hailed' he writes, "Many fans have asked for one and I'm working on it. I had no idea the book would take off like it had! I'm busier now than I've ever been, but I love every minute of it. Thank God for Amazon and Kindle!"
You can reach him at aPenForHisGlory@yahoo.com .

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lady Dragoness on July 25, 2011
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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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66 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Threepedo on February 22, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sunnie In SC on June 28, 2011
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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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39 of 53 people found the following review helpful By dna on February 18, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Farmer on May 3, 2012
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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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