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- Publisher: Victory Fiction (January 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 16, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBAM5NG
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You will enjoy each, and more so in the realization you are not alone.
Fifteen stories, all dealing, in some way, with the cost of freedom, and often what happens when we allow our government to run us, instead of us running the government.
'The Tenth Righteous Man' tells the true (but embellished) story of a highly placed German officer who attempts to assassinate Hitler. I confess that I had never heard of this particular event, although I knew multiple attempts were made. The story is written without giving names to the principal characters, and that lends a very nice touch of mystery to what is regretfully a failed mission. 'Honor' is a term that means something to a soldier, and it was his honor that drove Rudolf-Christoph Freiherr [Baron] von Gersdorff to make his attempt. I discover that he was alive and active during my own time in Germany; I wish I had known then what I know now. I would like to be able to tell my hand of a man who had attempted to assassinate one of the greatest mass murderers in history, as well as his top aides. author: Nitay Arbel.
"Martian Sunrise" is a story of redemption. The setting, on the surface of Mars, enhances the isolation felt by the hard-striving adult child of an alcoholic. Her partner provides the proof that the ability to give and receive love is the very best of all human achievement. author: Matthew Souders.
"Backwater" is a story that illustrates the futility of just hoping a tyrannical government will leave people alone if they stay out of sight. Incompetence is a far more promising hope than laziness; there are plenty of potential Boston Massacres out there. author: Lori Janeski.
"The Birthday Party," is unlike most stories in this collection, in that the evil perpetrated by the tyrannical authority is far more personal; it's a single powerful mountain lord, in post- WWI America, who is the oppressor. (A relatively common figure in the Deep South.) author: Daniella Bova.
"Dollars On The Nightstand" tells what happens when the Nanny State gains power. No more Big Gulps for YOU, mister! We may want to believe that an intrusive law would never be enforced on us, but: tried driving without a seat belt lately? There is a sweetness to the characters of this story that makes the conclusion horrid, like a Twilight Zone episode. author: Bokerah Brumley.
"The City" is an enclosed paradise of a habitat. All of the needs of the people are met by their robotic servants. Everything is lovely in Bubble Land, and the robots know what is best for us. Any time you hear that, shoot it. author: A. G. Wallace.
"The Nomod" is somewhat similar to "The City" in that it addresses supposedly benevolent rulers and their slaves. However, the rulers in this case are the humans who have received extensive conditioning and biological modifications. A 'nomod' is a human who has refused both. Close kinship with "Brave New World," but a better outcome. author: Henry Vogel.
"Sara" creeped me out. Most of the other stories offer at least some hope of freedom through rebellion; however, in this world, rebellion brings a different kind of slavery. Sexless automatons in a controlled, '1984'-like society, find freedom of expression by cosplaying into a nasty, sex-for-hire club scene. author: Chris Donohue.
"Room to Breathe." Nobody really gives a hoot for art and artists. At least, not until they can't have access to it. Jackson Pollock's attempts to express the meaningless of life becomes painfully poignant when you know his work is much more than splashes of paint on a canvas. 'The Andulasian Dog' makes sense against the background of trench warfare is the background. The plight of Daniel, looking for an escape from sanctioned bullies and colorless housing, is deeply moving. author: Marina Fontaine.
"Victory Garden," for some reason, came alive to me. I think it was because I have lived in the house, and had a garden in the backyard like John's. Mine, however, was just a backyard garden. John's is the place where the revolution might start, because it contains a cleverly buried treasure. author: Tom Rogneby.
(For those of you with an interest in such things, I am now continuing the review, after a 17 hour break. I had to go babysit, and then I slept late. It's Sunday!)
'The Unsent Letter' just smacks me right in the face. A National Guard sergeant, Dave Clifford, with multiple deployments to combat theaters, discovers an un-mailed envelope and a color printout of a young girl in the bottom of his locker. The picture has no label; the envelope is addressed with the single word: Kasheena. It's a father's goodbye to his daughter, and was never mailed. This is a cost of freedom that those who have risked the loss of a family member feel deep inside. The author was deployed to Yemen when his daughter was the age of the young girl in the picture. How many times have men and women looked at the pictures of family taped in their lockers or carried (against orders) to the field, and prayed for an opportunity to hold that little boy, or kiss the new bride, or feel the healing touch of mother or grandmother again? author: Brad Torgerson.
"Credo Man" is a delightful tale of foreshadowing and rescue, and choices, and the consequences of allowing the State access to private conversations and private spaces. There's a Good Girl, and a Bad Boy, and beer, polka music, lederhosen, and dirndls. And there is a sneaky test of ********. (* because it might be a spoiler.) author: Carol Kean.
"The Fighting Beagles and the Attack at Dawn." Be prepared for the skewering of every WWII hero movie ever made, and for the exploits of goofs and poltroons, with semi-shakespearean, semi-comic book names. We have Sergeant Major Pepper, Major Duke Hazard, and the Fighting Beagles, so named because of the rebellions PFC Wintergreen (of Catch-22 fame); this is before Wintergreen was busted. Don't try to sense of it, just float, much as you would with good jazz. author: Nick Cole.
"Shirt Story" takes place in the not-too-distant future when the ideological separation between camps is too much to bear. The opposing parties co-exist on the same American land-mass, but are governed (sort of) by their own parties. Instead of referring to these with the labels assigned by the author, my own ideology requires that I refer to them as the 'pro-Hillary' and the 'anyone else except Hillary' camps. Cleverly formed acronyms dot the story like brown sugar clumps in oatmeal. And in this bit of allegory, T-shirts broadcast your beliefs, but the message is invisible to the members of the opposing party. author: Arlan Andrews.
"Polk's Prophetic Property." The final story in the collection starts out (to me) reading exactly like Heinlein. In fact, if I rotate the frontal cortext of my brain 17 degrees to the east, and the medulla oblongata 6 degrees north, I've got Heinlein all the way through. Polk, the hero, would feel at home in the company of the Man Who Sold The Moon. It seems he has attempted to build a cannery, but Cthulhu appears and stops the work. There is a prophecy which demands a temple, with a throne of skulls, be built on the site, and Squid-Boy wants it done Right Freaken Now. How ever shall we prevail? author: W. J. Hayes.
Summary: if you have any interest whatsoever in good ideas about freedom's cost, this is the volume you want.