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Heroes Proved Hardcover – November 20, 2012
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On the thirty-first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. and the world are vastly different than they were in 2001. The president of the U.S. relies on secret tactics to keep up the appearance of safety. In Houston, several Islamic terrorists kidnap a physicist from MIT who has knowledge of a hydrogen fuel cell that could eliminate the need for fossil fuels. Peter Newman, former war hero and son of a U.S. senator, knows that the physicist’s research is vital to achieving energy independence. When others who worked with the scientist die under mysterious circumstances, Newman realizes it’s up to him to stage a rescue. But the government needs to keep the kidnapping and the truth behind the abduction a secret, so Newman becomes a target with nowhere to turn. North has written an involving thriller that posits a distinctly scary future. The president and some of the government officials come across as buffoons, but Peter Newman and the heroes shine. Military-fiction fans will devour this one. --Jeff Ayers
About the Author
Oliver North is a combat-decorated US Marine and recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action. From 1983 to 1986, he served as the US government’s counterterrorism coordinator on the National Security Council staff. President Ronald Reagan described him as “a national hero.” A New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, he is also host of the award-winning documentary series War Stories on Fox News. North lives with his wife, Betsy, in Virginia. They have four children and sixteen grandchildren. Visit him on Facebook and Twitter, or learn more at OliverNorth.com.
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so to summarize... i would definitely recommend this book mostly for it's political commentary ... it also plays out like a clancy so it is a good spy like novel... the caution i give though is that it is very slow and painful to start...
Heroes Proven is a taut thriller by North who is even mentioned within the four corners of the novel. It is a very military worded and full of, as such, annoying acronyms. As I began reading, Oliver North, almost lost me with the multitude of alphabet soup of military/government jargon. I quickly realized that a glossary of terms was necessary and looking in the back of the book voila! (there it was). Without this, the reader would have been buried in very unfamiliar terms. The story line takes place in the year 2032 with many references to current times. In the year 2032, lives seems normal enough but you soon learn that the Progressive thinking of the government of the United States has given way to the "Idea" of a global world and many rights of the individual have been legislated away by treaties with foreign governments and assent to UN directives. The level of corruption in our government, because of seemingly absolute power is a harbinger of where our country is heading. The plot is very inviting to the reader and you are very easily drawn in and the book becomes an object of too much attention by the reader. It becomes a contest of minds and wills between evil and righteous people. You will love the family cohesiveness as well as the pull of conscious by some of the characters. It is a book I highly recommend and am confident the average reader will too, once you overcome the annoying (at first) acronyms. I read the hardbound edition purchased from Amazon and gave it four stars and would have given it five stars but for the acronyms, which were a bit annoying.
Heroes Proved gives all of its readers a great deal about which to think.
I need to commend Mr. North for one fabulous ommission. The language was totally sanitized of cursing and language to make sailors blush. I could easily hand this book without apology to my pastor or rabbi.
Well worth your investment of time and when several within your family have read it, there should be some entertaining discussion around the dinner table.
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Growing more comfortable with the author's use of himself as a character, although this almost kept me from reading this last installment.Read more