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- Print Length: 362 pages
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- Publication Date: August 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EQA4A4C
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The House of War: Book One Of : THE OMEGA CRUSADE Kindle Edition
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Carlos Carrasco's strength is his writing. His characterization is excellent and he is skilled bringing his characters alive. Sometimes he shows real promise as a writer, and I am almost swept away. Yet, good writing, doesn’t equate to good story. House of War would be better categorized as a conglomeration of short stories rotating around a single plot idea rather than a narrative exploring a theme through a core cast of characters. New characters are introduced in virtually every chapter, and the reader suffers from character overload.
House of War would have been better set in a Walternate universe (Fringe TV series) as the past is flush with events that never happened. In this Walternate/alternate universe, I could have swallowed Nancy Pelosi becoming President and then dying in a Latin America terrorist attack. I could have stomached D.C. Mayor Barry Marion, the fanatic Maxist and overblown evil-doer, trying to rain on the Catholic’s Christmas mass celebration. In the Walternate universe, the U.N. viability panels euthanizing the elderly and forcing abortions on mothers might have even seemed viable. But the convenience that no lives are taken during the Christian coup, that this cabal of Christians is made of hundreds, even thousands of conspirators and not one blows the whistle, was difficult to swallow even in the Walternate universe. Unfortunately, sewing together fictional events in a past context and not filling major plot holes tears at the fabric of fiction. The goal is to make us believe something plausible. House of War comes off as more of a tall-tale, a genre better categorized as fantasy rather than thriller.
Essentially the plot centers around a group of Christian rebels led by retired Colonel Miguel Pereira who manages to knock out every satellite and wipe out the Internet. Through frayed communications, they then quickly take over the government to 'take the nation back.' God’s plan, of course, goes off without a hitch. Many sermons and long dogmatic passages are interlude. In the Walternate universe, Islamist fundamentalists are allowed to take over Detroit, but Christians are fined egregious sums for crossing themselves with the trinity. All of this is fodder for a long, drawn-out, right-wing story where the book is a podium for every conservative issue under the sun. And, it reads like it. As a reader, I don’t care if you give me a character who has extreme views (better told in first person), but I think few readers enjoy being preached to. Even Christian right-wingers might find House of War overly heavy-handed. I certainly did.
Having said all that, I would read Mr. Carrasco’s work again if he stepped off the pulpit and just told a nice story without miring it in his own views and hard-to-swallow plot devices.
Bottom line is I would definitely read a follow-up to this book, and probably pick up anything else this guy writes. I don't see any other books on Amazon by Carlos Carrasco. If this is a first novel, it suggests great things to come.
This is an erudite and thought provoking examination of today's headlines projected into the author's view of a very possible future.
If you are a tree hugging loony lefty, such as the one who objected to my review of 'The Lorax', you will not like the ideas presented by the author. I would urge you to read it all the same, open your mind to other ideas just once at least, but I hold no illusions to that possibility.
I enjoyed this book, and reccomend it highly, with no reservations whatsoever.