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Leaving The Trees Paperback – July 10, 2013
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Richard Earl Broome has lived an extraordinary life rising from an Army private to an Army Colonel and serving on the White House staff for two Presidents of the United States as a member of their National Security Council staff. He is considered a national expert on the subjects of cyber war, disaster recovery, preparedness and survival. He is a frequent contributor of articles about the many threats facing our society, appearing frequently on national talk radio shows to discuss issues such as the diminishing supplies of healthy food and water, the sudden emergence of pandemics, ISIS in the USA, and the cyber threat. Now living in a small community in Montana, he is a member of the faculty at both Montana State University and George Washington University where he teaches leadership. He has brought all his life experiences together in this intense suspense novel about trust, courage, betrayal and revenge.
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In the second part of the novel, a group of refugees survives in a fortified camp on the edge of the Montana wilderness, growing crops and anxiously watching the horizon for marauders. Their leader is Roberta, a disciplined Afghan War veteran, with support from Scott, her teenage son, and Erin, a former high-rolling stockbroker. One day, a stranger approaches ... and their precarious lives take a wicked turn.
In the third part, the group is reduced to slaving under a manipulative tyrant - until one of them escapes, discovers the world that once was, and returns to set the others free.
This is a fast moving page-turner, with realistic characters and exciting twists and turns. A key theme throughout the book is the importance of trust - and how trusting your instincts may shock you.
A recommended read. Enjoy it, and watch for the sequel.
Beginning with an inside peek at the narcissistic dysfunction in Washington, it has interesting character development. Initially, I thought this might be a "guy's book" but the beginning pulled me right into the detailed personas of very realistic and identifiable female characters.
When the story segued abruptly to the future, it took me by surprise.
This is a fairly quick read. The ending leaves open the door to be continued.....
did a poor job of correcting minor spelling errors. Perhaps a second and third reading of the book by the editor would solve
this problem. Well done Richard. Keep up the good work.