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About the Author
- File Size : 907 KB
- Publication Date : December 10, 2016
- Print Length : 279 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01N45A1NU
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,812,704 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kate Baker, who tells the story in the first-person, is an iconoclast of the first magnitude—a pull-no-punches reporter who begins her journalistic life in the 60s & 70s writing for an anti-establishment paper called The Toad. It is just after the killing of students at Kent State when we pick up Kate’s story. For those of us who actually covered that story, as I did when I was a newly-minted reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Kate’s reporting recounts some of the of theories we heard about the shooting at the time, including mysterious snipers, etc.
From that point on, the book bounces back and forth between the 1970s when Kate was a young woman and what appears to be an America of the “near future” when Kate is perhaps 40 years older and a successful novelist. Her book, "Satan's Angel" tells the story of a U.S. president who is murdered by a genetically engineered fruit in which deadly oleander is mixed with a fig.
Apparently, her book is too close to the truth and that sets the government on her trail. Her phones are tapped, she is pursued by drones, and Feds are, seemingly, behind every bush. It is a different America. For one thing we have a Muslim president along with what Skipper describes as “knife brandishing jihadists spilling from their sharia zones.” Not a very pleasant place—especially for a brash reporter like Kate.
Remember what I said about political correctness? This is not a book for those who strive for a world where speech they don’t like is banned and the First Amendment is a distant memory. That is the world we find Kate railing and fighting against (and one that doesn’t seem THAT far away if a few far left-leaning zealots are able to ban any discourse they don’t agree with).
Scott Skipper is a master at crisp, believable dialog containing biting wit and sarcasm. His characters are well-developed and believable and he clearly has done significant research on the 1970s and the May 4, 1970 Kent State massacre when 28 Ohio National Guardsmen using M-1 rifles fired 67 rounds during a 13 second period killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others who were part of an anti-Vietnam War protest.
A Little Rebellion Now and Then is an easy and delightful five-star read filled with a plethora of fascinating characters and events.
Synopsis (from the author): When a leftwing activist from the Nixon era morphs into a conservative writer of political incorrectness, can she ever escape the evil eye of the establishment? Political winds may shift but some things never change. If you pull on the dragon’s tail, you’d best be ready to take some heat. Kate is no stranger to a jail cell, but she thought she got past that four decade ago. Then again, in a world run amuck with knife brandishing jihadists spilling from their sharia zones, maybe a jail cell is the safest place to be.
What I liked: I enjoyed the parallel stories of Kate in the 70’s and her adventures in contemporary America. The common thread between the two eras (government) and how Kate fought it from two perspectives was a unique approach. Scott Skipper captured the 70’s drug use and lingo well, and Kate’s current predicament was reminiscent of Big Brother. Overall, A Little Rebellion Now and Then was an entertaining read.
What I didn’t like: The story had a few gaps that left it incomplete for me. For instance, more on how Kate morphed her political views would help provide continuity. Her children didn’t appear until near the end of the book, and they seemed almost an afterthought and didn’t add much to the tale. Issues like that took me away from the meat of the book.
Overall impression: A Little Rebellion Now and Then by Scott Skipper was a good read. Though not my normal genre, the book entertained me with its satirical look at issues, while giving a raw account of the 70’s counterculture and current events. I recommend this one to anyone over 18 who enjoys a flashback to the Kent State era and the current political climate.
My rating: 4 Stars
Kate became a journalist at a very young age. One of those rebellious ones that constantly walk into the Lion’s den, knowing she could be mauled by the Lion, but not caring, anyway. Unfortunately for her, the Lion, in this case, was the government. She squared against the government, and got shut down so badly that were it not for Roger, her long-suffering friend, and supporter in every way, she would have been history.
She falls foul of everything, and everyone; the government, the Muslim cartel, even people who recognized her, and did she stop? No! People like Kate don’t stop until they get killed. Kate survived several attempts on her life, but still, she fought on. I admire her spirit, but I fear for her. There are writing errors, of course, that the author should check and correct.
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I found this a fun and easy read, and it gets a solid four stars from me.