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Always bright and innovative, Boston has outdone himself in his new novel. Cleverly crafted, Molon Labe! weaves a story that is well done and may evolve from a timely tome into reality sometime in our future. I suggest you buy the novel from Boston T. Party. --Clint Smith, Director, Thunder Ranch, Inc.

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Molon Labe! nominated by the Libertarian Futurist Society for 2004 Best Fiction Prometheus Award!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Javelin Press (January 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888766077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888766073
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James R. Mckinley on February 11, 2005
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What would happen if a bunch of freedom loving Americans concentrated in Wyoming, and transformed the state political system to favor liberty? Well, an intriguing and suspenseful story for one thing! Hint, the federal government doesn't take kindly to a state government respecting and enforcing the entire Bill of Rights. Halfway between a political/espionage thriller, and a historical novel with documentation, 'Molon Labe' is a great read. If you think liberty is in precious short supply in this great land of ours, you'll be cheering.
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I'll keep this short and sweet. If you enjoy historic fiction set in the future and are a lover of liberty, then there is much this book has to offer. The frequent interruption of the main story with brief asides, such as newspaper articles, quotations, and current events (current for the portion of the story interrupted) is an unusual and refreshing variant in novels that I had not encountered till now. The major future historical events of the story are probable outcomes of preceding events, so that the main story rarely rings false. Many of the characters are well balanced, but there are notable exceptions, such as many of the evil DC officials. Though the majority of government officials in real life are quite immoral, power hungry, and ignorant, to portray them as satanists in some massive satanist conspiracy is unrealistic. This is, I have to say, the fault which carries the greatest weight in my mind, and prevents me from giving an otherwise enjoyable book five stars.
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Having read most of Boston's other work I was more than a little skeptical when I first heard about his foray into fiction. Boy was I wrong. It was a great read and once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Molon Labe is full of the same insight and humor that you've come to expect from his other works. So YES!, Boston CAN write fiction! (Leaving the only question "When's the sequel?". I can't wait to catch up on the continuing adventures of "the panther").
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Boston T. Party, a notable author of well-respected works on firearms and the Constitution, creates his first work of fiction with the novel Molon Labe! While it's certainly not formatted as a conventional novel, Molon Labe! is a worthy addition to any freedom-lovers book shelf. Set in the coming decades, it's a chronicle of the "Wyoming Free State Project," where thousands of liberty-seekers migrate to that state to control the government and turn it into a bastion of freedom. The novel is interspersed with commentaries and "interview" format chapters, which sometimes overshadow the narrative. Still, this is the first of what is bound to be a new genre of libertarian literature, and will be much referenced in the future as such scenarios become increasingly likely.

Matt Bracken, author of "Enemies Foreign And Domestic" and "Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista."
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In 480 B.C. the Emperor Xerxes, leader of the 100,000 man invading Persian Army, stood at the pass of Thermopylae and demanded that the vastly outnumbered Greek defenders surrender their weapons. The reply of the Spartan king, Leonidas, has echoed down the ages, "Molon Labe," or in English, "Come and take them." Thus, right from the title, the tone of this most unusual novel is set.

Starting in 1995, the novel Molon Labe explores the idea of libertarians moving to Wyoming. As their numbers grow, they begin to win elections and gradually take political power. The novel moves forward, each chapter is a year, as the libertarian plan to reform the state unfolds. Meanwhile the federal government becomes more oppressive and opposed to the "nuts" in Wyoming.

As often happens in the genre, lackluster writing weakens a great plot. The author Kenneth W. Royce writes under the pen-name of Boston T. Party. Among his most well know books are Boston's Gun Bible and You & the Police. Molan Labe is his first fiction work and is really a policy outline for the Free State Wyoming Project. In the novel, he mixes interesting plot development with lecture and plan of action. This is interspersed with legal notions, opinion and some conspiracy theory. As I read, I learned a lot more about Wyoming and email encryption.

If you don't agree with the philosophy behind the book, I suspect you'll hate it. However, if your economics are laissez-faire, you support gun rights and your politics are libertarian, you'll be willing to overlook the literary and style issues and enjoy a very thought provoking plot. I give the plot five stars for originality and the literary quality two stars for an overall rating of three.
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This book is a call to action masquerading as a novel. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but set your expectations accordingly.

Thus, if you are on board with the basic premise - that the twin doctrines of popular sovereignty and individual liberties (aka natural rights) upon which America was based (according to the conventional wisdom) are vanishing quickly and being replaced by proto-police state policies - you will probably enjoy the book.

As pure entertainment, it leaves a lot to be desired. The characters are 2 dimensional at best - in almost every single case, the bad guys are pure bad, the good guys are pure good - there is little in the way of the actual nuances or internal conflicts which are characteristic of human beings in the real world. Not surprising, considering this is a first time fiction author who is self published. Bearing that in mind, I think he did one helluva job - whatever its flaws, it managed to be readable.

But the author's goal is not to entertain you - it is to educate and inform you, and further, to persuade you, and the book does a good job of that, while holding together a just-sufficiently engaging cast of characters and plotline to keep it from feeling like a study session.

The education piece is well done - the author's knowledge of the central issues of liberty (gun control or lack thereof being, obviously, the pre-eminent one, but also numerous others discussed throughout) is expert and on target (I think I may even have caught a reference to Albert Jay Nock in there somewhere!), and his using historical events in conjunction with current events and then spinning these into vital contemporary lessons is also very good. Preston's second Playboy interview, as an example.
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