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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

I read this book on a friends recommendation. Although I do beli

I read this book on a friends recommendation. Although I do believe something is going to happen in the (near?) future, Chinese takeover wasn't one of them!
So, now I have something else to worry about.

This is a fictional tale about what could come about if America do...
I read this book on a friends recommendation. Although I do believe something is going to happen in the (near?) future, Chinese takeover wasn't one of them!
So, now I have something else to worry about.

This is a fictional tale about what could come about if America doesn't wake up.
The book keeps you in suspense the entire time. Will Cliffson be able to rescue his son Zack before it is to late?
If you are able to handle a turbulent tale with undertones of the bitter truth, I highly recommend this story.

posted by Mellissa90 on August 20, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A FEW COMMENTS First, I would like to say that this is a four s

A FEW COMMENTS

First, I would like to say that this is a four star story with some three star editing issues, in my opinion. So I ask that you read the entire review before making a decision as to whether or not you think you would enjoy it. The fact that the review is...
A FEW COMMENTS

First, I would like to say that this is a four star story with some three star editing issues, in my opinion. So I ask that you read the entire review before making a decision as to whether or not you think you would enjoy it. The fact that the review is so long should tell you I enjoyed the story enough to take the time and write a detailed account of my reactions to it. Thank you ahead of time for your patience.

Second, this will be a long review. I will clearly section it off so if you don't want to read a particular portion, you can skip it. For example, toward the end, I will discuss the politics of the book. It you are not interested, you can just move right along.

And finally, at this point I would like to include some details about how I review Independent Authors because that does play a part in this review. I am more lenient with Independent Authors. The main reason is that they don't have access to big time publishers and many don't have the money to hire top of the line editors. In fact, some do without. Books that are published with big time publishers go through many rounds of reading- beta reading, proofreading, copy editor, final editor and some other stuff with which I am not yet familiar. The same is not true of independent novels. Therefore, when deciding on a rating, I am more inclined to ignore things that I would not ignore in non-independent books.

REVIEW

In the very near future, the U.S. government has slowly chipped away at individual freedoms and built up so called entitlement programs to the point that most Americans are completely dependent on the federal government, which results in an enormous debt to China. Unfortunately, China calls in that debt and the United States is unable to pay it. With no other options, the President hands over the United States to China who intends to bleed the country dry of all resources. First order of business- thin the herd.

The story is told primarily from the point of view of a small group of country folk. Even in the country, most people are still dependent upon the government but a few see what is coming and do everything they can to be as self-sufficient as possible, Unfortunately, they face growing problems when one son is taken to a labor camp, thieves and murderers make frequent attacks on homes and the city inhabitants begin moving outside the cities and will soon arrive, looking for food and somewhere safe to live.

This is what I refer to as political, speculative fiction. The scenes are frightening and captivating. At points, I couldn't drag myself away, and paid for it the next morning.

I don't know who the target audience is or what the author's intent is. That makes a difference, especially with this type of book. So please, PLEASE, don't let my next statement scare you off, but I am just going to throw it out there- If you are a fan of Glenn Beck, you will love this story; If you are a fan of Rachel Maddow, not so much. Either way, it can be an entertaining read as liberals could read it with moral indignation; sometimes that's a bunch of fun too. I wish Roberts had included more of the opposite point of view and showed events unfolding from a Rachel Maddow point of view. The character Thomas gives the reader a little of that, but I would have enjoyed a much more in depth storyline from that perspective.

There were a few places where I chuckled. I don't know if they were intentional. For example-

Jean was simply irreplaceable, like a piece of old farm equipment, "they just didn't make em' like that anymore."

My immediate reaction was, "Did he just compare his wife to farm equipment?" The other thing I found amusing is that Thomas and Mary Jefferson, who are liberals, have a son named Davis. Davis angers Thomas with his more conservative comments, but he attends University of Texas, which is a liberal school in arguably the most liberal city in Texas. Jefferson comments, "Is this the kind of thing you're learning at college?" He's going to UT so the answer is- not likely.

WHAT WORKED FOR ME

Title

I really like the title. At first, I was unsure. I thought maybe it came from a famous quote, but I couldn't find one that was close enough to support that theory. If not, I'm impressed-

Man's past is filled with truth's shed blood.

That's a good quote.

Intelligence

I appreciate that the book is intelligent. I know liberals will argue otherwise, but there are intelligent points. And regardless of whether or not you think it works, there are intellectual discussions and what amount to short speeches.

Creepy

I'm a big fan of creepy and Truth's Blood has no shortage of creepy. And no one is safe. So if you have a favorite character, I wouldn't get too attached. I like authors who make none of their characters safe.

WHAT DID NOT WORK FOR ME

Editing

Typos, misspelled words, grammatical errors and errors in syntax only affect my rating when there are enough to disrupt my reading. While these errors were not all over the place, there were many times they did interrupt my flow. Each reviewer has his or her own thing and this is one of mine. I have seen many people comment it doesn't bother them. And in all honesty, it was not enough that I wouldn't read any more books by this author. There were times I stayed up late because I didn't want to put the book down. So keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to read Truth's Blood.

Accent

The Chinese are the new Russians, so I completely understand why they are the bad guys. That's not the issue. The issue is accent. It just came across to me as the Christmas dinner scene from A Christmas Story. For example-

"I will not mince words with you American dogs," Ju-long spat. "America owe China moe than four trillion dolla and you are going to pay."

I personally didn't think it was necessary. In fairness, you will get a lot of southern accent and slang as well.

Repetition & Speeches

Some of the political talking points get a bit repetitive. And the speeches disguised as dialogue break the flow of the storyline. The initial classroom scene was done very well. It's the sitting in the living room or porch and two people who believe the same thing are going back and forth agreeing with each other. To me that is a clear "I'm making a point to the reader" moment. That happens a few times in the book.

Internal Monologue

I'm just not a fan.

WHAT I HAVE NOT DECIDED

Quotes

I think quotes at the beginning of each chapter can be extremely effective. However, I was not always clear as to how the quote was relevant to what happens in the chapter. Maybe that is my failing, but I don't think I should have to try so hard if the book is meant for entertainment. That's where knowing the author's intent would be helpful.

POLITICS

I kid you not, Truth's Blood hits a lot of talking points- business ownership, liberal elitism, government regulation, national debt, gun control, drone attacks, due process, entitlement programs, political correctness and more. I just want to make one observation.

Keynesian Economics

Keynesian Economics is brought up several times. At the beginning, there is a scene in a classroom where a teacher and student are debating Keyne's economic theory. Unfortunately, the reader either has to take the characters' comments on faith or must stop to look up the very advanced and intricate theory for him or herself.

CONCLUSION

I do recommend Truth's Blood. If your political views are in opposition, skim those parts. In my opinion, there is enough in the book to make for an entertaining read if you are indeed interested in this genre. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

posted by Suvorov on February 18, 2013

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    I read this book on a friends recommendation. Although I do beli

    I read this book on a friends recommendation. Although I do believe something is going to happen in the (near?) future, Chinese takeover wasn't one of them!
    So, now I have something else to worry about.

    This is a fictional tale about what could come about if America doesn't wake up.
    The book keeps you in suspense the entire time. Will Cliffson be able to rescue his son Zack before it is to late?
    If you are able to handle a turbulent tale with undertones of the bitter truth, I highly recommend this story.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    This genre seems to be growing all the time. I enjoy it, but ha

    This genre seems to be growing all the time. I enjoy it, but have found many of the books to be written by ex-military or survivalist instructors/educators. The result is that many times the books are over done with Rambo style tactics and detailed lists of guns and equipment. Often there is little character development and it can be difficult to identify with the cardboard characters these books contain. This book is different. It is written from a man on the street view, not some specialist in survival techniques. The characters are warm and genuine and easy to get on board with. In a word, they are real. The emphasis here is on the story and not on foul language or novice attempts at sex scenes. This book contains many of the intangibles that make for a darn good read and once you get into it you will find it to be a real page turner. If you enjoy this genre of book or if you're just checking it out, this book wont dissappoint and I can recommend without hesitation that you pick it up. It's a good read!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    This is an edgy book. You wont get comfortable with it. Take t

    This is an edgy book. You wont get comfortable with it. Take the lessons of history and combine them with contemporary times. The resulting dystopian world will take you out of your comfort zone. The characters are real and you will suffer right along with them as they struggle to survive in a sewer hits the fan world.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    This book is a fictional tale but it could definitely be prophet

    This book is a fictional tale but it could definitely be prophetic.

    "Those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it".
    The USA, unless some miracle happens, is due for some major problems. I think everyone should read this no matter what political party you stand with. Some may say this book is to morbid but I say that this is the possible future.

    I surely HOPE nothing this drastic happens, but the problem is it COULD if enough people do not start waking up to reality.

    A very well written novel. It sucks you in from the beginning to the end.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    This is a fictional tale about a family that is caught in the mi

    This is a fictional tale about a family that is caught in the middle of the collapse of America.

    The Chinese decide the only way they are going to get their money back is to take over America and kidnap America boys so they can use them for their own purposes.

    Cliffson will do whatever it takes to protect his family, especially his two sons.

    Although it starts off a little slow, I would suggest you keep reading.
    It is not a light read but it is very well written and can be quite educational.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    This is a terrific book. One that goes beyond the cliche's and

    This is a terrific book. One that goes beyond the cliche's and makes the readers think. Unfortunately many will miss its message because they will see much of it as political when it is really history that is being drawn upon. There isn't a point made here that isnt backed by history. From Rome to Germany, Britain, Argentina, Chile and so many others, its happened before. Only in the United States do people believe their country is exempt from the errors of mankind, errors that are continually repeated and one can only wonder why mankind is so incapable of learning from the past. It's an engaging story, with characters we all can relate too and lessons for those who can see beyond our politcally correct world. Buy it and challenge yourself with intelligent writing and a story that will keep you up late at night.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Gut Fear and other things that makes men wimper.

    A nightmare world in a time that most would think could never come, but it does. A story filled with no holds barred brutality and all the reasons why. A story that is shocking, not that it takes place in some foreign land at some obscure time, but rather it is here and has already begun.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    I found this to be a fascinating story that really makes you st

    I found this to be a fascinating story that really makes you stop and think. I love the interplay with the family and friends. They really could be any one of us. I wonder how any of us would really do in a situation like this. The writing style makes the imagery so real that I sometimes forgot where I was.
    Five stars for me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Colossal success for this debut author. Immensely entertaining


    Colossal success for this debut author. Immensely entertaining. A page turner! Is it perfect? No, few books are. As another reviewer noted, it gets preachy at times. I’ve read a number of books in this genre and most tend to get a little preachy, probably because the authors feel so strongly about the subject matter. But don’t let this put you off. If you enjoy this kind of story then you’ll be captivated. It’s a grand story and the characters will grab you, and who doesn’t find a book with great characters a good read? Buy it and climb aboard for the ride!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    I have read a lot of books in this genre. From Lights Out, to G

    I have read a lot of books in this genre. From Lights Out, to Going Home, 299 Days, author Joe Nobodys series, A Long Winter's Journey and more. Searching for well written post apocalyptic novels is fraught with some real stinkers, but Truth's Blood is compelling. An entirely different take on the SHTF scenario. Well written, a great storyline, with engaging characters and few editing errors. This book will take you on a journey. No book is perfect, but this ranks up there with the best. Don't pass it by and at only $2.99 for the ebook edition (at Amazon) its a steal. Hopefully B@N will soon have it available for the Nook.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    This book will send chills down your spine.  Normally when you

    This book will send chills down your spine. 

    Normally when you read a horror book it is easy to console yourself with the fact that it is *just a book*.
    Well although this is JUST a book, what happens to Cliffson, his family and his friends could very well be in our very own future. 
    Who knows if it will be a hostile Chinese takeover, but it almost seems inevitable that some kind of guerrilla or civil war is coming.

    Let's just hope that if (when?) the contents of this book become a reality, us true Americans can all band together and weather the storm.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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