Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

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by John Ross
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The dust jacket of this first novel nearly sums it up: a storm trooper-like American federal agent holds an automatic weapon to the throat of a semi-naked, buxom young woman as a giant copy of the Constitution burns in the background. What's missing is an illustration of a hero, but some readers might settle for the adjacent photo of author Ross, smiling and holding a rifle while the copy below the photo points out that ``he fires upwards of 20,000 rounds of ammunition a year.'' Ross's own hero, or at least protagonist, is Missouri weapons dealer and geologist Henry Bowman, a self-styled ``member of the gun culture,'' who fires on intruders at a friend's Indiana home, mistaking them for terrorists. When the men turn out to be federal agents carrying out a raid on suspected firearms violators, Henry learns that he himself is a target of federal assault. He responds by killing 10 agents, butchering them and feeding them to hogs. Henry is soon joined by others, including his A.A. friend Cindy Caswell, formerly the kidnapped sex-slave of a Las Vegas mafioso, who sets about killing congressmen while having sex with them. This action-packed, overlong fiction-as-manifesto is a hotbed of pulp melodrama, enhanced with photos of-and reproductions of ads for-guns. Ross works a wealth of anti-government, pro-gun polemic into the narrative, and eventually, the president capitulates entirely, granting amnesty to the rebels and calling for the repeal of all anti-gun laws. In a preface, Ross states that he hopes ``this book will reduce the likelihood of armed conflict in this country.'' It seems disingenuous. This whole story seethes with a grudge against a government that is portrayed as having persecuted praiseworthy citizens who merely want to exercise their civil rights. Like the notorious and paranoid The Turner Diaries, this novel may speak to readers on the fringes of American society-but it misses the middle, both artistic and political, by a long shot. 10,000 first printing; $15,000 ad-promo; author tour. (Jan.)

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ISBN-13:
9781888118049
Publisher:
Accurate Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
863
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.56(h) x 2.23(d)

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Unintended Consequences 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a long but worthwhile read. All the more so as our government continues to try to confiscate our guns through any sort of subterfuge that they think will work even to the point of erasing the 2nd amendment through a treaty. Nearly all government departments have their own armed police/security people. This helps them when the make a "First Amendment Zone" as they just did in Nevada.
Serendipitous-69 More than 1 year ago
With Congressional approval in single digits and legislation, such as the "Patriot Act," encroaching on our freedoms at all levels, this book is a harbinger of things to come. More recently, Vince Flynn's "Term Limits" strikes a similar theme of punishment of elected officials that cause harm to America. I would recommend the book to all. However, it is rare and spendy now, I got my copy for about 40 bucks in the late 90's. I would love to see it in Nook form, my copy has suffered from literally scores of readings by friends and relatives. I give it five stars for theme and content. Though the prose is sometimes a little rough, it is a good read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What Unintended Consequences is all about, Is a possible future for Americans if they allow Goverment to advance on it's own unchecked! A great book indeed, A book every true American should read, because if you believe in your civil liberties, this book shows how those rights can go away in an instant in a very historically detailed and accurate fashion. No wonder they tried to ban this book when it came out,, It is like pulling up the Goverments skirt and taking a peek on how they think of the ordinary citizens of this country. It also, depicts the true nature of Gun ownership and what it is all about... Freedom
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first six hundred-plus pages is a very well researched explication of the gun culture intermingled with examples of anti-constitutional actions by the federal government. The unintended consequences of the Volstead Act are still with us and the attacks on the Bonus Army, Kenyon Balleu, Ruby Ridge and Waco were the stuff of headlines in their respective eras. The details as provided by Ross contain only very minor errors and are easily verified. The payback, as crafted by the author echoes the daydreams of many a citizen who values the promise of the American Constitution and the Ideal of Freedom. Howard Metzenbalm and Chuck Schumer,slightly rearranged and given other names, are easily identified as are other late century leftist ideologues. They descend into perdition in a manner consistent with their lifestyles. Ingeniously, the author left Bill and Hilliary unscathed to live in their own self-crafted personal and domestic Hell. Ross hits upon an historic reality- revolutions are made between the elements of a society closest together on the economic and social scale. His gun culture consists of achievers backed by inherited wealth while the opposition consists of collectivist ideologes - also with inherited wealth. The bulk of Ross's readership is going to be the less-than-wealthy gun enthusiast with a considerable investment in traditional values. A fair portion will be turned off by the unconscious up-scale orientation of the author and the general materialistic orientation of the protagonists. The sex is always casual and usually nasty. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating read for those who are willing to concede that those who use their wealth in persuit of liberty do more good and less harm than those who spend their resources trying to curtail it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The simpering, wimpering left won't get it. Neither will the pansy Bush Republicans - but they should read and learn from it anyway. Ross has done a thoroughly outstanding job of researching, and relating history into events that we continue to see today. Just this morning I watched a video of local police thugs drawing their weapons and throwing 14 year old kids on the floor in a school, just so their K9s could sniff the kids backpacks. I guess, just asking wouldn't have given the cops their adreneline rush. In Ross' book, he details why Americans, and people around the world, need to tell their government, and the appointed thugs that enough is enough. We won't take it anymore. It's not quite time to take the action taken in this book, but the book details what could be done. I've read this book three times now over the past 5 or six years I've had it. Each read is as good as the first. As for the Publishers Weekly idiot who called it 'overlong' - what does he/she/it think about the Bible?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give the story five stars. I give Accurate Press a minus star because my book cover was assembled upside down and backwards. For those who think there is more to history than what they were taught in high school, I recommend that they read only the first 500 pages. All the history the NEA does not want you to know. If you would like a fast pace story on the level with the Borne Identity I recommend you continue to the end. One last note, only three percent of population of the colonies of the Americas fought to gain freedom from England. Three per cent of 260,000,000 should not have much problem regaining the America we had prior to FDR. This can be done peacefully by just voting and becoming involved in everyday events of your local community.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Surely, John Ross has givin us a road map that gives us a starting point as well as a probable outcome to our own future. The facts stated in this book mearly point out how our freedoms have been slowly stipped away, and also how in stripping those freedoms, we have inadverently forgotten about taking personal resposibility for our actions and plced then on inanimate objects. Ross does a superbe job of showing the exactly what the ATF is; tax collectors walking around doing as they please, with automatic weapons. I strongly urge anyone who belives in our civil liberties to read this book. It just may change your outlook of what the Bill of Rights truly means.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book every father should buy for his son by time he's a teenager. Just like The Yearling, Red Badge of Courage, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very important, unique, and gutsy book for two reasons: its main theme is that gun control will lead to civil war, and it goes about methodically explaining to the reader how that will happen. For those reasons, I give it five stars. With that said, at over 800 pages, it is a long read. It could have been edited down to flow much better. The story sometimes gets bogged down in endless description of guns, calibers, bullets, mechanics, until the reader doesn't want to hear more technical details. The characters are stereotypes, with the good guys really good, and the bad guys really bad, but none of the characters are really developed enough for the reader to empathize with. The pro-gun guys are, of course, the good guys, and the bad guys are the ATF, the FBI and government bureaucrats in all branches of government. The gratuitous sex is distracting, and the super-hero, Henry Bowman, is larger than life. But overall, these faults are easy to forgive. The book moves right along, holds the readers interest, and ends with a very satisfactory restoration of the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment. As the book begins, author John Ross leads us through the Warsaw Ghetto, the history of gun control, Ruby Ridge, Waco, the U.S. versus Miller decision, and explores the gradual deterioration of the Second Amendment to present day, as laws which are obvious infringements to the right to keep and bear arms are enacted. Finally, when the BATF decides to single out our super-hero, it marks the beginning of retaliation by the citizens against injustices of the present corrupt Federal administration. As the drama unfolds, Henry Bowman outsmarts and out shoots the Fed's at every turn, and American citizens react by stealthily and individually assassinating Federal agents and congressmen. The acts of the administration in power are shown to be in violation of the highest law of the land, and it is Bowman and the good citizens of the country who become heros for restoring the Constitution to the people. The reader is left wondering about some of the specific claims - were there really only 200 active IRA members in Ireland that kept the British Army at bay for years? Has the Federal government of the United States really incarcerated 64,000 people for minor firearms violations, most of them for trumped-up 'conspiracy' charges? The author conveys the feeling of hopelessness, outrage, and injustice for any poor individual unfortunate to be arrested by a Federal Agency, because even if innocent, the mere cost of legal defense will cost his life savings, and more than likely will be forced into plea bargaining for a reduced prison sentence. For all its flaws, this book is a must read for all gun owners, and believers in the Constitution of the United States.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ditto the previous 17 reviews. I'm also very disappointed but not surprised by the BN review except for one point of agreement: we are on the fringe.....but then so were our founders, the revolutionaries of 1776. Like them, we chanpion the rights of the individual preponderantly over the zealous rush towards a marginally safer society at the expense of priceless freedom. The irony is that more firearm restrictions will beget only more violence, not the intended peace and safety.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think my headline says it all. Should be required reading for anyone going into politics or holding any kind of public service job.
Guest More than 1 year ago

More than just a lengthy (863 pages) piece of fiction, Unintended Consequences is the magnum opus of the struggle against gun control in the United States by the so-called 'gun culture'-- so-named by the left wing zealots who favor draconian gun control.

The book is almost unbelievably rich in detail, and the history of the encroachment on our Second Amendment freedom by the evil forces of socialist tyranny is laid out case by case, incident by incident, outrage by outrage.

The author, John Ross, is an investment broker and financial advisor in St. Louis, Missouri, the very environ in which much of the book's action takes place, although it is also spread over such diverse places as Massachusetts, Idaho, Montana and Africa.

Ross has a background in the subject, as he is a certified personal protection instructor (one of the roles with which he also endows his protagonist) and has authored a book which empirically assesses the effect of concealed carry laws in the United States, Self-Defense Laws and Violent Crime Rates in the United States. This is his first novel.

It is an unusual work of fiction in that a huge percentage of the book is not fiction at all, but historical, documented fact. In fact, the text is accompanied not only by the full text of many documents, but in some cases by photographs. Ross is using fiction as a vehicle for his serious message because it is a more effective medium than a dry recital of the facts. But, his background facts are absolutely accurate, as anyone with an interest in the matter will quickly recognize.

Through the eyes of the story's characters, the reader is led through parts of the First and Second World Wars, incidents in the Holocaust, and the 1932 Bonus March on Washington by 20,000 WW1 veterans. The unconstitutional National Firearms Act of 1934 is addressed, as well as the Gun Control Act of 1968 and other unconstitutional acts of Congress whereby, bit by bit the guarantee embodied in the Second Amendment that the right to own and carry personal firearms by free citizens shall not be infringed, is dismantled in the course of the lives of only one generation.

In his peroration the author points out the Nazi origin of the Gun Control Act of 1968. As background history, the book is replete with numerous examples of governmental tyranny perpetrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), as well as with egregious examples of bureaucratic policies pursued by Customs, the FAA, the EPA, and other regulatory agencies.

Unintended Consequences is not only believable, it is a universally understandable howl of rage and frustration directed at a federal government that has grown into an uncontrollable monster.

There are a lot of technical details on firearms that, to those innocent of the most rudimentary firearms knowledge, might be relatively unintelligible, were they not explained. The explanations, however, are adequate.

The protagonist, Henry Bowman, is a law-abiding firearms expert without peer, as well as a pilot, geologist, self-defense expert and sagacious counselor, and his character is believably drawn and motivated. The story will hold you spellbound. Many of the 'bad guys' are easily identifiable versions of real-life politicians and activists whose actions are completely convincing, given their real-life counterparts activities.

I read this book with fascination. I think John Ross wrote it seriously, as a warning to Americans and to bring their attention to the seriousness of the potential consequences of creeping socialism. I hope it has the desired effect.

Joseph Pierre

Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best defense of the 2nd Amendment this side of selected excerpts from 'The Federalist Papers.' A must read for anyone interested in government tyrrany being subdued by collective action from the people. As Thomas Jefferson once said, 'Sometimes the tree of Liberty must be fertilized with the blood of Patriots.' Excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book pulled togeather information that I know and some I did not. Everyone needs to send a copy to their Congressman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in my life (all 16 years of it). It really opend my eyes up on how the Gov't is really Screwing us over. I may be younger then most but I believe this Book is a Must ready for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This THE book on the American Gun Culture. In fact, this book should be required with every gun purchase instead of trigger locks. Today at my local public library I filled out a form requesting that the library system buy a copy for circulation, that's how important I think this book is. It should be required reading for college. It's entertaining, informative, and thought provoking. It also exposes some history that the establishment would rather you didn't know about. This book is rather controversial, many mainstream book outlets don't carry it (I'm surprised B&N do) and it's definitely not for the faint-hearted or for folks who'd rather bury their head in the sand. I'm disappointed in the review that B&N chose to use for this book, clearly it was written by an anti or a statist. If you're sitting on the fence about gun control, read this book to get a good insight as to what all the fuss is about.