What So Proudly We Hailed

What So Proudly We Hailed

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by James Howard

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One Christian family, one old boat, one test of faith to stay alive. Imagine what would happen if eighty percent of the United States were without power for three or four months. All banking and commercial transfers locked up; funds inaccessible. Wholesale and retail distribution shut down; no computers to manage sales. Passenger and freight lines grind to a halt;


One Christian family, one old boat, one test of faith to stay alive. Imagine what would happen if eighty percent of the United States were without power for three or four months. All banking and commercial transfers locked up; funds inaccessible. Wholesale and retail distribution shut down; no computers to manage sales. Passenger and freight lines grind to a halt; no electricity for the fuel pumps. No cell phone or landline service; systems down indefinitely. And the worst aspect of all; a total breakdown of law and order. This is the setting of James Howard’s novel, What So Proudly We Hailed. The unthinkable has happened; a limited nuclear missile strike has destroyed the power grid beyond any immediate repair. The protagonist, Jason Ribault, sensing the societal breakdown to come, flees with his family in an old cabin cruiser to wait out the worst of the chaos behind the deserted barrier islands of the South Carolina coast. There they listen to unfolding events on a short-wave radio, not the least of which concerns a hostile political and religious influence that seeks to seize control of a nation struggling to right itself once again. Pursued by their own immediate dangers, the family is pushed farther and farther into the desolate salt marshes where they find other families in hiding. Eventually, anxious to unite with a family member in danger, they turn back into the chaos, to see the full extent of what has happened to the America they knew. Electric with page-turning suspense, What So Proudly We Hailed is an eye-opening book every American must read. Over 3000 copies sold!

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James Howard is a veteran of the US Navy where he worked with nuclear weapons. He has also spent the last twenty years working in various aspects of heavy industry, including electrical power generation and distribution, and has learned much about our nation's power grid. These experiences, combined with his devoted study of Bible prophesy, world history, and Islam, make him uniquely qualified to write this novel.

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What So Proudly We Hailed 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
While driving home with his son Brian, Jason Ribault sees the bright alien light in the distant sky and does not need to observe what follows to know the United States is under nuclear attack. The radio confirms what he thought happened. Understanding what this means to America, Jason gathers up his family and sails on their boat to a deserted South Carolina barrier island. Cell phones fail so he turns to a short wave radio in which he learns the North Koreans launched the bombs and China invaded the rogue nation. With the electric grid failing, the USA grinds to a halt as the lawless takes over the streets. In the Arab world, a Messianic figure surfaces creating a regional Caliphate, which sends in the name of Allah people to turn America into a Muslim nation. Australia opens up its borders to Americans who can reach it. Jason and others wonder if they should flee from the Muslim influence, the riots and the worsening unbearable conditions. With recent headlines about North Korea and the wealth of the Middle East elite who temporarily would lose a major customer, this tale, which seemed implausible a few months ago, suddenly appears frighteningly possible. Fast-paced and filled with action as the Ribault family are forced to hide in the salt marshes where they find other scared occupants, readers will enjoy this chilling thriller in which taking out the grid means take out America. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining. The coastal setting was different from the average apocalyptic book. Recommended.
CBH More than 1 year ago
A real "waker-upper" for the United States. The realm of possibility of this story occurring is too real in my mind. I realize this is fiction but as one reads it their mind will most definitely picture themselves in the situations all through the book. I think this story is one that should be read by many throughout the entire world and realize as they read it they could also be viewing their own nation placed in the scenario James Howard has created. You are driving along approaching the store and you see a huge fireball going off and rising in the atmosphere somewhere in the distance. You start thinking to yourself wondering what in the world was that and what caused it? You decide in a very short time that it had to be a nuclear device that went off in your own nation and you ponder what to do. You continue to the store and as fast as you can you shop for everything you think your family would need if they were segregated from other populated areas for quite some time. You tell the shoppers and workers in the store to get prepared for bad times but most of them don't know what you are talking about yet. You head home and tell your family to gather up all the needs for a long period of time to be self-sufficient. You listen and/or watch the news and find that more of these nuclear devices had been set off elsewhere in the United States knocking out power in much of the nation. You own a boat on which you had been finishing the final touches so you could enjoy it in leisure but now this boat might become your families' salvation. Jason Ribault, his wife Valerie, sons Jeremy and Brian, and daughter Kathy, started gathering everything they could imagine needing for a long survival period. South Carolina was safe right now but who knew what might occur in the near future. After taking another shopping trip the family decided to take off for the coastal area in hopes they would find a safe area in which to stay. Jeremy decided to stay with his girlfriend and her parents, the father of which was a pastor. The Ribault family was also quite religious and strongly believed in God and had much faith that He will guide them to the proper place and safeguard Jeremy and Pastor Rick's family. They had a working radio that they listened to very often to keep up with the news throughout the world. They discovered that other nations were involved through extremists attempting to control every area possible including the United States. Their trip to the outer islands off South Carolina was scary to say the least. They eventually found an area where they wanted to hide so they parked the truck after placing everything possible in the boat for their survival. The lawlessness, the civil unrest, the militias, the terrorists, those that would kill you and/or steal from you, and lack of communications, were very plentiful as they tried to find that safe place. When they thought they had a secure area something or someone would prove their security thoughts wrong. With power out almost everywhere and most radio stations blown off the air, they searched the world for stations in many languages to learn what was gong on everywhere. James Howard, you must write a sequel to this book. As I read it I pictured my family and myself in the same circumstances and shuddered just thinking of the possibility. Please, if anyone would like a glimpse into the possible future of a United States hurt badly by terrorists using nucl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good story, well-written and with a plausible scenario.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining with a biblical overtone. Nice and refreshing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be depressing. Perhaps i have more faith in humanity.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Well balanced between religious
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the setting and overall storyline. The amount of detail in the coastal setting is rare among apocalyptic novels that I've read, especially east coast. The main storyline is mostly believable, but I think even low level nukes would be more problematic and cause more chaos. The Christian aspect is okay, but the "struggle with sin" and "answered prayer" settings are too predictable. Several situations are too convenient and almost unrealistic, such as no trouble where there should be, but would be catastrophic to the storyline, needed items are "found" too quickly and easily, etc. Overall a decent time killer for this type of book, but there are better selections out there.
doowrednu More than 1 year ago
This is a variation on a theme. It is good but too short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Christian book of survival after a nuclear war in the USA. It is about faith and family and hope. This book is written by a man who feels strongly not only about God, but also his heartfelt concern for the moral demise of our country. Jp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes you think about what could happen to the USA. I enjoyed the story and hope it will wake america up before its too late!
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Well this is my 2nd review. I thought this book would be interesting and good. Kind of followed what I would do in a similar disaster. This book was boring! I made my first review at page 75 I made it to page 113 and couldnt take the drug out religious hoohaa every othe page and nothing exciting happens AT ALL!!!!! Imgonna go read a comic book now ( gota be more exciting than this boring writing) Dont waste your time or money on this unless you think God is going to save you from Muslims ( he didnt save us from O'bama did he???? )
rfirehose More than 1 year ago
No action, full of religious bafflgab. Not worth the .99.
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skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
How prepared are we in the United States if the Unthinkable happens? A couple of years ago I gave my seventh and eighth grade students a writing assignment. Something has happened to the world. There is no longer any electricity. I had the climate switch as well. The north got hot and the south cold. I asked them how they would survive and how they think people around the world would handle it. It was an interesting concept and way to get students to think and problem solve. This book does the same thing. From the minute Jason Ribault figures out that a nuclear device has gone off in America he sets in motion a plan to protect his family. He, his wife Valerie, and their children stock up on necessary items and prepare their boat for the chaos they know will soon follow. They leave their son Jeremy behind with his girlfriend and her father who is a pastor. They leave on their boat and monitor the chaos form it. They determine that things are only getting worse. This is not just a post-apocalyptic story. It is also a message of hope. I thoroughly enjoyed the Christian message that is so engrained in the story. I know that there will be both Christians and Non-Christians who will feel it is too preachy. I am not one of them. I think this is a book that should be read by all. It is a great book with a great message and I look forward to reading what ever else the author comes out with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid reader and this is by far the worst book that I've read in quite some time! Overly rightwing conservative narrative and less than a developed storyline. It's a few hours of my life that I'll never get back... Don't waste your time.
deereverywhere More than 1 year ago
Mr. Howard writes very well.  I believe him to be on point.  The world has forgotten where it came from and Mr. Howard leaves us with a great way to look at things.
cudar More than 1 year ago
Meh is right, it just didn't do anything for me. Everything was just to easy, no real calamities happened to the main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*checked the herb store*