Blinders Keepers (Second Edition)

Blinders Keepers (Second Edition)

by John Rachel

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BN ID: 2940152527421
Publisher: John Rachel
Publication date: 12/14/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, and a bi-polar humanist. Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had eight fiction and three non-fiction books published. These range from three satires and a coming-of-age trilogy, to a political drama and now a crime thriller. The three non-fiction works were also political, his attempt to address the crisis of democracy and pandemic corruption in the governing institutions of America. With the publication of his most recent novel Petrocelli, a gruesome story about human trafficking for prostitution, and The Peace Dividend, a political strategy for curing America of its addiction to war, he has three more novels in the pipeline: Love Connection, a drug-trafficking thriller set in Japan; Sex, Lies and Coffee Beans, a spoof on the self-help crazes of the 80s and 90s; and finally, The Last Giraffe, an anthropological drama and love story involving both the worship and devouring of giraffes. It deliciously unfolds in 19th Century sub-Saharan Africa. The author’s last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon where he had a state-of-the-art ProTools recording studio, music production house, a radio promotion and music publishing company. He recorded and produced several artists in the Pacific Northwest, releasing and promoting their music on radio across America and overseas. John Rachel now lives in a quiet, traditional, rural Japanese community, where he sets his non-existent watch by the thrice-daily ringing of temple bells, at a local Shinto shrine.

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Blinders Keepers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Myas More than 1 year ago
Blinders Keepers On More Levels Than You Can Count Two horsemen War and Death ride. They might as well with the world especially the US leadership, economy, you-name-it, going to hell in a handbasket. In Missouri there was nothing with that nothingness being captured so much so I thought this book couldn't possibly be for me, but it all exploded in a blink and the Two sprung forth through the flame. Famine and Conquest could not help but follow and weren’t going to miss it. The lamb indeed follows with them and treks across the country with nowhere to hide while the father watches over his son or is it his guardian angel leaving notes? He's drawing a blank and keeps it up relentlessly, we the readers don't know yet, but it's any man’s game in an apocalypse. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride holds nothing on this book although I’d be afraid to imagine what a Blinders Keepers Wild Ride might be. Everyone around him keeps dying but our protagonist just can't figure it out - I figured it out. I mean, if I can figure it out what’s his deal? Have you ever wanted to yell at a movie screen when the character isn't moving fast enough or you know what's going to happen next but s/he doesn't. I wanted to grab Noah by both shoulders and shake him but realities keep becoming just too blurred. Turns out the father and guardian angel are one and the same double agent, if you will, keeping him alive. To top it off there's this meteor that doesn’t really exist but the President sees opportunity in opinion polls going up in his favor pretending it does. I don’t know why he just doesn’t send Noah’s dad and a military crew into space to napalm it like they do to so many others. When you read Blinders Keepers you should hold on to something.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Good Satire is like cleaning out your mind, organizing your thoughts and then adding dance music and a laugh track to them! It says what we think, sees what we see and unlike the Emperor with his new clothes, it tells thing like they are, albeit just a little skewed, with a whole lot of attitude! John Rachel’s BLINDERS KEEPERS is good satire told by a great storyteller who is an equal opportunity satirist! Follow young Noah, who is not the sharpest pencil in the box, not the most ambitious guy out there, but he is our main character and his misadventures are the things misunderstandings are made of. Go ahead, do it. Misinformation, assuming without the facts, the list goes on as Noah becomes a hunted man on the run. Was it a plethora of bad choices, being at the wrong place at the wrong time, was he set up to fall or did the government just need a puppet to manipulate? Could he be the poster child for all that is not right in this country? Noah’s life has become a challenge to stay one step ahead of the monster hiding in the shadows. His journey includes a myriad of quirky characters, all on some sort of mission, all able to manipulate our Noah bringing him over to their beliefs, their causes and actually opening his eyes to the world around him. Perhaps Noah will learn to be the manipulator, the one to challenge our own beliefs when seeing the world and this country through his unique view. As Noah crosses the miles, his companions may change, but the humor never ends as, like an onion, each layer of life in a land once revered as great now seems to become odorous and as tear causing as that poor onion. John Rachel shows all of his cards, plays his writing hand well and invites the world to see what he sees through the story he tells. You will laugh, for the joy of being entertained or to hold back the tears of this quirky, yet jarring tale! Brilliant story-telling, tongue-in-cheek writing and a character that begs to be met, up close and personal. Mr. Rachel has a winner that is both sobering and amusing at the same time. If you do not see yourself or your attitude at least once on these pages, you need to look harder! I received this copy from John Rachel in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
America is in decline and appears to be well on its way to becoming a fascist police state. So why did I find this book so funny? It's not that the tragedy is funny but that the way the politicians, particularly the president and his staff, act as they fumble all over themselves to address the many problems which confront the nation, and the way the news media covers it all. The politicians of course are only interested in saving their own butts, the pundits only interested in getting the story out there for their own glory. What this book does is take what's going on in the world, magnify it to an absurd extreme and dish it out in story form in a way that's both hilarious and instructive. The truth is, no matter how much the author exaggerates, it never gets that far from the way things truly are in the real world. Maybe this book should be non-fiction and offered as a textbook. In addition to a great story, some jaw-dropping observations, some truly LOL moments (don't drink or eat while reading this, especially sitting across from anyone), there are some very perceptive insights into how we human beings manage to muck up everything. [tumblingtumbleweed, 08-27-13]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it's dicey buying a book without knowing the author. Blinders Keepers is one of those hidden gems that you read without so much expectation, but are totally amazed when you're done reading it. It takes on a plethora of very serious subject matters about the world, especially America, and acts out scenes that are completely entertaining and funny without losing sight of the deeper meaning. The humor comes out of nowhere and catches you off guard, you find yourself laughing out loud, and yet at the end you know implicitly what the underlying message was. Great book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocked! But the author stole my idea. I reviewed his last book 12-12-12 and told him he needed to hire a screenwriter like myself to turn 11-11-11 and 12-12-12 into a movie. (I even chose the people to star in it. Jude Law as Noah Tass. Tommy Lee Jones as his dickhead father. Jessica Alba as his girlfriend. Charlize Theron as Joanna. Susan Sarandon as Cynthia, the Green Tambourine lady.) But now he's gone ahead on his own and written both a screenplay and a novel. Well, more power to him I say! Listen. There's so much predictable crap out there these days. No wonder people have stopped reading. Do yourself a favor, folks. Read Blinders Keepers. Immediately, if not sooner. You'll laugh you'll cry you'll wonder why this Rachel dude (I assume he's a dude) isn't famous. He's definitely one of a kind. Maybe the world can't handle any more. - Jeremiah Scott
tammycosell More than 1 year ago
I'm asking myself, why did I read this book? After his last two, I swore I'd swear off John Rachel for good. The fact is I'm a f**k-off feminist and I suspect like 99.9% of the male writers out there he's a misogynistic pig. Not that he doesn't write good strong female protagonists. The beautiful guerrilla insurrectionist Joanna is solid, strong, sexual, smart. Cynthia who runs the violin repair facility is brilliant. The main character's girlfriend Naomi doesn't take any sh*t either. But John Rachel slips easily into the typical stereotyping by sprinkling hungry little sluts into the story, and sometimes finds it easy to mock women, as he does with his deranged mom and the surrealistic Queen of the bee farm. To make matters worse, none of these women ultimately are in charge and all are victims. To be fair, Rachel makes it abundantly clear in his twisted way that we are all victims. That is the point of the story, a spoof on modern times and the mucky muck our politicians are making of this world, usually to serve their own machismo agendas and aggrandizement. So coming back to my original question, why did I read this book?: Two of my close friends (one female and one male) told me Blinders Keepers (what's with that title?) is a must read. They weren't aware that I had read 11-11-11 and 12-12-12, the author's two previous books. When I saw that this was a hyped up combination of those two works of dark humor, I was curious. So, I read and will admit I'm glad I did. Blinders Keepers is awesome. It doesn't let up for a second. It drives the golden nails into the coffin of contemporary politics (too bad it can't drive a stake into the hearts of the jerks who are running this country). This is a great book! So I give it --- four stars. I should give it five but I'm sticking to four, just on principle.
thomdorsey More than 1 year ago
First, I should say I know this author. Not only have I read two other of his books but I did an interview of him which will be posted soon when my website is complete. I guess I don't "know" him personally, but we have a bit of history. Anyway, John Rachel is one of the freshest voices to crawl out of the woodwork in a long time. I'm not quite sure what got him to his current head space or world view, but it is definitely DIFFERENT and a breath of nitrous oxide in a literary atmosphere which is polluted by a lot of mediocrity and plain old copycat writing. This book will have you either laughing hysterically or shaking your head in disbelief. Where does he come up with this stuff? Highly recommended for anyone with an appetite for the deliciously irreverent and delectably demented.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Although never explicitly stated, Blinders Keepers is set in contemporary times, call it the very near future. It’s satirical and definitely has its moments. For example, the sitting President of the US can string together clichés while saying nothing as well as any politician you’ve ever seen. Or the description of an odor as “unlike anything Noah had ever encountered, having never exhumed a person from a grave or stuck his head inside the bloated anus of a cow that had been rotting in the sun for several weeks.” However, it also has some issues. A fair number of errors that were caught in proofreading is one. Mysterious happenings around the country and massive social changes occurring in a short amount of time that stretched my ability to suspend disbelief without more explanation or justification for how they were happening. Eventually I managed to just take it on faith and go with the story, but it was a struggle to get there. There were minor issues as well including stating that it was “supposed to be impossible” to determine your approximate location if you visited a website. This is actually fairly trivial and has been for some time. Or the protagonist knowing that something was fake with no way for him to have figured that out. However, by its nature, I think satire gets more leeway than most genres in straying from reality and by the last half of the book I was engrossed in Noah’s adventure in spite of the flaws. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **