By Presidential Order

By Presidential Order

by Anthony Anglorus

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ISBN-13: 9781513617084
Publisher: Movement Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

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By Presidential Order 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
792393 More than 1 year ago
Before you read my review you should know I can't stress enough how more of an Agnostic scale my beliefs are and that is the attitude I brought towards this book. I'm sure there are people who are going to like this story because I've given plenty of positive reviews on books that others hated. I hope people do and would not tell someone not to read this because we can all learn from each other, from the good and the bad. I’m a sucker for time travel stories and the consequences that can arise. Admittedly the premise had me hooked due to the current political climate in America. When I first started it I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into because conversation between Judas and an implied Jesus didn’t come off all that believable to me – and this is knowing I’m reading a book about time travel which as far as we know is purely scifi. The conversation between the two didn’t really seem to ‘flow’ naturally and considering that we’ve been soaking in the idea for centuries that Judas was a willing traitor this opening already had me wondering what I’ve gotten myself into but I kept reading because I’ve read quite a few books that started off rough only to be wonderful by the end. The dialogue between characters continued to be on the rough side. Maybe I’ve watched too many Kiefer Sutherland tv shows but I just don’t buy that government characters would talk to each other in this manner. The writing in regards to setting up scenes is very descriptive and you’re able to get a good feel for where you are and what’s going on but the dialogue was cringe worthy at times. At one point he has Jesus use the phrases “Ah well” and “I suppose” among others, I suddenly got an image of a man not in Middle Eastern robes but wearing overalls, muddy boots, straw hat and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth speaking with a southern drawl. I’m all for taking liberties to an extent but it would’ve been nice to try and keep historical figures accurate to their time and place in history when you’re not dropping them in modern day Alabama. Unfortunately the dialogue problem just never seemed to get any better. It came off too much like it was written for kids at a middle school level if not earlier. Some other extreme liberties were taken like with the crucifixion. Jesus apparently agrees his death isn’t necessary only that people believe he died which goes against a very fundamentalist aspect of Christianity which even I as someone who is not sure I understand the concept at least know of the belief. At another point there’s an implied conversation between Jesus and his translator where it seems Jesus is admitting that he lied about his mother being a virgin in order to get people to listen which would call into Jesus' credibility that he would lie about anything. Judas’ suicide is brushed off as no big deal and Jesus claims that even God would understand which is another 'alternative fact' since most belief systems life is held sacred and suicide is considered heartbreaking; even to the 'not religious' that's kind of hard to swallow and seems to take a too light approach to mental health. I don’t believe Jesus of all people wouldn’t care about someone ending their life. The problems with dialogue never seemed to end which can thankfully be fixed. It's hard for me to like or stay connected to a story when so many 'alternative facts' are used. If I go in knowing it's satire that's one thing but I don't think that's the case here.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I definitely enjoyed this book by Anthony Anglorus. I’m not exactly sure how you would classify it (Religious? Science fiction? Political? Action? Drama?), but it was very good. I won’t rehash the plot (that is what the book description is for), but in my opinion this is one of those books that really is so much more than what the blurb can convey. It was surprisingly complex and visionary (pardon the pun) and managed to keep me complete engaged. I noticed that the author avoided the common rookie mistake of “telling” instead of “showing” which was a huge relief (especially insci-fi where authors so often feel the need to ‘describe’ everything to death), and I felt a part of the action the entire time, starting with the earliest dialogue and ‘conversations’ with the characters, past and present. Anglorus does a great job with the ‘alternative’ world-building and for the most part the pacing was spot on. There are some interesting insights and alternative viewpoints presented here I that think are worthy of consideration, even if not taken literally, can be pondered upon and deserves further speculation. It does present some ideas that could perhaps offend the more hardcore Christian crowd, but if you can read it with an open mind and just enjoy the creative and though-provoking journey through ‘time’ it’s a great ride!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
"By Presidential Order” is an excellent novel that captured my interest from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go! Anthony Anglorus is a writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event and time period to the next, from the desert to the moon. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful…. Had a very ‘literary’ and spiritual quality, especially for a speculative fiction/ sci-fi book, which may or may not work for some readers, but I loved it. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ hearts and heads experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from Anglorus in the future…He has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with intelligent and thought-provoking message. Recommend for ages 16 and up.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
this novel, “By Presidential Order” was quite a change of pace for me, as I normally gravitate towards more contemporary romance or nonfictions, but this was one engaging tale that I couldn’t put down! The opening scene grabbed me, both with the weird setup and the engaging narrative voice. I did have to have some patience in the beginning until I felt that I was more caught up in the thrust of the story, but the author does a great job of explaining all the character backstory and sub- plots.. Speaking of characters – there were some really good ones here… Happy that they were not cliché, cardboard cutouts but relatable and real… (even for not being real). I liked that I never quite knew where the story was going, and it was anything but predictable… my eyebrows shot up and my jaw dropped many times. It gets pretty intense, and I wasn’t prepared for where the book went, but it was certainly different from a typical read, in fact I literally can’t think of any other book I could compare it to! A mix of politics, religious beliefs (past and present) and time travel… It does keep you wondering, and I’ll say that Anthony Anglorus has a great way of writing interesting characters and snappy dialogue that moves the story forward nicely (instead of dry, boring narrative that I can’t stand), and even if it isn’t my normal genre, I loved it!
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
Lately I’ve been in a rut of putting down books and not picking them up again because I lost interest at one point and just never continued. This was definitely not the case with this book, “By Presidential Order” by Anthony Anglorus. From the very beginning the story moved seamlessly from one page to the next, and was unpredictable enough to make me just *have* to see what would happen next. Not formulaic or cookie-cutter at all, even though there are plenty of “familiar elements” necessary for a time-travel novel, this one is very different from others in the sense that it really incorporate real events from history and the vibe of modern-day politics in such an unusual fashion, yet it totally worked. I was impressed with this author’s writing style and his attention to character detail… There are so many twists and turns this is probably one of the most original premises I’ve come across in a while…Great writing and so much action I literally couldn’t put down the last 20% or so. Could use better proofing, but overall was a tightly-focused and engaging ride. Will be looking for more from Anthony Anglorus in the future!
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
I was totally hooked on “By Presidential Order” by Anthony Anglorus right from the beginning and it kept my attention throughout. It was intelligent, weird, philosophical, dark, funny, deep, complex…all the things I look for in a good book. I thought the storyline and the character development to be very well done and thought out, and I liked the whole concept of exploring what a ‘rogue’ president would do in the name of his religious convictions and how it could affect history and the future. Was interesting to travel back in time (to approx. 27AD) to be there ourselves first hand and experience the events as they unfold. I can see this book perhaps ruffling feathers of those who are hardcore believers, but for those who can just appreciate creative ingenuity and a different way of looking at life and history, it is an entertaining ride. This is by far one of the more original premises I’ve encountered in a while, and I feel like this level of complexity could have easily ended up badly, but instead I darn near gobbled the whole book down in just a few evenings. The editing is pretty good overall (a few things here and there), and even though I didn’t initially like the ending, it does fit well I suppose. This book will stay with me for a long time, but in a good way. Recommend for fans of spiritual and Sci/Fi – time travel books.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars At first it took me a while to really grasp what was happening, but once I got the hang of it, I really like how everything came together, and I enjoyed reading this unusual book! I think Anthony Anglorus writes very well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or something. We see the story unfold through several different character’s perspectives from past to present (or near future, that is) and I liked the fast-paced and energetic narrative that is descriptive and with a fast flow to the dialogue. Perfect for this type of story. Although usually I’m not a fan of the time-travel angle, it really worked here and it all came together in the end in a surprisingly believable way (as much as it can be). I like how this book felt like a mix of current politics, blended with some speculative fiction and religious philosophy. It is intelligent and looks at life through a different lens… not to be taken literally, but is more of a “what if this is what happened?” sort of approach. I for one enjoyed the ‘alternate’ take on religious history and Jesus’s/ Jeshu role in the crucifixion. I was wondering how the author would manage to tie it all up in the end, and I was happy with how it wrapped up. He clearly did his research on the era and historical figures and it shows. There were some editing mistakes I noticed – nothing too terrible though. Overall an engaging, surreal novel that thinks outside the box and I’d recommend for fans of literary sci/fi, speculative fiction with a religious bent. Would happily read more from Mr. Anglorus in the future.