The Shadow Government

The Shadow Government

by Ray Derby


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The Shadow Government by Ray Derby

The Shadow Government is a spell-binding novel depicting a very true-to-life picture of what the future may hold as the world moves into the 21st Century. When Norm Shepard, an ex-Marine, is found shot in the back only minutes away from the nation’s capital, this sets into motion an investigation that reveals a chilling discovery. The terrorists are already here—not only in Washington, D.C. but throughout the U.S., the plan is set, and the biological agent is on its way.

Emergency meetings are called, but it becomes clear that the U.S. is totally unprepared for a crisis of this magnitude. As the enormity of the threat and its ramifications set in, President Robert Hardy assigns Ross Chambers, an intelligence officer, another mission—the closest guarded secret in Washington—the Bluelight Project.

The President, without the knowledge or consent of Congress, has been secretly funding the construction of underground protective relocation facilities. Ross is racing against the clock and the very future of the country is at stake. Either the terrorists are apprehended before they can strike or the Bluelight Project must be fully operational before they do—or there may no longer be a United States of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595234684
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/31/2002
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Shadow Government 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I read THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT, it got worse and worse until I thought it could not get any worse, and then it really got worse. A week later, I could still vividly remember the characters and could envision them in a motion picture. I could not put it down once I started reading. There has to be a lot of truism in this very thought-provoking story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading and possibilty w all the crazies out there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that I would have liked to be able to give 3 and a half stars for this book. The book is an excellent first attempt by Ray Derby. Many people might have a misconceived notion of what a "Shadow Government" really, it's not another President and VP and all altogether different cabinet, just waiting in the wings to take over in the event of a's a smart way to look at a potential situation. A shadow Government for Derby's book is thousands of people (mostly retirees), chosen by the government, which excelled in their given fields, whether it be in nuclear physics or carpentry, etc. that would be saved and be able to lead America back into civilization in case of mass destruction from nuclear, chemical or biological warfare. As you can guess, America is struck by a biological agent that kills millions of Americans. It's a race against the clock to have the Shadow Government and the facilities that will house these people up and running before the terrorists unleash the weapon. The plot is very solid. It is evident that Mr. Derby uses his experience to create a chilling world. The plot itself will keep you on the edge of your seat and while this does not give anything away, you are pleasantly surprised where the story turns in the end. Characterization is a little on the thin side. The pace of the plot made it difficult to really be able to identify with the really don't have the time to get to know them. I think now, after 9-11, it's easier to identify with the emotions of the country in general. The subplots of romance are weak, but easily ignored. There are a few plot points that weighed the story down, rather than moved it along, but again, you turn the page waiting to see what will happen next. All in all it's a good read. I definitely recommend reading it and I will eagerly watch to see if Mr. Derby publishes another book in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was GREAT! I read it before September 11th. It was amazing how true to life this book was. It was somewhat scary. The Shadow Government was well written by someone with obvious experience in regards to emergency situations that could arise in the U.S. or any other part of the world for that matter. This is a MUST read book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's exciting, fast paced and it COULD happen! The writing is as good as Clancy and the plot is as good as Grisham. I couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of reading a proof copy of The Shadow Government by Ray Derby, and feel it is exceptionally apropos to today's headlines and the Middle East conflict. Such a scenario as the author proposes is all too likely, even before the events of 9/11. Mr. Derby certainly knows his subject material, having been in FEMA for many years; and I feel that this book would make a good movie, much as those of Clancy and Grisham. I am looking forward to his next books. I feel he could do a series on potential threats to our freedom. I'm sure today's events lend much more credibility to this novel and to his future works along this same vein. I must say that I found the book so engrossing that I literally read it in 2 days. I just did not want to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read, with many points to ponder. I hope that all of America's enemies read this, as the ending will be their ending, should this scenario come to fruition. Septemer 11, 2001, is an ugly reminder of what our enemies will do, if given a chance. Ray Derby takes his special insight and life's work and tells an all-to-believable tale. We, as Americans, need to be vigilant in our awareness that our enemies will use any and all weapons available to them. Taking availability into account, chemical and/or biological weapons are the next logical step. Every American needs to read this book. Every American needs to remember the message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you on your toes and you will be wanting to read it until the very end....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think there are few people who would not enjoy reading this book but if it becomes a movie it would be even more fantastic.