The Farm

The Farm

by Charles C. Anderson


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The Farm by Charles C. Anderson

What should a Navy SEAL do when faced with evidence that representatives of the U.S. Government are secretly buying old Soviet tactical nuclear weapoons for purposes other than disarmament? In this thriller, Andy Carlson responds by throwing a monkey wrench into the deal and by resigning from the Navy. Hoping to settle down on his family's Virginia farm and resume his career as an emergency physician, Andy instead finds himself and those he loves the targets of his own governement and a Russian arms dealer.

Although a capable warrior and field surgeon, Andy is disallusioned with his country and unprepared for the female operative sent to ensnare him. He's a binge drinker, never comfortable around women when he's sober and scarred by personal losses. Andy's antebellum plantation is a major player in the action, with its network of limestone caves, family treasures, historical surprises, and natural defenses. Andy enlists three unlikely allies in his defense--a pregnant CIA agent, a male descendant of a former slave on the Carlson plantation who shares a common ancestor with Andy, and a teenage Saudi girl.

Some of the secrets of the plantation have never been discused in polite company. Some have heretofore been unspeakable. There were good reasons why the Indians, the British, and the Yankees had lost on this same ground in previous battles. But the Carlsons knew who their enemies were in those fights. And tactical nuclear weapons had never been in Farmville before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432788605
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/11/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Charles C. Anderson is a retired Naval officer, an emergency physician, and a weapons specialist. The plantation depicted in this book has been his family’s home since 1743. He is an expert on Colonial Virginia, the Civil War, plantation life, slavery, limestone caves, trauma medicine, and military installations in Hampton Roads, Virginia, all key subjects in his novel.

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The Farm 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only entertaining but also educational.
PennyKPK More than 1 year ago
Andy Carlson is a very believable character/hero. I loved the story, and the in-depth descriptions of his homeplace made the story very enjoyable for me. I am not a history buff by any means but it was added in such a manner that my interests were peaked. Fun read.
GayleDVD More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story. Character developement is supurb. It has to make anyone living in the tidewater area of VA think twice about what is going on around us !
JoeKiley More than 1 year ago
I thought the main charcter came across as being very real and very human. I love the vices. I found myself wanting to read faster just to find out what happens next. It is incredible to think that people like this exist in one form or another. Highly reccomend.
Stephen1969 More than 1 year ago
I kept reading till my eyes hurt. The thought of what could happen on the east coast never seemed real untill 9/11. This book will get you thinking again
scottwhiteSW More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Read. I love the mix of history and the modern terror concept. I hope to see the main character in future tales.
BStraub More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I go to school in the South and its scary to think about the possibilities. Great leading character.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Andy is no longer a Seal but is now employed as a doctor in an emergency room. He is attracted to Lindsay, another doctor and they plan to spend a weekend at Andy's home, called the "Farm." It is actually a large plantation estate dating back to the 1700's with a series of underground limestone tunnels. On the way to the Farm they "happen" to see two Saudi Princes that they had just treated in the emergency room, apparently doing recon at military locations. They photograph the pair and follow them around checking out what they are doing. After providing the authorities the information about the Saudis they finally arrive at the Farm. Lindsay is not who she claimed to be and tries to put something in a drink for Andy. He sees her and subdues her. She says that what she put in the drink was something to only make him sleep. She is working for the government and needed to do something wthout Andy in the way. It is at this point that of the book that the reader must suspend any belief of what could be possible in real life to enjoy the rest of the book. as things happen that make you want to shake your head. Andy kill government people on his Farm, he performs surgery on himself, he has a total military arsenal that could probably take out tanks, he has a fortune in gold stored in his tunnels just to name a few. I was able to suspend belief and did enjoy most of the book as it was full of very detailed action scenes and very detailed descriptions of surgical procedures. Reading the biography of the author I was able to see that everything about the book is from his own life as the Farm parallels the place where he lives, with the limestone tunnels and he does work as a doctor in an emergency room. However, some of these scenes seem to drag on in too much detail over too many pages and that brought down my appreciation for this book. Thus I can only rate it three stars but do look forward to reading the next two.
penandtome More than 1 year ago
Farmville has a secret that Andy Carlson will use to his advantage, when the old Soviet tactical nuclear weapons are being bought by the United States. As a former SEAL and emergency physician, he knows when to ask for help and when to handle it himself. Now that the CIA and government want him out of the picture permanently, he needs to be ready for battle. This Virginia estate becomes a prime piece of property.
CBH More than 1 year ago
Action packed story that reads like you are there in person. Lieutenant Commander Andrew Carlson was a U.S. Navy Seal. He was as rough and tough as they come. He was part of a mission to be inserted into Saudi Arabia by helicopter, dropping by rope to the sand below. Luckily for Andy he was the first one down the rope because the helicopter’s engines must have sucked in too much sand, causing a turning, twisting, motion and crashed and burned before any others could get out of the helicopter. Andy, along with his equipment, was thrown about but fortunately far enough away from the crash site to avoid extreme injury and loss of much of his needed equipment. Andy was sad that his fellow Seals and the crew lost their lives but he knew he had a dangerous mission charged to him by the CIA and he had to carry on. Andy was also a trained emergency physician, which he would definitely need on this mission. Andy made his way across the extremely hot desert to the point where he picked up some camels pre-arranged with some Bedouins. Andy knew where he was headed to get to a certain palace but didn’t have any idea what obstacles he would encounter. He found an empty palace except for one locked room where, he eventually found out a young woman who had been brutalized by the men of the local area. Andy did not want a woman to slow him down but he figured it was for her good if she went along. His assignment had been to find a container that supposedly contained some nuclear weapons to be sold to the highest bidder. The containers were at the palace so Andy contacted his superiors as to location and surroundings so they could dispose of them. His immediate boss at the CIA was Harrison, a man that Andy did not trust, nor did he trust the American president. Shortly after, Andy left the area sending the girl to safety. Time advances eighteen months and Andy is back in his emergency room working his miracles on the patients. Lindsey was an experienced nurse that worked the ER and was getting to know Andy and Andy her. If it seems like I am giving you too much of the story you are wrong. This will give you a slight idea of how much is packed into “The Farm” and what keeps your interest tremendously. The next part has a pair of Saudi princes come to the ER and this is where the international intrigue really starts. Andy owns a huge area called “The Farm” that has all types of buildings, battlefields, underground caves and passages, protected like a fortress so no one could penetrate it except a neighbor that Andy asked to take care of it and keep an eye open for any trouble. From here the farm becomes even more of a fort type area impenetrable by outsiders. Lots of action takes place there with combatants, with Lindsay, and with Andy reinforcing for attacks he expected due to the CIA and the president wanting to get rid of Andy. The medical terminology in this story will boggle your mind. Probably for many of us that are not medical experts we won’t understand much of what is going on medically speaking but the author, being an experienced physician, keeps the reader fairly informed as to what he is doing to what. The many battles with others including the government agencies themselves keep Andy busy. When Lindsay gets hurt Andy gets her to the hidden medical operations part of the farm and works extremely hard on her. She was hurt so bad that Andy wasn’t sure she would make it but he was determined to save her and her baby—in fact--twins. Even while pregnant Lindsay assists Andy as much as she physically can in preparing for their “war”. While “The Farm” seems as though it isn’t possible and must be a fictional area, who knows if it is in place as the author explains his story using the farm as the background to this explosive story. If I write any more about “The Farm” you will be sick of reading so much but I tell you, this is non-stop action, plausible or not, that you will be engrossed in for hours. To the author, Dr. Charles Anderson, I thank you for this excellent story that taught us a lot about caves, the old south, how government operations can turn sour, much about medical procedures, Emergency Rooms and their importance, and what working together can create.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Readers favorites by Jean Brickell "The Farm" by Charles C. Anderson gets its name from a huge Virginia farm handed down through generations and now in charge of our hero, Andy Carlson, an ex-Navy Seal who is now working in the emergency room. He had found out about wrong doings involving the President and CIA Officials and so gets involved. Now the action starts. 'The Farm' is a plantation that has been in Andy's family for many generations and has many secrets involving defense from the time of the Civil War and here Andy takes a stand against all the wrong doers. He has a childhood friend that he finds out is related to him although Ben is black. They become great friends and are bound as brothers. Lindsay is another story, a CIA agent is a love interest and then she is not. What happens there is a lively story. The author, Charles C. Anderson, has done a great job with a great story. "The Farm" was one of the best books I have read since I started reviewing; wait, make that the best book I have read since I started reviewing. This book has it all: crooked President and CIA officials, Saudis both good guys and bad, and a hero who is ex-Navy Seal and a doctor. Throw in a romance interest that is very interesting and you have a slam bang action story. The only author I can think of to compare the author, Charles C. Anderson, to might be Lee Childs. If Anderson writes another book, and I really hope he does, I will make sure I get a copy. This book makes really good reading.