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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; New edition edition (Aug. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743499204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743499200
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 11.4 x 16.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #609,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. H. Marzolf Jr. on April 9 2004
Format: Hardcover
I will keep this short as many of the problems I have with the book have already been listed. In the wake of the Patriot Act (I & II), as well as Clinton's early heavyhandedness at Ruby Ridge and Waco, this book is a farce. I honestly can't believe in "surgeon general's police," helicopters and tanks destroying a mission, or any of the other drivel presented as bad government. The old political spectrum of liberal-conservative really no longer matters when both Republicans and Democrats alike only increase the power of the state versus the individual. "Penthouse letters" lesbianism, and a list of straw men for proud gun-totin' Texans to destroy began to wear on me after a while. Stuff does get blowed up real good, and there are some well written scenes, but this book is like the worst of L Neil Smith's libertarian works. A thin veneer of story over obvious political diatribe.
In summation: Liberal = BAD, Conservative = GOOD, and rewriting the constitution to reflect whatever immediate idiocy captures our attention is the best way to insure more government intervention in our lives, not less.
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By Michael Weber on April 24 2004
Format: Hardcover
Another reviewer has said:
"Bah. If the left had their way this book which offends them so badly by portraying the truth would be burned and the author sent to a Gulag."
Actually, no -- it is the Left (by that reviewer's apparent terms) that generally opposes almost all censorship.
The same reviewer opens her review with a remark about reviewers who claim a book is Very Badly Written, but seem unable to cite so much as a single passage to bear out this claim -- in the case of this book, i again find myself quasi-quoting a marvellous catty remark -- in this case Mary McCarthy's comment on Lillian Hellman:
Every word he writes is bad, and that includes "a", "an" and "the".
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By A Customer on April 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book wasn't what I had hoped for. Tom Kratman uses far too many stereotypes. Hopefully, if he is published again, he will improve his style and find a more original approach to the issue at hand.

"A State of Disobedience" uses the 'war on terror' as the foundation for a radically expanded federal government, curtailing civil liberties and crushing all opposition. The basis is important, provocative, and even profoundly educational; Kurt Vonegutt or Ronald Heinlein could have made a masterpiece out of it, but Kratman's work is surprisingly unfulfilling.

The plot proceeds along the expected lines: the federal government reachs a point where resistance to its plans cannot be ignored and switches an greatly enlarged federal law enforcement into combat mode. The Surgeon General even controls a law enforcement agency. The expanding atrocities comitted by these groups pull support away in favor of the rebellious Texans, and the President finds the 'world turned upside down'.

The characters are stereotyped to the point where character development is impossible. Out of every character in the book, only one seems to have the conflicting mix of emotions, ideals and needs to be real.
The characters' stereotyping also extends to the plot. The atrocities are not new, and neither is the premise. Similar works can be found in the public domain by running a query on Google. Although they didn't receive professional editing treatment, the meat is carved from the same animal as this book.

If some true moral conflict were involved, then the book would be much more tolerable.
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Format: Hardcover
An interesting near-future look at political correctness and the backlash from same. This is a first novel, and uses more stereotypes than I would like, but definitely gets it's point across. I purchased an extra for lending purposes, and may have to buy yet another copy, since my father is keeping a tight hold on mine and my brother has informed me that I won't be seeing the lending copy again.
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By A Customer on Feb. 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
Very difficult to put down (I've been reading for the past 3 hours with less than 5 minutes of interruption, and that for food/bathroom). Well-written, and stylistically very interesting as many of the characters (especially the bad guys) strongly parallel figures from the history of the past ten to twenty years.
It's nice to know there are other people out there who haven't given up on individual freedom, although the author gives WAAAAY too much credit to the Republicans (most of whom are no better than the Democrats) and not enough to those not in the military (armed civilians).
Besides, you have to love a book that's dedicated to "Hillary, Janet, and Lon." May they rot as they hang by their necks from trees for all to see.
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Format: Hardcover
When a work of fiction garners almost nothing but 1 star and 5 star ratings,and those is about equal numbers, one has to wonder what the truth of the matter is. When all of the low ranking reviews cite to bad writing and yet cannot produce one bad sentence, one has to wonder about the honesty of the reviewers. When negative reviews seem to not even have read the book one might at least _consider_ the possibility that what one is seeing is a broad spectrum, left wing, knee jerk reaction to the goring of a liberal sacred cow.
That is what is happening here. The writing is better than competent. The philosophy is pretty damned profound. The action grips. And so the left obviously must attack like the rabid wolves they are.
Bah. If the left had their way this book which offends them so badly by portraying the truth would be burned and the author sent to a Gulag.
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