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STATE OF DISOBEDIENCE [Mass Market Paperback]

TOM KRATMAN
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Aug. 1 2005
It's Time to Remember the Alamo All Over Again-Here Comes the Second Texan Revolution!

In the long war against terrorism, the US Government had taken on extraordinary powers. And now that the war was won, powerful forces in the government had no intention of relinquishing those powers. As in 1860, the country was on the verge of civil war. And as in 1860, a leader arose to save the country-but it was not the President this time. Instead, the Governor of Texas was the woman of destiny. . . .

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"Probably the most realistic depiction of a second American Revolution ever written."

About the Author

In 1974, at age seventeen, Tom Kratman became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People's Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Back in the Army, he managed to do just about everything there was to do, at one time or another. After the Gulf War, and with the bottom dropping completely out of the anti-communism market, Tom decided to become a lawyer. (Big mistake, way big. Chilluns don't do it.) Every now and again, when the frustrations of legal life and having to deal with other lawyers got to be too much, Tom would rejoin the Army (or a somewhat similar group, say) for fun and frolic in other climes. His family, muttering darkly, still puts up with this. Tom is currently an attorney practicing in southwest Virginia. A State of Disobedience is his first novel.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely needs work 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Too stereotyped April 14 2004
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely unreadable! Jan. 27 2004
Format:Hardcover
While I agree with some of the ideals in this book, it's barely readable. Poorly written. Childish. About as deep as cardboard, and about as exciting. The characters are about as profound as a puddle after a summer drizzle. Everyone on the left is scum. Everyone on the right is saintly. Leftist extremism is bad. Right-wing extremism is good. Condemns the left for government tyranny, but promotes right-wing tyranny without acknowledging that tyranny - in any form - is not acceptable.
In other words, complete drek.
Added in edit to clarify and to reply to above:
I believe everyone has the right to own any weapon, including machineguns.
I believe the liberal police state is a threat to human existence.
I believe in conservative ideals.
I can't stand Clinton - either one of them.
I believe taxation is theft.
I believe Tom Kratman not only can't write worth a damn, but is an embarrassment to the conservative movement.
As another reviewer noted, this is a voice those of us on the real right wish would go away. He's a loon. He wants to fix what's wrong with the government's intrusiveness by giving it different and "better" intrusiveness.
As to the challenge to find "one bad sentence," here we go, assuming Amazon doesn't filter it:
"To Ms. Wilhelmina Rottemeyer, President-Elect of the United States of America, the sound was orgasm. Never in her life had a thrusting man entering her body given her such a glorious feeling."
Yes, you can't get higher literature than that.
"The People howled their outrage and their triumph until quelled again by their leader's gentle pats."
Aw, how sweet.
Mr. Kratman may be the best proof anywhere that lawyers have no business in government.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one. Jan. 27 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book exhibits every flaw of logic made by the supporters of the militia movement & similar far-right subcultures.
1. Demonization of the enemy:
Pro-choicers are all baby-killing lunatics, environmentalists are all chicken-little types with no grip on reality, gun control advocates will not be satisfied until until every private firearm is destroyed, etc., etc.
2. Beatification of the heroes.
Every Texan(TM) is polite, unafraid, and a crack shot. Every military man is a professional, and is only following orders, up until he Does The Right Thing, and joins the Texans.
3. Appeal to prurient interest:
The sexual orientations of the villains is clearly included to allow the readers to giggle about it.
4. There is but one true god:
All the heroes are Christian. None of the villains are religious, although Judaism is made reference to as being associated with the Eeevil(TM) Libruls(TM). I don't think the author is trying to be anti-semitic, however, as the reference is subtle, and the author displays subtlety nowhere else in the book. The author clearly interprets "freedom of religion" to mean Christians can do whatever they want in the political arena and no other religions could possibly matter.
5. War worship:
While the author is listed as having served, there is no indication in his writing of having seen the elephant. Even in the final battle at "Not The Alamo," the valiant defenders battle on, right until the very end. They never seem to react to death or danger or stress. If you've read David Drake, you know how an author can successfully protray this without making the characters seem cowardly.
Overall, the biggest flaw in the book is the reduction of politics to Right=Good, Left=Bad.
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