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A Line in the Sand (The American War Book 1) by [Burgess, Justin]
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Get volume I of Justin Burgess' American War Series free for a limited time, and don't forget to pick up a copy of his latest installment 'Blood of Patriots' available now!


The year is 2031. The US military has been gutted by an increasingly powerful and isolationist government after a series of unpopular and internationally condemned wars. Lieutenant Colonel Reese Sterling, a veteran of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iran, has been falsely imprisoned after tragedy occurs during a botched raid in his home. He is sent to the infamous Ridgeway Prison on trumped up charges, and while incarcerated, meets a mysterious man who has a plan for freedom. Across the country, a popular US President is assassinated, along with a high-ranking member of the Chinese military. Sterling manages to escape from prison, only to find that he is the man being hunted as the presidential assassin. Balancing his desire for revenge against the need to clear his name, Sterling must take on a conspiracy of global proportions that threatens to bring the very foundations of the nation crashing down. When war on American soil for the first time in over 150 years seems imminent, the fugitive officer must make a brutal choice; to fight against the government he had sworn an oath to protect, or do nothing and see the country torn apart.

About the Author

Justin Burgess is a military veteran, having served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His previous work includes the novel Another Day in Paradise. He enjoys hiking, yard work, and a good book. He currently lives outside of Seattle with his wife and their two dogs.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dcbb81c) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd92e8) out of 5 stars How America might end up being in the future Dec 17 2012
By Book Addict - Published on Amazon.com
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This book looks at what would happen to America in 20 years from now through a Conservative viewpoint. The author does a great job in building the characters in the novel and getting you in the story, you get emotionally attached to the character. The story is well written, with few, if any mistakes. It was easy to read and follow.

This book does have a Conservative viewpoint but please do not let that discourage you to read it. It is well thought out fiction novel (Book one in a series) and a plausible future for the United States.

Very enjoyable and would recommend you buy it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd9534) out of 5 stars A Compelling Read Jan. 8 2013
By A.F. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Justin Burgess gives a compelling narrative about a dystopian future in which veterans are reviled for making hard choices during a war with Iran. While some of the staples of the dystopian future are there, a la Orwell (the oppressive government, the lone man against the system, a rising resistance), Burgess has injected enough real history and social trends to make it seem palapably real and that's what makes it all the more terrifying. He's able to relate this through the characters.

LT COL Reese Sterling, Burgess's protagonist is someone with whom many veterans can identify. He's a family man who just wants to protect what's his while ballancing that commitment with numerous sacrifices he has made for his country. Sterling is sent to prison, stemming from killing a SWAT team member during an incursion to his home. That itself is bad enough, but then it gets worse, as forces inside the government frame Sterling for a far more heinous crime.

Burgess's straightforward, almost minimalist prose takes some adjustment on the reader's part. The one thing he does not spare the reader is a quick pace, which keeps the reader engaged. Although I was able to tell where Sterling's path was going, there was nothing in the prose that kept me from wanting more. As the reader will find at the conclusion, there's far more peril ahead for Sterling.

A Line in the Sand is the first of a triology involving the United States fending off betrayal from within and the "invitation" of foreign troops on its soil. Burgess has laid the ground work for a larger epic work which will keep the reader eager to hurl toward the conclusion.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd94f8) out of 5 stars An interesting and well crafted story. Jan. 5 2013
By Mark Coons - Published on Amazon.com
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I was made aware of this book by a blog. I took a look and was intrigued by the story line.

So I ordered it and I have been impressed by the author's ability to tie all of the story elements together in a way that holds my interest.

An interesting story with interesting characters. I look forward to Mr. Burgess's next book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd97ec) out of 5 stars A Line in the Sand - Fiction or Prophecy Dec 22 2012
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This story is a frightening look at the future of the United States. In the story it is some 20 years in the future but it could be as little as 6 to 8 years depending on the current war on gun owners. It illustrates the deteriorating condition of the American Justice system over the next 20 years. Set in an America where it is illegal to own guns or most other weapons, the society a happy socialist heaven, where individuals can be in more trouble for protecting him or her self and their loved ones than the bad guys. The story shows the results of that deterioration applied to a citizen and veteran only wanting to protect his family.

This is a gripping story of survival, recovery and the determination of the American Spirit to be free. The characters are well developed and the plot is intriguing with subplots twisted enough to satisfy the detective in the reader. This is definitively an action novel with the stops pulled out. Be sure to read the preview of the sequel at the back of the book. Can't wait until the sequel comes out in spring 2013.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd984c) out of 5 stars Almost a 5 July 6 2013
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This I would describe as an alternative history tale of what the extreme fringe element of the Tea Party believe would occur if the extreme fringe element of the liberals got their way and succeeded in taking away everyone's guns and mostly dismantling the U.S. military. As a liberal who believes in gun rights and a strong military I was at first incensed that anyone would believe this would be allowed to happen, and nearly quit reading in disgust. However, I am glad I did not as the strong plot and excellent writing allowed me to suspend disbelief and enjoy this tale. I gave this a 4-star rating instead of 5 due to horrendous proof reading. Almost every page included the type of error that would not be caught by a spell-check program. The graft of good writing should include good editing, and having to stumble over word errors so regularly does interfere with the flow of the prose. Otherwise, congratulations on creating a unique and enjoyable read.