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The Enemies List (Travis McGee's novel reviewed in GUNS Magazine)
GUNS Magazine June 2010 ^ | April 16, 2010 | David Codrea

Posted on 04/16/2010 11:26:02 AM PDT by Travis McGee

I have a rule I tell every author who sends me a book to review: I only write good ones. If I don’t care for it, I’ll decline to say anything. I figure it’s not my place to crush someone else’s labor of love.

So I ventured into Matthew Bracken’s latest offering, “Foreign Enemies and Traitors,” with a bit of trepidation. After all, I’d written reviews in this magazine for the two prior volumes in his trilogy, “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” (Nov. 2005) and “Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista” (Feb. 2007). I called the former “a thrilling first novel…one that engages, grips and doesn’t let up,” and the latter “a brave book [that] nails the probability of near-future disintegration of the Republic with terrifying prescience.”

And then there was Matt’s handwritten note to me on the cover page of his latest: “This is my best effort, it’s all I can give. I hope it makes a difference.”

What if I didn’t care for it? What if I was let down because it couldn’t match the expectations the first two books instilled in me?

No worries. This is the best of the bunch, and that’s saying a lot. As always, Bracken writes a page-turner involving main characters you care about deeply or hate to their evil cores. This third volume is mainly Phil Carson’s story, the Viet Nam veteran we met as a major supporting character in the first two novels. A hurricane has shipwrecked him in Mississippi while smuggling cargo from Central America into a vastly different country than the one he was born into.

It’s the Greater Depression. Following massive earthquakes, the Deep South is under the military rule of a general who is an authority unto himself. The federal government is hopelessly corrupt, presided over by a charismatic subversive who has placed fellow Marxist travelers in key positions of great power. The Northeast and Midwest reflect his socialist centralized federal control. Tennessee has been in rebellion, and the president, anxious to subdue the insurrection so he can turn his attention to the resource-rich Free States of the Northwest, has brought in foreign mercenaries… But it’s not my place to tell you Matt’s story. I want you to watch it unfold for yourself.

It reads like a movie. Bracken paints scenes with a master’s touch, so you can see where his characters are. You can feel their emotions. And when it comes to technical details, explanations of weapons systems, military protocols, intelligence capabilities—nobody does it better.

Still, it’s not an easy book. The details require us to pay attention. And there’s much ugliness—the degradation of some, the racism, the evil (and tell me Bob Bullard, the soulless, ambitious “Director of Rural Pacification,” doesn’t qualify as a great villain!).

If you haven’t read the first two novels, don’t let that stop you from getting this one. It reads well as a standalone book, and I can’t think of a better introduction and inducement to discover the earlier works.

You’ve given enough, Mr. Bracken. Your best is superb. Well done, sir.


TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: banglist; rkbabracken; travismcgee
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1 posted on 04/16/2010 11:26:03 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Eaker; afnamvet; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; ApesForEvolution; aragorn; archy; ArmedSkeptic; ...
I'm Matt Bracken, AKA Travis McGee, and I wrote these books.


2 posted on 04/16/2010 11:29:07 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

CONGRATULATIONS for a great review and best of luck with the book!


3 posted on 04/16/2010 11:30:10 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Travis McGee
David Codrea writes for GUNS Magazine, "The War On Guns" blog, and The Examiner.

David is a stand-up guy who is not afraid to put his name on difficult issues, during a time when the federal government is compiling literal enemies lists.

Unlike many so-called conservatives who head for the tall grass when times get scary.

4 posted on 04/16/2010 11:33:27 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Congrats on a great review!


5 posted on 04/16/2010 11:35:56 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Travis McGee

Congrats on the review! Well done (but expected) ;-)


6 posted on 04/16/2010 11:38:40 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Travis McGee

Will add to my reading list.


7 posted on 04/16/2010 11:40:33 AM PDT by MissNomer
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To: Travis McGee

Well done, Matt. I’m ordering my copy this weekend.


8 posted on 04/16/2010 11:41:03 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Travis McGee

I read “Foreign Enemies” and recommend it to all who want a good “end times for America” kind of yarn. Very scary, but let’s hope not prophetic.


9 posted on 04/16/2010 11:43:53 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Travis McGee
This is what the June issue's cover looks like.

Mine was just delivered to my house by a uniformed agent of the federal government.

(My friendly USPS mailman.)

10 posted on 04/16/2010 11:43:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

WHOOPS! Wrong cover. I just “google imaged” GUNS Magazine June 2010, and didn’t check.

Hey, they both have pistols on the cover, oriented the same way.


11 posted on 04/16/2010 11:45:27 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Woo! Great job Travis. They are sitting on my shelf waiting for me. :-)


12 posted on 04/16/2010 11:46:49 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: Travis McGee
Congrats and wishing you well

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13 posted on 04/16/2010 11:49:17 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Travis McGee

Way to go, Travis McGee! I’m gettin’ it!


14 posted on 04/16/2010 11:50:21 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Travis McGee

Was your Domestic Army based at Ft Stewart?

Sounds great!

Kudos for getting the review!


15 posted on 04/16/2010 11:51:36 AM PDT by GeronL (Entitlement Zombies will become real zombies when the money runs out)
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To: Travis McGee

Congrats Matt! All three were great pieces of work. Looking forward to reading the one you are working on now.


16 posted on 04/16/2010 11:54:19 AM PDT by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. NRA, GOA, SAF, CCRKBA. FUBO.)
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To: Travis McGee; FrPR

I really enjoyed the first two books and encourage anyone on the Freep Banglist to read them.


17 posted on 04/16/2010 11:55:08 AM PDT by BorisTheBulletDodger (Bang!)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; Shooter 2.5; wku man; SLB; ..
Well done, Matt!

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

18 posted on 04/16/2010 11:56:22 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Travis McGee
Great Review for a geat book!

What will the fourth book bring I wonder! : )

19 posted on 04/16/2010 12:02:36 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: aragorn
Here is the first third of Castigo Cay, my next novel.

About the first 100 pages of each novel is posted on my website.

20 posted on 04/16/2010 12:05:06 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Doomonyou

The link to the first third of the next novel is posted just above.


21 posted on 04/16/2010 12:05:49 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Awesome. Congrats. I been telling my new legion buddies about the book.


22 posted on 04/16/2010 12:12:29 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Travis McGee

Excellent!! BIG Bump!


23 posted on 04/16/2010 12:14:41 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (PursuingLiberty.com))
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To: Travis McGee

Well done Travis :-)


24 posted on 04/16/2010 12:15:59 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Something is seriously wrong when the .gov plans to treat citizens worse than they treat terrorists)
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To: Travis McGee

I throughly enjoyed all three Matt. Congratulations.


25 posted on 04/16/2010 12:16:09 PM PDT by VR-21 (I'd rather be riding Harley's with Ranya.)
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To: Travis McGee; LS
Looks like I'm going to spend some more silver... I just bought LS's Patriot's History yesterday at costco (yeah, I know...) so guess I'll finally buy yours Matt! Best site to do so???

Grrreat Review BTW!

26 posted on 04/16/2010 12:16:52 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Travis McGee

Awesome.


27 posted on 04/16/2010 12:25:03 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Travis McGee
You know, that WOULD be a great way to track folks who are added to the "folks who must vanish" lists: Give the mailpersons an extra pay bump to just add the addresses of folks who get such magazines. Good going on the great review. I look forward to reading the new one. Isn't CAY pronounced as KEY, though?
28 posted on 04/16/2010 12:27:35 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: JDoutrider; LS
Looks like I'm going to spend some more silver... I just bought LS's Patriot's History yesterday at costco (yeah, I know...) so guess I'll finally buy yours Matt! Best site to do so??? Grrreat Review BTW!

It really helps when Glenn Beck plugs your book about 100 times. I don't have any "names" in my corner, and I'm a "no-name" author, so I've had to do it all by myself, every single inch. (If only my middle name was Gingrich, I'd be on every radio show.)

29 posted on 04/16/2010 12:27:55 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: ExSoldier

I covered the misuse of “brilliant data mining” in EFAD, back in 2005. Just take the same Al-Quada seeking algorithms, and tweek them to find gun nuts who are “Constitution fanatics.”

Yes, Cay is pronounced Key. In the Bahamas if you pronounce it like “Okay,” you will be announcing your newbie-ness.

But I think the title Castigo Cay works no matter how you pronounce it.


30 posted on 04/16/2010 12:30:41 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: ExSoldier

PS:

You being a screenwriter, you know how writers are about eymology, pronunciation and other word trivia! Bahama of course comes from Baja Mar. But “Cayo” in Spanish is pronounced like me-oh- “MY-Oh.”

How it got twisted by the Brits into Cay = Key, I’ll never know. If anything, it should rhyme with Guy. But there were probably a lot of bizarro linguistic shifts going on in the Caribbean melting pot of the pirate days.


31 posted on 04/16/2010 12:35:36 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee
I've read them all, given them away and recommend them to anyone who might have the courage to read them. In many respects, you've taken up where Unintended Consequences left off.

BTW, Ross has been rumoered to have a sequel in the works for some time now. You've raised the bar for Ross, I think. You know, we're starting to piss off the Leviathan. A distant thunder...

32 posted on 04/16/2010 12:37:33 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Travis McGee
sounds like i need to buy a couple books...im not much on reviewers, but ive read enough of david c to expect the unvarnished truth...

keep up the good work Sir...

33 posted on 04/16/2010 12:40:04 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Noumenon

Ross is another stand-up guy who gave me early reviews. He’s been working on “Detour” as a sequel to UC for a while, but I don’t know if that project is still in motion.

I believe that Unintended Consequences is out of print, and on “Amazon Marketplace” used copies are going for over $100!

That means I won’t be lending MY copy of UC out ever again!


34 posted on 04/16/2010 12:43:32 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee
BRAVO ZULU!!!
35 posted on 04/16/2010 12:43:43 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Travis McGee
my Gadsden flag came yesterday and went up today...

i'm thinking about putting Enemies Foreign and Domestic across the top

36 posted on 04/16/2010 12:52:30 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Travis McGee
I believe that Unintended Consequences is out of print, and on “Amazon Marketplace” used copies are going for over $100!

Well, that makes me glad I've still got mine. Had no idea it was going for that.

37 posted on 04/16/2010 12:52:49 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Noumenon
Amazon says "5 new from $228, and 16 used from $70."

What a testimony to an out-of-print novel from over a decade ago!


38 posted on 04/16/2010 12:56:29 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Nice mag cover piece.

I hope the maglite battery is recyclable and the bullets areecosensitive. :-}

Good Job, Matt!

Anything lurking on the horizon 8-?


39 posted on 04/16/2010 12:58:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Travis McGee
Had it been finished soon enough, Foreign Enemies and Traitors should have been required reading for all voters prior to the 2008 election.
40 posted on 04/16/2010 12:58:43 PM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: NormsRevenge
Anything lurking on the horizon 8-?

Yes, the link to the first third of the next novel is at reply 20.

41 posted on 04/16/2010 1:00:14 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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now I see it. :-)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2494483/posts?page=20#20
the first third of Castigo Cay, my next novel.


42 posted on 04/16/2010 1:00:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t hold your breath! You might consider reading something else in the next year.


43 posted on 04/16/2010 1:05:45 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Great review for another great book!


44 posted on 04/16/2010 1:08:42 PM PDT by panaxanax (The time has come (3-21-2010) for TEA Party Patriots to turn up the volume.)
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To: Travis McGee

a book every two years is no easy feat, take your time. I still have at least a couple of chapters left in WEB Griffin Corps X .. and a pile of clancy and such to catch up on.. the internet gets all the eye&noodle-time for some reason and I hardly read anymore except on cruises. strange phenomena.. the more beer, the worse it gets. ;-)


45 posted on 04/16/2010 1:10:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Travis McGee

A great review and great books. I own and have read them all!


46 posted on 04/16/2010 1:18:43 PM PDT by Gritty (I'm a little amused when people at the rallies complain about taxes - B. Hussein Obama, 04/15/2010)
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To: JDoutrider; Travis McGee
Best site to do so???

You can probably get it from most any Internet book-seller, or you can just send Matt a check and he'll send you a book forthwith.

47 posted on 04/16/2010 1:21:26 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Travis McGee

I am proud of ya Matt !


48 posted on 04/16/2010 1:32:13 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Travis McGee

Very cool. I also agree, this is your best work.


49 posted on 04/16/2010 1:41:08 PM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Travis McGee

Awesome. I have been out of reading — too lazy. But I’m about to cancel cable and probably have to get back into reading. These book will definitely make my reading list.

Thanks McGee!


50 posted on 04/16/2010 1:54:44 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Bye bye Miss American Freedom. When did we vote for Communism?)
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