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A short review of the book Unintended Consequences
thesurvivalistblog.net ^ | 1 October, 2012 | Thomas The Tinker

Posted on 10/02/2012 5:21:41 AM PDT by marktwain

A short review of the book “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross, c/r. 1995 Accurate Press. 861 pages. ( Note: This posting is in no way in fact, inferred, or implied to be a submission in MD’s contest! )

This tome came with a dust cover depicting a swat clad fella man… handeling Lady Liberty… the poor lady was in the midst of a wordrobe malfuncition. Rather tacky dust ‘cover’ on this book. But I would be the last to judge a book by… a tacky dust cover, so I threw it out and took a dive into this one.

What turned out to be the ‘Hook’ in this work for me is page 9s “Author’s Note – A warning and Disclaimer”. It sounded rather trite and hype until I finished on page 861. I had no idea how this work would draw me into it. John Ross (here after, JR) ties “Unintended Consequences” together with a well done mix of historical fact. JR builds fictional characters around the personas of people we all have known in our lives both present and past. His License in this is never poorly done and only enhances the reader’s view of the true person’s character to the reader. Adolph Topperwein and his wife Plinky, the Bowmans, Irwin and Magda Mann, the who’s who of Guns and Ammo lore. So many others you will, at times, be amazed at how the time lines of history are peopled by those you yourself remember. JR takes the reader all over the United States and parts of Europe while connecting the ‘dots’ for you in ways that make you feel … sense .. that you have been there… done that. JR’s work will quickly make you that ‘Fly on the Wall’.

We all have mental ‘triggers’ that send our ‘mind’s eye’ back to places and events. Smells, sounds, sights ‘trigger’ real time emotion in us all. For me, it is the smell of wet… new cut grass or the sounds of rain in the trees. Poof … it is a time not long enough ago in a ‘galaxy’ not far enough away with the crackle of small arms fire and bad fitting.. damp.. green cloths. Think through your life … what are your ‘triggers’? JR has a knack for prose that flash you back even if it only the history that you… have… read. As I wrote above, couple that with his blend of people you do know… and you quickly begin to live inside this story.

Do be warned that JR has included more than enough gratuitous sex in this book. Am I to old and boring… or was it too much… you decide. These injections of sex seem more like commercial breaks than plot line and are one of two things that mar this books continuity. JR does get rather ‘preachy’ when he covers a point of view… opinion. Not as prolific as Ayn Rand’s philosophy, but you’ll see what I mean. Oh… that was the other one.

Many a short chapter is more instructional that prose. Page 479 and the story of “Joe Columbo’s attempted murder”. Irwin Mann and his actions in the Warsaw Ghetto. The FBI shoot out with Michael Platt and Matix. There is a problem here for me as I could go on… and on with these examples. You will be able to take a name and date and Google more information than I (for one) know any ‘right thinking bureaucrat’ would care to have you know. I always read a book once for affect and twice for detail. If it is that good a work I take my tabs and highlighters to the couch with it the third time. My shelf copy resembles a Pharmacy Majors Organic Chemistry text. I was asked to loan it to a work mate … I bought a second copy and the fella didn’t return it. I have picked up a hard to find and pricey third copy and have loaned this one to the point of ‘Dog Eared’ condition.

I get excited about any work that ‘excites’ the mind and stimulates conversation … otherwise left to ‘myself’… or with my special friend. That is to say conversations far… far right of political correctness. This book by John Ross is not something you would want found on your slush pile should the Federalies kick in your door. This book has an unbleached bias with regard to the gun culture and the role of Government in our lives. This work has had “Unintended Consequences” in my thinking. This work IS considered Sedition by a good number of the Federal Agencies and Departments depicted in its 681 pages. If you doubt my ‘warning’ then read up and I’ll be happy to discuss any suggestions, comments, questions or death threats you may care to tender. Another Warning here. Current copies are listed at over $700.oo new and nearly $300.oo used.

One really must ask themselves why this is? You will have to hit the shows or the web to find one……….. unless… and finally.. I get my ‘loaner’ back.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Business/Economy; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: banglist; consequences; johnross; unintended
I bought and gave away cases of this book. What struck me was the price.

I emailed my children and told them that now might be the time to sell their signed copies.

1 posted on 10/02/2012 5:21:46 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Unintended Consequences and Term Limits are two of my favorite books. They should be required reading as well as 1984 and Brave New World.


2 posted on 10/02/2012 5:39:46 AM PDT by Boomer One
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To: marktwain

Despite its “blue” content, it is still one of my favorite books of all time.


3 posted on 10/02/2012 6:03:34 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: marktwain

A fellow Freeper turned me on to this book a couple of years ago. Gotta say that it was so good that I could hardly put it down. I think it would resonate with any patriot.


4 posted on 10/02/2012 6:30:55 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: marktwain

I’ve read it several times. I bought it for cash at a gun show.


5 posted on 10/02/2012 6:45:21 AM PDT by Jeff Vader (voting for romney, would much rather have Sarah Palin)
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To: marktwain

This is easily my favorite book in the genre and in my top 25 books regardless of Genre. Not without flaws, but it really works.


6 posted on 10/02/2012 7:02:16 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Boomer One

Who is the author of “Term Limits” ?


7 posted on 10/02/2012 7:12:48 AM PDT by SENTINEL (Romney is to Conservatism what Mormonism is to Christianity.)
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To: marktwain

Best book I have ever read.
Written by a Missouri democrat.
I have a copy in real life, and in a PDF file.
John Ross is the modern day Nostradamus.
I’d love to go shooting with him someday.


8 posted on 10/02/2012 7:26:38 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: RandallFlagg

Is the PDF file available for download?


9 posted on 10/02/2012 9:40:06 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: EdReform

I just woke up (worked graveyard last night) and got online. I can do a search of my pings to find it from the kind FReeper who sent me the link for download. I don’t know if it’s still active, though.

The actual book runs for $200 last I checked.
The 1996 edition was also running for (sit down) $2,000.


10 posted on 10/02/2012 2:15:30 PM PDT by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: RandallFlagg
The 1996 edition was also running for (sit down) $2,000.

I have a signed copy of the 1996 edition. Perhaps it is time to sell it.

11 posted on 10/02/2012 4:04:54 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I have a copy somewhere in this house, but I don’t know which edition it is. I bought and read it back in 1999.


12 posted on 10/02/2012 4:09:47 PM PDT by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: marktwain

Well, I thought I did... can not lay my hands on it right now.


13 posted on 10/02/2012 4:12:32 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: RandallFlagg

Found the first edition signed by John Ross. It is in very good condition, in the original box from John Ross’ address with the address to me in John Ross’ handwritting.

I wonder what it is worth...

The first edition had a very small run, as John Ross made some corrections in the next run, which would correctly be the second edition.

I do not think there was ever a third editon, though there were a few printings of the second.


14 posted on 10/02/2012 4:40:48 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: backwoods-engineer

Methinks the “blue” content - more “black and blue” - is necessary for setting the characters up with a past which pushed them far enough that they were willing to push back when pushed again. Most people are unwilling to take certain steps as a rational choice unless they’ve been forced into similar actions under less rational conditions.

For those unwilling to read the entire 800+ pages, I suggest reading the last 100 pages (where the opening scene actually begins) first. The prior 700 pages form the rock-solid backstory gearing up to that scenario. As I just said, those actions by the characters (while engaging) are not understandable until you know what happened to get them past certain normal psychological barriers; the excitement of the final scene may persuade you to read the backstory.


15 posted on 10/03/2012 8:48:17 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: ctdonath2

Excellent analysis. Much better said than my own thoughts, which while in agreement, had not been as organized as yours. Good work.


16 posted on 10/04/2012 9:27:02 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: Boomer One

AbeBooks.com has autographed copies for around $500.


17 posted on 10/04/2012 9:45:19 AM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: Boomer One

AbeBooks.com has autographed copies for around $500. Ordinary, run-of-the-mill copies for $200.


18 posted on 10/04/2012 9:46:37 AM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: EdReform

Is the PDF file available for download?


Yes. Google or otherwise search

“unintended consequences john ross pdf”

and you can download a copy for free.


19 posted on 10/04/2012 12:33:46 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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To: marktwain
I've never appreciated the “gun culture”’s importance to liberty until reading this engaging book, which through historical fact reveals the ineptness, corruption and abuse of authority of various branches of the Federal government. If you don't value the Second Amendment, this book — down-loadable as a PDF — will change your thinking.
20 posted on 10/09/2012 8:56:17 AM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: RandallFlagg
I loaned mine out and never got it back. Now all I have is this dang PDF.
21 posted on 10/09/2012 9:02:40 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free

Every link I find that sez its downloadable won’t work. I got a feeling these are not legit copies and Ross is working to stop these sites.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 9:12:50 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

At this moment, the following link brought up the novel in PDF...give it a few minutes to load.

http://www.zjstech.net/~ddixson/Unintended_Consequences.pdf


23 posted on 01/02/2013 9:47:49 PM PST by Wasichu
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