Skip to comments.A short review of the book Unintended Consequences
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 MDs 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 Authors 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 readers view of the true persons character to the reader. Adolph Topperwein and his wife Plinky, the Bowmans, Irwin and Magda Mann, the whos 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. JRs work will quickly make you that Fly on the Wall.
We all have mental triggers that send our minds 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 Rands philosophy, but youll 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 Columbos 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 didnt 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 Ill 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
and finally.. I get my loaner back.
I emailed my children and told them that now might be the time to sell their signed copies.
Unintended Consequences and Term Limits are two of my favorite books. They should be required reading as well as 1984 and Brave New World.
Despite its “blue” content, it is still one of my favorite books of all time.
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.
I’ve read it several times. I bought it for cash at a gun show.
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.
Who is the author of “Term Limits” ?
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.
Is the PDF file available for download?
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.
I have a signed copy of the 1996 edition. Perhaps it is time to sell it.
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.
Well, I thought I did... can not lay my hands on it right now.
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.
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.
Excellent analysis. Much better said than my own thoughts, which while in agreement, had not been as organized as yours. Good work.
AbeBooks.com has autographed copies for around $500.
AbeBooks.com has autographed copies for around $500. Ordinary, run-of-the-mill copies for $200.
Is the PDF file available for download?
“unintended consequences john ross pdf”
and you can download a copy for free.
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