Skip to comments.Books on the Right - A Nativist's Paranoid Vision (Travis McGee)
Posted on 07/17/2007 6:17:51 PM PDT by CodeToad
In 1973, a Frenchman named Jean Raspail wrote a bitter and paranoid novel about the "invasion" of his native land by starving Third World refugees. The book was a racist vision of the consequences of non-white immigration, aided and abetted, in the author's view, by the weak-minded liberals who failed to resist it. For almost 35 years, The Camp of the Saints has been a Bible to the radical right.
Now, courtesy of former Navy SEAL Matthew Bracken, comes the American version a portrait of the apocalypse Bracken fears will overtake America thanks to undocumented immigration from the south. The book is a fictionalized version of the Aztlan conspiracy theory the idea that Mexico is secretly planning a "reconquista" (reconquering) of the seven states of the Southwest that now animates large swaths of the anti-immigration movement. It's being plugged on extremist websites, in gun magazines and similar electronic venues, and on immigrant-bashing radio shows like Peter Boyles' program on KHOW-AM in Denver.
This isn't the first angry, self-published novel from Bracken. His new book, Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista, is the second in a series that began with another paranoid fantasy about gun control and evil agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a favorite bête noire of the extreme right. His latest book, marked by an enthusiastic interest in busty women, is a xenophobe's racy vision of hell.
Domestic Enemies opens in a secret Oklahoma prison camp (D-camp) full of women detained by the federal government for acts of terrorism. Here, Bracken's curvaceous 27-year-old heroine, Ranya Bardiwell, tends the fields under the supervision of gun-toting "Internal Security Agency" guards, monitored all the while by a Radio Frequency Identification Device implanted in her shoulder. Through flashbacks, we learn that Bardiwell gave birth to a son five years ago in federal prison. He was taken from her just minutes out of the womb. The action begins as Bardiwell is summoned to the office of a female warden who attempts to seduce her. They take a bubble bath together, during which the warden reveals that Bardiwell's son is living in Albuquerque, N.M., and has been adopted by FBI agent Alex Garabanda and his IRS agent wife.
Enraged at the thought of her child being raised by federal agents, Bardiwell straddles the naked warden and chokes her to death in the tub. She escapes, intent on recovering her son, but finds herself in a brave new post-amnesty world.
Gas is at $29 a gallon, gold at $7,000 an ounce. A lethal epidemic of "Monkey Pox" has swept through the southeast. Crime and out-of-control interest rates have citizens abandoning their homes by the thousands for tent camps in the "free states" of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
Preoccupied by ethnic violence in major cities and economic turmoil, the federal government has let southwestern states sink into bedlam. Armed gangs besiege Arizona and Phoenix has lost electrical power. Los Angeles is under martial law as neighborhoods burn.
And New Mexico, where Bardiwell heads to retrieve her boy, has become a haven for communist revolutionaries. Now it's "Nuevo Mexico." The state has passed Spanish-only laws and razed businesses with English signs. Ranches once owned by Anglos are seized and given to former undocumented immigrants. The brutal, M-16-toting Milicia de Nuevo Mexico aims to get rid of all Anglos.
Bardiwell is captured by the militia in Albuquerque. But, entranced by her curves and her marksmanship demonstrated when she shoots a hippie the dashing Comandante Basilo Ramos orders Bardiwell to conduct weapons training for his troops and makes her his mistress, holding her captive in his mansion. In a bizarre scene, Bardiwell drugs Ramos, photographs him sodomizing a communist professor whom he strangles during sex, then escapes out a second-story window, climbing down a rope made from the comandante's silk ties. Bardiwell then hooks up with her child's disillusioned adoptive father, Alex Garabanda, who is suicidal after losing custody of the boy to his ex-wife the IRS agent and her lesbian lover.
Bardiwell and Garabanda set out to rescue the boy from his "two mommies," but first stop to conduct surveillance at a secret meeting of traitorous politicians and "billionaire globalists" drafting a new Constitution to turn America socialist.
Discovered while photographing the meeting, Bardiwell shoots down a Blackhawk helicopter and she and Garabanda escape to San Diego. In hot pursuit is Comandante Ramos, who vows to take Bardiwell to a Mexican whorehouse, inject her with heroin and force her to work as a prostitute, and IRS storm troopers, led by the steroid-enhanced girlfriend of Garabanda's ex-wife.
Ultimately, the pair recover the child, and the book closes with them cheek to cheek in a small plane flying north, the boy sleeping next to them.
Domestic Enemies plods along between the over-the-top action sequences. Bracken oversexualizes his gun-loving heroine, devoting as much prose to her breasts as he does her weapons which is a lot and many minor players come off as one-dimensional caricatures. But a sexy heroine shooting guns of varying calibers at liberal, communist, open-borders villains in a world destroyed by immigration and multiculturalism is an irresistible fantasy for the audience this genre of fiction attracts no matter the novel's numerous flaws.
Of course, this fictionalization is hardly necessary, even for those given to this kind of thing. All one need do is listen to real-life zealots like Glenn Spencer, head of the hate group American Border Patrol, who puts it like this: "Our country is being invaded by Mexico with hostile intentions. When it blows up, they can't say we didn't tell them, when the blood starts flowing on the border and in L.A. We're [talking] about la reconquista."
In Matt's own words:
" After decades of uncontrolled illegal immigration, tens of millions of undocumented Hispanic aliens have received amnesty, and both political parties are pandering to the desires of these new Spanish-speaking instant-citizens. Congress and the President have granted amnesty to a human tsunami of illegal migrants, but to most middle-class Americans, they remain unwanted criminal invaders. The national economy is on the brink of collapse, inflation and unemployment are soaring, and major cities are descending into ungovernable sinkholes of anarchy and inter-ethnic violence. America is poised for a low intensity "dirty civil war."
The action in Domestic Enemies takes place between Oklahoma and Southern California, but much of it occurs in New Mexico. After many years of an open-door policy to illegals and lax "motor-voter" registration, the state government has been taken over by separatists, who are only nominally members of the Democratic Party. The federal government, which is dealing with multiple crises it considers far more urgent, turns a blind eye to the ethnic and political turmoil in the remote border state of New Mexico.
One of the new state governments top agenda items is radical "land reform." Ranches are being confiscated on the pretext that their original deeds and titles are invalid, according to their interpretation of the 1848 Treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo. In order to enforce these land reform policies, the radical governor creates a new paramilitary organization, the Milicia de Nuevo Mexico, and arms it with surplus M-16 rifles from the state guard armories. (The actual New Mexico National Guard is still fully deployed to the ongoing wars in the Middle East.) Thus the stage is set for a bloody showdown between New Mexico ranchers who refuse to leave their ancestral lands, and the Milicia de Nuevo Mexico, which is comprised largely of former illegal alien immigrants, fighting for free land to be distributed as the spoils of victory in the new Aztlan.
The radical state government also passes Español Solamente laws, after several other states have passed English-only laws in reaction to the illegal alien invasion. Police and other Nuevo Mexico government employees who cannot pass difficult Spanish proficiency tests are fired. Milicia highway checkpoints are pervasive, searching cars for illegal firearms. The checkpoints are actually a form of ethnic intimidation, a part of the new state governments unspoken (but clearly intended) plan for the ethnic-cleansing of Nuevo Mexico.
"Voluntarios" from Mexico, Central and South America (as well as left-wing gringo radicals) are flocking to Nuevo Mexico. They are coming for free land, citizenship and a chance to strike a blow at the hated "imperialist" United States. Well-armed American "Minuteman" volunteers are also heading to the beleaguered state to support the threatened ranchers, and to keep New Mexico within the United States. Bosnia and Kosovo in the early 1990s (just before the Balkans exploded into open warfare) are a model for the witch's brew simmering in the Southwest.
That's the background of my second novel Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista. It is a cautionary tale about the Balkanization of America, which will result from our present out-of-control illegal alien invasion, when combined with a national economy in recession, and political correctness run amuck. With a mega-amnesty presently looming for the 12 to 30 million illegal aliens now in the USA, (plus their family members in an endless chain), the fictional events portrayed in this novel seem more likely than ever to occur. If you want to pull back the curtain and see America's future, read Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista. "
The subtext of course being that anyone who resists untrammeled immigration is a racist.
Makes me want to buy it ASAP.
We’d better ping him, don’tcha think?
Complete hatchet job.
I would before reality overcomes fiction. You might actually find your blood boiling as chpaters in the book hit too close to home.
Susy Buchanan’s hissy fit is a classic. She’s more paranoid than the psychos in any mental hospital.
What? Ping Travis? I thought he likes surprises. lol.
“The subtext of course being that anyone who resists untrammeled immigration is a racist.”
Seems that way. Even a good friend of mine who is a first generation American whose parents are from Mexico is called a racist by the Mexican side of his family because he supports his country and demands illegal aliens be prosecuted and deported.
“Susy Buchanans hissy fit is a classic.”
I bet Travis takes it as a badge of honor...and humor.
“Complete hatchet job”
Notice all of her negative adverbs and adjectives.
With the conclusion that to resist invasion is racist.
And that invasion of the United States is a civil right, since to resist would be racist. But only if the invasion is conducted by non-whites.
Except if they are from Spain, a white country, but apparently non-white because they are hispanic.
Crystal clear logic, right?
And to think, any vociferousness about this subject a little over a year ago on FR was verboten. Thank-God the trash was swept out and the banned people of conviction were given amnesty.
Sounds to me like it would make a great movie: Busty women, lesbian seduction, sodomy, sexual asphyxiation, and lots of violence. It should be right up Hollywood’s alley.
Susy must have deficient boobies.
I interacted with Travis (among many other FReepers) when we defeated the Bush-Kennedy-McCain shamnesty bill. He and I hold very similar thoughts on illegal immigration. If he is a paranoid nativist, where does that leave me?
For the record - I am a non-Caucasian, first generation, legal immigrant.
El Pingo to bcsco, travis mcgee, 2nddivisionvet.
May I be the first to say “Bump your post to the top.”
Thanks for posting. A man is known by his enemies.
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Every Freeper should get this book. I was reading it during the Shamnesty soap opera that Congress had. Gave me one weird vibe watching fiction become reality before my eyes.
“Thank-God the trash was swept out and the banned people of conviction were given amnesty.”
No one is more surprised that I am still here counted as a FReeper, than me. I’ve been getting some “vibes” lately and if I should vanish....well.....
“it’s been real”
SusyQ and the rest of the SPLC has their head up their collective (lol!) ass. One wonders if they ever get out?
I’ll have to send them a Aztlan t-shirt.
“Complete hatchet job.”
Sure, but you couldn’t buy better publicity.
“Susy Buchanans hissy fit is a classic. Shes more paranoid than the psychos in any mental hospital.”
Yep, a left wing classic!!
Hatchet job? If I was Travis, I'd put that review on my website !
“Hatchet job? If I was Travis, I’d put that review on my website !”
Help Travis sell more books!
Is this review supposed to be derogatory?
I read the Camp of the Saints.
I had taken a delightful 90 mile trip down to Petoskey,Michigan. The purpose was to purchase the said novel.
The Camp Of The Saints.
The Social Contract Press.
Published with the permission of Scribner. I count myself as a fairly well versed reader. I take a liberty in quoting Jean Raspail.
"I am a novelist. I have no theory, no system nor idealogy to defend. It just seems to me that we are facing a unique alternative:either learn the resigned courage of being poor or find again the inflexible courage to be rich"
At least the critic could have carefully read the book and introduction. Then again lightweight types often skim through a book. Some merely say what someone else said about it. Often in retrospect such types reveal their lack of diligence.
I’m proud to be considered an enemy of that nest of America-hating traitors at the SPLC.
Boys oh boys Free Republic has created a spin off in book ordering (laughs).
This made my night!
Pretty good review. Curvacious girl with guns. It does make you want to go and buy it.
OK, I have to have it. It is interesting that "reviewers" such as our author here have so much to say about your plot and so little to say about your case. It's just...well, it's raciss', that's all, and no more need be said. Some of us beg to differ.
I gotta admire ya, McGee - getting the Southern Poverty Law Center to review yer book. Maybe it'll appear in the Village Voice or the Workers' Daily. How'd you do it? ROTFLMAO!
The book is 540 pages long. You can bet that Susy would have loved to call the book (and me) racist.....but she couldn’t. It’s just not in the book, not even between the lines.
So she had to take about 5 pages out of 540 out of context, and make the book sound like a boob and sodomy fest. It’s not, it’s just the best she could do to try to tar it.
All I can think is that Susy must be a dried-up skinny hag from PC University, who hates attractive heterosexual patriotic women.
Yeah, me too. Something that reminded me of it lately, in a backwards sort of way, was a TV news magazine show about the dismantling of ships in India, which has been going on for quite a while. Of course, the show is about the horrible conditions etc. and how we are foisting all our toxic wastes on them etc. but I was struck by the imagery of the rusting hulks, which put me in mind of the book, where the decrepit ships converge on European harbors. Ironically, the reverse of this is actually happening, as far as the rusting hulks are concerned.
Speaking of quislings...
I noticed that the SPLC is often cited as a source over at “WideAwakes”. When that crowd was still here I was certain that a number of them were taking their material straight from the SPLC, and now they make no pretense at hiding the fact.
Now just wait a minute here - you say “boob and sodomy fest” like it’s a bad thing...
The Southern Poverty Law Center is and always has been an arm of the Left. Morris Dees has made a career out of labeling conservative groups as hate groups, racists, nativists, the usual litany. One of his tricks is to link conservative groups with outfits like Stormfront.
There used to be some posters here who routinely used SPLC’s material. Fortunately they have mostly moved on to another site, where they can slander conservatives without annoying the rest of us.
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