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Phil

edelestein, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 22 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 156 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista: The Enemies Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Matthew Bracken
    • Narrated By Mike Kemp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a novel set in the not-too-distant future in the American Southwest, during a period of low-intensity civil war. The action takes place between Texas and California, but the story is mainly centered around New Mexico. Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a sequel to Enemies Foreign and Domestic, but it may be enjoyed on its own.

    Dennis says: "Puts it out there"
    "good listen - more twists than a country road"
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    Unlike a lot of Patriot Fiction this is very well written with a good plot and character development

    Looking forward to the next one

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jingling Our Change: Liberty Dying Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kelli Otting
    • Narrated By Christine Cunningham Smith
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    For over 40 years, Bloom's been kicked around by the hard knocks of life. Events cascade into chaos as she tries to help her friends survive the infrastructure collapse. Polite society experiences a massive correction. Struggling through violent clashes and heartbreaking decisions, the small group grows strong bonds as they work together to hold on to their food, guns, and property as the government reaches in to take what they want by granting themselves ever-increasing authority.

    Phil says: "Not your standard prepper fiction."
    "Not your standard prepper fiction."
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    I would have rated it lower but I have an irrational reaction to pot use. Also the narrator was like fingernails on a chalk board to me. This isn’t the usual prepper fiction and in that way it’s quite good. It also doesn’t use the EMP to start the end of the world so that’s good.

    The story has a lot more character development that your average end of the world fiction. There is a predictable love story between the old people. I think a lot of the book is from the female prospective and that’s a needed thing.

    It doesn’t get to be too full of lists like a lot of prepper fiction does so that's good.

    She gets way preachy about several topics.

    High Fructose Corn Syrup – it’s just sugar, too much of it will make you fat. It doesn’t taste as good as the real stuff either.

    GMO crops – here’s where she really comes off the rails. GMO is really no different than hybrid crops that have been around forever. The bans other countries put on it have more to do with protecting local farmers and commodity prices or other trade issues than anything else.

    It goes on, and on and on and on and on and on. Oh and it does go on a bit.

    There is one hysterical firearms error in the book. She speaks of shooting a 1” group at 500 yards. If you’re a gun person you get it if not it won’t matter to you.

    It’s not a bad book and it’s different than other prepper stuff out there. I’ll probably get the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    When looting and rioting overwhelm all the major US cities, Afghanistan War vet Ray McGregor makes his way from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to his parents' cattle ranch in Bella Coola, British Columbia, in remote western Canada. Joining him is his old friend Phil Adams, a Defense Intelligence Agency counterintelligence case officer based in Washington State.

    Steve N says: "Ok time waster"
    "Basic Rawles - not bad but be prepared for lists"
    Overall
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    It's a bit like a few short stories mixed together.

    In classic rawles style he gives a LOT of lists and details.

    Not a bad listen but not really great - know what you're getting

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (711)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Curb your expectations!"
    "Not bad for the first post-Tom Novel"
    Overall
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    Much better than some of the spin off series.

    This book focuses on a single campus character

    In all worth the time to listen

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (511)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "brutal rape scene by the 'hero'"
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    there is a brutal rape scene by the hero of a underage whore

    too much for me - otherwise pretty run of the mill super spec ops books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (856)

    When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

    Linda Likes to Learn says: "WARNING! DOES NOT END SERIES! CUT FOR PROFIT?"
    "just sorta ends -"
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    I guess I should have looked at the length. It's several hours shorter than the first two.

    The story is quite good - each one has gotten better but this one - plop it just sort of ends

    Maybe there is another to come

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen
    • Narrated By Dave Grossman
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (137)

    On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America.

    Phil says: "if you carry a gun - you must listen to this"
    "if you carry a gun - you must listen to this"
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    A bit of a scholarly work but well worth it.

    This is a must listen if you have a carry permit or have firearms in the home for defense.

    BZ Col Grossman

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1555)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "for the love of Pete its a SHOTGUN not a shotty!!!"
    Overall
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    Very good book. Well worth a credit and the time to listen.

    A bit gear focused, like it should be.

    Society collapse and .gov going full new world order was a bit quicker than expected.

    Shoot outs are believable.

    If 95% of cars are not running should be plenty of gasoline available - hello garden hose and siphon ...

    In all a very good book though

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1953)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "ok but sad clancy's last novel wasn't better"
    Overall
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    It was ok and worth the time to listen to but the mix of cold war and current didn't do much for me

    Clancy is unusually astute in real world shifts I fear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (276)

    It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

    J Bailey III says: "Buy the first two not this one"
    "Not Rawles best work - somewhat short"
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    I like J W Rawles stuff - I know it's not exactly great literature but I enjoy it.

    This book recycles some of his other stuff and doesn't really flow in with much new stuff. It's a bit all over the place. If you've read either of his other books this one is only so so.

    There is a bit of good Christian witness in.

    Not a bad book but not very good either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Bracken
    • Narrated By Mike Kemp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (141)

    The story begins on opening day of the NFL season, when bullets begin to rain down upon the upper deck of a packed football stadium. A panic stampede ensues, leading to mass casualties. The alleged sniper is found holding a smoking assault rifle, and is killed by a police marksman. One week later, Congress bans the private possession of all semi-automatic assault rifles. Gun owners are given one week to turn in their semi-automatic rifles, or face a five year mandatory sentence.

    B. Lambert says: "Great story if you can get past the performance"
    "Good listen - a dire future"
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    A very good bit of Patriot Fiction - believable characters

    A dire future if the Republicans don't get hold of this once great country

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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