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Enemies Foreign and Domestic | [Matthew Bracken]

Enemies Foreign and Domestic

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Enemies Foreign And Domestic is a domestic terrorism thriller set "in the near future." 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.

The plot revolves around the true identity of the actual sniper. The alleged sniper killed at the scene may be a patsy, and many Americans refuse to turn in their banned weapons, leading to a civil crisis in the nation between supporters of the 2nd Amendment and a federal government trending toward tyranny.

©2003 Matthew J. Bracken (P)2013 Matthew J. Bracken

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    B. Lambert 07-09-13
    B. Lambert 07-09-13

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    "Great story if you can get past the performance"
    Would you listen to Enemies Foreign and Domestic again? Why?

    Yes, because once you get used to the audio quality and the delivery of Mr. Kemp, the book is great with a lot of inter-moving parts. It is a well written book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was a great story and once you started it, it was a dramatic thrill-ride that kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Kemp’s performances?

    Probably not. The audio quality is sub-par and often times you can hear birds or frogs in the background. Maybe these were meant to enhance the audio experience, but I'm not sure. Often times, Mr. Kemp will give dialogue in a monotone voice leaving it up to you to interpret who is talking. Also, there are short phrases and words in the middle of a sentence that sounds like it was re-recorded and inserted into the audio.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 10-03-13
    Randy 10-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book with a full potential for present day"
    What did you love best about Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

    Everything in this book is potentially real for today. I have found it difficult to put down. My wife listened first and found she was so angry with the dirty actions of our government. Our government could easily step over the line at any time. If you feel the constitution is valuable, read how some may attempt to discredit it in order to get selfish demands met.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Potentially possible for today.


    What three words best describe Mike Kemp’s voice?

    Difficult to hear when he attempts to change from one speaker to another. One voice for all.


    If you could take any character from Enemies Foreign and Domestic out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Billie United States 09-28-13
    Billie United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story.. Terrible narration!!"
    Would you listen to Enemies Foreign and Domestic again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to the book again, because it is a great story, however out of all the books I have listened to this was without question the worst narration so far. It literally sounded like the narrator had a bucket on his head and the mic was set up a few yards away. His tone never changed and it was very hard to tell who was talking.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Kemp’s performances?

    NO!!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Owasso, OK, United States 02-28-14
    Mark Owasso, OK, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I like the reader!! Here's why"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Enemies Foreign and Domestic to be better than the print version?

    Everybody is bashing the reader and audio quality. FORGET THEM! I don't want some Hollywood professional reading a book like this to me. I want somebody that sounds like he would be on the right side when it comes down to it. You know the old crusty range officer at the range? Imagine him reading to you.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. If you are of this mindset, you will enjoy it. Terrifying, but good


    Have you listened to any of Mike Kemp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Negative


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If you consider physically cringing then yes. What happens in this book truly terrified me.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy 'em cheap and stack 'em deep.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 10-29-13
    Gary 10-29-13
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    "Poor sound quality"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader, while having an interesting voice, does not vary it a bit when quoting different characters making it difficult to differentiate in multiple character conversations.


    How could the performance have been better?

    They could have used a real recording studio. On some chapters, there was the echo of a bare room. Some chapters were loud and clear. In several chapters, crickets could be heard in the background.


    Do you think Enemies Foreign and Domestic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I have not finished it yet. If a followup were written, I would strongly consider buying it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-09-13
    Mike 08-09-13
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    "Narrator is awful. Sound quality is poor"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm sure that I would enjoy it if the narrator and sound quality were better. The forward sounded alright, but once chapter one started the sound quality dropped. It sounds like the narrator called the recording studio with a bad cell phone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Bracken again?

    I really want to listen to the book I purchased, however the sound quality is so poor I can't stand it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mike Kemp?

    Scott Brick, or anyone who can use a bit of voice inflation


    What character would you cut from Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

    I only got through chapter one before I put it down


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-15-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Don't by this audiobook!!!"

    When I write a review I usually put a blurb about the narration at the end, but this one is so bad that I had to start with it. First, Mr. Kemp is not a narrator, he’s a reader. He’s monotone and don’t try to bring the story to life, he just reads the book (although some if his pronunciations did make me chuckle they were so off). There are several times where there are large pauses where (I assume) he’s flipping the page. Second this recording is horrific. If you listen to the sample the recording sounds fine, but after Mr. Kemp says “Chapter 1” it’s like he put down the microphone and left it on the table. I’m not sure why it goes from a good quality recording to bad but it does. I thought it might be me so I re-downloaded it but it’s the recording. It’s so bad that at some points when he stops I can hear crickets and cicadas. I paid $1.99 for this via Wispersync and I don’t think it’s worth even that much. If you really want this book just go with the Kindle version, I can’t tell you how disappointed I was with this recording.

    Warning that this review has some spoilers. I’ll start off by saying that I like the idea of the story but I could never get on board with how the author brings it about. There is a massacre that brings about strict gun laws and the person who perpetrates that action is a government law-enforcement official but he does so on his own in a non-sanctioned activity. As a result of these new laws the people essentially start killing government officials. Other things happen in this book but this is essentially the catalyst of the events. As a result I could never really bring myself to like the “heroes” of the story.

    The second issue is that the writing feels amateurish. The author frequently repeats the same phrasing many times throughout the book (I presume trying to get his point across) and the dialog is a bit forced at time.

    The book does have some redeeming qualities as it raises the awareness and provokes thoughts about the current high surveillance world that we live in., similar to Orwell’s “1984”.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Livermore, CA, United States 08-21-14
    Susan Livermore, CA, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Mind numbing narration"
    Would you try another book from Matthew Bracken and/or Mike Kemp?

    I would love to read the other books in the series but the narration and recording quality are both so bad that the thought of sitting through many hours listening to this makes me want to rip my ears out and shove them back in as ear plugs. The story on the other hand is pretty good. Very reminiscent of what is starting to happen in our own government. More people should read this so that we might prevent the Nazi police state that out politicians seem to want to create. I think will buy the printed book for the remainder of this series though. In the future I will avoid Mike Kemp like the plague.


    What didn’t you like about Mike Kemp’s performance?

    The droning monotone voice bereft of emotion is horrible. Add to that a heavy accent and environmental noises in the recording, as well as levels changing from chapter to chapter make this book exhausting to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon chesnee, SC, United States 01-08-14
    Brandon chesnee, SC, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Holy Crap this is the worst narrator ever!"
    What did you love best about Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

    I was really excited when I saw this available because I started reading this book a while back but didn't have time to finish it. But as soon as I started it, I was wondering if I made the right choice.
    I don't know if the author is friends with this guy or what but it sounds like he recorded it on a cassette player. Not to mention there is no feeling what so ever in his monotone voice. I am from the south and have an accent so I 'm used to hearing a southern draw, but not in my audio books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Kemp’s performances?

    Not no but H*ll no! This guy is terrible


    Any additional comments?

    I hope audible starts doing a better job of screening for quality

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Samir Quntar "al-Muti" 07-31-13
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    "More Please!"
    If you could sum up Enemies Foreign and Domestic in three words, what would they be?

    Timely, relevant, and engaging.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The action is non-stop (constant assassinations and bombings), and the sense of anticipation building in the listener as events unfold is thrilling. I actually felt the same kind of excitement listening to this novel as I felt when watching '24.'


    Have you listened to any of Mike Kemp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Kemp's narration unfortunately is the one blemish on this production. He reads competently, but with very little inflection or dramatic sense. Very monotone. If a Scott Brick or a Dick Hill or a Simon Vance could narrate this, it would reach a much wider audience. I hope Audible carries the other two novels in Mr. Bracken's trilogy and gets better quality narration for them.


    Who was the most memorable character of Enemies Foreign and Domestic and why?

    Ranya Bardiwell and Brad Fallon are obviously the two most important characters. They are the pillars around which the story revolves. Ranya is a woman set on getting revenge for her father's brutal death, and Brad is sort of a reluctant warrior who wants to leave and forget about the United States (the government of which has become tyrannical, operating totally outside of its constitutional bounds), but is drawn into Ranya's crusade out of a sense of justice, as well as a romantic attraction to Ranya.

    One of the most memorable moments in the novel, fraught with masterfully-rendered irony, revolves around an official public ceremony meant to coincide with the effectuation of the law that essentially bans firearms in the United States. It's meant to be a big, beautiful spectacle, complete with the unveiling of a statue made from melted-down guns and the unleashing of white doves, all in front of a huge audience of Oprah-disciples, soccer moms, and other assorted bien-pensant sheeple. A lone, pro-2nd Amendment protestor on a motorized hang glider flies over the crowd with the intention of dropping leaflets, upon which are printed powerful quotes and facts about the dangers of gun control. The mirror-shades security goons covering down on the event spot him, and, thinking that he's got a bomb, blow him out of the sky with a high-powered rifle. The protestor's bloody corpse, hanging from the motorized glider, smashes into a nearby building.

    The novel is full of breathtaking incidents like the one I just described above. Mr. Bracken has a message, but it's never preachy, and he knows that the most important things in a novel are story and character development. Plenty of both here.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read Mr. Bracken's books in paperback form prior to hearing the recorded version, and I enjoyed them immensely. These are books to be read again and again, so I was thrilled when I saw that 'Enemies' had become available on Audible. 'Enemies,' written over 10 years ago, is eerily prescient of everything that has gone on in regard to the attacks on the Second Amendment in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. It is a very convincing wake-up call, and a finely drawn picture of what a de facto repeal of our constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms would look like were it ever to take place. And that prospect, at this historical moment, seems more plausible than ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    9/2/14
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    "Poor"
    What disappointed you about Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

    Very poor quality recording


    What could Matthew Bracken have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Really didn't get into it due to poor presentation


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Boring monotone. Really should not be doing the job


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

    Get a new narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "STOP!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An appalling quality of recording, It sounds extremely amateurish. The narrator reads in a mechanical and expressionless manner. Come on Audible, a bit of quality control would not come amiss.


    Has Enemies Foreign and Domestic put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A flat and expressionless performance.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot, though far fetched, is an OK bit of hokum. Its a bit disturbing that the "good" characters in this book are clearly as murderous and deranged as the "bad" characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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