• Liberty's Last Stand

  • Tommy Carmellini, Book 7
  • By: Stephen Coonts
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (672 ratings)

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Liberty's Last Stand

By: Stephen Coonts
Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
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New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coonts delivers another nail-biting thriller starring CIA Director Jake Grafton and his right-hand man, Tommy Carmellini.

The president of the United States stands on an outdoor stage, flanked by powerful members of his administration and party. Television crews are preparing for broadcast. High above the stage, on a nearby rooftop, a decorated sniper adjusts the scope on his rifle.

Afterwards, America will never be the same.

Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini suddenly find themselves on the wrong side of the law when a public act of violence throws the country into chaos just before a presidential election. After martial law is declared and rioting begins, Grafton and Carmellini must risk everything to unravel a massive conspiracy and help a new resistance movement rise up against an unimaginable enemy....

©2016 Stephen Coonts (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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This politically incorrect author is a brave man!

Liberty's Last Stand is a remarkable political/espionage thriller. It is set in August 2016 less than 3 months before the presidential election. As he nears the end of two terms in office Democrat President Barry Soetoro uses some relatively small terrorist attacks, compared to 9/11/2001, as the excuse to launch himself into his planned position to be US president for life. He declares martial law, suspends habeas corpus, dissolves Congress arresting the Republican members, arrests his political enemies imprisoning some and executing others, issues an order confiscating all guns in private hands, dissolves the entire US judiciary substituting courts martial, and orders federalizing the National Guard troops in all states. Soetoro's most effective tool is the use of the many executive agency (eg., FEMA, EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service, Dept. of Agriculture, etc., etc.) SWAT-like units he has been arming to the hilt and training for more than 7 years for the purpose. Only Jake Grafton, Tommy Carmellini, a few other patriots, and the state of Texas stand in his way.

While I believe such a situation is very highly unlikely, I suspect there are many leftists in the US would cheer such a move. In any case it makes for a grand suspense novel. I enjoyed listening to Liberty's Last Stand. Eric Dove's narration is excellent

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A BAD caricature of the extreme Right and Left

What disappointed you about Liberty's Last Stand?

That Stephen Coonts would write such absurd drivel.

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This is NOT politically incorrect and irreverent story telling as some reviews want to suggest. In fact, no matter which way your political bent trends, this book should insult your position and intelligence. It truly is as if Stephen Coonts took the most ridiculous, insane, cliche, stereotypical accusation leveled on Whites, Conservatives, and or Texans and then cobbled them into an impossible story of power usurpation by a Democratic President and the equally impossible secession of Texas to become its own country. If you are a Progressive, don't get to excited that this is a book for you because it proves "... what you've always known and thought about conservatives." This story takes every crazy ridiculous malevolent thing ever said about President Obama and turns it into the cause for the collapse of the country.
In this story, President Barry Soetoro, a radical and hated Democrat President has conspired to allow a series of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil which gives him the impetus to declare martial law, seize and jail all of his political detractors, and become a full fledged dictator al la Hitler. In case you don't know, President Obama in his youth sometimes went by the name Barry Soetoro [Wikipedia: As a child in Indonesia, Obama was called "Barry", sometimes Barry Soetoro, reflecting his step-father's surname, and sometimes Barry Obama, using his father's surname].
Texans, apparently all of whom have never embraced being an American first and have always truly wanted to be their own country, aren't going along with the evil plans of the President. While the rest of the 49 states are apparently lemmings, the Texans decide to declare independence. To do so, the Governor appoints his cousin, a former Army officer that as luck would have it did go to West Point but hated it, a 4 star general in charge of the new Texas Army. They then set about taking over all the military installations in Texas, blocking runways by parking construction equipment on them to prevent military aircraft from departing. Even Ft. Hood and Ft. Bliss are taken without shots being fired all because the freshly minted General of Texas explained to the base commanders they needed to surrender their bases. Of course, the Base commanders and all 20 or 30,000 personnel on the base, not being actual tough Texans, promptly see the logic in the argument and surrender.
Using ridiculous human calculations mostly assuming Texans are stronger, smarter, and more ethical than the rest of the citizens of the United States, and ignoring the obvious fact that controlling military equipment in Texas does nothing to prevent the much greater assets in the other States from being brought to bear, the story drones on and on.
As a side note, calling this a Tommy Carmellini/Jake Grafton novel is just fraud. I truly think the entire novel was written and then the author went back and mentioned the Grafton and Carmellini characters every couple hundred pages as an excuse to call it a Tommy Carmellini novel.
Poorly written and conceived, the book could have been much better if some crazy political belief (and I truly don't know if the author is mocking the Right Wing or the Left Wing or if he believes in the radical positions of one or the other) had not taken over and driven the book into absurdity.

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Great read

Every American that cares about this country should read this book. It is right out of today's headlines and makes you look at everything our President does through new eyes.

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What a bunch of crap

Poorly written. Unbelievable story line. This in no way represents the USA. Very insulting to so many people. I guess there really are people. Like the author that have a distorted view of the America I know. Sorry I wasted a credit. If you have an ounce of intelligence don't read this book. It will piss you off.

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A political diatribe

The story, and I admit I did not listen very far into it, is merely a platform for a political rant. It is too bad. I listened to some of the other stories in this series and could fight through the political dogma to appreciate the story. Not this one. It is constant and severe. Unless you believe President Obama is a closet Nazi or, possibly a Muslim terrorist sympathizer, and that he seeks to disarm and imprison everyone who disagrees with him, you will find this book unbearable to listen to for very long.

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Different perspective for sure

This book is not PC and will offend many. I am more middle of the road but this does provide a thought process millions of Americans are feeling and what the existing divide between us could lead to for our country. Even if you totally disagree with what is said it is the view of many and shows we had better get our act together and reach a compromise that will hold us together as Americans or risk losing everything and going the way of The Roman Empire and other great civilizations.

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A shocking view of America's future!

I don't usually write a review, but I feel morally obligated as an American to write the praises of this book!!!! The parallels between this work of fiction and The present-day political drama here in the USA are frighteningly real! I strongly urge all lovers of freedom to read and embrace this book. May God bless Stephen Coontz for having the guts to write the superb novel!!!!!

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Today's Nightmares

This book is so pertinent to today's situations that you will think you are listening to a newscast. It is riveting and downright scarry on how easy todays fiction could be tomorrow's reality. It will open your eyes to the risks America faces.

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best in the series.

I could not put this book down. I can see this happening. what a great listen.

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Good series ruined by a political rant

Would you try another book from Stephen Coonts and/or Eric G. Dove?

Stephen Coonts seems to have decided this series needs to be a political rant rather than sticking with a great series. He decided to make this a thinly-veiled political rant about the current US President. The story isn't true to the world Mr. Coonts established in previous books and isn't true to the characters. Very dissapointed.

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  • 07-04-16

Too right wing at times.

Good story, well told, but a heavily right wing US political agenda I think. However this does not detract too much for overseas readers, not sure how it will sit with US Democrats though!