Glenn Beck — AGENDA 21 – Book Review

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Dear Post USA Thriller fans,

I have a very interesting post USA thriller review by authors, Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke, for you.

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The story begins as the Enforcers drag Emmeline’s Mother, Elsa, away. Emmeline is eighteen when she is forced to endure this tragic event from her sleeping bag, in their tiny room, in the compound.  The Enforcers work for the Central Authority.

The Transport Team and six Enforcers removed the aging Elsa and man-handle her into the bus-box. While being pulled by the usual, two laborers, it passes past the Gatekeeper and out of the compound.

Emmeline’s thin, pale, working, future mate is Jeremy. As Jeremy’s workday concludes, he is transported back to their tiny room by the Enforcers and their bus-box.

Emmeline continues her work responsibilities as she produces energy on her treadmill-like generator. The Republic requires her to produce energy by walking on the energy board. Soon her duties will also involve being paired with Jeremy and producing offspring.

Soon, they say their vows to the Republic. “I will honor the Republic. I will produce energy for the Republic. I will produce Citizens for the Republic. Praise be to the Republic!”

All present made the circle sign with their thumb and forefinger held against their foreheads, to Salute the Republic. Emmeline and Jeremy were officially paired. Jeremy is now responsible for Emmeline, her Mother, producing offspring, and producing energy.

Their food is made by other workers of the Republic. Three-inch square nourishment cubes are their food – even the wrappers are eatable.

After Jeremy falls asleep due to another very hard day’s work of pulling the bus-box, Emmeline reminisces about the stories her Mother had told her as a child. They were once a nation. Laws were once made on the East Coast, in a place called AGENDA 21. The West Coast people were the first to be moved into the Planned Communities.

The Authority would give the Citizens food and housing. No more money. No more poverty. All would be Paradise.

Their used to be radio and TV. Comedy Shows, SitComs. News, Talk Radio Shows. Now there are speeches by the Authorities.

They live in Compound 14. Most of the children are taken from their parents at birth. Emmeline is one of the lucky few that was allowed to remain with her parents.

Four years ago, she received her official, very demeaning and humiliating, reproductive-ability test. The doctors declared, “She’s good. Quite ripe.  Reproductive and Productive.  Finally a reproductive female. Praise be to the Republic! I will forward her folder to the Pairing Committee,” said the reproductive specialists with enthusiasm.

She was first paired with the thirty year old, married, George. George’s wife was terminally ill. She would be dying soon.

Money is worthless. The churches were all converted into community centers then torn down. All worship, except for worship of the Republic was made illegal.

Her father told her a secret, “Some folks say there are people out there who slipped away. People who are free.”

Two years later, Emmeline and George are expecting a child.

George and her Father work as laborers pulling the same bus-box.

One day, two Enforcers arrive at her door. “George and your Father were tragically killed when the bus-box they were pulling ran over them,” the Enforcers reported.

Soon, Emmeline and her Mother, Else, are relocated to Compound 18, the Recycle Compound.

Months later, when Emmeline delivered her baby, a worker from Human Health Services took it from her while she was heavily sedated.

Later, a kind member of a Transport Team named John helps them.  He tells Emmeline he saw her baby.

Emmeline tells her Mother, “I think I had a baby girl!”

Later that same night, Enforcers took her Mother away – again.

Emmeline is paired with Jeremy. They settle into life together.

She begins to find relic’s in her Mother’s sleeping bag. She finds a photo of herself, as a child, being held by her Mother, in front of a house.

John, the Transporter, tells her, “Your baby is fine. She is named Elsa, after your Mother. She is in the Children’s Village.”

The next day, Jeremy misses work. He was caught attempting to climb into the Children’s Village. He is relocated to a farm co-op.

She is all alone. She searches through her mother’s sleeping bag for more treasures. She finds a map of the USA. She trades the map to John for a visit to her daughter.

John somehow gets her transferred to the Children’s Village. She will work nights. She will be able to see her daughter. “Elsa!” she proclaims with excitement.

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Will see actually work in the Children’s Village? Does John have that kind of power?

Will she ever actually see her daughter again?

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Don’t miss the nail biting ending to this futuristic story.

AGENDA 21 is a very thrilling story about the future in America. The plot is well written and easy to follow. The novel is a page-turner. It only takes a couple of hours to read.

I liked Emmeline, and her Mother, Elsa. Her Father was only a bit part due to his tragic death. The supporting characters were all strong. I loved the very powerful ending. Actually, I couldn’t stop reading it.

I didn’t like Lizzie – but who would. She is meant to hate.

AGENDA 21, by author’s Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke is a well-written, pager-turner. If you enjoy futuristic novels were America has fallen to a communistic-like order, you will no doubt enjoy this thrilling novel.

I hope you have enjoyed my review of AGENDA 21, by author’s Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke.

Until we talk again,

May good fortune guide your path,

J. A. Ireland.

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The Hunger Games – Book Review

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Dear science fiction horror fans,

I have a review of the first book in the explosive series,  by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games.

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The novel begins on a cold November morning on the day of reaping. Primrose Everdeen wakes after having a bad dream. Due to her fears, she was sleeping with her mom and her muddy yellow, male cat named, Buttercup. She is terrified because this year she is twelve. Her name is put in the drawing at the reaping.

On a normal morning, in the district twelve town called Seam, in the country called Panem, coal miners would be scurrying to their jobs. Not this morning. It’s the day of reaping.  The black cinder streets are empty. Shutters on the squat gray houses are closed. By law, everyone is to report to the town square at two o’clock.

Katniss Everdeen is running to the Meadow. After checking for electrical current and not hearing anything, she struggles through the opening in the high chain-link electric fence with barbed wire on top. The fence encompasses District 12.

She runs to her hidden bow, sheath, and arrows. After retrieving them from the hollow log, she hunts. She learned her hunting skills from her father before he was blown to bits in a mining accident when she was eleven. He also made her weapons – a violation of the law that if caught would have resulted in a public execution. The rulers of Panem, who make their laws, live in Capital – a day’s journey by high-speed railway.

In the meadow, she meets Gale, her friend and hunting partner. They enjoy a meal together and discuss the reaping. Gale sarcastically monks Effie Trinker as she always says, “Happy Hunger games! And may the odds –”

Katniss finishes, “be ever in your favor!”

After hunting, they sell their fresh meat, berries, and greens to the Pease Keepers and at the Hob, the black market in an abandoned warehouse. The old, bony lady named Greasy Sae barters for their items.

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Later that day, everyone is preparing for the reaping. At age twelve, a child becomes eligible for the drawing. At twelve their name is placed into the reaping once. At thirteen, twice. Up to age eighteen, the final year of eligibility, when the name is entered seven times.  This is the law for every citizen in the entire country of Panem.

A youth can opt to purchase food for their starving family by putting their name in the reaper more times. Under this law, at the age of sixteen, Katniss’ name is in the reaper twenty times for food.  Gale, at age eighteen, is in the glass bowl forty two times due to purchasing food for his starving family.  Starvation is very common in District 12.

At 1:00 o’clock people start to file into the town square. Anyone who attempts to skip the reaping ceremony under the law is imprisoned.

People slowly and silently file into the town square. Twelve to eighteen year olds are herded into roped areas. The oldest are in the front, while the youngest are in the back. Prim is in the back.

People in the crowd begin to place bets on who will be drawn.

They face the temporary stage at the Justice Building.

At 2:00 o’clock, Mayor Undersee steps up to the podium and begins the reaping with his usual, annual story. “Panem, the country that rose from the ashes of the country that was once called North America…

…The Treaty of Treason gave us The Hunger Games…

…each of the twelve districts will provide one boy tribute and one girl tribute. The 24 tributes battle to the death in an enclosed outdoor arena. The last living tribute wins the Hunger Games…

Mayor Undersee sits down and Effie Trinker trots to the podium. “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!”  Effie Trinker draws the first name.  “Primrose Everdeen!”

In horror, Katniss Everdeen runs to her sister.  “I volunteer!” she screams, “I volunteer as tribute!”

“Lovely!” says Effie Trinker, “But I believe there’s a small matter of the rules!”

“What does it matter?”  proclaims Mayor Undersee.

“Well bravo!” gushes Effie Trinker, “That’s the spirit of the Games! What’s your name?”

“Katniss Everdeen,” she said sadly.

The entire town gave Katniss the symbol of admiration and love.

Effie Trinker reads the boy’s name. “Peeta Mellark!”

Katniss and Peeta are marched into the Justice Building where their family and friends have an hour to say goodbye. Katniss tells Prim, “Don’t accept any food! They’ll put your name in more times.”

Katniss tells Gale. “Don’t let my family starve!”

Gale replies, “I won’t! You know I won’t!”

Katniss and Peeta are driven to the train station. There are reporters everywhere.

They travel by high-speed train to Capital.  Due to speeds in excess of 250 miles an hour, the entire journey will take less than a day.

Capital is in a place that used to be called the Rockie Mountains. District 12 is a region  known as Appalachia.

While they are on the deluxe high-speed rail, they receive meals. They also watch the country wide broadcast of the reaping ceremony. The Panem wide broadcast also shows the past  Hunger Games as innocent children are killed and froze to death in the mountains.

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At Capital, they each receive a complete makeover as well as a special costume that represents their District for the opening ceremony. Katniss and Peeta are both given an orange, yellow, and red costume that will be set ablaze at the opening ceremony to represent District 12, the coal-mining town.

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The Opening Ceremony Begins. The tributes from each District line up in their horse pulled chariots in front of President Snow’s balcony. The national anthem is played.

Afterwards, the tributes reside in the Training Center for several days as they wait for the Hunger Games to begin. During this time, they receive three days of combat and survival training that is scored. Katniss receives the highest score of all the tributes.

The training is followed by live interviews conducted on a stage with a live audience. This event is hosted by Caesar Flickerman and televised live all over Panem. Caesar has hosted this event for forty years. .

During the interview with Peeta, Caesar exposes his feelings for Katniss. He likes her.

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Two days later: In Cornucopia, what used to be called the Rockie Mountains;

The legendary announcer, Claudius Templesmith says over the loudspeaker, “Ladies and gentlemen, let the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games begin!”

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What will happen in these cruel, harsh games as the winter in the mountains begins?

What are the cannons and hovercraft used for?

Who are the Careers?

What will happen to Katniss and Peeta?  Will they be killed?

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Read; The Hunger Games by author, Suzanne Collins and discover what happens.

The Hunger Games is a horrific futuristic story.  The author, Suzanne Collins, makes the reader feel the horror that Katniss and Peeta feel during these murderous, survival games in the mountains during winter.

I hope you have enjoyed my review of this mega-hit novel.

Until we talk again.

“May good fortune guide your path,”

J. A. Ireland

Frost Burned – Book Review

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Dear urban fantasy readers,

I have an exciting ghosts, werewolf, vampire, and coyote fantasy review for you. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this review of Frost Burned- by author, Patricia Briggs.

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This action packed adventure begins on a cold November night on Black Friday. Mercy Thompson and her step-daughter, Jesse are shopping. Her Rabbit is packed full purchased merchandize.

After buying numerous non-sale items from Walmart and Home Depot, Jesse says, “We should go to Target next. They have the new Instant Spoils: The Dread Pirate’s Booty Four game on sale half off.”

Mercy drives into a packed Target parking lot in Kennewick Mall. As she fights for a parking place in the over-filled parking lot, in the middle of the cold, windy night, Jesse asks a typical little girl question, “When are you and Dad going to have a baby?”

While being shocked by the question, Mercy slams into the rear of an SUV, totaling her old, tiny Rabbit.

After the police reports and a quick fight with the intoxicated driver of the SUV, Mercy begins to call for help. She calls Adam, her husband of only a few months.  Adam is the Alpha male of their local werewolf pack.

Mercy is Native American. She is a coyote shape shifter with a brown belt in karate. She is in the werewolf pack.

After the police hand-cuff the intoxicated driver and put him into the squad car, Mercy is issued a ticket for following too closely to the SUV.

She continues to call for help as her Rabbit is totaled. She calls Bran, The Marrok, the ruler of the werewolves. She receives a text from him that says, “The Game is Afoot!”

Mercy continues frantically to call other pack members. She calls Samuel, The Marrok’s son.  She calls  Warren, Honey, Mary Jo, and Ben. The entire pack is away from their cell phones.

She calls Paul, a werewolf who was in the military. She even calls Kyle, a human spouse of the third-ranked member of the pack. All without success.

Soon, the tow truck arrives. She knows Dale, the driver from her mechanic shop.

“You want me to tow the Rabbit to your shop? Or do you want to admit defeat immediately and I can take her out to the Pasco wrecking yard?” Dale asked with sarcasm.

After a quick, appropriate response, Dale hooked Mercy’s Rabbit to the tow truck. Dale drives  Mercy and Jesse, while towing the crippled Rabbit, to Mercy’s garage. Along the way, Mercy and Jesse endure the smell of old French fries, stale coffee, and stale bananas in Dale’s tow truck.

Inside her dark garage, she was surprised when her sharp, coyote eyes spotted Gabriel and Ben in the darkness.  Being a coyote, her night vision is  exceptional.

During the brief conversation, Mercy and Jesse learn that Warren and Mary Jo were abducted out of their home sometime after the Thanksgiving meal. They were taken by federal agents. The agents tracked their cell phones.

Adam sent Ben to find her and Jesse after the fed’s grabbed Warren and Mary Jo.

Mercy sees that Ben has been shot in the leg. She wants to take him to Samuel Cornick, the werewolf and doctor.

She runs into her office and grabs her 9mm Sig and her silver ammunition.

They jump into Marsilia’s dark blue Mercedes – S65 AMG, that was in the garage for routine maintenance. Marsilia is a vampire. She is the Mistress of the seethe.

As Ben bled on the seat, they were on their way to Samuel’s waterfront condo in Richland.

When they arrived at Samuel’s condo, he wasn’t home. His roommate Ariana was. Ariana is a fae. Due to her barbering experience, she agrees to treat Ben’s gunshot wound.

As she applies her medical skills to his injured leg, she tells them he was shot with a tranquilizer with silver.

Ariana calls Phineas Brewster. He tells her, “There are government negotiations between the fae, the werewolves, and The Marrok. These talks are making the vampires very nervous.”

She can her the phone was bugged. She used a hammer to destroy the phones.

Mercy sat on the floor and struggled through the tangled weave and bonded to Adam.

Jones and  Mr. Hauptman enter the room. Adam speaks  to them  through Mercy. She stepped out of Adam’s body, leaving him in the room.

The politician named Jones and Mr. Hauptman want Adam to kill a US Senator due to Adam’s military experience. He was an army ranger in the Vietnam War. They want him to kill Senator Campbell, a Republican from Minnesota.

Senator Campbell, an experienced senator for over twenty years and presidential candidate – he is anti-fae, anti-were wolf.  Ever since a few werewolves killed and ate a man in Minnesota, and a fae killed his son, he wants to make it legal to kill werewolves and faes with only a judge’s warrant.

A fight breaks out.

After the brawl, the group leaves and drives to Gabriel’s mother’s home. His mother and sister live in an apartment complex in east Kennewick.

Mercy immediately explains their situation.

Sylvia Sandoval, Gabriel’s mother is a police dispatcher. She immediately reprimands Gab for his poor choices in life. “See, hijo? That’s what happens when you associate with the werewolves.”

Rosalinda, Gab’s little sister, gives Mercy her pink sparkly cell phone. “This one’s not bugged.”

Sylvia agrees to keep Jesse safe while they go on the run.

It is almost daylight as they leave Sylvia’s apartment to escape the government trackers.

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The renegade agents of Cantrip, a government agency, want Adam to assassinate Senator Campbell. The agents want the assassination to look like a werewolf killing.

Adam believes there is an assassin within the senator’s security team.

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Will Adam, the Alpha male werewolf, kill Senator Campbell?

Will the group of werewolves and a coyote finally be able to stop running?

Is there a surprising twist at the end of this action packed novel?

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Find out how this thrilling fantasy plot works out.

There were many parts of this fantasy novel that I liked. Two of my favorite parts were: Mercy Thompson is a very strong, very believable character.

The roles of the werewolves in the pack were well described and adhered to. I liked it that Mercy, a coyote, was accepted into the pack. Kyle, a human spouse, was accepted as well.

Frost Burned, by author Patricia Briggs, is a very enjoyable adult, urban, fantasy novel. It only takes a couple of hours to read and enjoy.

I hope you have enjoyed my review of Frost Burned, by author, Patricia Briggs.

Until we talk again,

May good fortune guide your path,

J. A. Ireland