When Things Fall Apart (November 7, 2009)
Two new books authored within the circle of oftwominds.com address the coming unraveling: one speculative fiction, the other an analysis of devolution and prosperity.
Let's start When Things Fall Apart by referencing the source:
THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
In a nation increasingly diverging into hackneyed, hardened ideological camps, clearly the center (common ground, common sense) is not holding.
Author Chris Sullins' book, Operation SERF, a strategic action thriller serialized here earlier this year, imagines a future U.S.A. which has split into warring factions, and a blood-dimmed tide is loosed.
Operation SERF is a Strategic Action Thriller set in the Unites States of America in the year 2023. After many years of economic depression, a terrorist act fractures the country. The stage is set for another Civil War as three factions battle for control of the pieces. The story takes place in many areas across the country, but centers on one extended family caught between the struggles of the rival factions. The reader will glimpse into the minds of both the leaders of the factions as well as the common person and travel along with them. "Operation SERF" is Part 1 of a forthcoming 3 part series.
You can read the first sample chapters on the Operation SERF home page.
A few readers objected to the violence depicted in the book, and I sympathize with the general view that we as a culture are drenched in endless depictions of violence as "the answer" to whatever problem is at hand.
Yet the terrible reality is civil wars are often horrifically violent events, and we should understand that is one outcome of many should things truly fall apart.
I think Operation SERF is unique in a number of ways, all of which stem from Chris's deep knowledge of history, his unconventional skepticism of the status quo understanding of our situation and his experience in the U.S. Army on the ground in Iraq.
While on one level the book is entertaining, on another level it is a serious exploration of human nature, patterns of history and the political culture of our nation.
Chris has a deft descriptive touch, and the book reads like a multi-threaded mystery. If you start Chapter 1, I think you'll be hooked.
While I am enthusiastic about the ideas presented in the book, I'll let others supply a bit of praise (ahem):
"I've been a big fan of Charles Hugh Smith's insights since the day I first stumbled
across his Of Two Minds blog. In Survival+, he sets out a thoughtful and provocative
vision of our future that should not be missed."
Michael J. Panzner,
author of When Giants Fall
OK, now that we got that over with--let's talk money. The exchange value of the Survival+ book ($19.95) is approximately one meal for a family at a fast-food restaurant or two tickets to a first-run movie. The price of the ebook (downloadable) versions is $11.95 or about one standard cheese takeout pizza.
The exchange value of the Operation SERF book ($13.99) is equivalent to a single pizza with one topping, or a sandwich and drink at a downtown restaurant. The Kindle version ($7.99) is equivalent to two coffee drinks at Starbucks or a single matinee ticket to a movie.
Oddly enough, people seem to have no problem spending $10 or $20 on coffee or a fast-food meal or a 90-minute movie, but a $20 book is "too expensive." Say what? Is something that might change your understanding of our society and economy "too expensive" at a mere $20?
You don't need to wonder if the books are any good or if they're your cup of tea: you can read huge swaths of them for free right now on the Operation SERF home page and the Survival+ home page. It doesn't get any easier than this.
Chris has a family to support; he's not rich. I am self-employed; neither of us are "fortunate son" trust-funders. We get a few bucks from the sale of each book. If you buy the books, you can pass them on to other readers when you're done with them. Heck, read them carefully (don't bend the spine) and you can wrap them up and give them as a gift come Christmas.
My buddy G.F.B. reckons my book will be perfect for swatting cockroaches in his kitchen.
Talk about multi-purpose! What are you waiting for?
Get Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation on amazon.com or in ebook and Kindle formats. A 20% discount is available from the publisher.
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