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Council Of Patriots (2012)

by C.G. Cooper(Favorite Author)
3.95 of 5 Votes: 2
Corps Justice
Corps Justice
review 1: Mr. Cooper has a genuine out-of-the-ballpark home run with this series! He joins the ranks of Clancy, Thor, and Flynn; developing a believable protagonist who grows and matures during the course of these three books. He shows the heart and soul of our military and the bond that all Warriors understand. He skillfully lays the groundwork in each of the three books, taking us on a twisting, but very rewarding journey, where we can cheer the hero, and hope that right will prevail. Good guys are not always what they seem, bad guys are shown for what they are (most of the time), and sadly, as in real life, an occasional hero goes to stand guard at Heaven's Gates. I am solidly hooked on Mr. Cooper's writing and can't wait for next month's Social Security check so I can buy Books ... more4 & 5, something I rarely do as there are so many great free reads available on Kindle. If you are going to spend money on a book, this author deserves your support. You will be entertained and will go back to read these again. Well done, sir, you have a new fan!
review 2: I thought I would check out a book in this subgenre—which I will loosely call vigilante action adventure thriller. This is the second in a series (though there was plenty enough exposition so you don’t need to read the first book to understand context; in fact, so much of what occurred in the first book is summarized here that it makes reading the first book unsurprising and unnecessary).This is the story of a secret private security organization, SSI, (think of a fantasy variant of Blackwater) who have cutting edge technological advances and extraordinary combat and violent defense skills. SSI go on extralegal paramilitary operations to protect the free world and civilization as we know it. Although there are a lot of clichés, this fast read does have exciting adventure, lots of violent encounters, and some decidedly evil bad guys to overcome and subdue (a secret Japanese samurai/big business group that has survived for generations, dedicating to avenging World War II in the 21st century and restoring their envisioned empire). Most of SSI are retired Marines, Navy Seals, or Congressional Medal of Honor winners, and much of the action takes place amid the luxury and opulence of life in Las Vegas for the very rich. The main focus is on Cal, the natural born leader and head of the task force undertaking the current mission.SSI works for a secret society of ex-presidents and American leaders, the Council of Patriots, who regularly work covertly outside the law (both American and international) because, we are to understand, this is the only way anything ever gets done in the real world. I enjoyed the basic story line and rising threat in this novel, leading to the inevitable big climax that could make or break the future of the United States, but the fundamental ideology driving this book—and the entire series—deeply troubles me.Here is the hallowed Corps Justice credo, taken verbatim from the text: “1. We will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. 2. We will protect the weak and punish the wicked. 3. When the laws of this nation hinder the completion of these duties, our moral compass will guide us to see the mission through.” This sophistry negates and overrides rule #1 by allowing each person’s definition of “moral compass’ in #3 to allow them to do whatever they want to achieve #2.Embedded in this adventure tale is a strong anti-government philosophy, and the few good Democrats are noted as exceptions, and are only accepted once they embrace neoconservative hawk militarism and fascist override by powers-that-be over democratic institutions. The military and veterans, particularly grunts and ex-Marines, are glorified, and I am fine with that, even pleased. But when the author makes all the heroes belittle and ridicule the current president (who is identified as a Democrat) repeatedly, the Tea Party mindset is portrayed as the only mindset for those in service, and I don’t think that’s fair or true. Also, if they hate all politicians so much (another oft iterated theme) and abhor the policies of the current president, why they would all give their lives in an instant, if necessary, to protect him, as is clearly the intent, seems a bit more unlikely. less
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Easy read, not in depth like a Clancy novel, but a fun read.
Ok to pass the time but over the top if you ask me
Fast paced - a very good read.
Great book.
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