New 2nd Amd Novel (Not Mine)


Travis McGee
May 4, 2004, 02:47 AM
A retired Air Force Colonel named Joe Martino has written a new 2nd amendment novel called "The Justice Cooperative." This is the review I posted on his page:

I'm happy to see that the Second Amendment seems to be forging its own niche as a unique genre. The first and most well-known is "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross, written in 1996. At 861 pages, UC is quite a hefty read, but it has developed a strong cult following because of its excellence. My own 2003 novel "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" is no featherweight either at 568 pages. Now we have the newest novel in the genre, "The Justice Cooperative" by Joe Martino. At 292 pages, it is by far the most accessible of the three.

“The Justice Cooperative” covers the nightmarish problem of one young married couple in a town in America. A few years earlier, they had been the victims of a home invasion by a violent criminal predator. The husband was knocked almost unconscious in the surprise attack, and his pretty wife was raped in front of him after he was tied up. The criminal was later arrested, and based on their testimony he was put in prison for an all-too-short plea-bargained sentence.

As the novel opens, the governor of the state is commuting the sentences of all prisoners who have served more than one half of their time, due to prison overcrowding. Their tormenter is freed, and begins a crafty stalking campaign, threatening to repay them for their court testimony.

The police are unwilling or unable to help the couple, because the freed criminal hasn't committed an actionable offense...yet.

In desperation, the couple purchases a pair of handguns, and takes instructional courses to learn to shoot them effectively. During this instruction, they come to realize the crucial importance of the right to keep and bear arms spelled out (not "granted") in the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. They learn how the law is effectively stacked against the innocent citizen, in favor of criminals. (The reader will also get a tremendous education in armed-self-defense theory, practice and law simply by reading this book.)

The "Justice Cooperative" of the title refers to a shadowy group which works to deal with dangerous criminals the police can't—or won't—deal with, before they rape or kill even more victims. With an anonymous note, the faceless and nameless cooperative contacts the couple at a shooting range, where they have mentioned their struggle to defend themselves. The husband agrees to help the cooperative to target other violent felons, in return for later help with his own stalker. I don't want to say anything more about the plot, but I will say that "The Justice Cooperative" raises some very intriguing ideas for a covert form of vigilantism.

Along the way, "The Justice Cooperative" makes a powerful case for the continuing importance of the Second Amendment in today's society. I highly recommend this book to anyone who owns a gun for self-defense, or who has ever considered owning a gun. Because it's much shorter than “Unintended Consequences” or “Enemies Foreign and Domestic,” it may make a better initial “educational gift” for that liberal-leaning friend or relative who might be open-minded about guns for self-defense.

Technically, the "Justice Cooperative" is written at the very highest level. There are no annoying typos or clumsy construction errors to distract the reader. The well-written story will carry the reader right along to the conclusion. (I read it in a couple of hours at one sitting.) Anyone who was doubtful about the importance of the right to keep and bear arms before reading "The Justice Cooperative," will have no doubts afterwards.

Matt Bracken

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May 4, 2004, 02:53 AM
Nifty. I'll have to check it out.
Darn you, Travis! I just started thinning out my "to read" pile. Now you've gone and made it bigger again!:D

May 4, 2004, 03:01 AM
Sounds like a good read, but what really I want to know is
what about YOUR new book? I was ready for the next one before EFAD was cold.


May 4, 2004, 08:32 AM
Sounds like a good read, but what really I want to know is
what about YOUR new book?

Yeah! Get typin'.

Don't make us come over there. :scrutiny:


Sam Adams
May 4, 2004, 11:36 AM
I don't want to say anything more about the plot, but I will say that "The Justice Cooperative" raises some very intriguing ideas for a covert form of vigilantism.
Even without reading this book, I look forward to a sequel entitled "The Liberty Cooperative."

However, I did read EFAD, and I am most definitely am looking forward to its sequel. I won't say "STOP READING OTHER BOOKS AND GET BACK TO WRITING," but I'll ask you to "accelerate the publication date" as much as possible. :D :neener:

Travis McGee
May 4, 2004, 03:05 PM
For you EFAD readers, here's the brief background of my sequel, which will bring back Ranya as a primary character. "Domestic Enemies" takes place five years after the end of "Enemies Foreign and Domestic," or notionally about 2014. The action happens between Oklahoma and Southern California, but much of it occurs in New Mexico.

The state government of New Mexico has been taken over by nominally Democrat Party Hispanic radicals of the MeCha and La Raza variety, in wildly rigged “touch screen” elections. The NM electoral vote helps to put the ‘rat President over the top, so as you can imagine, no election fraud investigation is forthcoming.

One of the new radical state government’s top agenda items is “land reform.” Large Anglo-owned properties will be confiscated on the pretext that their original deeds and titles are invalid, under the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo, dating from the 1840s. In order to enforce the “land reform” the governor creates a new force, the “Milicia de Nuevo Mexico,” and arms them with surplus M-16A1 rifles from the state guard armories. (The actual NM National Guard is all deployed to the war in East Slambamistan.) The stage is set for a bloody showdown between Anglo ranchers who refuse to leave their ancestral lands, and the Milicia de Nuevo Mexico.

The state government passes “Solo Espanol” laws, in reaction after some other US states pass English-only laws. Police and other government employees who cannot pass difficult oral and written Spanish proficiency tests are fired. Milicia-manned checkpoints are pervasive, searching the cars of Anglos for illegal firearms. The checkpoints are a form of ethnic harassment, part of the new government’s unspoken plan for the ethnic cleansing of “Nuevo Mexico.” (The Indian tribes were bought off as part of the rigged state elections.)

"Voluntarios" from Mexico and Central and South America (as well as left-wing radical gringos) are coming to NM for land and a chance to poke a sharp stick in Uncle Sam’s eye. Sort of a Barcelona 1935 atmosphere. Reds, "blacks" (anarchists) and lunatics of all stripes.

Armed volunteers of the Jim Bowie/Davy Crockett stripe are also heading to Nuevo Mexico to support the threatened Anglo ranchers; some of these "right wing militia" patriot types will be incorporated into the plot. But I'm not going to make it totally black and white, i.e., "Anglos good, Hispanics bad." I'm going to strive to include many of motives, pure and base, on both sides.

One major character will be a demoralized and disgusted FBI agent in Albuquerque. He's getting all of this incredible information on Chinese subversion ops money, communist infiltrators from Peru to Cuba, but Washington FBI HQ does NOT want to hear about it. DC is in full denial mode. As long as the govt of NM mouths the right USA words, DC will ignore the revolution going on in NM at the street and ranch level.

Plus, to make it worse, HQ keeps sending nonsensical orders for the FBI agents in Albuquerque to investigate who else but....the right wing ranchers and others, who are resisting the NM govts "land reform" (confiscation) efforts! Don't mind the Chinese and other communist agents; go after the right wing "domestic terrorists" who are violating the strict federal gun laws and other new laws! The frustrated FBI agent lives in this insane PC world, where his DC masters are totally out of touch with reality. (Sort of like today.)

May 4, 2004, 03:11 PM
Thx for info Matt .... “The Justice Cooperative” .... sounds just up my street .... will have to get a copy.

Also (of course) ... will greatly be looking forward to your next work.

Now - get back to that keyboard!!!:p :D

Best wishes

Standing Wolf
May 4, 2004, 04:29 PM
Sounds good to me.

Writing novels is about 1% as much fun as root canals without anasthetic injections.

Travis McGee
May 4, 2004, 08:55 PM
At least a root canal is over after a few visits, and only takes a few hours.

May 4, 2004, 09:28 PM
barnes and nobles has it for $17 and amazon $20 anyone got a good source for it?

May 4, 2004, 09:50 PM
I checked on Amazon myself, earlier .... found a used for $11.50 ..... ordered it!!

May 4, 2004, 09:51 PM
Travis McGee-
Thanks for the heads up for “The Justice Cooperative” .
Looking forward to your new book as well.
Speaking of typing...err...check your e-mail perhaps by tommorrow "I" will have taken care of a matter I let slide...had exams and such...

Lord Bodak
May 6, 2004, 06:45 PM
Just ordered it... it'll go into the stack of books to read, which is now way too big, and includes EFAD as well :)

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