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Manhunt: USA Vs. Militia Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books (Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449150461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449150467
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,046,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The topic is a (very) hypothetical ongoing conflict between militia groups and the US military in the near future. Slater tells a moderately exciting story but, in so doing, takes some shortcuts.
In every Slater book there is some factor which is harped on again and again by most of the characters. This time it is 'El Nino' and CNN. Every weather phenomenon is blamed on 'El Nino'; CNN becomes the bogey representing the world's news media. This gets repetitive.
He has gotten a little better with American slang, but he still has Americans calling one another 'cheeky'. In fact, most Americans wouldn't even understand that expression.
What is really lacking in the USA vs. Militia series is any sort of coherent alternate history line, and the overall plots of his books don't vary much: Trouble starts. The modern Patton, a General Freeman (a very politically incorrect officer constantly on the outs with his superiors), is called in to save the day. His personal A-team, a mixed bag of international commandoes, are called on to make this or that happen. At least in this book, the group manages to get somewhat outfought, which is refreshing.
What Slater needs to do to get better is to develop a semi-credible scenario for his subject, but to do that he'd have to develop an understanding of Americans, and he doesn't show many signs of that. He's great on geography--obviously travels to the regions he's going to write about, and represents climates and terrain well. He'd do better if he devoted part of that time to encountering some of the people in those regions.
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By Super Sal on 4 May 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book in a second-hand shop and decided to give it a try, as the blurb on the back seemed interesting enough, as I have always been interested in alternate history and areas like the splitting of America, especially where the militia is concerned.
How disappointed I was to find that this book is such a let down. It has a rather bland plot, with some confusing chapters that don't seem to connect with others, and the characters are too one-dimensional for me too really care about them. There was too little action for me, although that may just be my view, and I forced my self to read the whole book to see if it got better. It doesn't
If you are interested in this topic, then I thoroughly recommend the excellent Against All Enemies by Harold Coyle, which deals with the same type of concept, except with states themselves.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Aug. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thaought this was a great military novel. I don't think the militia movement would get this big thought. I hope they make #4 I think they will if not he should write a novel about mercenaries there great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
decent story, but tends to showcase Slater's weaknesses 27 Aug. 1999
By J. K. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The topic is a (very) hypothetical ongoing conflict between militia groups and the US military in the near future. Slater tells a moderately exciting story but, in so doing, takes some shortcuts.
In every Slater book there is some factor which is harped on again and again by most of the characters. This time it is 'El Nino' and CNN. Every weather phenomenon is blamed on 'El Nino'; CNN becomes the bogey representing the world's news media. This gets repetitive.
He has gotten a little better with American slang, but he still has Americans calling one another 'cheeky'. In fact, most Americans wouldn't even understand that expression.
What is really lacking in the USA vs. Militia series is any sort of coherent alternate history line, and the overall plots of his books don't vary much: Trouble starts. The modern Patton, a General Freeman (a very politically incorrect officer constantly on the outs with his superiors), is called in to save the day. His personal A-team, a mixed bag of international commandoes, are called on to make this or that happen. At least in this book, the group manages to get somewhat outfought, which is refreshing.
What Slater needs to do to get better is to develop a semi-credible scenario for his subject, but to do that he'd have to develop an understanding of Americans, and he doesn't show many signs of that. He's great on geography--obviously travels to the regions he's going to write about, and represents climates and terrain well. He'd do better if he devoted part of that time to encountering some of the people in those regions.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Slater failed at his second chance 29 April 2000
By thedemon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I always give an author a second chance but Manhunt is, if anything, even worse than Battle Front. The characters are still thin, the plot became even thinner (which is not disguised by having three essentially independent stories woven together to make it look like there is actually a storyline to follow.)
In this book, Slater continues to portray the militia units as battle-experienced crack troops and the US troops as green. Given that the bulk of the US troops are national Guard, I can buy some of that, but not to the extent given in this book. If Slater's assessment of the Guard units is true, one would be hard-pressed to imagine how any of the Guard troops returned alive from Gulf Storm -- the vast majority of them would have accidently shot themselves while opening their mail from home. Meantime, the militia are teflon -- no s**t sticks them, no matter how badly they muck things up. This pattern continues through this book to the point of being very irritating.
Once again, find something else to read -- to rip off an old novelty film, "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss six bucks goodbye." I will not be picking up any of Slater's book in the future.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had to force myself to finish this book 22 Sept. 1999
By HiSticking - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was searching for a new author and will obviously continue my search. Read other comments and you will get the message, he doesn't really understand us and how our system works. If you think that a hostage situation, as outlined in this book, could have the impact on decisions as it does in this book.... I say wake up and smell the coffee. I was waiting for this book to allow the President of the United States to become in harms way because of the 2 hostges held by the milita.
As for the story as pure fiction, how much can one swallow? The ALERTs in this book are anything but... If some people think this is similar to Clancy's Rainbow Six team, they better reread the book. At every turn they make mistake after mistake and keep getting another chance.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What A Waste Of My Time 24 July 2000
By B G Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has to be the worst researched novel I have ever read! It reads like a "Television Junkie" who has seen too many "Walker, Texas Ranger" episodes on what the militia is about and decides to put down his beer and write a book. If you are looking for an entertaining book on what drives anti-government sentiments, read "Unintended Consequenses" by John Ross. It is a long read but well worth the time invested. As for "Manhunt" I wish there was a rating less than 1 star!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am a slave to the series 11 Feb. 2014
By Kelly Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was the only reason I purchased this book. The plot of the militias against the government does not sit well with me when I am reading true to life stories of the tyranny of the current administration. It could very well come that we have another civil war in the US. In that case, the militias won't be the bad guys. I do love the SpecOps characters.
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