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Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? [Kindle Edition]

Bryce Zabel , Harry Turtledove , Richard Dolan
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If President John Kennedy had survived the ambush at Dealey Plaza in Dallas a half-century ago, what other twists might history have taken? In his meticulously researched novel, "Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas?”, author Bryce Zabel delivers a supercharged but plausible alternative narrative of the turbulent 1960s after our charismatic president escapes unscathed on November 22, 1963.

Since the assassination, other writers have speculated about the important work for peace and equality that President Kennedy could have done had his life been spared. Instead, Zabel -- a Writers Guild award-winning Hollywood writer/producer -- boldly re-imagines a shocking post-1963 political scenario that is painfully disruptive to the nation, culminating in a Constitutional crisis and even calls for the president’s impeachment. Without resorting to sci-fi gimmicks, Zabel instead investigates and explores what we now know about the underbelly of JFK’s presidency to portray him returning to a very different Washington, D.C. where the stakes are high on so many fronts. After all, someone had just tried to execute him in broad daylight on a public street in front of a national television audience. The President and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, essentially become the first conspiracy theorists, determined to strike back at their formidable and determined enemies. This is not a time-travel story with a protagonist sent back to save JFK. It is not a rose-colored glasses look at an idealized “what if.” Instead we get a hard look at the dark secrets of the Kennedy administration -- and of those who have the motive and means to brutally remove him from office, including government insiders at the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and even suspects such as Vice President Lyndon Johnson.

The provocative and compelling narrative covers the period from Kennedy’s near-miss in Dallas through the subsequent political earthquake of 1964-1966. We witness the president interact with his family and close circle of famous friends and colleagues, with the colorful politicians and government leaders of that era, and with such Sixties icons as the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, boxer Cassius Clay and astronaut Neil Armstrong. Zabel’s novel is cleverly presented as a commemorative retrospective assembled by contemporaneous journalists on the staff of a fictitious newsmagazine, Top Story -- and incorporates into the narrative realistically designed faux-magazine covers depicting JFK with those luminaries he gets to meet only in Zabel’s parallel universe. "Surrounded by Enemies" literally breathes new life into the Kennedy years, and intimately portrays a decade even more surreal than the one found in conventional history books. "Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas?" is widely available as an eBook through all major sellers; as a trade paperback; and as an audiobook narrated by Edd Hall (The Tonight Show). It is the first in a series of alternate history novels under the alt.Worlds imprint from Stellar Productions.

Bryce Zabel is the creator of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning Dark Skies which dramatized the UFO cover-up through the perspective of the Kennedy years. He is the winner of the 2008 Writers Guild of America award for “Outstanding Original Longform” for his Hallmark miniseries Pandemic, and has writing credits on Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Blackbeard and The Poseidon Adventure. Zabel has created five primetime television series, including Fox’s M.A.N.T.I.S. and The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. He served as the elected Chairman/CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and he has taught producing for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His book, A.D. After Disclosure: When the Government Finally Reveals the Truth about Alien Contact (Career Press, 2012), now in its fourth printing, was a Barnes & Noble “new and noteworthy” selection.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1332 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626524319
  • Publisher: Publish Green (28 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E881Z2M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 29 Nov. 2013
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How life could have been different best book I've read for a long time. A must for any JFK fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars A better world than ours? Maybe not... 25 July 2014
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I love alternate history books but I got a surprise with this one. It isn't written as a novel; rather it takes the form of a non-fiction look back at the Kennedy administration from a viewpoint fifty years after Dallas (i.e. now.) In the world of this book Kennedy survived the assassination attempt (though Governor Connally did not) and the White House's angry reaction is where it begins. The family does not believe the official line that Oswald acted alone and are determined to get to the truth, without harming JFK's presidency. When he runs for re-election in 1964 we follow the campaign. And then as he begins his second term - but that would be giving it away.

Most Kennedy-survives books portray a golden age for America in the 1960s - this one takes a more cynical (and possibly realistic) view. Which makes it much more interesting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just wanted it to keep going and going 26 Sept. 2014
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I utterly loved this book! Firstly, I am a JFK nut & will read anything about him, but this is the first time I have ever read anything that made me forget he had been assassinated.
This book reads like complete fact, not alternative-world fiction, at times I struggled to work out which bits were fact & which bits were fiction.
Extremely well written & researched, only downside was towards the end of the book where it went a tad 'Hollywood' with a relationship between John Jr & Princess Diana.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy Lives! 31 May 2014
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Presented as an anniversary book fifty years after the events at Dallas, this was a good book. More than good, great. It didn't namby-pamby around and look at JFK with rose-tinted glasses on, and the truth and honesty of it was what made it such an enjoyable book. What annoyed me was the ending. Don't get me wrong it was a good enough ending and it wasn't rushed at all, it was just...implausible to the point that I was angry. After everything that happened, there was somehow a nice ending where everyone was nice and happy.
I would highly recommend this book, but I'd also recommend that you don't dwell on the end too much.
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