The Kelly Turnbull books are awesome!

The Kelly Turnbull books are awesome

I mentioned on Sunday that I started Kurt Schlichter’s Kelly Turnbull novels.  Saturday I read “People’s Republic.” Sunday, I started “Indian Country.” And I promised to tell you all what I thought when I finished.

Well, last night, I finished “Wildfire” – the last (so far) Kelly Turnbull story.

Man oh man, are they good!

I mean, “move over Mitch Rapp” good.

[Okay, since I wish Mitch Rapp was real so I could marry him, he doesn’t have to move over too far.]

The premise of the series is the United States has split in two – the Red states (the United States) and the Blue states (the People’s Republic of North America).

This all takes place in the near future – starting in the mid-2020s and going up to the mid-2030s.

Kelly Turnbull is a special operator called on whenever the United States need someone to infiltrate the People’s Republic.

Turnbull is the kinda character Bruce Willis wishes he could play in the movie version — if Bruce was twenty-five years younger.

What can I say?  I’m a sucker for a tough-guy, no nonsense military-type with a dry sense of humor and a reluctant soft-spot for dogs.

And these books are funny.

You wouldn’t think so.  I mean the subject matter is rather grim – our country torn apart, the starving socialist half on the verge of implosion.  It doesn’t exactly sound like laughs a plenty.

But somehow Schlichter pulls it off.

The best part (aside from the awesome action scenes) is the occasional name-dropping. Elizabeth Warren serves as President of the People’s Republic for a time — as does Bill de Blasio. We never see them, but they’re mentioned. Reagan National Airport gets renamed for Maxine Waters. And, even Eric Swalwell comes up. Half the fun is how Schlichter slips these names in without making too much of it.

Life in the People’s Republic is hampered by pronouns and microaggressions. Folks get sent to reeducation camps (founded by former head of the People’s Bureau of Investigation, Eric Swalwell) if they misgender people or do any of that other racist/sexist/homophobic/triggering stuff.

Think it sounds far-fetched?

Think again.

Yesterday when the pro-abortion people were shrieking on Capitol Hill and in NYC, Tom Elliott from Grabien posted a video clip that had my jaw dropping to the table.

But what that crank said yesterday sounds exactly like something the nimrods from the People’s Republic would say.

In other words, Schlichter ain’t makin’ this up!

The Kelly Turnbull novels make it clear that the vision of Utopia the Left imagines always ends in oppression and tyranny.  It can’t work any other way because in order to implement it, you must use force — you must make the people obey.

Utopia cannot work because it denies the nature of man. Humans can be greedy, power-hungry, exploitative and cruel. And in the end, the Utopia fails to materialize because human nature gets in its way. Power becomes consolidated and everybody else becomes nothing more than sheep.

Besides which, when you condition a population to depend solely on the government for everything, the people lose the will to be productive, innovative, or free-thinking.

It makes me think of what Alexis de Tocqueville said in his book “Democracy in America:”

“The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

And what “People’s Republic,” “Indian Country” and “Wildfire” do quite well is remind us that oftentimes the shepherd isn’t particularly kind to his flock.

This is not the future Kurt Schlichter wants or hopes for; it is the future he fears we will have if we as a nation do not find a way to stop the madness and unite once again.

The Kelly Turnbull novels are a cautionary tale.

But a damn exciting and entertaining one.

Check out all three “People’s Republic,” “Indian Country,” and “Wildfire” at Amazon.

I am really looking forward to picking up with Kelly Turnbull again when Book Four is released.

On a side note:

I know I haven’t been writing much, but (and here’s the happy part) it isn’t because of my Lupus.

We have been blessed with some absolutely terrific weather and I decided to try and do as much of my own landscape clean-up as I possibly can.  This is the first spring in several years that I have had the wherewithal and physical strength to give it a go.  And so every day since last Friday, I have been slowly, but steadily chipping away at the work. I’m about halfway done.

Boy, I remember when I was able to clean-up all my landscaping in one weekend. Ah, well. Lupus is a vicious master.

And of course I end up sore as hell at the end of each day. But, man, is it worth it. Though I could have done without the falling off the deck steps and landing on my knees yesterday.  That sucked.  But still. Landscaping is my passion.  And it feels so great getting my hands dirty.

I know I’ll have to rely on the help of friends to keep my gardens clear once the heat of summer comes.  But for now, with this mild and glorious weather, I want to make the most of it.

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4 thoughts on “The Kelly Turnbull books are awesome!

  • May 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    My President told us many times from ’02 to ’08 that “getting our hands dirty was work Americans will not do!”!
    Glad to see that My 17 kin folk and I are joined bu another unAmerican, YOU, (we did it 6 years ago to earn college money, but we did it and got our sheepskins, some of us more than 1. Bitter am I? Yes

  • May 22, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    Told you they were great, Dianny. He is so good at lampooning the Left for their stupid antics. Now, have you read all of Matt Bracken’s novels? If not, order all of them, his trilogy is akin to Schlichter’s works and he has a couple of other good standalone novels as well.

  • May 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    I feel the same about Mitch Rapp. Thanks for the review of the Schlichter/Kelly Turnbull series. I will be downloading as soon as I finish with the two books I am nursing. So glad you are able to get out into your yard/garden. You are truly an inspiration. Gonna get some dirt under my nails soon. Thanks.

  • May 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    Hi Dianny. I have read all of Schlichter’s stuff and really enjoyed it. But It made me think of a few things.

    I wonder how we would get to the point where Kurt’s books begin? Would the split be amicable (at first)? People would have to move and most people are averse to that with children and their schools and friends, family, jobs, and the fact that people are generally where they want to be. Here in Georgia would we expel all those who favor an all-powerful state to New York or California? How would we determine who favors Constitutional rule, free markets and individual liberty and who hates those things? A national exam? Who would administer the test? Wouldn’t the anti-Constitution and anti-America creeps prefer to stay in an honest, well maintained, low-tax state? How would we identify this fifth column and get them out?

    Additionally, the Left would never agree to any split because they are totalitarians and require the presense of people who disagree with them whose Liberty and dreams they can crush. They could never abide losing their grip on those they sought to enslave and have those same people living happily within their eyesight, free of their vicious lies and insane edicts. It is as impossible a two-state solution as that proposed for Israel and for the exact same reasons.

    Say we did this split. Wouldn’t the two new nations need to be two distinct geographic entities? How would it work with the Peoples’ Republic in the Northeast and West coasts with Illinois and Colorado thrown in, and the United States scattered in-between? Even if the nation was divided right down the middle and Leftists were told to move to one side and normals to the other, what would you do about those who did not wish to move or who never voted or gave a thought to political or cultural issues? There are probably 10s of millions who wouldn’t even know themselves what side they are on. I suppose that the next generation would just have to remain where they are born regardless of whether their fealty is to Liberty or to the State just as was the case with children born in East Germany or North Korea.

    How would you keep Leftists (those sneakily remaining and those born after) from undermining the new United States just as they have done with the old? Would we have new laws to identify and eject Statists and how does that work in our constitutional framework?

    It seems that an amicable split is probably impossible and it would still result in a hot war. Access to ports, waterways and resources would be the source of constant inflammation. The Progressive areas would be mired in poverty, misery, hunger and death and it would all be blamed on the happy, prosperous normals sharing their continent. The hatred between the two sides would multiply massively.

    So, it seems that a hot war is inevitable whether through hatred and passions after a split or a civil war prior to any split. And there is never any way to know what will result from the destruction and chaos of war. But I don’t see an outcome where we allow a nation of totalitarian traitors to live side-by-side with us or even scattered among us in a patchwork of free and unfree states.

    After the civil war (inevitable, following the current cold civil war if the Democrat Party is not utterly destroyed), leaving one nation as with the previous civil war, the hanging of several hundred thousand traitors will probably guarantee a republican form of government for a couple of hundred more years. That would make it worthwhile, with the stretching of Chuck Schumer’s neck just a sweet bonus.

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