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Anarchy in the Ashes (Ashes #3)

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In the aftermath of germ and nuclear warfare, of plague and pillage and bloody anarchy, the fate of a divided world hangs by a slender thread. Ben Raines and his SUSA Rebels are on one side. . .the enemies of freedom are on the other. There's only a slim chance America will make it, but it's a chance that wasn't there before. And Ben Raines has sworn to make the dream of ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 1984)
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Todd Sullivan
Mar 23, 2016 Todd Sullivan rated it did not like it
I'm not sure why I continue to put myself through the experience of reading these books. They don't get any better. And their utter badness is essentially the same from book to book, so it's not like I get any new experiences out of them. Not really. I guess there's a reason that Johnstone was able to publish more than 200 books in his lifetime. And that reason appears to be that he doesn't bother with either second drafts or editors.

Here's an example of a sequence that happened in this book:

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Sean Dunn
Apr 21, 2013 Sean Dunn rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
Ugh, what have I set myself up for. I read right around 13 of these books when I was a kid and thought they were great books. I've always wanted to read all 35 of them in order, something for the bucket list, I suppose. But now that I've got the books and started reading them, I'm not entirely certain I will have the patience to endure all the cheesy dialogue, 25 or so flashbacks to previous books every book since the first one, and the twisted sexual and torture scenes in the book.
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Stephen
Nov 07, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the 80's and 90's, this was considered pulp fiction. Fun to read, and semi-serious, remember that was back when the Cold War was still going on. The problem is that things are worse today, and if you read carefully, this book series seems prophetic.

Anyway, in this book Ben has to deal with a Russian led Nazi style group that has peacefully taken root in America. They have begun to practice eugenics on anyone not of pure white descent. It gets pretty rough, pretty fast. If you don't have a str
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Whit
Aug 06, 2011 Whit rated it did not like it
The first book was entertaining if you didn't take it too seriously, but as the series progresses Ben Raines becomes less and less believable. He seems borderline immortal and infallible, even incapable of aging. It becomes increasingly clear that Raines is a self insert character of the author who the author can't let go. Self aggrandizing day dreams are nice for him, but with time annoying to read.

I don't mind the gore, sex, and so on, but the political commentary is about as subtle and insig
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Jo
Mar 05, 2009 Jo rated it it was ok
I have the bad luck to pick books that are in the middle of series. This is another, the 3rd of the Ashes series. Constant references to the first 2 books. Very confusing for the first chunk of the book.

Not especially well written. Character development is thin. Maybe because he churns out books so fast? And he writes some NASTY torture bits.
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Ben Raines is thwarted in his attempts to put civilization back together by mercenary Sam Hartline and an army of Russians.

From here on the series seems to have settled into a formula; plans to put civilization back together get put on hold because they have to go out and fight the bad guys.

Warning, strong language, violence, torture and sex.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 25, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Very good adventure series. Basically the forming of a new United States after WW3 and the story of the man who leads and forms it. If you like men's adventure stories you will enjoy it. Recommended
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William Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.

Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff. He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life,
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