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Death Panels: A Novel of Life, Liberty and Faith

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The year is 2042.

American Christians are decimated, persecuted. Most of them huddled together on a federal reservation, the rest forced to worship in secret underground communities.

The State knows all and controls all: what you eat, what you watch, how you think and pray. Tolerance is the highest virtue. Deviance is the norm; speaking out against it is a crime.

Nook, 232 pages
Published February 6th 2010 by Saint Benedict Press, LLC
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Unlike most dystopian novels I've read, Death Panels depicts a near-future (2042), making it easy to see how the the world could slip from the present to a utilitarian government that relies on complacent citizens who have ceded their liberty for the "good" of the world.

With a large cast of characters, the author allows the reader to get inside the heads of those who are complacent with the status quo or advocating for even further government control, those who are seeking change from the
Leticia Velasquez
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Deep in the human heart is an innate sense of right and wrong. It guides our actions whether we were raised in the Amazon rainforest or in downtown Manhattan, whether we believe in God or not. It helps us tell right from wrong unless another influence supplants it. This understanding of essential facts like the dignity of the human person and his right to live is so vitally important to society that it is inscribed in the Preamble of the Constitution. All men are endowed by their Creator with ...more
Karen Boyce
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: death-panels
I received this wonderful yet disturbing novel at a writer's conference, and it was relegated to a pile of books that I wanted to read. When I finally reached this work and started to read it, I devoured it in one day. I was so sorry that this gem had been unopened while I struggled through lesser works. It was a light shining quietly in the fog of struggling talents. Michelle Buckman takes a world of futuristic and terrifying possibilities and draws the reader into a world that seems both ...more
Michelle Buckman
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book in the 90s as being futuristic...see how much has come true!
Laura Pearl
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

Michelle Buckman's Death Panels: A Novel of Life, Liberty, and Faith is incredibly well-written and a page-turner to boot.

A novel set in America in the year 2042, it is reminiscent of 1984 and Brave New World; but because so much of the "that will never happen" aspects of those futuristic tales have become a whole lot less unthinkable in our modern world, it is that much more frightening. Given all that is going on in our world today, it almost reads like a news story rather than fiction.

Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you are considering reading this book, be forewarned: It is really hard to read. As in, there are dead kids and babies in this book. Since having children of my own, I can't generally handle that sort of thing and if I had known ahead of time, I probably wouldn't have read this book. But I didn't know and I started reading and by the time the really horrible, depressing stuff came up, I was hooked. Buckman has created a harrowing depiction of our possible future if we continue down the road ...more
Jill Williamson
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
In a futuristic land, David Rudder leaves the Christian Reservation in an attempt to see if there is a Christian underground in the Unified Order. Being a doctor, he spends a day working in a hospital and rescues a Down syndrome baby from being terminated. Now hes on the run, being hunted by many and helped by a few believers and sympathizers. Will David be able to get back to the reservation with the little boy or will he get caught?

What an interesting story! I really enjoyed the clever
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prophetic! This story depicts a future when tolerance laws protect everyone except Christians, and punishment by government for dissent is swift and severe. Humans are not valued as individuals but only for how they (or their biological parts) might serve the world order. Parents are lied to and pressured to give up their parental rights, submitting their children to government "schools." Babies that are not perfect are destroyed. Parts of the story showing how babies and children are treated ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Imagine living in a world in which using your cell phone can get you arrested. Imagine living in a world in which reading the Bible could get you in trouble, or mentioning the name of Jesus could get you institutionalized.

Catholic author Michelle Buckman has crafted just such a world in harrowing detail in Death Panels: A Novel of Life, Liberty and Faith. The one refrain that was playing through my mind as I was reading this novel was, If we as a nation keep doing what were doing, if we as a
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've given 5 stars to in 2013 and I also added it to my list of favorites. It's a great novel that addresses the most important of all human rights issues, the right to life. Here's what the author recently said about the book on her facebook page "I'm really depressed to see so much of DEATH PANELS becoming a reality. I thought when I wrote it back in 1994, I had made it way too far-fetched. Other than the Dome, which was done for story-telling purposes of having the hero ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This is hard to read at first because the world painted is so horrible and sad, and so easily a place we could become. But then you get hooked in as you follow David as he tries in one small way to right a terrible wrong. The faith of the characters is steadfast and real, full of doubts but pushing on in doing what they think is right. This is the first book in a long time that I actually stayed up late to read.
Neil Combs
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book, I found it especially relevant to where health care seems to be going globally. it was like "1984" meets "Brave New World" and they take on the task of creating a perfect race, where imperfect is "terminated." Chilling, scary and thought-provoking, I thought this book was right on the mark. I hard a hard time putting it down.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing book, and w/ the HHS mandates coming down from the Obama administration, we are heading down this path. My goodness how eerily similar to what is happening now. We are in a battle for religious freedom, we can't lose that fight.
Erin Cupp
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of dystopic novels to begin with (what does *that* say about me?), so I was eager to get a copy of _Death Panels_. It was gripping, page-turning, and surprisingly satisfying at the end. I'm going to be bold and call it *our* _Handmaid's Tale_. Highly recommended!
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic! I think it is so scary because so many of the policies in this book, which takes place around 2040, are being put into place now, and the attitudes are heading towards the attitudes in this book. Quite a warning.
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, but was shocking at times!
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My writing journey began in my youth. Although born in New York, most of my childhood was spent in Ontario, Canada, and many long winter nights were spent reading an abundence of novels and penning tales. My family moved to North Carolina while I was a teenybopper, which was a great relief for me. Id had enough cold to last me a lifetime. In my new home, I discovered the peace of spending ...more

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