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Every Kingdom Divided

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  21 reviews
2035 A.D. After the 2nd American Civil War

Jack Pasternak, a laid-back California doctor, receives a garbled distress call from his fiancée in Maryland before her transmissions stop altogether. Unfortunately for Jack, citizens of the Blue States are no longer allowed to cross Red America.

He is faced with an impossible choice: ignore his lover's peril or risk his own life
Paperback, 467 pages
Published December 16th 2015 by Mirror Matter Press
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Sinister Grin
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Found it to be a humorous romp, with a little bit of everything for everybody. Very enjoyable.
The second Civil War hasn’t united America, it has turned it into a palette of enemy factions, each claiming the their position to be right, each claiming their borders as sovereign, and each wanting to have the entire pie for themselves and their people. Reds, Whites, Blues, religious zealots killing under the guise of salvation and a Higher Power, pacifists, who kill to uphold their tenet of NOT killing, atheists and agnostics who believe this is it, you live once, do it right.

Jack, a doctor f
The Grim Reader
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
First thing to say about this book is that the cover is excellent. It is the debut release from Mirror Matter Press and is a interesting future romp through a future America. Our protagonist, Jack is a great character, witty and charismatic. Without his often humorous dialogue I don't think I would've enjoyed this book quite so much. The books is well-written, engaging, although I felt it could've been a little shorter-giving it a bit more punch. If you are looking for a politically charged read ...more
C.T. Phipps
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually a standalone novelist sort of fellow but a friend of mine asked me who I thought was the best standalone novelist I read in independent fiction. I was like, "That's a pretty loaded question, friend." I knew a lot of author who would be offended if I didn't pick them because we are, by nature, a prickly and narcissistic lot. However, after a long time, I decided the answer was Stephen Kozeniewski. He's the author of The Ghoul Archipelago, Braineater Jones, Billy and the Cloneasau ...more
Melissa Hayden
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, dystopian
*I read this book for my own enjoyment.

When Jack receives a text from his fiancee asking for help, Jack is determined to transverse the divided country and dangerous lands to come to her aid. From California to the far East coast he goes, crossing battle lines in America's civil war.

We get two stories in this book. Where Jack is currently as he tells his story of why and how he got here. Each chapter is one of the two places, keeping the feel as though he's in the moment. It's easy to follow as
K.P. Ambroziak
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Kozeniewski (“Braineater Jones” is at the top of my TBR list, though) and I feel incredibly grateful to the goddess of a reviewer at Literary Litter for introducing me to his work. In a recent blog post on indie writers, she writes, “Just when you thought everything had been thought of, here comes this man who has original ideas and a natural talent for sharing them with you.” Um, yes. And YES. Let me forgo, for a moment, his incredible wordsmith-ness, his intelligent and witty ...more
Andrew Hiller
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I met Stephen Kozeniewski quite by accident. The pair of us (Actually, the three of us if you include Mary Fan) had been placed at neighboring tables at Farpoint Con back in 2015. Like most authors, between lulls we chatted. He was personable, funny, and seemed pretty cool, but he was a horror writer... and I don't really do horror. However, as small worlds go, we kept finding each other at various Cons. At this year's Shoreleave, I decided to take a chance on this particular book.

I'm glad I did
Reader's Hollow
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 x 5 Stars!

This novel has a range of wonderful genres within it. It's a war novel, dystopian, action/adventure with plenty of political twists and turns. You'll find all of that in this book.

We start out with Jack, who is a pretty funny fellow, full of the dark, witty, Kozeniewski humor that I've always enjoyed in his novels. We're introduced to him while he faces a firing squad and with that silver tongue of his, manages to stall and tell the story of how he came into the predicament. It tur
Shawn Remfrey
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
First, I want it established that I'm a huge fan of Kozeniewski's work. Wherever you lead, Kozy, I shall follow!

What I love most about Kozy's work is that they're unique. This isn't something you've read before. It's not the same story told over and over. See what I did there? Yeah...none of his books will give you that feeling. It's something fresh and new every time. This book is no exception.

I honestly thought that this would be the first of Kozy's books that I didn't enjoy. I'm not into the
Mary Fan
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
cool story bro

JK here's a real review

The year is 2035, and the once United States of America have fractured after the 2nd American Civil War. When Jack Pasternak, a doctor living in California, receives a distress call from his fiancee in Maryland, he knows he has to come to her aid. One problem: While California and Maryland are Blue States, the territory in between belongs to the enemy, Red America. Undaunted, Jack sets off on a cross-country trip and finds himself accompanied by an unlikely c
Donna Fitzpatrick
Another great book by one of my favorite authors! This book is a very believable peak into the post-apocalyptic future of the US. The United States has been shattered and divided into several "kingdoms" along the lines of The Mexican territories, the RED states, BLUE states, Christian zealots, etc. Very different take on our future after the big bombs, and the probably the most realistic I've read. SK is one of my favorite authors for a reason - he writes great action, believable dialogue, sarca ...more
This hardcover is numbered 14 of 52 copies and is signed by Stephen Kozeniewski.
Kayleigh Marie Marie
Kozeniewski has to be one of the most diverse writers on the planet. Every book I pick up of his is in a different genre to the last, and the characters are always totally unique.

This book is great for those who might enjoy a dystopian road trip romp, complete with satire and a cheeky main character.
zackary ratliff
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book thrilling

And hilarious my favorite combination could easily be our future I really like the author I need 5 more words
Rachel (borntoberustic)
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actually rating: 4.5 stars

This is one of those books that I found immensely fascinating the entire time but couldn't decide whether I loved it or not until the end. This book is extremely well written and the story-telling method is unique (in all the best ways!).

The protagonist, Jack, has a dry sense of humor that very much appealed to me. Although I didn't find him personally relatable, he was a well-developed character and I truly enjoyed his story.

The most interesting thing about this book
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Farce or Future Prediction? An amazing cover starts us out reading EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED. Kozeniewski is witty, real, and creates a well-thought-out story to which most of us can relate. Although not my usual genre, I am grateful for the recommendation to read this story, with its detailed, likable characters often touching almost too close to reality.
Jim Cunningham
I feel a little bad giving him less than three stars because it isn’t really his fault if I went into this thinking it was going to be a sincere horror/sci-fi novel and it wasn’t meant to be, but there are so many other things wrong with this novel, it just added up.

Like any book written in an odd dialect (like Clockwork Orange) this book takes some getting used to, or at least a willingness to accept it; at first it felt like I was reading a Mad Libs somebody else made. I also felt like I was
Rob Burton
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This started really well and I was enjoying it and enjoying the voice. But then as I read on it sort of got tedious (in my view) and it tailed off. I have picked up other books to read as this one isn't drawing me back. I sort of gave up caring about the characters - the main guy is going from one crisis to another and just getting out of it by the skin of his teeth as the story unfolds. That's fine but it's a constant trope and it bored me to be honest. Good Characters, good writing, but in the ...more
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
As many people know by now, I am a fan of Kozeniewski, maybe even a bit of a fangirl.

::blushes sheepishly::

So, when asked to read and review his newest novel, I of course said yes. It doesn't matter to me what he is writing, I will read it. Even if the topic doesn't sound like something I would normally pick up. He is an excellent storyteller. There are a few elements that are classic Kozeniewski — a light tone that pervades many of his novels (no matter how dark and grimy), a sarcastic and quib
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I came upon a blog written by the author, discussing certain...differences in perspective when it comes to expressing their political views. The blog was very well written and thoughtful, but also funny. I wanted to see how that played out as far as his fiction, and I wasn't disappointed.

Every Kingdom Divided played out like Stephen creating this world, a little kid making fantastical structures with his tinker toys, with Mom and Dad finding the genius in the archit
Sharon Stevenson
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Every Kingdom Divided' is the story of one man's trip across a politically divided America of the future in an attempt to rescue his wife.

I don't know how he does it, but every one of Kozeniewski's books offers something totally unique and compelling to the reader. They're all so different and they all stick in my head for various reasons. There's a dry sense of humour here, mixed with a setting that's new and refreshing and a couple of cool main characters I enjoyed getting to know. I also fo
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Stephen Kozeniewski lives in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a Field Artillery officer he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s is in German.

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