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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  25 reviews
YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN LAWYER JIM REED seemingly has it all. Recently named a junior partner in an Atlanta law firm, Jim is shocked when he stops at his usual gas station and realizes the price of fuel has skyrocketed overnight to fifty dollars a gallon. It is 2033, and the world as Jim knows it is suddenly spinning wildly out of control.
Sudden hyperinflation shocks ever
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 15th 2010 by iUniverse.com
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Donna
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I WANT MORE!! What a great book Alfred Wellnitz’s “Pushback” was to read! Set in the near future, 2033, the former United States has broken up - and parts of the American continent have become extremely dangerous places for many people to live. Before long one carefully chosen group of people attempt to right the world around them.

Very well written, with a great plot and a fabulous buildup to the climax, “Pushback” gave me everything I want in a good book. The deeper into Alfred Wellnitz’s nove
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Jaded
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who are interested in fantasy, as well as domestic history and subversive plots.
Recommended to Jaded by: The author
The author Mr. Wellnitz graciously sent me a copy of this to review. Awesome read with many attention gripping segments. Frightening how the fantasy theme could so easily happen if the tides changed in the wrong direction in this country as we continue to devalue the price of humanity and human relationships. The book has a great underlying social commentary that makes the reader think about just how fragile we are as a nation, especially when divided. May this story line always be fiction, and ...more
Amy L. Campbell
Oct 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Note: I won this through the First Reads program. Also, this is my second attempt at writing this review, stupid back button.

I'm willing to give this one a waffle between 1 and 2 stars.

The plot was vaguely interesting, but got bogged down with repetitive prose and lost in city-sized plot holes. I think my point about the prose is best demonstrated with a quote from the book, "A means to communicate with all people with authority needed to be developed. A message to be communicated to people in a
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Rachel Thompson
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

I signed up to win this book because I thought the premise sounded interesting. At the beginning of the book, the American dollar loses all value, making prices skyrocket and forcing most people into the poor house. I liked that idea, but then the US started breaking down, forming into three or four different countries of their own, each with their own government. A group of bigoted racists take over the Federated States with help from Ru
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Douglas
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Douglas by: Alfred Wellnitz
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received this book free through GoodReads First Reads offers.

I'd like to start by saying that I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it. It was engaging and I had a hard time putting it down at night when it was time to go to sleep (which is, in my opinion, the highest compliment you can pay to an author). The plot was good, a thinly veiled allegory that made me think about some of the assumptions I have in my own life. The premis
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Jolie Kerenick
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this as a first reads giveaway. I entered to win it because the story line seemed very interesting. Although I found that this was true it took a very long time for me to get in to the book to the point that reading it did not feel somewhat like a chore that you anticipate negatively only to find that it wasn't as bad as you thought it would be but nevertheless you don't look forward to it next time. About two thirds through I did look forward to reading more each time I put it down. I thi ...more
Cylia Kamp
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
So far I think the idea for the plot is interesting, but I've not read the entire book. The writing seems a little stilted, as though the author has not written a lot. Nonetheless I've lent the book to one of my sons who's really interested in and concerned about what would happen should states secede from the union and the US fall into dis-repair. Would it or could it be replaced by independent nations (made up of one or several former states) governed by totalitarian dictators, racists, wild-e ...more
Kelly
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
The author was kind enough to send me a copy this book! I was initially drawn to this book because of the intriguing plot. Overall I liked the book. The plot was interesting, although I had hoped for some more twists and surprises. Things seemed to go to smoothly up until the later half of the book when some unexpected twists appear.
The writing style was a little clunky for me. Some things could have been said more succinctly. Overall though, I enjoyed the book. Every time I sat down to read, I
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Orlando Rodriguez
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interestering and an a enjoyable book.
Kim07076
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I found the plot/story very interesting and enjoyed the book. Suspense could have been built up better in certain parts.
Brian
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Could not finish it. Got boring real quick. The premise is good but long winded.
Marissa
Goodreads Kindle Copy Win

This is a story in the not so distant future.

We meet an African American lawyer who finds himself in a world of United States is spinning out of control as each state tries to govern for power.He finds himself working with a group of African Americians who are fighting against a white supreme group to save the country.

An interesting plot showcasing the dangers of power.
Jennifer
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If dystopian fiction is your kind of thing, consider the second release of PushBack: Deficit Triggers Hyperinflation, Terrorism (2014) by Alfred Wellnitz. In the midst of economic chaos, the United States of America is helpless against secessionist efforts. Atlanta native Jim Reed finds himself living in a tyrannical military state that unapologetically eliminates all opposition, including his longtime girlfriend. Now our hero goes underground as John Renner and joins the Freedom Legion, bent on ...more
David Richardson
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A good solid book. Consistent throughout with no real slow spots. A mixture of politics, war, love and hope. I received this book for free from the Goodreads first-read giveaway.
Carol (Kimiko)
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol (Kimiko) by: goodreads.com
Could not put it down.
Jennifer Hall
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from a goodreads giveaway and really enjoyed it. The plot was interesting and it left me wanting more at the end of the book. I want to know what happened next!
Elizabeth
Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Note: I received this book free through the Goodreads First Read Program.

Thank you Alfred Wellnitz/his publisher for giving me this book to try. I commend Mr. Wellnitz for writing a book under the pretense of catastrophe for America and extreme racism in a not-distant future. It is courageous and admirable to force readers to consider the possibility of overt racism becoming a ruling force in our country.

That being said, I did not finish the book. I believe it is only the third book in my entir
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Rene
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I own this book.

I finished this book and will write a review later. It was absolutely wonderful must read. 5 Stars +.

I started this book, then set aside. The premise was gas prices increasing over a weekend to $50.00 per gallon. This seemed somewhat farfetched. Wow! Was I wrong. With gas prices rising everyday, I started reading this book again. I loved the story. It takes place in the future, but unlike many futuristic novels, it is definitely believable. The story revolves around the United St
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WriteKnight
3.5 of 5 stars – Dynamic Thriller with Economic and Political Intrigue.
(I'm excited to have won this as a Goodreads First Read – so thanks, Alfred!)

Pushback: Deficit Triggers Hyperinflation, Terrorism was unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved the premise and the dynamic story that carried that out and drew me in. It was daring of Alfred Wellnitz to write this story – with included a black man as lead character, which you don’t see in many stories.

The novel starts with a good premise, fulfill
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Jacquelynn Fritz
I found this book interesting but it did have flaws. Jim Reed is a lawyer in Atlanta when the dollar looses it power and inflation skyrockets. Suddenly, the United States is no more and the states have divided into their own countries. The Federated States where Jim lives is taken over by a White Supremacist dictatorship. Blacks are allowed to leave and Jim does with hope of overthrowing the new government. Some of what the group did to overthrow the government wasn't believable. You are given f ...more
Ann
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Although this stories first three chapters leaves the reader a little skeptical, further reading draws you into the story and keeps you reading. The genre seems to be futuristic, fantasy, but not sci-fi. It does make you think about other places in the world that are torn apart by wars, like Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, and the seperation of our states during the Civil War. It seems unimaginable that this could occur today, but that is just what Mr. Wellnitz proposes.
Danielle
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

I enjoyed this book because of the unique plot and very interesting perspective. The idea was innovative and seemed like a topic the character wanted to write about, not a topic he thought would sell. I loved the story but I felt like the characters could have been developed more than the future time period. It is tough to create a future world AND a set of characters which live in it, this is why I gave it 3/5.
Jo
Jun 08, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
While I am catching up on my list, it is very slow going. Working in a library makes it slower – so many books! But I promise I'll get to this one. I just make no promises as to when.
Bert Edens
Oct 13, 2010 marked it as to-read
The author was kind enough to send me a copy of this book. Will definitely check it out!
Carolyn
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling. Quite believable futuristic novel. I was impressed with the detail the author was able to provide.
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Alfred Wellnitz grew up in rural South Dakota, served in the United States Navy and worked in technology as an electrical engineer. After retiring from engineering he worked as a real estate agent before deciding to become an author at age seventy-three. He has since published three novels and numerous short stories. Alfred's first novel "Finding the Way" was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 13 ...more