Book Review - Unintended Consequences
I had a little time over the weekend, so I finished reading this as well as Patriots, which I'll write a little about in another post.
In a nutshell, I think Unintended Consequences is an excellent book for "shooters" and those interested in 2nd amendment issues. While it is classified a novel, the first 400+ pages is really a history of 2nd amendment issues going back to WWI, while it is setting up the main characters for the rest of the book. I would recommend it.
It is a little slow getting going, as there is a LOT of jumping around between different story lines developing different characters. Once you get past the first couple hundred pages, the book is very good with the "action" picking up substantially the last 400 pages or so.
A few nits to pick... There are a lot of times that the dialog comes off strained. One character will make a "leading" comment which gives another character the opportunity to dive into a treatise on government abuses of the 2nd amendment. Most of us here will agree with the "preaching" on that issue, but in terms of the storyline, it comes off a little fake.
There is a decent amount of setup about one of the character's girlfriend being bisexual. The boyfriend (prior to their intimate relationship) actively encourages her to become a stripper to make extra money. Then the bf/gf pick up third parties to have threesomes. There's a scene where the gf and another girl setup one of the bf's male friends to walk in on them having lesbian sex. That whole issue has no real bearing on the premise of the book, and doesn't add anything relevant to the story.
The main character also has an obvious anti-religion bias... going into a discussion with a fellow Alcoholics Anonymous member about how all the "God stuff" is BS, etc etc.
Despite comments on another thread about how this is an adult book intended for adults, I think that with minor revisions it could be a terrific jumping off point with older kids to talk about the Constitution, government and the 2nd amendment.
Final comment... I am a shooter and love all the technical details about the various guns, gunsmithing, accurizing, shooting technique, etc. But, there is so much detail that I think there is little chance that this book would hold the interest of someone who wasn't already into shooting or at least very interested in it.
This is not a book you could likely give to an "anti" friend as a jumping off point for discussion. Well, that and the fact that it's nearly 1000 pages long. :)