Douglas MacKinnon

As a proud member of the NRA and a very strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution, I nodded my head in admiration of Tommy’s hardware and his belief in self-protection. As the current liberal occupant of the Oval Office and his allies in Congress and the media worked day and night to take away our guns and ammunition, I sincerely hoped Tommy had more where that came from.”

Whoops. That little passage broke liberal Commandment Number One: Thou Shall Never Tell The Truth About The Anti-Liberty Leanings Of The Anointed-One Barack Obama.

With regard to Jimmy Carter, this novel originally came about as a way to honor those who lost their lives 30 years ago this month in the Iran rescue mission. Someone I know well often wondered if Carter may have pushed up the rescue mission before the team was ready so as to get the positive press needed to help him defeat Ted Kennedy in the Democrat primaries. Toward that end, my fictional character Wallace relates this passage:

“When we got back to Bragg, there was a rumor going around that the President rushed the rescue mission so he could get the positive press coverage needed to help him win the crucial primaries coming up in May and June against the surging Senator from Massachusetts. I, for one, would hate to believe such a thing. If it were in fact true, then I can only wonder how well the man sleeps at night with the weight of eight souls pressed so heavily upon his heart and mind.

As it turned out, he won his Party’s nomination, but lost the general election in an embarrassing landslide to his Republican opponent.”

Again, not something that would go over well in the hallways of liberal publishing.

Rather than waste my time whining about the blatant prejudice by liberal editors against fictional characters proudly embracing traditional values, I decided to team with a very solid publisher and get the novel out via The question being, will anyone support it?

To that exact point, when writing about “Vengeance Is Mine” last week, a blogger wisely observed: “Publishers will buy and promote conservative non-fiction works because so many of them turn out to be bestsellers…but there is very little market for conservative fiction. If you’ve ever wondered why so many popular novelists, previously apolitical, took a sharp turn to the left…this is why. They wanted to keep being published -- plus they like the good reviews that accrue to a writer who stops the narrative to bash the right, even when it has absolutely nothing to do with the story.”

At the end of the day, I believe and hope I’ve written an entertaining novel. Albeit one where I and my main character refuse to take that “sharp turn to the left.” While liberal publishing gave the novel the brush-off, I’m more than happy to put its fate in the hands of the American people. A majority of whom strongly identify with the traditional values of the main character in “Vengeance Is Mine.”

If nothing else, it’s a worthwhile experiment.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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