My neighbor is friends with an author and we've discussed the friend's book (he's writing more now), "An Act of Self Defense", so I took a look at it. It's a Libertarian political thriller she thinks is great and it's supposedly doing well with sales. I could barely get through the Kindle preview. The writing is average, not the worst I've read and also not draw-you-in-right-away good. But OMG I could not get past the ludicrous political premise and the BS in the first few pages. The opening contains an information dump, whining about the liberal government taking away people's freedom, the incompetent federal government, and resentment for lack of term limits (I might agree with that part). Right after the Congress is threatened with murdering incumbents that have been in office too long, one politician claims he will see to it guns are banned. Give me a break! No liberals are threatening the Second Amendment, and the government is not that competent (to get guns banned) or incompetent that they couldn't prevent the daily assassinations threatened. I expected at least some bad reviews. If I had to just critique the writing I'd have pages to say about what's wrong with that alone. But all 295 customer reviews rave about the book. All I can figure is this is a Libertarian's wet dream. Or maybe the target market is so narrow, only people who side with this kind of belief system are reading this book. There has to be a huge market out there, like Rush Limbaugh's and Glenn Beck's incomprehensible following. I don't necessarily want to argue the politics here, it's like arguing god beliefs, people will never see the other's POV. So my apologies ahead of time for all the Ayn Rand Objectivism type Libertarianism badmouthing. I am a dyed in the wool capitalist. I have nothing against small government. I just don't believe the government is all bad or the free market is all good. What piqued my curiosity about this book was its apparent commercial success. From the Kindle preview, the writing and thriller aspect cannot possibly be the reason. That only leaves a loyal following of 'believers' to explain almost 300 5-star reviews.