Book Review — The Black Arrow
Book by Vin Suprynowicz [ http://www.thelibertarian.us ]
Review by Mike Blessing [ email@example.com ]
When I first heard that Vin had written a novel, I was a bit puzzled. After all, he had said in Send in the Waco Killers that he had no real intention of writing fiction, as he saw more strange and stupid things from people (usually in the government sector, but not always) than he could ever think up on his own.
His previous books, Send in the Waco Killers and The Ballad of Carl Drega, are certainly proof of this. Some of the incidents that Vin has written articles about are so asinine, so strange, and so petty that I certainly could not think up that sort of stupidity, evil and insanity.
So what did Vin do for his novel? Simple — he used those articles as the basis for some of his characters. (I won’t go into detail here — I don’t want to give too much away.) For example, one of the characters (Yuri Petrov) gets into trouble for making plastic irrigation parts, when the government goes after Petrov for drug-related “conspiracy” charges, because some of the products could be used by people who grow marijuana. Never mind that the Petrov himself never touched the stuff, and didn’t want anything to do with pot. This character was derived from the guy who made plastic vials for perfume packaging, yet the DEA went after him for “conspiracy” to provide crack vials, or the light bulb makers the DEA attacked because the bulbs can be used to grow pot indoors, hence they “must” be involved in the drug trade.
The main plot of The Black Arrow will be somewhat familiar to those who have read Unintended Consequences by John Ross (also available at http://www.libertybookshop.us) — a group of people fed up with the system are pushed by that system to where they can’t take it any more, and they strike back. Think of the Black Arrow as a Batman-like character who whups on the real (read state-sanctioned) criminals as opposed to the free-lancers that you bump into on the street.
Well worth the ∅24.95 plus shipping and handling.
Ordering link – http://www.libertybookshop.us/mall/The-Black-Arrow.htm
- Published in New Mexico Liberty — May 2005, page 1