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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The book that labeled me the "Obama Girl"

To tell the truth, I had every intention of following the advice (and standard practice) of keeping my political opinions to myself and off my Facebook page - except for a few rare pet peeves. After all, as the common wisdom went, I'd be alienating possibly 50% of my readers... Although I myself fail to see why. I read Tom Clancy. I like Tom Selleck in Blue Bloods and watch Clint Eastwood in his movies. I know when I read Clancy, or watch Blue Bloods, there will be a slant to the right, and I have no problem with it most of the time. They are as entitled to their points of view as I am mine.
It wasn't until a pair of reviews were posted on Amazon.com that I became... annoyed...and a little amused. One posted a one-star review based almost entirely on what he perceived as my political views as expressed in the book (wherein I deliberately made no mention of names, only policies). His review said nothing of the book, but he did label me 'the Obama girl'. Then a second reviewer came out. "This was a really well written and interesting book, with a good plot, and really good character development. Really it should be a 5-star book for me, but the author insisted on injecting her liberal bias..." Well... If it really should have been a five star, why wasn't it? He'd deducted two stars just because of his perception of my 'liberal' views. It's an action/adventure thriller. Fiction, for heavens sake.
So, out of curiosity, I went to look at the ratings for Tom Clancy's books...and found pretty much the same thing - although in many cases the reader had specific reasons for their complaints. For myself, I wouldn't inject a distaste for someone's politics into a review.
Even so, Mr. Clancy can probably afford those reviews far more than I can as he sells in the millions, but at least I'm in good company.
Having been given the title, though, I realized I'd already been labeled whether I liked it or not. In person I'm forthright (a little too much so) and honest, and I had privately supported President Obama. There didn't seem much point any more in holding back, so I stopped.
To me, Nike's Wings is "a great adventure, full of political intrigue, espionage and betrayal at the highest levels, action-filled scenes that leave the heart pulsing with adrenaline...a love story that defies all odds...and villains that shake you to the core." Those aren't my words, by the way, I paraphrased another reviewer.
Read it for yourself, and make up your own mind.

Addendum - Just a note. Nike's Wings was written prior to the election of the current President, which makes the whole thing even more funny.

Nike's Wings
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GHE94K
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005GHE94K