Carpet-Bombing AMERICAN BETRAYAL At Amazon

Falling BombIn the process of regularly following the sales and reviews of my books at Amazon, I’ve been watching with great interest what’s happening with Diana West’s American Betrayal rankings.  What is in progress is not surprising, following the hit piece that former Communist turned neo-con Ronald Radosh recently published at David Horowitz’s

There’s a term we who are independent self-published writers (INDIE authors) use to describe a particular style of 1 Star review, which includes very few sentences, briefly laced with rhetorical buzz-words, such as Right Wing Propaganda or crazy.  Often the reviewer who leaves the steaming pile of calumny, which wrecks the star ranking of a string of stellar reviews, has never submitted any other critiques under whatever alias behind which he hides.  So, there’s no way to backtrack any reviewer history to see what kinds of books he or she actually does like.

We “INDIE authors” call this practice CARPET BOMBING. 

The reviewer drops the destructive fragmentation explosive and disappears into the night, never to be heard from again.  I’ve endured a few such reviews, some of them containing outright lies about the factual bases for my narrative, or attacking my expertise in the subject matter with false information declared as statement of fact.  After going a few rounds via emails with the powers that be at Amazon about removing falsehoods, for which I’ve provided ample evidence of the truth, I was shut down.  Amazon will not remove or change a review.  Readers, or non-readers, can write whatever review they want to write, true or false, ethical or smear-laced.

Today I found several such 1 Star CARPET BOMBS that were recently dropped on American Betrayal.  Some are no more than one-sentence allusions or links to Radosh’s assassination piece, titled with vicious headings.  They are like stones or bricks thrown from the back of a crowd by nameless, faceless cowards, who then turn and run away.  They are not specific in comment or criticism.  They’re of no use to an author who is genuinely interested in what a reader thinks of the work.

CARPET BOMBERS do have an effect.  The star ranking begins to noticably drop. I’ve been through this, too.

It’s very obvious that many of these CARPET BOMBERS have not even read Diana West’s book, which I’m working my way through, page by page, at this writing.

To be continued…..

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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7 Responses to Carpet-Bombing AMERICAN BETRAYAL At Amazon

  1. Carol says:

    Thank you, John, for stepping up in defense of a writer and a book that deserve to have the record set straight. Diana West is blessed to have you in her corner! Keep up the good work!

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  3. bullright says:

    Quite a good description. The final product is what all the rest of us are left to see. (for years) And similar to the way most news is treated today, no one goes back to correct the record. And in the case of an adequate defense against the onslaught, they promptly move on to “more important” news, having done the damage. And another similarity to media, they act as a team even if there is no collaboration. Liberal ideologues are so possessive of history, and their so-called counterparts are not faring much better on the subject.

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