Honor Bound is a provocative novel that sweeps across the landscapes of contemporary mainstream, military and political thriller fiction. Ultimately an inquiry into a price paid for the undiscovered self, Honor Bound emphasizes the moral challenges of living in this modern world, often exploring how we regard others, the molding of public perception and affectations of institutionalized authority in a time when important things are difficult, even dangerous to know. Ranging from the Mideast to small town America and inside the White House, Honor Bound casts light on subjects and places vital to but little understood by many Americans, ending with an astonishing prediction about out future. With security and energy issues now forefront in American consciousness, Honor Bound focuses on what many believe to the be the country's most important foreign bond - its discreetly intimate relationship with political life-partner Saudi Arabia, where it is said that over one-quarter of the world's oil reserves sit below desert sand, controlled by a small monarchy named the House of Saud that rules over a modest population surrounded by more militant Arab nations several times its size in an increasingly dangerous part of the world. If you want to know shocking truths about the perils of America's war of terrorism, the politics of energy, the cost of patriotism and the dangers in America's entangling alliances, you need to read Honor Bound and experience the story of US Army Captain Kasey Lawrence as she learns the profound terms of heroism in our age.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.38" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.86" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2001
ISBN 1931391351 ISBN13 9781931391351
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Reviews - What do customers think about Honor Bound?
Ratti, he really got to me with this one Apr 15, 2006
I didn't want to like this book - but I did. It has a plot that when it was written a few years ago must have seemed outlandish, but today is something I could see in the news. Honor Bound always pulls up just short of revealing or tipping the scales of polemic, but Ratti is masterful and quite clever of pulling back and keeping his cards to himself. Goes without saying that I read a book curious about what it reveals about the writer as much as for the story itself, and John Ratti is a good writer because he takes a genre fraught with political viewpoints and distills it into such a human and heartbreraking story that I think this work really deserves to be seen of one of the best of its kind, even if I'm not sure about ending. Not being sure about it, maybe that's what the author intended ... if so, then good job.
Pretty Good Mar 4, 2006
I think Honor Bound is a courageous novel. The things John Ratti proposes in this book he takes all the way - all the way to conclusions difficult for this reader to absorb. What's startling about the story, written pre-9/11, is how much it resonates in terms of the world we now find ourself living in. There are things in this novel for both the right and left to like, and to simmer over. That's good! - And rare for a work (that may be mischaracterized) as military fiction. Usually novels in that genre beat the drum one way or another (usually on the right). Ratti may stop the plot a liitle too much, at some points it may strike you a slightly cluttered, but make no mistake, it will take you to and leave you at a place you won't see coming.
Before Syriana ... Dec 27, 2005
I read Honor Bound two years ago and wanted to post opinion at this time after seeing the recent film Syriana. I found that movie similar in many ways to Honor Bound, but not quite as good. John Ratti's book has a more poignant protagonist, one that allows her journey to hit home to the American reader much more so than any character in the Clooney movie. I think both works reach for similar themes, and was a bit surprised to see how much lateral elements in the plots converged. Honor Bound is a bit weak in places, some of the strands in the laticework of the plot near breaks, but the last third of the book will surprise you like few modern novels will. Like it or not, it stays with you, and ultimately, isn't that all a writer and reader can ask?
Bleak - Blah! Dec 4, 2005
I'm not a fan of this book. I've tried to figure out if it's because it hits too close to home of if it's due to the author's relentlessly politically pessimistic view about our present and future. Either way, it soured me. I kept hoping Ratti would pull off something uplifting by the story's conclusion, but intead he left it for the reader to decide. Too bad: Honor Bound has a good plot and exciting heroine, but she, and the reader, deserved better.
Hauntingly Topical Sep 14, 2005
I read Honor Bound a few years ago and decided to post this review because this book keeps coming back again and again to me via real things that are going on in the world, most recently, about gas prices (the book has some stunning things to say about the future of fossil fules and the politics of oil). Before that, Honor Bound was also right on the mark, actually mentioning bin Laden (before 9/11) in the context of fictional terrorism ... portraying an incident similar to what happened at Abu Grahib (only with the parties reversed. I could go on, but instead I'll urge everyone to read this book. Besides being so right on the mark about current events, it's a good story to boot.