Iowa Terror by Mike Palecek

Iowa Terror by Mike PalecekPssst. You gotta read this book: Iowa Terror , by Mike Palecek.

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Iowa Terror is categorically fiction, but it’s woven from many threads of truth, not the least of which concerns the official lie of 9/11.

Palecek’s tale begins in small-town Iowa, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. The once level-headed residents are soon besieged by paranoia and illogical fears. They jump to conclusions, commit hypocrisy, and are a bit too eager to damn the torpedoes in their rush to board the War On Terror bandwagon. They’re also eager to convict the guilty-until-proven-innocent in a court of rumor and wild speculation.

The story might seem a bit over the top as it gets started. But, as another reviewer pointed out, the real life quotes interspersed throughout the novel make the fiction seem much more tame than our current administration’s reality.

As the characters in the novel rush like lemmings to form terrorist watch groups, they learn all the wrong lessons from the 9/11 tragedy. As in real life, sometimes fictional characters can’t see the forest for the trees. Also, as in real life, sometimes fictional characters can’t see a black-op demolition for the smoke of nationalistic us-against-the-world propaganda being constantly blown up their britches.

I’ve often wondered if Mark Twain were reincarnated, what would his treatment of our modern times look like? Thanks to Palecek, I now have the answer. Tall tales steeped with irony that showcase humanity’s inclination for hypocrisy…tales that eventually work their way to the soft spot in your heart: that seems to be the forte of both Twain and Palecek.

As a bonus, Palecek’s Iowa Terror is illustrated with some gorgeous full-page artwork by Russell Brutsche, Allison M. Healy, Benjamin Heine, and Ian Ward.

Palecek is currently in the middle of a month-long book tour, travelling from Tulsa to the West Coast and back again, making stops almost every day along the way. Visit his website ( for updates and a detailed schedule, and if you’re lucky, maybe you can meet him along his journey.

[tags]Mike Palecek, Iowa Terror, 9/11, Iraq War, Bush, War On Terror, terrorism, fiction, Iowa[/tags]

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