Iowa Terror by Mike Palecek

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

Go ahead, order it here: Buy Iowa Terror now. Share it with your friends.

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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5 Responses to Iowa Terror by Mike Palecek

  1. pelmo says:

    A lot of times you find more truth in fiction, then in reality.

    For the life of me I can not figure out why people who have the least chance of being victims of terrorism, are the ones that fear it the most. Could it be that those who live in urban areas become immune to it, by being surrounded by it on a daily basis?

  2. Lynne says:

    Have you seen the t.v. show Jericho? Reminds me of that.

  3. JoeC says:

    Pelmo: That’s a good question…I don’t know why people in urban areas seem to fear terrorism least. My first gut reaction is that in a city, it’s easier to blend in, and odds are if an office building gets blown up it’s not the one you’re at, where in a more rural area if the terrorists come to town, it’s hard to hide since there are fewer people and fewer target locations. But, then, if the terrorists are going to blow up a dam or use a nuclear bomb, that doesn’t make sense…urban or rural, everybody’s gonna be affected. So, mabe it’s just that more liberals live in urban areas, and more conservatives live in rural areas, and these days conservatives seem to be the most easily influenced by the fearmongering of our government. Maybe something like that. Maybe not.

    Lynne: I only saw the pilot episode of Jericho a couple of years ago, but maybe I need to grab a season on DVD. I enjoyed the show, but it was on a bad night for repeated viewings. Yep, Iowa Terror does have something close to the “Kansas” feel of Jericho.

  4. Brent says:

    Thanks Joe. I read what you wrote about the book and ordered it. Now it can go into the pile of books that I want to read but haven’t had the time to read yet.

    Keep on doing the good work. I am awaiting another Top 10 list, though.

  5. JoeC says:

    Brent: I’m a Barnes and Noble addict, and I’ve been avoiding it and the library lately just because I know it’ll make me feel bad if I find more books and DVDs to put on my “list.” But what a nice hell to be living with…too much good information to absorb.

    Also, I’m pretty sure there’s another top 10 list coming up very soon…very, very soon :-) Thanks for the feedback! I aims to please.

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