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Among the Ruthless, like all Randall Jarmon novels, is written for both men and women to enjoy. The idea is to offer you and your significant other a good book discussion in the car, over dinner, or wherever. There's always light romance for women, action-adventure for men, and suspense for all.


There's also especially clear indication in this novel of how vulnerable America is to terrorist sabotage.

Randall Jarmon wrote The Rainstorm Revolt several years before the Biden Administration deliberately vitiated America's Southern Border protections. In the novel, taxes absolutely soared to support a horde of impoverished immigrants flooding into the U.S. As you might imagine, such taxation eventually became de facto theft.

From Us tells two stories. In the first one, all the protagonists attempt to thwart a European financier's evil attempt to seize effective control of America. Lots of tough guy action transpires.


In the second story, the very refined heroine tries to deftly transform the hero, who's a boorish curmudgeon, into minimally suitable husband material. Two ex-KGB superstars will help her.


If you figure out the title before the last sentence, you just might have uncanny insight.


We at MIKVELK can't tell you much more about this novel than you see on its back cover. You might miss one or two big surprises if we did so. We can say this story is set in Vancouver, Canada's fictional Little India, and the hero is a mild-mannered Canadian genius. He will have to contend not only with mysterious bad guys, but also with his love interest's two teenagers.


The teenager part might get complicated.

This is Randall Jarmon's only ski novel so far. We recommend it for cold nights of reading beside warm fires. However, it should work equally well for hot days on the beach. That's because you might imagine yourself in the brisk air of snow country as this political thriller races along.


Also, you might sense how much damage well-trained Marxist terrorists might wreak if we let them inside our borders. 

The Dalhart Pursuit was written years before America began to be aware of the tyranny artificial intelligence could engender. To better appreciate this novel's dire message, we suggest pretending the story occurs in the late 1990s. Other time periods might also work well, but this one is our favorite. 


Randall Jarmon set out to write a chase story, and did so well. His novel also offers readers a warning about artificial intelligence. 

Randall Jarmon writes both (a) secular novels that conservatives and moderates can enjoy, and (b) Christian fiction that many of those same conservative and moderate readers can enjoy just as much. Two novels, however, are hard to classify as either (a) or (b).


Tara and Bootstrapper is the first of these. It intersects so many genres (e.g. techno-thriller, romantic suspense, action & adventure, political thriller, espionage, crime, satire, and maybe even allegory) that we are just calling it an American Values novel.


And what, you might ask, is Tara and Bootstrapper about? It's about the threat America's secret police agency--which has gone seriously rogue at least once in recent years--now poses to American freedom.

Mudfoot and Tori is the second of the American Values novels, a term explained at the Tara and Bootstrapper block. Mudfoot and Tori is also a tall tale. If you ever thought a high-tech Paul Bunyon might be very cool, you'll like Dawson Wicks.


Mudfoot and Tori--like Flat Light--is set in the dysfunctional socialist empire of Montshire, which is still New England's poorest state. Montshire's version of the D.C. Swamp is about to face no-nonsense, big-time reform. Likewise for profoundly lackluster Montshire Agricultural and Military University.

Winning Numbers: An Introduction to the Riley Family is the first core book of the Riley/ Blue Dog Series. These novels can be read in any order, however. Chronologically, the last book in the Series is When Founders Leave. It serves as epilogue for the Series. A full guide to the Series appears as an appendix to When Founders Leave, but you might never need that guide. It's optional.


Perhaps the most interesting character in Winning Numbers ... is Lady Bytes Riley. Randall Jarmon initially meant her to be a bit player, but she came to have a major role in the Series. Her sway is most apparent in Mudfoot and Tori, even though that novel connects only peripherally to the core books of the Riley/ Blue Dog Series.

Rebel's Trap, like all other Riley/ Blue Dog stories, can be read as a stand-alone novel. We at MIKVELK think Randall Jarmon's back story is so good--you'll see this again and again--that you might not realize for a while that there is a series.


This novel introduces Blue Dog, a Black Ops superstar who officially does not exist. John Travis works for him twice in the Series, the first time being back during the Cold War. Rebel's Trap is more Travis' story than Blue Dog's story, but you'll think you know both men well at the novel's end.

Randall Jarmon writes stories meant for men and women to enjoy equally well. That requires genuinely interesting male and female characters, whether they're protagonists or villains.


Two of Randall Jarmon's favorite female characters appear in Sheila and Recluse as simply Connie and Ellie. These spry octogenarians are multifaceted, to be sure. They're also delightful. Each supports both (a) Adam North's attempt to capture a terrorist serial killer, and (b) their own plot to get Adam married. It turns out (b) is a more daunting challenge than (a).

Randall Jarmon's wife has enjoyed all his novels, but this one is her favorite. She likes, among other things, that so much happens so soon. You might enjoy Battle Springs, too---and especially so if you like horses, little kids, and lawyers. Battle Springs has two of each.

This story is one of our longest novels, though it flies by so quickly you might not notice. It's long enough that we theoretically might have, for purely commercial reasons, broken it into two novellas. Alternatively, we might have added some unnecessary fluff and made two novels from it. Randall Jarmon thought either approach would spoil the flow of the story, and that settled it.


So, we think we now offer you one really good book instead of, say, two sort of okay books. See how it works when one is an indie publisher? One doesn't have to compromise on quality. That makes up for our very modest advertising budget.

Since you can read the entire Riley/ Blue Dog novels in any order, you even could read this, the capstone novel, first. That should work for at least a few readers. 


At the back of When Founders Leave you will find an extended explanation of the Series and each of the books in it, or almost in it. Some of Randall Jarmon's titles just hit around the edges of the Series core.


We close with a bit of trivia. The Riley/ Blue Dog Series might be one of the few series to end with a sleepy beagle's thoughts.

In Randall Jarmon's The Gun Lap: A Story of Revenge and Faith a man faces seemingly intractable challenge. He hands it all off to God, and will be surprised by the results. Readers might be surprised, also. To help that surprise along, we tell you very little here. We think you are going to love the ending.