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To her own people, the America of 2028 has become a barren wasteland of corruption and tyranny. Cameras line the streets, separatists are hunted like dogs, and evil rules in the hearts of men. While most blindly accept this new world, a few choose freedom over chains, surviving in wilderness enclaves as fugitives from the State. But these two worlds cannot coexist for long To her own people, the America of 2028 has become a barren wasteland of corruption and tyranny. Cameras line the streets, separatists are hunted like dogs, and evil rules in the hearts of men. While most blindly accept this new world, a few choose freedom over chains, surviving in wilderness enclaves as fugitives from the State. But these two worlds cannot coexist for long. A young man named Kristian, an escaped felon, a beautiful reporter, a nuclear physicist, and an old man must work together or they will die alone when these worlds collide in an epic struggle for survival.


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To her own people, the America of 2028 has become a barren wasteland of corruption and tyranny. Cameras line the streets, separatists are hunted like dogs, and evil rules in the hearts of men. While most blindly accept this new world, a few choose freedom over chains, surviving in wilderness enclaves as fugitives from the State. But these two worlds cannot coexist for long To her own people, the America of 2028 has become a barren wasteland of corruption and tyranny. Cameras line the streets, separatists are hunted like dogs, and evil rules in the hearts of men. While most blindly accept this new world, a few choose freedom over chains, surviving in wilderness enclaves as fugitives from the State. But these two worlds cannot coexist for long. A young man named Kristian, an escaped felon, a beautiful reporter, a nuclear physicist, and an old man must work together or they will die alone when these worlds collide in an epic struggle for survival.

45 review for Keepers of Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Iffix Santaph

    While it is implied to be post-apocalyptic Sci-fi, it is loosely based on the real near future as outlined in Bible prophecy. It is chilling, in some respects, dark and grim in others. The reviewer asked for my frank feelings on this book. He is a skilled writer. Perhaps if he were anything less, the book might not have had such a powerful impact. I believe that scripture is truly inspired of God. That being said, how our future will unfold remains to be seen, though perhaps this is one possibil While it is implied to be post-apocalyptic Sci-fi, it is loosely based on the real near future as outlined in Bible prophecy. It is chilling, in some respects, dark and grim in others. The reviewer asked for my frank feelings on this book. He is a skilled writer. Perhaps if he were anything less, the book might not have had such a powerful impact. I believe that scripture is truly inspired of God. That being said, how our future will unfold remains to be seen, though perhaps this is one possibility. It is worth noting that, as Christ said each day has enough of its own problems. (Matthew 6:34) Is it profitable to pursue such gloom to a point of abject anxiety? Not really. I did find this commentary encouraging in some respects, though. Even when there seems to be little hope, we can benefit by fixing our minds on a God who sees our suffering and wants better for us. (Luke 21:28; Colossians 3:2) I want to conclude by thanking the author for sharing his work with me in exchange for an earnest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    "Keepers of Men" begins in 2028 after the economic and social collapse of America where corruption and quiet tyranny now thrives. In a godless atmosphere marked by the loss of liberty and justice people and the media have turned a blind eye to the loss of their country's independence under the global union; to a forced migration to cities under the Green Act of America; to the lack of human rights; to being embedded with an identification microchip; and even the incarceration of any resisters in "Keepers of Men" begins in 2028 after the economic and social collapse of America where corruption and quiet tyranny now thrives. In a godless atmosphere marked by the loss of liberty and justice people and the media have turned a blind eye to the loss of their country's independence under the global union; to a forced migration to cities under the Green Act of America; to the lack of human rights; to being embedded with an identification microchip; and even the incarceration of any resisters in re-education camps. Eric Martindale intricately weaves strands of a plot that follow Kristian Warr's struggle to survive after leaving his refuge in the mountains; ex-military Nathan Valero's escape from a re-education camp; the disillusionment of an American Representative; the flight of an outspoken, radical reporter; and a brilliant scientist who refuses to conform. In a story based on biblical prophecy the mood is dark, uncertain and grim; the action intense with Nathan's escape from the re-education camp and Kristian's encounter with a cannibalistic gang. Increasing the tension are hi-tech innovations , military confrontations and modes of survival that resonate with believability. Emotionally-charged the characters face their worst nightmares and heartbreaking loss in a story that explores faith, redemption, self-sacrifice and survival in a caustic world. A fast-paced story that grips you from the first page to the explosive climax at the end, the characters are realistic and compelling especially stubborn, resourceful and courageous Kristian Warr an ex-Marine who's still confused, tired and angry, struggling to return to the family farm in New York State after surviving for a year in a cave. Strong, steady and stubborn Nathan Valero the ex-soldier imprisoned unjustly for treason holds tight to his sense of honor and duty in the camp and with the resistance. The impressive list of personalities also includes Eva St. Pierre the self-assured , spirited and fearless reporter who's determined to sway the vote in Parliament of cowardly, arrogant and power-hungry Representative Herbert Jefferson Walker. The personalities of these characters and others lead to actions that infuse this story with intensity, drama and excitement. I liked "Keepers of Men" a dystopian novel that looks to a future filled with corruption and oppression and seems closer than we think.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Valicity Elaine

    There is so much in this book it could have easily fallen apart at the seams. But no, we have a fast-paced, electrifying book presented by an equally armed and dangerous author. It’s so nice to see a fellow Christian author with so much talent and the boldness to showcase it. Let me tell you about the awesome ride I experienced just a few days ago. This novel hits the ground running, right from the start readers are sucked in with a wordy introduction about the state of the Nation and the future There is so much in this book it could have easily fallen apart at the seams. But no, we have a fast-paced, electrifying book presented by an equally armed and dangerous author. It’s so nice to see a fellow Christian author with so much talent and the boldness to showcase it. Let me tell you about the awesome ride I experienced just a few days ago. This novel hits the ground running, right from the start readers are sucked in with a wordy introduction about the state of the Nation and the future it holds—or not. Think of this book as an apocalyptic read but only on a political level. It is psychologically thrilling and so close to a reality that may be in our future it will leave you with chills. The first part of the book is titled The Last Exodus which clearly alludes to a combination of faith and fiction. I immediately knew where this book was headed and I was ready for the ride. That’s the thing about Martindale, nothing is left in secret. You want heart-pounding scenes that will get your pulse racing? Here you go. You want excellent writing and emotional connection, here you go. You want believable characters, controversial situations, and tough decisions? Then please do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this book now. This book is chilling. It is slightly dark but in a way that I found really worked for the novel. I could feel the underlying message crawling from between the lines, that’s what stayed with me after I closed the book. I feel like this book is an entertaining wake up call, not just to Believers but to all of America. Christians and other readers alike will love this book. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages but those of the faith should go to their church leaders and demand they grab a copy. This is thoroughly entertaining and equally informative of both the Word of God and what may come in a Nation without it. Hats off to Martindale. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barry West

    While I don’t share the pessimistic view of America’s future I really enjoyed the ride that Mr. Martindale’s Keepers of Men took me on. The dystopian version of America’s future was enthralling. I believe this springs from the solid structure the book possesses as well as the fast pace in which it unfolds. The US, after years of languishing in amoral leadership, has been crushed under its own weight complete with concentration camps, thought control/reeducation, and widespread totalitarianism. A While I don’t share the pessimistic view of America’s future I really enjoyed the ride that Mr. Martindale’s Keepers of Men took me on. The dystopian version of America’s future was enthralling. I believe this springs from the solid structure the book possesses as well as the fast pace in which it unfolds. The US, after years of languishing in amoral leadership, has been crushed under its own weight complete with concentration camps, thought control/reeducation, and widespread totalitarianism. And we get a chance to see these horrors from the perspectives of the different characters who inhabit this new country. And while I appreciate the overarching themes (freedom, self-reliance, faith) I don’t think they were heavy handed. Granted it would be as impossible to miss them here as it would in Atlas Shrugged, but they still take a backseat to the plot and the story itself. And that’s what impressed me the most about this tome, the realism of the story. Not only were the action scenes clearly written by someone who’s experienced it, but also the descriptions of the milieus, and the people themselves. And keep in mind, this is a long book (especially by today’s standards), but it’s not weighed or slowed down by the extra time we get to look around. Quite the contrary in fact, the world’s richness adds layers and helps the reader suspend their disbelief even further. Again, I have to say that in some ways (pessimistic view of the future, role of faith in everyday life, the rise of NWO/China) I disagree with this novel, but the ride was a hell of a lot of fun, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sweeping tails of epic adventure.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Autero

    I tried to think of a word to describe Eric Martindale’s novel entitled “Keepers of Men” and the word that seemed most appropriate was “epic”. “Keepers of Men” is indeed an epic novel. The dystopian world that Martindale builds for us to experience is huge and interesting as well as being extremely dark and depressing. The citizens of the United States have become apathetic and disinterested in life and liberty. This leads to the rise of a restrictive government with incredibly restrictive laws I tried to think of a word to describe Eric Martindale’s novel entitled “Keepers of Men” and the word that seemed most appropriate was “epic”. “Keepers of Men” is indeed an epic novel. The dystopian world that Martindale builds for us to experience is huge and interesting as well as being extremely dark and depressing. The citizens of the United States have become apathetic and disinterested in life and liberty. This leads to the rise of a restrictive government with incredibly restrictive laws and policies that control food, water, religion and travel. Humans are “chipped” and constantly monitored and frequently killed in cold blood to protect the state. Keeping with an epic novel there are a variety of characters and a variety of social and political influences that drive the story. The stories of the main characters start from various places (a forest, a prison camp, a political banquet to name a few) and then neatly intertwine as the story progresses. While the story overall is epic, there is also a lot of very fine detail included. Martindale provides detailed descriptions of firearms, technology, dramatic action and scientific advances that provide us with a more colorful and complete dystopian world and he does it in a way that anyone can understand. I hope that America doesn’t end up looking like the America in “Keepers of Men” because I am not sure that I want to see it. Get it. You’ll like it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pierre Clair

    I stayed up past midnight reading this book. Clearly, the author is a military man. The book is filled with factual military tactics, maneuvers, hi-tech devices, and survival techniques unknown to ordinary civilians. The story is gripping, with flashbacks to the different characters as their paths begin to merge. Obviously, a book that keeps you up way past bedtime is a good read. Although the author is pessimistic about the future, as a military man he just might know things that we, the public, I stayed up past midnight reading this book. Clearly, the author is a military man. The book is filled with factual military tactics, maneuvers, hi-tech devices, and survival techniques unknown to ordinary civilians. The story is gripping, with flashbacks to the different characters as their paths begin to merge. Obviously, a book that keeps you up way past bedtime is a good read. Although the author is pessimistic about the future, as a military man he just might know things that we, the public, do not. The one drawback to this book is the plausibility factor, which all books about the future have in common. There is nothing on the visible horizon to indicate the horror portrayed in the book only 10 years ahead. Could this really happen in only the next decade? No plausible explanation is given by the author. So I will supply one: President Obama installs an emergency situation due to a nuclear strike by North Korea. The 2016 general election is postponed temporarily. New Homeland Security measures are adopted. Millions take to the streets in protest. The government calls in the military to put down a perceived rebellion. If this happens, the book foretells the future. Pierre St Clair - author of Stephen Hawking on Trial

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Jay

    The disruptive future you never wanted is here. And it is a perfected read. Although I constantly read and find myself lost in books to hide from the world, this was not the case. I was lost in this book not solely as a getaway, as the words inside held close and I was enamored with it. America as we know it is gone, replacing the motto "Land of the Free" for chains and a life of restrictions. The country is more important than the people, yet the people are apathetic to these happenings. A perfe The disruptive future you never wanted is here. And it is a perfected read. Although I constantly read and find myself lost in books to hide from the world, this was not the case. I was lost in this book not solely as a getaway, as the words inside held close and I was enamored with it. America as we know it is gone, replacing the motto "Land of the Free" for chains and a life of restrictions. The country is more important than the people, yet the people are apathetic to these happenings. A perfect plot that leads to dark and telling truths for both the book and the world. Please note that this book holds a social commentary on the world we live in. It places immense depth in every sentence and provokes thought. Although allusions to faith float through-out, it never overweighs the plot or causes those without beliefs to feel uncomfortable. This review was written without spoilers, as I honestly prefer others to go into it with the singular line Amazon lends us. Although I recommend the paperback, the kindle version was properly edited to fit on a phone or tablet for quick and intimate reading. A perfect 5 stars, a luscious-yet-dark read, and a perfect book for long conversations with friends.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Tetley

    The Keepers of Men is a dystopian novel set in America beyond 2025, that centres on the results of the death of free America. Martindale describes an America that is controlled by the state and focuses on a small group of resisters who do not share the disillusionment of the masses. Like Children of Men, Martindale describes the new regime as something which did not come with a bang, but quietly and unsuspecting. The book is wonderfully rich and a trenchant analysis of politics and power that spe The Keepers of Men is a dystopian novel set in America beyond 2025, that centres on the results of the death of free America. Martindale describes an America that is controlled by the state and focuses on a small group of resisters who do not share the disillusionment of the masses. Like Children of Men, Martindale describes the new regime as something which did not come with a bang, but quietly and unsuspecting. The book is wonderfully rich and a trenchant analysis of politics and power that speaks urgently. The Keepers of Men is probably the most pointed in its social criticism, certainly the deepest in its theological reflection. Beneath its thick layers of political hypothesizing, humanistic ideals and atheistic worldview, Keepers of Men paints a powerful picture of what life would be like without freedom. Without ever referencing God or His truth, this story examines a bleak, hopeless and lifeless existence. Thought-provoking, intelligently written and poignant. A highly recommended read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    I was initially planning on ordering another book on Amazon, but I stumbled on this one, and it pulled me in. Keepers of Men is engaging and packed with action from start to finish. I have read very few books that have been able to steal me away so thoroughly. I read this book entirely in a weekend. It is compelling to say the least, and it represents a picture of an America that we can't afford to see. This book is set in the 2020's, and it tracks the journey of several men and women who represe I was initially planning on ordering another book on Amazon, but I stumbled on this one, and it pulled me in. Keepers of Men is engaging and packed with action from start to finish. I have read very few books that have been able to steal me away so thoroughly. I read this book entirely in a weekend. It is compelling to say the least, and it represents a picture of an America that we can't afford to see. This book is set in the 2020's, and it tracks the journey of several men and women who represent a remnant of society that are learning to reject an increasingly tyrannical state system. It incorporates just a pinch of the underworld, just enough to give the book an edge that really draws you in. The story culminates in an epic struggle that is somehow incredibly real. I can recommend this book to almost anyone; it has just a little of the best of many genres. Let's just hope for a sequel!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruth A

    I absolutely loved this book! The high pace started right up front, and it never let off. This book is deep and intellectual, and it paints a picture of what this world may be headed toward. Read at your own risk!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Kalis

    A startling novel from beginning to end. A Christian Science Fiction novel. It’s a truly excellent book, intelligent and thought provoking. I was fascinated by the way Eric Martindale paints a dark, dystopian, post- apocalyptic image of the future of the world. What’s more disturbing is that this image is very realistic and probable. The signs are all around us if we only take time to notice them and think. And this dark future is not so far away. It all happens in 2028. With upsetting intensity, A startling novel from beginning to end. A Christian Science Fiction novel. It’s a truly excellent book, intelligent and thought provoking. I was fascinated by the way Eric Martindale paints a dark, dystopian, post- apocalyptic image of the future of the world. What’s more disturbing is that this image is very realistic and probable. The signs are all around us if we only take time to notice them and think. And this dark future is not so far away. It all happens in 2028. With upsetting intensity, he describes what might be if we are not careful. He warns us about the dangers of the power of a global political authority of a tyrannical nature and tries to incite us to take action to prevent such a nightmare scenario from becoming a reality. His writing flows smoothly, is clear, easy to follow and engaging. The pace is brisk. The characters feel realistic and credible. The narrative voice is very strong. All those things make this book an intriguing read. I would highly recommend it. It’s hard to put it down, once you start reading it. I’m looking forward to more books from this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Noelle Walsh

    I thought this book was good. I found it to have some depth and had a good story line. I think that it is worth picking up if you are interested in Sci-fi or want as good intro to the genre. *won as a GoodReads giveaway*

  13. 4 out of 5

    251 Things To Do

    This book is excellent and in my opinion is a fairly accurate prediction I’d say of where America is headed if we know who wins the election. The author, speaks of the year 2025, where the government has introduced mandatory re-rehabilitation centers for people who demonstrate “terrorist” ideologies. I personally think the Keepers of Men are women, and it will be women who will ultimately save the world, but in this novel the Keepers of Men are the system/the government the wealthy old bag banke This book is excellent and in my opinion is a fairly accurate prediction I’d say of where America is headed if we know who wins the election. The author, speaks of the year 2025, where the government has introduced mandatory re-rehabilitation centers for people who demonstrate “terrorist” ideologies. I personally think the Keepers of Men are women, and it will be women who will ultimately save the world, but in this novel the Keepers of Men are the system/the government the wealthy old bag bankers and their sons. Women finally step into the story around chapter 6 and 7, which I was extremely happy to see. Now, what defines terrorism? Anyone whose actions slow the economy, who demonstrate to be “against the state” (against dictatorship) ... So technically an activist for human rights, or for the environment, etc, can be labelled as a terrorist. As the middle class disappear and more of a divide becomes apparent between the rich and poor, this is the breaking point of a capitalist system. A capitalist society can only work for so long, until the rich get too rich. This is where we are in 2016. You definitely see our water sources, slowly becoming controlled one after the other. When you put a price on a human right, such as water, that is a solid hint of where civilization is going. And this all comes from losing respect. Losing respect for ourselves, and also respect for all living things, including humanity. Drifting away from our indigenous values. Men selling souls for money, becoming totally void of respect for life. This is a very black and white novel, evil being fear based on one side, with the good freedom fighters on the other. The “keepers” graciously supply the shelves with liquor, and pharmaceuticals. Where clean water, and whole foods is almost impossible to come by. Government “re-education facilities”, this definitely reminds me of what colonists have done to the indigenous populations that once heavily populated America and Canada. Very effective tools of control. Flowing past all of the manliness of the novel, this book shows that there is hope. The fight for the real liberty is beginning. That many of us are on the same page, with recognition of this continuous problem of our society. Awareness is the first step, then action is the next. Action for change. I truly believe the empowerment of women, educating our women of the world, will lead to positive change. They are the ultimate providers, the mothers of humanity, mothers of life, every woman has a motherly instinct for affection and care. Educated women wouldn’t allow this plot to take place, only if they are dis-empowered which you unfortunately see in many countries of the world still today. Women are leading the environmental movement in many countries. Here’s some food for thought: If we took value away from money…How do we do that? That gets us thinking. That stops power and control. Just as you would take value away from gold, oil etc. If we had another way to trade, went back to the old ways, started living sustainably, relying on our neighbors, our communities, learned how to grow our own food, harvest our own fresh water, healed the land, the power in those few disappear. I laughed at the part where the protagonist had to eat “filthy” food like beetles and squirrels. The way he describes it, is of utter disgust. Cook them with some garlic, honestly if everyone ate bugs, that would probably be one of the healthiest sources of protein with the least amount of impact on the planet, and I bet they are delicious! I bet that beetle is cleaner than your Mc Donald’s cheeseburger. Epic, solid read, especially if you are Christian, believe in Government Conspiracy, care about this planet, and love manly reads with military combat action. It’s also pretty neat considering the authors background, and I think that most definitely reflects in his work, and almost displays some underlying feelings toward governmental systems and this “terrorism’ fad. Many untold truths lie in this novel. Excellent.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Om Chand

    This epic tells a tale set in future, when the world is completely ruled by evil, and while the evil has been successful in corrupting the very souls of the most, a few still have hope in their heart and become fugitives of the State. Dark, depressing, and very detailed in describing the tactics & technology for war, the book is a rollercoaster ride for people who enjoy great dystopian literature. The best thing I personally found in this novel was, and the thing that really scared me, that it se This epic tells a tale set in future, when the world is completely ruled by evil, and while the evil has been successful in corrupting the very souls of the most, a few still have hope in their heart and become fugitives of the State. Dark, depressing, and very detailed in describing the tactics & technology for war, the book is a rollercoaster ride for people who enjoy great dystopian literature. The best thing I personally found in this novel was, and the thing that really scared me, that it seemed so believable--at no place I thought there was something that was an impossibility. It was as though a realistic dream about a future that's in vicinity and you couldn't turn down a possibility of it happening. That the global political authority depicted is not a nightmare--but something that's just in the next orbit to the orbit our social state is and just needs us to be as careless as we are to reach there :) Fascinating and chilling at the same time, Keepers of Men is a fantastic read highly recommended for the avid readers in the genre of apocalypse, dystopia, thriller and science fiction.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maggy Mae

    This is one Dystopian story that makes you stop and think. I was pulled in by the author's skillful writing right from the introduction and was not disappointed till the very last page. I remember reading the Epilogue twice, just to try and accept Kristian's story. The events in the story were so well described that I found myself going through the undulations of relief, anger, agony and anxiety as Kristian moved along in his journey. I also loved the bits of Sci-Fi included because they were re This is one Dystopian story that makes you stop and think. I was pulled in by the author's skillful writing right from the introduction and was not disappointed till the very last page. I remember reading the Epilogue twice, just to try and accept Kristian's story. The events in the story were so well described that I found myself going through the undulations of relief, anger, agony and anxiety as Kristian moved along in his journey. I also loved the bits of Sci-Fi included because they were really creative, in my opinion. The subtitle couldn't have been more apt!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chad Jansma

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stu K.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Kavolis

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gomomadi

  21. 4 out of 5

    Doug

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andy Lathrop

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Hart

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric Martindale

  25. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nisha

  27. 4 out of 5

    Al

  28. 4 out of 5

    K.F.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Phoenix

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ron Lumostestprep

  31. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

  32. 5 out of 5

    Carla

  33. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  34. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  35. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Obrien

  36. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  37. 5 out of 5

    Ann Ellis

  38. 5 out of 5

    Shana M. Essig

  39. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  40. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  41. 4 out of 5

    Stacia Chappell

  42. 4 out of 5

    Terry Pearson

  43. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  44. 5 out of 5

    Todd Rumsey

  45. 4 out of 5

    Tori Hoffert

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