John Ross, author of "Unintended Consequences" died April 30, 2022

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Rest in Peace John, you informed, inspired and educated millions with your writing. The world is a lesser place with your departure.

For those who may not know who John Ross was or read his book "Unintended Consequences" I'd suggest that you find a copy and read it.
Great book. RIP
 

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RIP, John. What a great blend of history, drama and inspiration you put together in a book. Indeed the world is a lesser place now. I'm putting the eBook here. Mods, please remove if there are copy right concerns.
 

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Timothy McVeigh controversy​

Timothy McVeigh read the novel while awaiting his trial for the Oklahoma City bombing. He loved the book, and noted that if it had come out a few years earlier, he would have given serious consideration to using sniper attacks in a war of attrition against the government instead of bombing a federal building:[7]

If people say The Turner Diaries was my Bible, Unintended Consequences would be my New Testament. I think Unintended Consequences is a better book. It might have changed my whole plan of operation if I'd read that one first.
 

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Read it again a couple years ago. I remembered reading excerpts from years ago.
Great book. RiP.

I was reading a bunch of PAW fiction but after reading the Enemies series I was totally depresses at how it was all coming to pass.
Was getting expensive consoling myself buying guns though.
 

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Just ordered a copy, hard to find anywhere but used on amazon
Thrift Books often has it in stock. I have a standing wish list with it and buy copies when they are available.

RIP - Still one of the best books I've ever read. I looked at the size of it and thought that it was going to be a rough read but there were nights where I literally could not put it down and read until my alarm went off. Still needs to be made into a movie.
 
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RIP, John. What a great blend of history, drama and inspiration you put together in a book. Indeed the world is a lesser place now. I'm putting the eBook here. Mods, please remove if there are copy right concerns.

Anyone have a copy I could borrow. Cannot see dropping $80 for a used book.

I need to find my copy, I haven't seen it since I moved 4 years ago.

Anyone looking for a copy we can thank @June4th for a quality pdf copy in post #4 of this thread. [thumbsup]
 

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This post from Indiana Gun Owners forum is informative:

I concur with what a heavy loss this is to supporters of the 2nd Amendment and the gun community as a whole. I offer my condolences to his friends, his family and especially to his daughter - of whom he spoke very fondly.

I was with John at his home back on Dec. 5th. He'd invited me there to discuss his traveling to Indianapolis for a speaking engagement the two of us were working on. We were both hoping to use it as a quiet launch to his new book, "Cold Resolve". I was fortunate enough to spend the day with him and we talked about a fascinating array of topics virtually all day. I left with an agreement that we'd meet again in May to schedule his appearance. Admittedly, and regrettably I'd been dragging my feet on following up. He'd recently been hospitalized with a serious leg infection that seemingly refused to heal and was generally not in good health. I had wondered if he'd be up to the trip in June. I deeply regret those concerns have been born out.

I read "UC", as he often referred to it many years ago and wanted to learn more about the man and mind that had written it. I was delighted when he agreed to meet with me a little over a year ago. I spoke to him regularly on the phone and visited with him twice in St. Louis. He was a fascinating man. His training was in Financial Planning and he did quite well at it, but his two loves were firearms and aviation. He'd felt his time as a player in the financial world had run out. "Computer algorithms", he said had taken the fun and the human element out of trading, but he still loved aviation and all things firearms related. As of my visit he still owned the highly advanced acrobatic aircraft he commissioned to be built to his specifications years prior. He was also working at perfecting the perfect combination of fireworks. Much to the pleasure of his neighbors he built and launched his own synchronized fireworks show until Covid and his health prevented it.

Most people were also unaware he was highly active in supporting and promoting the 2nd Amendment in Missouri. He has personally taught thousands of people basic handgun classes as an instructor for concealed carry classes - all while personally detesting the fact that a permit was required. Mostly on his own dime, he and a friend successfully led and won the right to Constitutional Carry in Missouri. He was quite proud of that.

John Ross was also quite a generous man. His individual acts of kindness and generosity were both frequent and personal to him but he did share a few in the time I spent with him. They are too numerous to detail here.

Despite what you might expect from reading his book or seeing his Facebook posts he did not consider himself a Republican. He did however, seemingly hate modern Democrats and openly despised what the Biden administration is doing to our country. He didn't consider himself to be a "conservative" either. He often told me he was quite liberal in some areas. What he considered himself was a Constitutionalist. He held it in high reverence.

What was most surprising about John, particularly after reading UC is that he did NOT believe in, nor support the notion of a civil war. He thought those who believed a civil war was "winnable" to be idiots. In his words, "I just want things to go back to the way they used to be" which again was a reference to the days of "rule of law" and adherence to the spirit of the Constitution.

I'll finish with a couple of things he'd want readers of his final book, "Cold Resolve" to understand. First, he wanted the book's conclusion to be reflective of real time world events. He had said, "People keep asking why I haven't finished it yet? I don't need things to get better, I just need them to stop getting worse." I myself had asked him on at least three occasions this year if he had the end of the book finished yet? "No", he'd say, "the Biden administration wakes me up each morning with all new material."

A lot of authors don't care what their critics said of their books, John did. He admitted he frequently read comments people posted after reading "UC" and the one that fascinated and surprised him most was complaints about the "sex" within "UC". Not because it was gratuitous or inappropriate but that it prevented some from sharing the book with their wives or children. That disappointed him greatly because John was all about growing support for the 2A and he wanted people to be aware of the positive role firearms have played in the history of this country. He was frustrated that the presents of a couple of elements of sex had throttled that sharing and wasn't going to make the same mistake in his new book. (Sorry if that disappoints anyone)

Based on what he told me of the new book, I don't think readers will be disappointed.

I, for one wish John smooth seas and fair winds in the afterlife and look forward to reading Cold Resolve with great anticipation.

Ross was a great novelist and a really great American. I hope his unfinished novel is published right away.
 

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This post from Indiana Gun Owners forum is informative:



Ross was a great novelist and a really great American. I hope his unfinished novel is published right away.
I'd be happy if the ending of his last book just said: "Consult the latest headlines in your newspaper or online news source to see what gun control has brought to society."
 
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