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Reviews of Books by Dan Armstrong

Dan Armstrong is the editor and owner of Mud City Press. His novels, Prairie Fire, Puddle of Love, Chain of Souls, and Taming the Dragon, are featured on this website. Below is a collection of reviews written about Dan's novels.

Reviews of Prairie Fire

CALIFORNIA GRANGE REVIEW OF PRAIRIE FIRE
"What happens when enough grain farmers across America, especially the Midwest, decide that the convoluted structure of the economic system between the small, independent family farmer and the end-user is unfair?" asks Lanny Cotler in a review of PRAIRIE FIRE in the California Grange's Newsletter. "That's the beginning of PRAIRIE FIRE," he continues, "and while it takes you back to the thrilling days of yester-year–when farmers all across America rose up and formed, out of necessity, the National Grange of the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry!–it also pulls you hard into the crisis felt by small and medium-sized farmers today." Read this review in the California Grange Newsletter.
DAN ARMSTRONG INTERVIEWED ON PEAK MOMENT TV
The Yuba Girls found PRAIRIE FIRE provacative enough to travel to Oregon to interview Dan about his novel. A great video interview.
NACTA REVIEW OF PRAIRIE FIRE
"PRAIRIE FIRE," writes Charles Francis from the Department of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, "is more than a totally engaging story that captivates the reader as if it were a Dan Brown suspense adventure. It reflects careful research and analysis of a modern-day systemic problem in the global food system, and provides a strong political statement that questions the organization of our most important industry as well as our basic values."
PRAIRIE FIRE REVIEWED BY PROGRESSIVE VOICE OF THE GREAT PLAINS
"The Progressive Voice of the Great Plains," Prairie Fire Newspaper, out of Lincoln, Nebraska, has recently published a glowing review of Mud City Press editor Dan Armstrong's novel PRAIRIE FIRE. "Prairie Fire is an action-packed suspense story that is both great fun to read and, perhaps more importantly, a serious appraisal of American agriculture and the international grain market," writes reviewer Peter Eberhardt. "Rarely in any kind of book, fiction or not, do we get this kind of multi-layered overview of the lines of power, threading down from the board rooms of the corporate elite through the halls of Congress and the trading floors of the commodities markets, all the way down to the men and women who tend the land and feed the world." Read online review.
THREE NOVELS: PRAIRIE FIRE, TAMING THE DRAGON, and THE CARHULLAN ARMY
Frank Kaminski takes an in depth look a two novels by Mud City Press' Dan Armstrong, PRAIRIE FIRE and TAMING THE DRAGON, and one by Sarah Hall, THE CARHULLAN ARMY. "I like Armstrong's two novels a lot," writes Kaminski. "Set concurrently in the near future, but on opposite sides of the globe, they tell two halves of the same story. It's a complex, sharply written, melodramatic suspense yarn that manages to be at once as entertaining as any kind of Jason Bourne/Ethan Hunt adventure and as serious a treatment of today's issues as an exposť by Upton Sinclair."
DAN ARMSTRONG'S PRAIRIE FIRE
"Wow! This is a great novel," writes Kit Bradely. "PRAIRIE FIRE is also a very timely book. As I read it, I felt like most of the story could really happen, indeed, parts may be happening right now."
PRAIRIE FIRE REVIEWED BY ONESS PRESS
"I had to lay my bias down to dig the strategy plans & fears of players in farmers versus empire market wars conspiracy-story," writes Micheal Sunanda. "Prairie Fire exposes more political shit than we deserve to know. How did Dan imagine such impossible details he tells like Ecotopia meets The Monkey-wrench Gang?"

Reviews of Taming the Dragon

TAMING THE DRAGON REVIEWED BY CHARLES FRANCIS
"For serious students of contemporary natural resource and environmental issues, a welcome break from textbooks and journal articles comes in this compelling novel by Dan Armstrong," writes Charles Francis, a professor of agronomy at the University of Nebraska. "Set in the here and now, the book weaves a story of national and international intrigue around the financing of the controversial Three Gorges Dam."

Reviews of Puddle of Love

PUDDLE OF LOVE
"If you're looking for white-knuckle suspense, to enjoy a twisted guilty pleasure, and to open your mind to fresh perspectives on moral dilemmas, look no further than PUDDLE OF LOVE," writes reviewer Giles Westerfield. "It will not disappoint."

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