The Testament of James: A very generous offer

Nah, not from cheap ol’ me. From Cat (aka “The Brunette”) and Vin.


From a comment to an earlier post on The Testament of James:

It would be too bad for anyone to dismiss TToJ as a Da Vinci Code knock-off, which it’s not. And much as we’d like to SELL copies of the book, I hereby invite the first 10 readers of Bear’s blog to email me — cat (at) — for a free copy of “The Testament of James” ebook. Please specify whether you wish the MOBI (Kindle) or EPUB edition, and I’ll do my best to oblige. Then you can decide how accurate (or not) the “Da Vinci Code” comparisons are for yourself. Offer good from 1/1/15 to 1/15/15. Tell us Bear sent you.

I’m not sure I have ten regular readers. [grin]

While I also think it would be good for people to buy Vin’s book, I encourage you to accept. You can “pay” in reviews (which I already know will be positive, because TToJ is that good) and recommendations.

I’ve read Vin’s previous foray into fiction, The Black Arrow. I liked it. When I got the draft of TToJ, I think I was expecting something along similar lines, but it proved to be quite different. I confess that I, too, initially thought it was going in a Brownish direction…

…but that didn’t really seem likely. So I kept reading. Damned right it wasn’t likely. Very different direction. And you can take it on several levels: the idea can be fun. And very thought-provoking. Vin explores something that never, ever would have occurred to me, and makes it so logical that I’m going to have to add another pile of books to my reading list (Vin’s TToJ bibliography will just be the start).

But if you’re really looking forward to another action packed novel like The Black Arrow, rest assured that the different course does include swooping caped bad guys. And broken toilets.

I’ve been privileged to read a few early drafts of people’s novels. Usually I have a presumptuous suggestion or two to offer (I made some observations on a draft of L. Neil Smith’s The American Zone, for which he got even by… well, read that one, too; you’ll find Neil’s revenge on page 158 of the hardback edition.) But TToJ: I couldn’t find a single story element that needed changing/adding/deleting. And I knew that I wanted to be a (small) part of the project.

I’ll offer a small TToJ challenge. No prize beyond enjoying the book, I’m afraid. Try to spot all the…cats.


12 thoughts on “The Testament of James: A very generous offer

  1. Tom Bri January 3, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    Surely at least 10. Just don’t comment often. Shy, retiring types, we are.


  2. wdg3rd January 7, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Carl, I’ll let somebody else get the freebee, I clicked the Amazon link. I assume that Vin gets a partial pittance from that. Been wanting to reread _The Black Arrow_, but either of my copies are so much heavier than my Nook and Kindle. (Lisa and I bought the leather/paperback combo deal).

    Hoping 2015 isn’t a complete dick to you, my unrelated brother and unindicted co-conspiritor.



    • Bear January 7, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks, Ward. I don’t know if 2015 will be better, but it should definitely be different.


  3. Cat January 11, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    A quick update: I’ve already sent out more than 10 “The Testament of James” free ebooks, but Vin says it’s OK to send out a *few* more. Don’t forget to email me — cat (at) — by Jan. 15th, if you haven’t done so … please, specify EPUB or MOBI. And tell us “Bear sent me.” 🙂

    If you enjoy the book, we’d appreciate reviews at Amazon particularly, and elsewhere — please help us spread the word, as this is indeed “something a little different” for Vin, and perhaps also for libertarian literature. It’s more accessible to mainstream readers … a subtler way to introduce libertarian ideas than Vin’s earlier books, certainly. 😉

    If you’ve purchased the ebook or limited edition hardcover, thanks! We’d still appreciate reviews and comments, if you’re so inclined.

    And if you appreciate the lovely dust jacket artwork that Carl did for TTOJ, why not tell him so? Or (even better) send him a tip via PayPal to carl-at-bussjaeger-dot-org. 😉



    • Tom Bri January 11, 2015 / 5:12 pm

      That cover really is something special.


      • Bear January 11, 2015 / 5:24 pm

        Yep. Stom was a heck of an artist.


        • Cat January 12, 2015 / 7:14 pm

          Oh, Carl. Perhaps he was — but without all that work you put into the dust jacket, that painting would’ve made for a pretty drab cover. We’re very pleased with it.


          • Bear January 12, 2015 / 7:27 pm

            He was. I confess: I’d never heard of him before this project. But in researching it, I looked over more of Stom’s work, and even low-browed barbarian me liked it.


      • Cat January 12, 2015 / 7:09 pm

        Hi, Tom — thanks for your review at Amazon! 🙂


  4. Mike Ruff August 8, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I just read it the other day.

    I liked Black Arrow–although it seemed a bit unpolished and the characters a bit ham-handed. Not quite as bad as Rand in Atlas, at least.

    I wondered how Testament would be, and found it quite good. Looks like there’s a sequel or two now…


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