Book Reviews
Copyright © 2018 - Ray Derby
Not since Tom Clancy’s early U.S. military techno-thrillers has anything come along to parallel the incredible, fast-
moving suspense of this first-time novelist. The great strength of Ray Derby’s storyline is that he professionally
understands from first-hand experience, as few others do, the developing new age terror of chemical and
biological weapons in the hands of terrorists, the large public threat they pose to the United States and other
nations in the 21st Century and of the dedicated people trying to protect us from them.

His story has attained more credibility and verisimilitude since the events of September 11, 2001 has made the
unthinkable now the reality in this new age of international terrorism. The Shadow Government is one of those
rare works of which it is honestly said, I couldn’t put it down.

...ARTHUR W. ARUNDEL, Former U.S.M.C. paramilitary officer in the Vietnam War and Publisher, Times
Community Newspapers
Sometimes fiction is used for escapism - adventuring on the high seas with a band of cutthroat pirates, or walking
the surface of some distant planet. Sometimes it is used for wish fulfillment- being able to leap tall buildings in a
single bound, or pilot an X-wing fighter down through the trenches to destroy the Death Star. However, sometimes,
as is the case I think with The Shadow Government, by Ray Derby, it is a thinly veiled cover for what he knows is
actually either going on, or could well be coming up, in our world today, and that scares me.

I know since 9/11 every time you turn on the TV or pick up a paper, there seems that there is some new attack
about to be leveled against the United States. I am not the first to say that these are troubled times we live in, nor
will I be the last. We go up on the alert chart to a color we have never been at before, and everyone panics, then
when nothing happens, we drop back down, breathe a sigh of relief, hug our children closer, and go back about
our lives. However, what if they lowered the alert too soon? What if the attack is so silent, so secretive that we
have no inside knowledge of it at all until it is too late? No missiles, no bombs, but attacked by weapons of a
biological nature that can kill most of our citizens in days, showing no trace of violence left behind. Warfare upon
this country that is apocalyptic in its devastation, and far reaching in its ramification.

The thought, troubling as it might be, lends itself to a compelling thriller that I could not put down. Oh, I tried
believe me, I tried. I mean, this story actually bothered me, it seemed so real, but I found myself being drawn back
like a moth to a flame until I had to finish. They always say, whoever they are, that a writer writes best when it
comes to something he knows about, and boy is that evident here. Author Ray Derby has been in the center of
the beltway of D.C. under five presidents, providing information on chemical, biological, and radiological personal
protection. He has been with the Civil Defense in a high-level capacity, and a Federal Emergency Coordinator.

It is hard for me to believe that this is the first novel he has written, it reads like the work of a Master at the Craft.
His situations genuinely compelling and believable, his plots and action truly spellbinding, and the storyline moves
at such a pace that the few seconds it takes to turn a page was agony. He has created characters that I cared
about, and found myself on more than one occasion, commenting out loud over what I had just read. Luckily, there
was no one else around at the time. I don’t know if it is the timing of the novel or just the fact that it is so darn
good, but Mr. Derby is on his way to being one of the big names of political thrillers if there is any justice in this
world, and it will be an honor bestowed upon him that is richly and rightfully deserved. If you like edge of the seat
white knuckle page turning thrillers that will keep you not only guessing but wanting more, then I implore you to
pick up this book. It is one of the most well written thrillers of its type I have ever read, and my highest
recommendation goes out to this novel. Remember the name, The Shadow Government by Ray Derby. Buy it,
read it, but most of all, pray it is just fiction-for all of our sakes.

...Mohr Reviews. The Shadow Government, A Novel by Ray Derby, Published by iUniverse 5220 S. 16th St. Suite
200 Lincoln, NE 685121. 877.823.9235 ISBN # 0-595-23468-2
The Shadow Government

This excellent book should be required reading for every American citizen. Mr. Derby has the magic of drawing the
reader into the action he has created. His credentials in the emergency management field reveals, in a realistic
manner, how each community could easily find itself on the verge of destruction. This book is Terrorism in
action....and how the American spirit can survive...freedom is the standard. Meet the spirit of America exemplified
by the characters of Norm Shepard and Nate Sems. Rich reading full of characters you want to know.

...Morgan Book Reviews
This review is from: The Shadow Government

After an incident with US Senator McBride, Norm Shepard left the marines to become a railroad brakeman and fish
in the Potomac. While heading to a spot to fish, he notices two other fishermen, but when he walks past them, they
shoot him in the back. He manages to escape to the nearby road where Major General McKay gets him to a hospital.

McKay is concerned where this shooting occurred so he assigns long time civil servant Ross Chambers and his
emergency management team to investigate. Evelyn Pace and Jim Woods interview Norm; they return to their
superior Ross with grave concerns that the two wannabe killers were monitoring weather conditions, which could
mean an NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) attack on the capital. While Norm is recalled to active duty, the
response team begins activation of Project Bluelight, THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT project to keep the government
operational during a crippling emergency. The ideal solution is that they must stop rogue terrorists from causing a
pandemic incident of mass destruction.

Though terrorists employ clever deadly ruses as they value life less than radioactive waste, THE SHADOW
GOVERNMENT highlights what is a major fear of many people: weapons of mass destruction (ask the President and
his psychological advisors). The story line is a powerful thriller that looks at what a government can do to continue
to lead even when calamity reaches biblical proportions. Though the small insets focusing on the terrorists seem
more distracting than revealing, readers will feel they won the Triple Crown with Ray Derby's compelling tale of

...Harriet Klausner, Klausner Reviews
Mr. Derby in his book demonstrates that he sure knows what he is doing. I think it could do very well in its
genre of futurist mystery fiction. So I say, run with it. It's a good read.

...Sam Sharkey, former professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, former editor of
news for NBC and former head of the New York Times national news desk.
This review is from: Bradley's Ghost

I just finished the most fantastic book, BRADLEY'S GHOST. Bradley's Ghost isn't a good book, it is a GREAT
book! This would be a great movie. This would be a REALLY great movie. If you are tired of the same old plot by
the usual authors, you should make the effort to track down Ray Derby's Bradley's Ghost. Bradley's Ghost is as
multidimensional as they come. He has several character groups woven through the action packed adventure
that is so real you will think you were watching the evening news. Even his cameo characters with personality.
This is NOT a book to loan -- tell your friends to get their own book! This one is a keeper!

...Nadine Laman Books LLC, Author (Arizona)