Joe NobodyJoe Nobody (pen name for the author who wishes to keep his identity confidential) has provided systems, consulting and training for the U.S. Army, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research, United States Border Patrol as well as several private firms and government agencies which cannot be disclosed. He is currently active in this
HOLDING THEIR OWN X: THE TOYMAKER
Life as a post-apocalyptic rancher isn’t easy for Bishop and his family. The Texan’s struggles are further complicated by a recovery that has left him feeling out-of-touch with the new realities of a rapidly changing society. Out of the West comes the most serious challenge the Alliance has ever faced, a danger so potent that it could lead to another downfall and spell the end of the grand experiment in self-reliance. Respecting Bishop and Terri’s wishes to live a normal, secluded life, the Alliance leadership does its best to overcome the new threat. Despite heroic acts and the best intentions, their efforts only succeed in pulling society closer to the brink of another collapse. With their friends in danger, war looming on the horizon, and the Alliance’s future teetering on the brink, the couple is thrust into a fast-paced adventure that tests the limits of their skills, intellect, and love for each other.
"Joe Nobody has managed to create the best set of characters to come along in a good while. And in THE TOYMAKER, number 10 in the Holding Their Own saga, Terry & Bishop once again find themselves in the midst of yet another conflict.
As Bishop is quickly learning just how difficult waking out a living as a rancher & farmer can be in the badlands of NM, a chance encounter while visiting old friends in Meraton slowly but surely drags them back into diplomatic and military concerns of the growing, prosperous Alliance, what's left of the old USA, and a band of Native-Americans spurred on by a former engineer spurned after his forced retirement - but making mischief as he seeks to make life better for the various tribes (with no regard for how it will effect others elsewhere).
This must surely be the best of all the Holding Their Own novels yet, if only because there's no truly horrific catastrophe, and unless I miss my guess the writing seems far more crisp in this installment. In any case, I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to volume eleven in the coming months. They never disappoint."
- Amazon Review