History Literature / SpecialCircumstances

3rd Aug '17 8:25:11 AM Kalaong
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->“I’m tired of being looked at like a freak because I ''believe.'' Well, get this straight, you stupid suit bastards. Get with belief, ''now, fast,'' or this country, this nation, this continent and this world are ''doomed.'' Get that through your fat politician ''heads,'' for Freya’s sake. I don’t care if you believe in the White God or Odin or fricking ''Vishnu!'' Just get some faith, fast, or find somebody to do your job who has it!”
-->'''--Janea, Asatru priestess'''
1st Aug '17 12:50:42 PM Kalaong
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* MilitaryBrat: Barbara is second generation at least. Not only did she grow up on military bases world-wide, but her mother was a junior officer's wife with enough travel experience that she taught Barb to use Jim Beam as toothpaste in areas with bad plumbing.
10th Jan '17 8:28:12 PM Rabukurafuto
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* StrawmanPolitical: You did see "John Ringo" mentioned above, yes?

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* StrawmanPolitical: StrawCharacter: You did see "John Ringo" mentioned above, yes?
7th Sep '16 1:06:51 AM Morgenthaler
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UrbanFantasy focusing on a Christian housewife and mother, Barbara Everette, forced into dealing with supernatural villains, written by Creator/JohnRingo. The Special Circumstances refers to an "under the radar" organization within the [[AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]] specifically tasked with investigating supernatural crimes that more conventional, "mundane" methods are ill-prepared to handle.

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UrbanFantasy focusing on a Christian housewife and mother, Barbara Everette, forced into dealing with supernatural villains, written by Creator/JohnRingo. The Special Circumstances refers to an "under the radar" organization within the [[AmericanLawEnforcement [[UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]] specifically tasked with investigating supernatural crimes that more conventional, "mundane" methods are ill-prepared to handle.
2nd Aug '15 2:26:12 AM Nohbody
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* ActionMom: Barbara Everette
* AllMonksKnowKungFu: subverted
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Averted.

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* ActionMom: Barbara Everette
Everette cares for a family of three children and a husband who doesn't seem much more than a child himself, is a martial artist, knows guns and shoots regularly, and on occasion battles supernatural beasts.
* AllMonksKnowKungFu: subverted
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Averted.
The few monks that are mentioned as being part of the Special Circumstances unit are not actually martial artists, being strictly pacifist.



* ChristianityIsCatholic: averted
* ChurchMilitant: sorta. While they do "kick ass for the Lord" (or whatever deity[ies] they worship), it's not done specifically in service to their religion.

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: averted
Averted. Several different denominations of Christianity are mentioned, but none have details conflated with one another.
* ChurchMilitant: sorta. While they the Special Circumstances personnel do "kick ass for the Lord" (or whatever deity[ies] they worship), it's not done specifically in service to their religion.religion. The one exception is the associated Roman Catholic Church group Opus Dei, which is treated as a SWAT team for the Church, and whose presence is noted to mean that there's some serious trouble ahead.



* CouldntFindAPen: The demon summoned [[spoiler:by David Krake]] in the second part of ''Princess of Wands'' uses the blood of some of his victims to continue the runes that his summoner wasn't able to finish [[spoiler:after taking three arrows to the head]].



** In ''Queen of Wands'', [[spoiler:Janea, in the metaphorical version of [=DragonCon=],]] has to remind Kelly Lockhart of where to find her eyes. His response: "I've made my decision."

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** In ''Queen of Wands'', [[spoiler:Janea, in the metaphorical version of [=DragonCon=],]] has to remind Kelly Lockhart of where to find her eyes. His response: response, echoing his appearance in the first book: "I've made my decision."


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In the Convention story from ''Princess of Wands'', several regular Baen fans and authors are killed, including the fictional stand-in for Ringo himself.
28th Jul '15 5:04:44 PM Nohbody
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* TheLoad: Barbara's husband.

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* TheLoad: Barbara's husband.husband is depicted as a whiny, lazy slob whenever Barbara isn't present to steer him towards taking better care of things (including himself).



* MagicalNegro: In ''Princess of Wands'', a black mystical woman who tells fortunes points Detective Lockhart towards the swamps in search of a pimp to question about a murder, and along with warning him to watch out for danger tells him to keep an eye out for Barbara, who's only indirectly identified by the sign of a Tarot card, the [[TitleDrop Princess of Wands]].



* MsFanservice: Janea

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* MsFanservice: JaneaJanea looks good, and hasn't any problems with showing off her body.



* OddFriendship: Barbara and Janea
* ReallyGetsAround: Janea
* ReligionIsMagic

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* OddFriendship: Barbara Barbara, an upright Christian woman, and Janea
Janea, a hedonistic exhibitionist who worships a pagan god.
* ReallyGetsAround: Janea
Janea is quite comfortable with having many different sexual partners, without hard feelings towards any former lovers
* ReligionIsMagicReligionIsMagic: The faith of members of the Special Circumstances group allows them to channel energies that have the same basic function as magic in other settings.



** In ''Queen of Wands'' the Speaker of the House, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed clearly meant to represent Pelosi]] is set up for this.

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** In ''Queen of Wands'' the Speaker of the House, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed clearly meant to represent Rep. Nancy Pelosi]] is set up for this.
28th Jul '15 4:13:36 PM Nohbody
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* AmericanChurches: The hero is Episcopalian.
28th Jul '15 4:11:27 PM Nohbody
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: At the beginning of ''Princess'', Barbara's martial arts sparing partner says, after watching her warm-up exercises, that he was gay. She calls him on it, the narration commenting that he's married and has five children from two different marriages, and that "[i]f he was gay, it was a very closet condition." Fast forward to the end of ''Queen'', when it's revealed that [[spoiler:her husband, with whom she's had three children]] is having a homosexual affair. [invoked]



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The middle section of ''Princess of Wands'' was inspired by the events at [=RavenCon=], a ScienceFiction convention, in 2006. Needless to say, there was no battle with a demon at [=RavenCon=].
10th Jun '15 3:32:05 PM Kalaong
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* ReligiousStereotype: If you've been around Pagans, you definitely notice this trope. All Wiccan characters are middle-aged hippies, all Asatruar act like they just got off a Viking ship, and you apparently cannot worship a fertility goddess without dressing/acting like a porn star 24/7.

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* ReligiousStereotype: If you've been around Pagans, you definitely notice this trope. All Wiccan characters are middle-aged hippies, all Asatruar act like they just got off a Viking ship, and you apparently cannot worship a fertility goddess without dressing/acting like a porn star 24/7. Justified in that only ''really'' hardcore faithful can slay demons - Special Circumstances scoured the Western world for talent, and was only able to locate a few ''dozen'' with enough devotion to kill an EldritchAbomination. [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Ears Demon Hunters!]]
30th Oct '14 9:12:49 PM Nohbody
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* ShoutOut:
** Quite a few, many of the TakeThat variety, in the sci-fi con story in ''Princess of Wands''.
** In ''Queen of Wands'', there's mention of [[Literature/PaladinOfShadows a group of Asatru covering the Caucasus [for Special Circumstances issues]. Led by a demon-possessed former SEAL.]]
*** The author [[https://www.facebook.com/john.ringo.90857/posts/10152337535310887?comment_id=10152338040940887&offset=50&total_comments=182 has claimed]] this was not deliberate.

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* ShoutOut:
**
ShoutOut: Quite a few, many of the TakeThat variety, in the sci-fi con story in ''Princess of Wands''.
** In ''Queen of Wands'', there's mention of [[Literature/PaladinOfShadows a group of Asatru covering the Caucasus [for Special Circumstances issues]. Led by a demon-possessed former SEAL.]]
*** The author [[https://www.facebook.com/john.ringo.90857/posts/10152337535310887?comment_id=10152338040940887&offset=50&total_comments=182 has claimed]] this was not deliberate.
Wands''.



* TitleDrop: Barbara's T-shirt is prophesied by a voodoo priestess.

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* TitleDrop: Barbara's T-shirt is prophesied by a voodoo priestess.priestess in the first book.



* WarriorMonk
* WriteWhoYouKnow: As with most other Ringo works, fans from the [[Creator/BaenBooks Baen's Bar]] forum "Ringo's Tavern" get featured here and there, particularly at the convention in the second story of ''Princess'', and again in [[spoiler:the metaphorical [=DragonCon=] in]] ''Queen of Wands''.

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* WarriorMonk
* WriteWhoYouKnow: As with most other Ringo works, fans from
WarriorMonk: The spirituality of the [[Creator/BaenBooks Baen's Bar]] forum "Ringo's Tavern" get featured here and there, particularly at the convention in the second story Special Circumstances team is an essential part of ''Princess'', and again in [[spoiler:the metaphorical [=DragonCon=] in]] ''Queen of Wands''.their ability to kick supernatural ass. Insufficiently strong faith risks defeat.
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