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The Bell Ringers

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    It tolls for thee

    I loved the writing style. A nice change of pace from some of the pablum I have been reading. This book hits too close to home, causing the reader to wonder who might be using the vast amount of personal information now available on each of us to ultimately limit our freedom. It also sounds the bell on our willingness to give up privacy and civil liberties for false security. When I finished this book, I tried to find others written by Henry Porter, but was unable to do so. Hopefully, more of Porter's books will make their way to my local Barnes & Noble.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    1984 Updated to 2010

    After reading this book, and seeing that I am the first to review, I wonder- am I going on a government list for reading this book? Is my review to be archived in my personal government file, to be retrieved when the citizenry are hauled in for violations of some secret Act? Those are some of the feelings that you might be left with after reading Henry Porter's timely novel postulating what might happen in Britain if the current trend toward government intrusion in the lives of its citizens continues. The apathy of the British public to its declining privacy is also a focus, and fear, in the novel. As a spy novel, or thriller goes, the book rises and falls. When the character Kate Lockhart starts sleuthing, there are moments of Nancy Drew to be seen. But when Porter sticks to the government itself, a creepy feeling comes up your back and you know he has his finger on the real danger facing the public- itself, and its complacency that rights long held will forever be held.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Gripping read

    This book had me on the edge of my chair at all times. It's based in the too distant future Britain. Was fun to hear them refer to the London Olympics (which are happening presently) in the past-tense.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    A very unpleasant but entirely possible future Britain

    Henry Porter is well-regarded in England and has some background in government. His book is a very unpleasant look at a near future England with omni-present surveillance. The technology is an extension of the present day, with multiple camera feeds, etc. What is chilling is the ability of those close to a laborish Prime Minister to justify and ratchet up fear to justify mass round-ups of dissidents, etc. The message is to be very beware of faceless men and women who "want to help" and think that extends to violation of fundamental civil liberties on a massive scale. Of course, that couldn't happen here...

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