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American Subversive: A Novel
     

American Subversive: A Novel

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by David Goodwillie, Tavia Gilbert (Narrated by), David Drummond (Narrated by)
 

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As the twenty-first century enters its second decade, foreign wars, the lingering recession, and a caustic political environment are taking their toll on Americans. But the party hasn't ended for Aidan Cole and his friends, a band of savvy, if cynical, New York journalists and bloggers who thrive at the intersection of media and celebrity. At wine-sodden dinner

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As the twenty-first century enters its second decade, foreign wars, the lingering recession, and a caustic political environment are taking their toll on Americans. But the party hasn't ended for Aidan Cole and his friends, a band of savvy, if cynical, New York journalists and bloggers who thrive at the intersection of media and celebrity. At wine-sodden dinner parties or in dimly lit downtown bars, their frenetic talk-of scoops and page views, sexual adventures, and trendy restaurants-continues unabated. Then, without warning, the specter of terrorism reenters their lives. A bomb rips through the deserted floor of a midtown office tower. Middle Eastern terrorists are immediately suspected. But four days later, with no arrests and a city on edge, an anonymous e-mail arrives in Aidan's in-box. Attached is the photograph of an attractive, young white woman, along with a chilling message: "This is Paige Roderick. She's the one responsible." So begins an extraordinary journey into the dark soul of modern America-from a back-to-the-land community in the Smoky Mountains to a Weather Underground-like bomb factory in Vermont; from Fishers Island, isolated getaway of the wealthy elite, to the hip lofts of Manhattan's Meatpacking District. American Subversive is David Goodwillie's sharp and penetrating take on the paranoia of our times-and its real, untold dangers. In examining the connection between our collective apathy and the roots of insurrection, Goodwillie has crafted an intoxicating story of two young Americans grasping for a foothold in a culture-and a country-that's crumbling around them. With this debut novel, Goodwillie announces himself as a major new voice in American fiction. Expertly written, relentlessly suspenseful, and bitingly funny, American Subversive is both an unnervingly realistic tale of domestic terrorism and a perfectly observed portrait of Manhattan in the digital age.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When terrorists attack a Manhattan high-rise, Aidan Cole receives a tip that the culprit is actually homegrown and fails to meet the stereotypical profile for terrorist bombers. This journey leads him to dark discoveries and dangerous liaisons that will forever alter his view of America. David Drummond’s portrayal of Cole is spot-on and guides the story well even though the tale of beautiful terrorist bomber Paige is not as interesting a listen as it should be. Sadly, Tavia Gilbert’s rendition of the unsuspecting killer is less successful; a tendency to overpronounce words keeps her performance more stagey than convincing. A Scribner hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 4). (May)
From the Publisher
"[A] hip and quick-paced thriller." ---The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400117543
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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From the Publisher
"[A] hip and quick-paced thriller." —-The New York Times

Meet the Author

David Goodwillie is the author of the acclaimed memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, for which he was named one of the Best New Writers of 2006 by members of the PEN American Center.

Audie Award finalist Tavia Gilbert is a classical theater and public radio-trained actress who has earned AudioFile Earphones and Parents' Choice awards for her audiobook narrations. Tavia has narrated more than 250 multicast and single-voice audiobooks.

David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award nomination. Visit him at drummondvoice.com.

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American Subversive 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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I was shocked to read such a wonderful story. His style is so eloquent and so right now!
MarianLee More than 1 year ago
As you might expect from a political thriller, American Subversive is fast paced, gripping and a serious page turner. Now, I'm not a thriller kind of girl but this book is un-freaking-believable. Seriously. The concept is so timely (blogging and terrorism) and I actually found it easy to relate to the main characters (Goodwillie writes from the perspective of a woman - how cool is that?). The relationship between said characters (two narrators: blogger and terrorist) is complicated but innocent, with intertwining facets you find yourself constantly thinking about long after the final page. Aidan, failed journalism student turned gossip blogger on a site that eerily resembles Gawker, is both completely unlikeable (but with good intentions) and the kind of protagonist you root for from beginning to end. Paige, a very sad but very determined eco-terrorist is responsible for turning 2010 Manhattan into chaos. It's horribly familiar to those of us who lived through 9/11, which makes it a relevant and necessary read. As a fun side note, I hear Aidan's blog (Roorback.com) is actually being turned into a real site... stay tuned..