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The rise of a pseudo-conservative anti-government political movement, failing state economies, a never-ending war on drugs and terrorism, ever expanding government surveillance, a declining dollar and massive hidden inflation are today's current ...
The rise of a pseudo-conservative anti-government political movement, failing state economies, a never-ending war on drugs and terrorism, ever expanding government surveillance, a declining dollar and massive hidden inflation are today's current events, but they are also at the heart of Mr. Goodman's story, which is prefaced on an America in economic and emotional turmoil, and a political scene manipulated by a media whose raison d'être is to describe corporate sponsored government policies in terms palatable to the public. The central core of the story is intertwined with a newly imposed, frighteningly invasive cashless society.
Once you have experienced the author’s vision of where America is headed you will be hard pressed to look at present day America in the same way.
The story follows two devoted friends who first meet on a government mission to the jungles of the Brazilian Amazon. There, the testing of a secret technology leads to a confrontation with Brazilian native tribes and South American Guerrillas. The outcome of the test and the bloody events in the jungle seemingly effect the two friends differently until many years later when they are forced to revisit the events that brought them together.
Daniel, educated as a lawyer, serves as an Army Military Intelligence officer assigned to evaluate narco-trafficking in the Brazilian jungle; Charlie, a hacker and enfant sauvage of the computer programming world designs security systems for government agencies. The characters are believable and involving, drawing you into their world.
The science fiction is written to the highest standards of literary fiction wherein the science’s effect upon people is emphasized. Mr. Goodman takes no political side, and everyone should assume they will disagree with something in this well researched novel that takes a sharp look at the American scene. The military action is honest, at times visceral, and reflects proudly on those who serve.
Posted September 11, 2010
I thought the cover was interesting and read the blurb, and bought the book. Intense read. I didn't put it down for very long, as I wanted to know what was happening next. The book is better than what the blurb would indicate.
Couldn't find out much about the author, but he can write. The story turned my head around about what is going on in America. The book is not only a political story, but a suspenseful tale about people and how they will succumb to what they are lead to believe.
The story is really about people. I loved the characters. They are super real and believable. The writing is crisp and without a lot of flowery description.
The judge is a wonderful creation of imagination and fact. I don't know if he is supposed to be the central character, but he made the book for me. Daniel, one of the other main characters is like an old time hurting film noir character. I hope this becomes a film.
This is somewhere between Hemingway and Clancy. Big ground - but a different kind of book.
Posted September 10, 2010
Funny thing about this book. Not knowing exactly what to expect, when I started reading I didn't quite know if it was well written. After a while I forgot about whether the author knew what he was doing and just got into the book. Having just finished the book, and starting to re-read it, I can say it is a very good book. The writing style is very different from what is out there. Being so different, it threw me. I guess I'm accustomed to the more 'well written, stylistic' books that let you know they're well written. Joel Goodman seems to have the knack of getting out of the way of his own story, and make it seems as if it's just happening. I would say it it is a deceptively well written book. The style is not exactly minimalist, but there is not a lot of the usual description. That is not to say that the scenes were not descriptive, they were. I could visualize everything that was occurring, whether it was the battle scenes in the jungle, (hope I'm not killing the story for anyone) or the love making. I felt as if I was right there. This book is very large in scope, although it sticks to its story. I absolutely loved the characters, and am hoping there is a sequel to this book at some time. (That is my suggestion to the author, if he hasn't already started on one.) I'm afraid to say too much and give away the plot, but it is a doozy. I kind of think that this could have been two books, but I'm not complaining that the author was able to put it all together in such a neat package. Some of the politics and there is some, stated and inferred, will probably bother some folks. I suggest a sense of humor when reading this book. There is some very dry humor in this book, almost black humor, but just when it's funny, suddenly it's not, and when its not funny, sometimes it suddenly is. The NYC Massacres is one of those scenes. If you're not from New York you may miss some of the humor. If you do, ask someone who was there. It's worth it. I am waiting for the hard cover to be available, as I've been told it will be. I am going to keep this one on my book shelf and revisit once in a while.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.