Flagpole Days

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  • ISBN-13: 9781410779472
  • Publisher: Authorhouse
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    Gangs of America

    'Flagpole Days,' a flawed but ambitious novel on a possible American future, is very much a novel of its time, and in some ways ahead of it. Author Michael Ross has smartly projected concerns of the present day -- terrorism in the wake of 9/11, racial unrest, the national obsession with celebrity, the evolution of technology -- into a book that poses meaningful questions about patriotism, loyalty and love. He's paired the wider story with two personal tales of trial and triumph. A photographer seeks (personal) asylum from the United States after the country implodes in the midst of ethnic clashes. He's also leaving the country after a personal relationship crashes and burns in disastrous ways. Without his knowing it, he's also caught up in a global murder mystery after his departure. The multiple story lines converge in a way that's entertaining, and at times profoundly moving. Sometimes Ross' ambition is bigger than his ability to convey believability -- his version of America in the year 2009 is frightening indeed, almost too frightening to be believed. But it's a case of reach vs. grasp; there should be more novelists willing to take on the bigger issues of our time. Kudos to Ross for posing provocative questions in a real page-turner.

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