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Teenager Bernie Weber is a math genius. Washington, the CIA, and Yale invade Milwaukee to kidnap him. They need to know his secret for factoring prime numbers. Their mission: waterboard him in Alabama if he won't talk. Milwaukee fights back to protect him. This should be easy. Maybe. Hide, Bernie Weber. You're only 15, only a high school student. But you can give the prime factors of large numbers in your head. "So you're saying the kid can break every code in the world in his head? Get him! Waterboard him if ...

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Overview

Teenager Bernie Weber is a math genius. Washington, the CIA, and Yale invade Milwaukee to kidnap him. They need to know his secret for factoring prime numbers. Their mission: waterboard him in Alabama if he won't talk. Milwaukee fights back to protect him. This should be easy. Maybe. Hide, Bernie Weber. You're only 15, only a high school student. But you can give the prime factors of large numbers in your head. "So you're saying the kid can break every code in the world in his head? Get him! Waterboard him if necessary!" You only have one chance. Washington is after you, and the CIA, and Yale, and Scroll and Key. Only one thing stands in their way: Milwaukee. How can you win? How can you possibly win?

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"Pryme Knumber is a wickedly funny look at Washington against Milwaukee, Yale against Community College. When the CIA comes to town to waterboard a Milwaukee teenage math genius, look out. Matt Flynn will need to enter the Authors' Protection Program when politicians read this." — Professor William Holahan, Retired Chairman/Department of Economics University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"A funny tale and a fast read. Anyone even faintly interested in politics will find this amusing. Oftentimes I found myself laughing out loud." — Ken Lamke, Political Reporter (retired), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and former Milwaukee Sentinel)

"This is quite a piece of writing! A remarkable manuscript, combining sophisticated wit, wry humor, and seductive self-effacement - these charming qualities soften the satirical underpinning of the political and social ruminations. Well done." — Dennis Conta, past Secretary, Department of Revenue/Wisconsin; Mayoral Candidate; and, past State Assemblyman

"Pryme Knumber will be on the bestseller list for sure. A tour de force of fast-paced and believable action, coupled with world-class wit and insight into the vagaries of the American judicial and political scene. A real page-turner; couldn't put it down. — Mark Bonner, Associate Professor of Law

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  • ISBN-13: 9780983809036
  • Publisher: Dailey Swan Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/14/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Flynn served on Hillary Clinton's Finance Committee in the 2008 Presidential election from Wisconsin and co-chaired John Kerry's 2004 Primary campaign for President in Wisconsin. He chaired Governor Jim Doyle's Judicial Selection Commission and was a regular commentator on Sunday's Milwaukee television show, "Belling & Co.", a program devoted to political commentary. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Wisconsin Law School, Matthew served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Matthew J. Flynn is a commercial litigation partner in the firm of Quarles & Brady, LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    A deliciously funny romp, Pryme Knumber is peppered with Dennis

    A deliciously funny romp, Pryme Knumber is peppered with Dennis Miller like mini- rants, evokes the umami of Neal Stephenson mathematical puzzlings, and melds them together with Woody Allen style plotting and characters. The elusive chicken salad recipe is a program for factoring primes but the theatre of the absurd pursuit is the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the exquisitely funny and often scathingly accurate views of Milwaukee culture and politics. Complex and richly composed, the story was bursting with multi layered flashes of insight and humor that touched on many serious topics with surprising depth. It seems a light read but the author's wealth of experience, first hand knowledge, and hard earned insightful observations of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, politics, and human nature are revealed in more careful reading. The nuanced flavors are more appreciated on the second serving, especially if you've taken the time to use a dictionary! Gotta love those obnoxious Yalie villains.

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