The Deadly Serious Republic

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Max and Memie are the two principle characters. Max has an Irish father, Harry (Dingle) Bellman, and a Latin American mother, and grows up in desperately poor circumstances. He is a very bright, level-headed young man with natural social skills. Memie comes from an enormously wealthy background but is orphaned at the age of twelve. Sent off to the Defrugals Graduation School for the Super-Rich, she hates it and rebels against all and everything. Being taught that God is good and communism is bad, she chooses to ...
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Max and Memie are the two principle characters. Max has an Irish father, Harry (Dingle) Bellman, and a Latin American mother, and grows up in desperately poor circumstances. He is a very bright, level-headed young man with natural social skills. Memie comes from an enormously wealthy background but is orphaned at the age of twelve. Sent off to the Defrugals Graduation School for the Super-Rich, she hates it and rebels against all and everything. Being taught that God is good and communism is bad, she chooses to take an opposing view. She is fearless in the face of danger and spends much time looking for revolutions of one sort of another. Max thinks Memie politically naive, but as friend and bodyguard, is forever trying to pull back from the brink. By nature, she is difficult and neurotic but shows her caring side from time to time. Throughout there is an underlying sexual tension, but in the end, Max's efforts at keeping Memie safe comes to nothing.
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Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-07
An alternately playful and serious novel set in a vaguely limned dystopian future. Debut novelist Crawford, like most satirists, extrapolates from aspects of current reality to see where things might lead. This story begins in a depressing pocket of poverty reminiscent of Central America, from which the protagonist, Max, escapes to the U.S., aka "the Deadly Serious Republic" or "the DSR." Once there, he searches for his hapless father, Dingle. Enter the other main character, Memie Benzlo, one of the richest young women in the DSR (and the world), who gravitates toward communism despite her suffocating wealth. Max and Memie make an unlikely team, with Memie continually spouting off and running off, and levelheaded Max doing his best to keep her from getting killed. The early chapters are picaresque and relatively lighthearted, and Crawford apparently enjoys taking potshots at easy targets such as runaway capitalism, casual violence, rampant privatization (with the Bombs R Us Corporation) and parties of all stripes (with the Neo Nazis, the Not so Neo Nazis, the Nasty Peoples Party, and others). He also has fun with barely disguised names, such as the city of New Pork, the economist Milton Trickledown, and the media baron Robert Newsdock. When things get ugly and people start getting killed, Max and Memie go on the run for their lives—although Memie, the ideologue, refuses to take it seriously. However, this is where the book turns into a genuine suspense thriller, and although aficionados of such novels may feel that Crawford has yet to master the genre, he certainly gives it a good try. The heroes flit from corrupt African islands to corrupt Caribbean ones, battling evil all the way, and their final nemesis, Leopold Duraka, could have stepped out of a James Bond movie. The ending is both surprising and unsettling, as the author slyly indicts a society in which there are no real winners. Those who agree with the author's left-leaning politics will most enjoy this novel, but those who don't may still enjoy its cleverness. A satirical thriller that offers witty observations in a sprawling framework.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483648941
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/6/2013
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Crawford was born in England and migrated to Australia at the age of seventeen. Early employment included five years on a sheep station and as a field assistant on the rice research station at Humpty Doo outside Darwin. While there, he restarted his school studies, battling with childhood dyslexia. In time, he attended university and later added a master of science degree and a BSc. Dave was married, started a family, and worked as a technical officer in agriculture research. Moving on, he gained a teacher's qualification and taught school science, and his first teaching position was in the town of Hay, not far from where he mustered sheep all those years earlier. Dave has retired from teaching, but at the age of seventy, still works in a high school.
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