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CHARLES THATCHER is a private citizen, meaning that he’s the private property of the Ackerman Brothers Corporation. He’s got problems: the cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.


But all of that is nothing, compared to what happens when he finds a woman stealing Ackerman's rainwater.

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Overview

CHARLES THATCHER is a private citizen, meaning that he’s the private property of the Ackerman Brothers Corporation. He’s got problems: the cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.


But all of that is nothing, compared to what happens when he finds a woman stealing Ackerman's rainwater.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940033180783
  • Publisher: Nicholas Lamar Soutter
  • Publication date: 4/22/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 391,698
  • File size: 526 KB

Meet the Author

Nicholas Lamar Soutter was born in Boston, Massachusetts.


He graduated from Clark University with Bachelors’ Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and began publishing essays on politics and the social sciences.


In 2004 he completed his first book, From Inside the Mirror, about a gifted but clinically psychopathic homicide detective. Despite being represented by one of the premier agencies in the world, the Donald Maass Literary Agency, the book was never published.


In 2007 he began volunteering for the Barack Obama Campaign. In 2008 he became Connecticut for Obama’s 2nd Congressional District Coordinator.


In the meantime he finished several other works.


His latest book, The Water Thief, is a near future dystopian novel about a man trying to find his place in a world conquered by corporations


He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    More 2084 than 1984, Nicholas Lamar Soutter’s The Water Th

    More 2084 than 1984, Nicholas Lamar Soutter’s The Water Thief is set in a near-future dystopia where corporations have taken over from government, perception is more important than truth, and usurping a legitimate businesses right to regulate water might result in a death sentence—all for the common good of course. Socialism and big government are equally scorned as failed enterprises of the past. Human sympathy is the folly of the weak. And “futures” are sold, freedoms willingly traded off in the name of deregulation.

    Charles Thatcher is a regular man keeping his head down and his nose to the grindstone as he slaves towards his next promotion. At the back of his mind he’s sure there must be more to life. Then a chance accident sets him investigating where that “more” might be found. Likeably inept, honest, intelligent, and curious, Charles soon finds himself in over his head, falling in love and falling out of favor.

    The author uses dialog very effectively to build his future world, and introduces much food for thought about the present in the process. “Manage perception, and you create reality” is an interesting idea as an American election approaches. Arguments about capitalism and socialism, the failure of religion, the desire of the poor to cut levies on the rich in the vain hope they might one day be the rich… “We knew the sounds, the grammar and vocabulary, but the words all had different meanings.”

    The plot is dark and Orwellian, with society split and ruled by lies, mankind turned into willing fodder for the corporate machine. Orwellian too is the feeling of stark plausibility and helpless dismay. The Water Thief is a scarily plausible dystopian tale filled with warnings for the present and thought-provoking analysis of political and corporate greed.



    Disclosure: I met the author on Gather and was pleased to be asked to read and review this novel.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    This book really reminded me of a movie I recently watched with

    This book really reminded me of a movie I recently watched with Justin Timberlake called 'In Time' (2011). This movie is set in a futuristic age where people live to the age of 25, then a clock on their wrist activates and counts down a year. Time is actually the currency of this world, and you work to get more time, you use time to buy the things you need, etc. It was actually really really good so I recommend you check it out.

    The reason why I am bringing this up is that in this movie, there is a 'system'. The 'system' is what makes the world revolve. This 'system' is what dictates the ways of life, how it categorizes people, how it controls people. And in 'The Water Thief', such a 'system' exists.

    People are brainwashed to believe certain things. They are pawns in a game that only the ones holding the power can win. In some cases, the ruthless will rise to hold some of that power. It is a cut throat, dog-eat-dog world. But there are a select group of people that know the truth, and want to rebel or beat the system. They gather in dark corners, 'off the grid', and plan on how it can be done, and prepare for it. They infiltrate the enemy to gather as much information as possible, lying patiently in wait for that moment... that moment when the plan is activated and they can be free of the 'system' and open the eyes of the world. Are they completely over their heads? Is it hopeless? Is it a suicide mission? Can it really be done?

    Ahhhhh won't be telling you here. You will have to find out for yourself and pick up this novel.

    I was not wowed by 'The Water Thief'. There was enough action to keep my interest. But my biggest problem with this novel was how preachy it felt. There was a lot of discussion, especially in the last third of this novel, about the evils of their society (or the system) that felt very repetitive. It was somewhat beneficial to understand the system that governed this society... but it went on and on for a while. I am an action girl. Long speeches make me yawn and go for a nap!

    Without a doubt, this was a well written, and thought provoking dystopian novel, which for the most part, I did enjoy. The action scenes were fluent, believable and definitely elevated my heart rate. It was a world that struck a fearful chord... it was not a pleasant place.

    The character development was excellent! I was very emotionally invested in some characters, while really disliking others... which by the way, is a big factor in why I am so conflicted with the ending. That is all that I can say about the ending without having to enter big spoilers... just... was conflicted.

    It is definitely worth a look and I would recommend it to readers that are into dystopian novels.

    *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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