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Posted February 19, 2013
Up, Up, and Away is an interesting story about a man who wanted to participate in free enterprise, and worked hard to make his business dreams a reality, but what he got instead was simply un-American. Running up against blatant corruption holding hands with Modesto government (no surprises there), Richard Corbett did all that he could to play by the rules. Unfortunately for him, the rules only apply to those who don't already have city officials in their pockets.
I always enjoy a good read that applies to real life, and this book certainly qualifies. Mr. Corbett's experience is more than a little disheartening for those with aspiring business dreams, but more importantly, it is spreading the word about a corruption that should be stopped. Should the Modesto Airport be allowed to be in collusion with their favorite private enterprise? Should they be allowed to support and abed a local monopoly, preventing it from having to face a little competition? Apparently, they think that they should. Personally, I know better - and I hope that everyone with the slightest interest in this type of story gives this book a good long read and decides to help spread the word about this injustice. With enough exposure, something has to give.
There were a couple of drawbacks to point out, despite the fa great story told and the fact that it really needs to be read by everyone, was that there were a couple of minor things that I will point out. The narrative does skip around a bit, which makes the story a little hard to follow every now and then, but by continuing to read the problems tend to resolve themselves. I also would have loved more narrative and dialogue to have been included, even if a disclaimer had to be added that the dialogues were only approximations since no one can perfectly recall every conversation that they've ever had.
All in all, I was glad to read this story, and I really hope that Mr. Corbett gets true justice in the end. I also really hope that the Modesto officials involved in this corruption get what they deserve as well - which can pretty much be summed up by a swift kick in the behind, along with the so-called private company hiding in their shadow.
Thanks for a good read! I'm looking forward to the sequel, covering the just desserts of all parties involved. Four stars!