The Fourth Order: A Novel

The Fourth Order: A Novel

by Stephen Frey
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Fourth Order 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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A secret society headed by a US president is acting as a covert arm of the government, kidnapping and torturing innocent citizens in the name of 'national security.' The hero is a guy who's more interested in sealing the deal for a corporate acquisition than comforting his kids the day after his wife is killed in a car accident. He'd rather call his latest pick-up than stay home with his son who has withdrawn into a world of video gaming, or his daughter who is grieving for her mother while she suspects her father is playing around with another woman. He loves to put his 16 year old daughter on his lap to demonstrate just how much he really loves her -- which is a lot more than his withdrawn son. That's only a few of the creepy things about this guy. This is a book that a good editor should have killed before it ever saw the light of day. What's worse, it's not even written well. It's slow moving, and every time it gets mildly interesting, the action is shifts and any tension or momentum is lost. It starts slow and gets slower, never developing any tension. If you have to read tripe like this, it should at least be a 'fast read.' I've never wanted to write a review of a book before, but if I can save one person from wasting good money on this trash, I'll consider myself a good citizen. Not recommended for anyone.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Fourth Order Stephen Frey Ballantine, May 29 2007, $24.95 ISBN 0345480643 Virginia based Trafalgar Industries CFO Michael Rose strongly believes that his energy firm needs to diversify into other sectors. His target is Computer Information Systems, which he feels if successful will lead him to being the CEO at Trafalgar. He expected some opposition from within especially those who loathe him and the few who actually think it is a mistake to acquire anything outside the core mission. However, Michael is stunned with the hostile violent reaction of the CIS board. Michael does not have the need to know who the prime customer of CIS is since 9/11 as this seemingly successful firm provides top secret assistance to the agents working at a deeply hidden federal program, I-4 (Immunity at the Fourth Order). I-4 known within as the Order detains, renditions, and tortures suspected terrorists and anyone linked even nebulously to terrorist groups American citizens are not immune from this top secret Order who do not bother with obtaining permission from the courts. Rose soon finds his personal life in shambles when the police consider him the prime suspect in his cheating wife¿s murder the Order does not mind collateral damage even if the innocent die. --- This is an exciting conspiracy thriller, but leave your plausibly check outside as several key events especially the Order¿s plan and history seems stretched to the point of almost breaking the plot. Still the story line is fast-paced as Michael who plays hardball in business and in his personal life soon finds who is the major leagues as he is framed in several ways (not just with his wife¿s murder). Stephen Frey provides an entertaining tale that his fans will enjoy. --- Harriet Klausner