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The Cordwainer
     

The Cordwainer

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by Christopher Blankley
 

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What could be wrong with making a few bucks?

Plenty, three friends soon learn, trapped in the company town of Boot Hill. If they can somehow get a trainload of boots over the mountains to the Big City, they could be rich - richer than they ever dreamed.

But in an alternate 1973, Global Warming has brought the world to a standstill and the use of all

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What could be wrong with making a few bucks?

Plenty, three friends soon learn, trapped in the company town of Boot Hill. If they can somehow get a trainload of boots over the mountains to the Big City, they could be rich - richer than they ever dreamed.

But in an alternate 1973, Global Warming has brought the world to a standstill and the use of all carbon fuels is tightly restricted. The few means of transportation left are dominated by a corporate behemoth known as the Concession. Store shelves sit empty as shortages run rampant.

But Beanie, Fluky and Mitty have a plan: just one freight car full of boots, across the mountains, and they could be rich...

Richer than they ever dreamed.

And after all, what could be wrong with making a few bucks?

Plenty.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940033129225
Publisher:
Christopher Blankley
Publication date:
02/27/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,205,631
File size:
791 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher Blankley was born in Nottingham, UK and moved to the United States as a child. He now resides in Seattle with his wife and two children.

Christopher is the author of seven novels spanning a number of genres, from zombie science fiction to children's action/adventure.

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The Cordwainer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kgiessel More than 1 year ago
Atlas Shrugged meets Junkyard Wars You would expect a book covering the stifling effects of central government planning vs the virtues of individual liberty and a free society to be a heavy text found in a political philosophy course and not the subject of a novel that is enjoyable to read. But The Cordwainer is just that. The Author manages to present this topic in a way that is entertaining, and unlike Ayn Rand, his characters are actually likable and ones you want to root for. The story takes place in an alternate 1973 where Joseph Kennedy Jr. has just won his 4th term as President. His government of "big ideas" controls practically every aspect of the lives of the people, from what job you have to the beer you drink. But when Andrew Rice returns to his home town of Boot Hill and meets up with two of his old high school friends, they begin coming up with some "big ideas" of their own. Soon the three friends find themselves secretly spending their nights in the junkyard working on their plan; trying to build a train to get a few train cars loaded with boots across the mountains to the big city, where common items such as a good pair of boots are in high demand. If they succeed, they will be rich beyond their wildest dreams. But if their plan is discovered by the Concession, the government granted monopoly that controls all means of transportation and distribution, they could find themselves in prison... or worse. By the end of the book, not only have you been entertained by a great story, you have been given a great lesson about the ideas of individual liberty and the evils of government central planning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little awkward at first but became a must finish not too far in.
capitanbob More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the adventures of Beanie (the narrator), Flaky, and Mitty in this book. Once you accept the alternate history (global overheating discovered in the 1930s, some different affects of WWII, establishment of Corporatist State in the US), the plot follows logically. You really begin to care about these guys as the try to stick their fingers into the eye of the Concession in an alternative (and depressing) 1972.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Top-notch, excellent, thought provoking, yet scary being that this is so real in our society today. This should be a mandatory read in all schools, we need to keep free thinking alive. Note to the author-keep writing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes a bit to get going, but when it does, it' totally worth the wait! Yes, it plods in places. Yes, there are typos throughout the book (the editing needs work), but Ayn Rand would be thrilled to know that her lessons went forward. Meet "Atlas Shrugged--Lite"! I will admit, I have issues with how this trio aquired their cargo, but beyond that, the tenets of Objectivism are all here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, easy to read and very interesting. I am only about 1/2 way through, but I love it already!
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iambookwormmom More than 1 year ago
Fun, fun story!