I have read about 13 novels by Mr. Simmons, starting with Hyperion and the crass neo-con rightwing think tank premises left me discouraged. I am not sure, after which Michael Crichton novel I read when I realize that his engrossing stories pushed radical right wing think tank agendas but it made me feel the same way after reading Flashback. The story is fun but the right wing talking points: ‘Sharia Law in the US,’ Texas is it’s own country (and the last stand against Sharia Law and a Muslim Caliphate),’ ‘the social contract and PAID FOR INSURANCE programs of Social Security and Medicare as the destroyer of America’ and of course ‘Obama is an appeaser’. Clearly current events are not a foundation for Mr. Simmons politics and it may be a sad commentary on President Obama’s legacy that he will be known for having killed more Muslims than the half-wit George W. Bush and his neo-con scumbag advisors. And as far as Texas is concerned; the republicanism of that state has created a cesspool of pollution, illiterates, global warming wasteland and the unemployed. You truly need to suspend belief to believe that Texans can save themselves much less stop a never to exist threat from Muslims, oh and Israel is finally destroyed by Arabs, (no there is no rapture), and for no good reason they don’t destroy their attackers with this nuclear weapons. The saddest part is that Flashback is that it could be a prelude to earth pre-Hyperion. For all the morality, love and empathy against institutionalized corruption of the Catholic church (far worse than Islam) that is the foundation of the Hyperion books there seems to be none left in the world that Flashback exists in, discouraged.
Here's the market at work...DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS BOOK. Nothing new here, a 10 year old has more insight.
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