The book was OK. It reads like "Freakonomics", which I loved. However, its case studies are far less compelling and too drawn out. To be honest, I only made it half way through the book before deciding to save my time for more compelling material.
In the concluding book of his Fourth Realm series, John re-iterates and further enlightens readers to the truth of the open world we live in. I appreciate that John doesn't pin a global conspiracy on any government, or government agency, but simply points out that when a government, or Google for that matter, aggregates enough information and provides search and index capabilities into that data, it can and will be mis-used. Further, John points out that scare tactics by those who seek dominion are used to persuade populations into relinquishing their freedom (e.g. Patriot Act) to obtain safety. However, those who seek to dominate are the least trustworthy and most dangerous humans of our race. As a cold warrior, I was taught that among other things America was great because we didn't have gulags in Siberia where people snatched from the street were sent without due process. Now America has Guantanamo in Cuba, and who is to say who's in there? If our government collects file cabinets full of information of each citizen, who is to say some foreign power cannot break into the database and manipulate those running for, or those in political office or other positions of great responsibility. We should all ponder how our emotions are being used against us, and perhaps John's next book should be "How to live off the Grid". I was entertained, educated and edified by John's concluding book, and highly recommend it. And of course Scott Brick is among the finest of readers.
A great story that weaves interesting, obscure facts from American History into a compelling story wrapped around Professor Langdon. The read was entertaining but predictable by its structural similarity to The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. That said, the end had an interesting twist. Finally, true to the finale in The DaVinci Code, the story concluded with an inspiring vision of the potential within each human, and the actions taken by many of our founding Fathers to inspire us to live up to our full human potential.
The book is sprinkled with information about long distance shooting techniques woven into the a fabric of stories of true American heroes. They choose to do the right thing to defend America, our soldiers, and even minimize the loss of life of our adversaries. The book is full of compelling stories of men with the skill and courage to prevail against the scum of humanity. To those present and past who have stood as Sentinels on behalf of our country, our eternal gratitude and support is offered to you and your families.
For those who like short stories, perhaps this will pan out better. I found the plots to be somewhat flat, e.g. I didn't even pick up on the transition between the first and second stories for several minutes. These might be brilliant short stories, but I'm too dense to get it, so take your chances and post your comments.
If you're interested in communicating more effectively and becoming a better human being at the same time, then this is a must read book.
While I enjoyed the book at first, and I'm grateful for its enlightening view of the events of Enron and the real worth of corporate boards of directors... The book went on and on and on about one fraudulent case after another. So, I enjoyed what I learned but I won't be reading the second volume.
In my opinion this is a story full of falsehoods presented as facts. In America's Secret War, Friedman rivals Michael Moore for twists of reality. This book discussed no relevant, new information regarding the state of american intelligence agencies. Friedman apparently authored the book to feed the paranoia of those intent on believing in government conspiracies and ineptitude, but provides no substantive facts to back up his claims. My personal experience working in and with said agencies contradicts many of the Friedmans claims calling into question all of his hyperbole. Enjoy one of the many other better books such as Digital Fortress, Chatter, or Puzzle Palace, but skip this piece of work.
The story is full of interesting and evocative tidbits of historical fact sprinkled with just enough fiction to glue together an exciting story.
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