Well, as advertised "The Nine" is in fact exciting, even riveting and insightful, but what is not advertised is that the author's strong left wing bias is barely concealed. This is sad. The subject matter is of great importance, and the author obviously put a great deal of sweat into into its writing, but unfortunately, it was titled wrong. It would have better been titled "The Nine: A Leftist's View of the Supreme Court". If your leanings are left, you will love this book. If they are right, you will hate it. If, on the other hand you are apolitical as I am, and you read the book to learn more about this major institution of the american government system, you will be saddened and disappointed, bucause the schloarship cannot be trusted.
Perhaps because I am not political, I did not see an underlying partisan political motive in this book. It indeed roundly critisized every administration since that of John Kennedy when the danger of EMP was first realized (see The Wikkipedia write up on EMP, particularily the Starfish Prime Test) for not taking action to protect us, but is singled out no one or no party.
The purpose of this novel was to educate. Read it with that thought in mind and you will come away better for it. If however you are one of those folks who sees partisan political skulldugery behind every bush, you are likely to miss the point.
I ask 3 things of every novel I read: that it capture and excite me, that it entertain me and that it educate me. "Darwin's Radio" gets 4 stars in every catagory. Should you ask yourself during the course of your read, "is this feasible?" Think of this - if in 1980 you asked could there be a world wide network that connected every computer, or a cellphone with a 100 gig hard drive that was part of that network, or that the Soviet Union would collapse within a decade....none of these things would have seemed feasible either
Ahh a well researched, well written novel is a true joy! If you have been lucky enough to have read "Pillars of the Earth" you will be immediately at home in the Kingsbridge of 200 years later, if you have not, you are in for such a treat!
"But 50 hours!" you say. Believe me, fellow reader, when I tell you that as you near the end of this book you will wish there were many hours left to go.
All that needs to be said about this book is: Great read, great reader. Don't miss it!
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