Ok listen, to get an appreciation of geopolitics, too much for my taste. Had to force myself to get through about half of it.
Suarez really takes the concept of a networked 4th dimension to the limit. Really makes you think. Unfortunatley the underliying theme is a liberal manifesto with all the cornerstones of evil power hungry corporations, alternative energy, racism, inept immoral military, social justice, and it goes on. If you listen closely the author excuses his new social order from the scrutinity he imposes on the current. Aside from all that this book ask a key question very cleverly...does the end justifiy the means? It's a shame that the author answers for you with a resounding yes that supports the real root of much evil in the real world...social engineering. When listening keep in mind that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Great idea for a story, growing power of online networks with an AI overlord. Keept me turning the pages so to speak. Loved this book of the series. The only problem, and it's a big one, is that this book sets the stage for the great pile of liberal horse hoey that is the sequal.
Good Listen, Worth the time. No romance or compelling plot, the sheer intrest in getting to the bottom of the mystery keeps you hanging on.
I really did enjoy this book, once I got into it. The first few chapters spend too much time explaining or should I say glorifying deep wreck diving. Not until about Chapter 5 or 6 did the story really get on track, but once it did I was hooked. It will, however, give you good bit of knowledge about diving if you don't already have it.
My wife read and I listened to this book. We both agree that the authors abilty to inundate your seneses with the sights, sounds, smells, and taste of the story make it worth reading itself. A great inside story to supplement your understanding of life in Afganistan. Only two things that I didn't like was that the author used too much forshadowing and everything that happend came back later in the book. It was kind of "Scooby Dooish" in that regard to use my wife's words. The other is that too much emphasis was put on the main character being a writer. These were, however, a small price to pay for such a good listen.
I've always been a fan of Morning edition. Now I can skip the commercials and segments that I'm not interested in. This coverage is broad reaching. Issues are covered at the normal news level and personal segments/aspects are often covered. If you listen to this program regularly, you'll be well informed.
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