This book holds no surprises; you can see exactly where the characters are going. You cringe for the principal character as he mismanages every situation, but had he been brilliant, the mission would still have failed. Its outcome foreordained. It is an advance look at our own self portrait. The willful tossing aside of the shredded social contract(s) that used to cushiion our lives, and the hinted at future that awaits us behind the next "free trade act".
The three Chinese vans parked outside the Vendors tent. Precious. Arrogance vs preparation.
The Saudi doctor. She was the only person in the book that displayed any humanity. Also, very sexy.
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