Kevin Phillips writes with the passion of a betrayed lover. He was one of the architects of the Republican Sunbelt Strategy. He has seen the results and he is appalled, with good reason. The book is very well researched and Phillips is a avid student of history. He shows the parallels between what is happening in America today with what happened in 15th Century Spain, 17th Century Holland and 19th Century England. All three were, as America is, the pre-eminent world powers of their times. The book is in three parts: the end of oil, the takeover by the religous right of the Republican Party and the shift of America from actually building things the rest of the world will buy to a country that just manipulates money. This last section describes the growing mountain of debt that individuals, financial institutions and the government have accumulated. Phillips says the confluence of these three major themes does not bode well for America.
Oh yes, if you had any doubt the invasion of Iraq was about oil, you won't have any when you've finished the first third of the book.
Could't make a four or five. Premise is way too thin.
Opening scene when heroine is taking her test for the procedure.
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The premise of the book and I'm assuming the premise of the rest of the series is that society has decided that love is tragic disease that can and should be cured by medical procedures. Essentially love is the root of all evil. Get rid of it and people will be happy and docile. Way to thin a premise for me. Doesn't really hold up since there are evil people in this utopian society who presumably were cured of love and should be docile and not violent.
I have lost all interest in Picoult.
I wouldn't listen to anything by her again. i looked at some of her other titles and see a bunch books about the occult. Doesn't interest me at all.
I had read House Rules and thought it was a fairly good book. So I was quite disappointed in this one.
My big, big problem with this book came about one quarter of the way through the book. At that point I found out that one of the main protagonists was pursuing an advanced degree in Paranormal Studies. I am a firm unbeliever. So at that point i lost all interest and quit listening.
I shouldn't have just looked at the ratings. I should have read the actual reviews. The premise is totally absurd. Mr. Chinese drug wizard has invented a poison so something or other that having it will give Mr. Evil pants world domination. But do not fear our CIA super heroine will ally with Drug Wizard to stop Evil pants. I gave up about a quarter way through.
It's overloaded with religious and fantasy clap trap.
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I wish I had read the reviews and not relied on the overall ratings. We have the 12th imam with supernatural powers, (maybe he's the anti-christ) and the angel Gabriel. Then I'm guessing we'll have Christ too and maybe Armageddon. Don't think I'll listen till the finish to find out. So far seems like a bunch of right-wing religious clap-trap about end times.
This is pure drivel. I once watched half a Harry Potter movie before giving up. I listened to half of this book before I gave up. My review may be off the mark since I so disliked Harry Potter and Side Jobs that I can't say I really know about either. I can tell you the plot of each of the stories in this book. Dresden meets a goblin, troll, gnome, evil fairy, vampire, or some other evil fantasy character. Dresden is nearly done in by the whatever when by some miracle of magic and strength he overcomes the whatever and triumphs. If you want to have a tutorial on magic powers (good and evil) this is your book, but not mine.
Now i begin to understand the sub-prime crisis. The greed and stupidity of ALL the heads of the major commercial and investment banks is beyond belief. Lewis explains it all in a manner that is easily understood. Every last American should read it. All the bankers, all the government functionaries come out looking like fools.
This was the worst Audiobook I have listened to. And I must have listened to at least forty. The premise of the book is as follows: the library of Alexandria was saved and hidden it the desert somewhere, there is a very early bible in the library that casts doubt on God's covenent with Abraham granting the Jews greater Israel and this doubt will cause the Jews to lose much of their right to Israel. I find the premise perposterous. It requires that the Jews in the modern state of Israel give up some of their claims and lands because of a bible that is over 2000 years old. By that logic all the non-native inhabitants of the new world should all go back to where there ancestors came from. The world doesn't work that way. Virtually no one has clear title to the land they now live on. That's the basic problem, but it gets worse. The heros and villans all make amateurish mistakes. The hero takes his ex-wife on his quest. She constantly refuses to follow his requests and gets them into more trouble. He keeps her on his quest. Why?
The book has a multitude of groups and individuals searching for the library for a multitude of motives. The hero, the villan, a shadowy group called the Golden Fleece, the US government, shadowy groups in the US government, the Mosad, the Saudi Arabians, and probably more that I never got around to finding since I gave up about a third of the way through.
This book reminds of a poor version of the "DaVinci Code" and I didn't like the "good" version.
I just never found I cared about anyone in the novel. The narrator is certainly part of the problem, but so is the constant repetition of phrases and words. I thought if I heard the words "gin fizz" and "albumin dancing in my brain" any more I would have something dancing in my brain.
Percy also brings in a major event in the novel - the modification to Moore's Lapsometer to make it a theraputic device - straight out of left field. No explanation at all. In addition I found the ending quite weak. The calamity predicted throughout the novel just sort of peters out.
Given the subject matter and Percy's evident sense of humor and ability with words it should have more gripping and funnier.
Very good description of the issues facing the CEO of a modern company. All of the references to technology, accounting, corporate law, board meetings, etc. are very believeable. I have some experience running modern companies so I do know whereof I speak. I don't pretend to know about police procedures, but they seem to have been well researched too. Also the description of the dire effects of outsourcing and downsizing are presented fairly. The author did his research and did it well. The way the book ends is perhaps just a bit too pat. But that's a minor carp.
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