This is a tale of capitalism gone nuts. There are no taxes. Except for a small token government, everything is private enterprise. The schools are "sponsored" by businesses like Mattel Toys and McDonalds. The police sell their services through slick brochures including murder for hire. Businesses resolve their differences with armies of lawyers and sometimes all out warfare.
People no longer have family names. Their last name is that of their school or their school. It is a high shame to be unemployed and have no last name.
Jennifer Government works for what is left of the government as an investigator. If an aggrieved party has the money to provide a "budget" her department will conduct an investigation and arrest the bad guys. She is also really gifted at bucking that system.
I enjoyed this one. It is worth the read.
Rodriguez takes us through his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. A career that included that period of time surrounding September 11, 2001.
In this book you will learn exactly how many were water boarded, who was water boarded and what was gained from it. He also tells us in, no uncertain terms, why enhanced interrogation is needed in this day and age.
This book is a must listen for those who still think war and espionage must be played by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. You will come away with a harsh does of the reality the United States and the rest of the world face today.
This one will hold your interest and it makes the miles go by fast.
Aside from writing a book that runs right along the edge of boring, John Grisham broke my cardinal rule on story telling: Do not push your political agenda down my throat.
It is painfully clear Grisham set out to write a novel vilifying the coal industry. While clearly passionate on the subject, that passion did not translate well to novel form. The story drags badly in places. There are places where the pace picks up a bit, but they are few and far between. Over all I found my mind frequently drifting to other things while this book ran. The conclusion, right down to the main character's life decisions, were easily predictable.
If you are expecting the caliber of The Rainmaker or The Confession, you are going to be disappointed.
Connelly hit a home run with this one. Lots of twists and turns to keep it interesting. Lots of things to make the leading character consider his actions and motives. The book moves along very nicely, no slow spots here.
I really liked this one. Even though I read the book some time ago, it is still a very entertaining way to make the miles go by. This one gets me "highly recommended" stamp of approval.
This is Ray Bradbury's classic tale of authoritarian government out of control. The only entertainment available to the population is a modern version of TV called the "wall." But it is strictly controlled content. Books ranging from Tom Sawyer to the Bible are banned because they are hurtful to certain groups of people. This is done to keep the population content and peaceful.
When banned books are reported, the firemen are called to burn them.
The print version was a little easier to follow because our main character is having some heated internal debates over the ethics of burning these books. Some of that internal dialog gets confusing as to what is and is not being said.
This book was ok once but I doubt I will go through it again.
Rizzo's peek into the workings of the CIA is great. Through this book we get a glimpse into the people and politics that run the largest intelligence operation in the world. We also learn about the restraints that agency operates under.
The history of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques is fascinating. You will learn exactly how the CIA established the program, cleared it legally, then were thrown under the bus by people looking to make political points.
The real eye opener here is how politics plays an incredibly large role in an agency who's job should be apolitical. Give this book a shot, then decide for yourself whether politicians are compromising national security in the name politics.
Company Man is a very good story that will keep you interested. But this is non-fiction. If you are looking for a Clancy or Brown here, you are going to be diapointed.
This Heinlein classic is a study in alternate relationships, quantum travel and good old fashioned science fiction. We follow a man living in the future as his life is turned upside down by a series of events that lead to ducking everything from local police to shadowy super villains. There are a few twists in the story.
As it is with most classic science fiction, it is fun to listen to this and compare the technology Heinlein thought up to what we really have today.
This book is a sequel to the Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It is a good listen and makes the miles go by fast.
Stephen King weaves a tale of twists and turns that ramps up to an edge of the seat climax. All through the story King expertly builds the suspense from one tense scene to another. About the time you think you know where the story is going, King will surprise you.
This story does not move as fast as Under the Dome or Dreamcatcher. But it is worth a listen. The characters are all believable and it is easy to empathize with the protagonists.
There are scenes in this book that children should not hear.
This is a long drawn out tale. You will need some time to spare to get through it. There are stretches that grab the reader's interest. Those parts will get you through the parts that really drag the momentum down.
Mr. Flynn develops his characters well through this. The reader gets to know them very well. Alas in the end, he kind of left us in the dark as to what happened to one main character.
The author did an admirable job of tying space flight, modern educational problems and many people's willingness to come down on the rich simply because they are rich. I like the way he handled the public schools. He also highlights a very real problem that many of the governments of the world are ignoring.
All in all, this one did ok. It kept me interested even though there were parts that had me thinking, "Come on, lets get back to the good stuff."
This story will leave you thinking "what if" before you reach the end. The technology in the book is well beyond what we have now, even in secret. But there are many that believe something similar to the operations in the book is already go on in secret in order to keep the planet's population down, avoid world wide famine and to prevent technology with massive destructive potential from getting into the hands of bad actors. That group of people are especially going to like this tale.
The story is well written and well narrated. There is quite a bit of suspense that will keep you engaged through out the length of the book. Some may find the "rogue government agency out of control" a bit cliche, but I think it works here.
This one does indeed make the miles go by fast.
This book will take you back to the 80's pop culture and then mix with the future. If you ever spent time in video arcades, watching John Hughes movies, in roll playing games or even on line gaming environments, you will find yourself reliving some of that time inside of a really good story.
I cannot say enough about the story and how well it comes together. Wil Wheaton's narration takes this story to an even higher level. Between the story and the narrator the miles go by fast.
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