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A Perfect America

Narrated by: John Eastman
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Phil Tarsus is a dreadful instrument of State justice. He's an Inquisitor, a man who makes a living rooting out and executing those people who have been charged with treason. Guilt or innocence mean little to him - he has quotas to fill after all. Yet when he unwittingly stumbles upon a secret involving someone high up in the new American government, he becomes a target himself. Unfortunately for Phil, there's nowhere to run that the government can't find him.

In the year 2122, in the perfect state of America, the government owns everything...from the shoes you wear, to the apple you eat, to your next door neighbor. The government owns everything and is everything. Under these conditions Phil can trust no one but the man he's slated to murder next.

©2013 Peter Meredith (P)2015 Peter Meredith

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Really.. really wanted to like this but..

OK, the best way to describe this book? It has a similar theme as The Acolyte yet is the complete opposite. How is it that they are similar yet completely different? Well, the setting is similar in that they take place in dystopian futures and have a main protagonist who is somewhere within the government or ruling body when everything gets turned upside down. They also take either societal examples to the extremes. The Acolyte takes place in a dystopia where religion has taken over and A Perfect America is the complete absence of relgion. Similarities mostly end there. The story starts out pretty good, but gets very.. very preachy. About half way through I had to start consistently reminding myself that this takes place in a dystopian future and the characters simply don't know any better. It honestly wouldn't be so noticeable and would be much more palatable if the preaching also made logical arguments but the majority of it comes down to faith good, science/facts bad. Or, without faith, society will morally erode and turn into this *insert dystopian oppressive government example* Much of the preaching could be used to explain why either extreme is bad for society (too far left/right in politics) but that is not the case here. If you can understand why the characters are readily able to believe anything they are told (grass is greener and all that) you might be able to get through this book and perhaps enjoy it. I, alas had to put it down for a bit. I've read much of what Peter Meredith has written and enjoy most of it. I will no doubt finish this book because of that.. but yeah, you've been warned.

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Interesting concept, a bit preachy, poor narrator

This was an interesting concept. Although, I felt a bit like I needed a tinfoil hat! Many of the concepts and beliefs that Meredith’s characters preach are thoughtful and based upon historical truths and biblical parables but difficult to imagine America getting to that point. The media having so much power though is not a far stretch. He has created an extreme world, but that’s where Meredith thrives! This is not my favorite of his books but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The narrator was tough. I didn’t care for his cadence. It was too Captain Kirk. It made the story hard to listen to at times. I have my faith in check and don’t mind “God talk” but it may be too much for some. Thus this book gets an overall 3

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A MUST READ!!!

Warning, the contents of this book are addictive, you find yourself restless, unproductive and flat out unresponsive. If you experience loss of social skills, family life and or sleep deprivation; buy another novel by Peter. This story immersive, complex and masterly crafted. It poses the question, what if we continue down this path we've started. What if opportunity gave way to "equal opportunity". If faith gave way to "facts". The depth and evolution of the character keeps you wanting more. As you explore the perfect America, you can find yourself introspecting and really learning about yourself as well as the world you live in.

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Immaculate from beginning to end.

In a country that is forever changing; the story brings light to a lot of gray areas in politics that a lot of people will never see. If this helps one person , then he's already done his job. After reading this amazing book I will recommend it to all of my friends and family. Peter Meredith amazes me again, having not read any of his books outside of the zombie genre, it truly shows how brilliant this man's mind is. Suspenseful from beginning to end!

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Wow

What an unpopular view. You are a brave man for expressing it. Hats off to you sir.

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  • John
  • Sayre, OK, United States
  • 09-15-18

I tried to like it.

I wanted to like this story. I really did. I too am a Christian thus although I can quibble about some points of theology that part did not trouble me. What I found offensive was the short shrift he gave the genocide visited on native Americans and it appears that anyone who is left of his political views is a communist. Be warned.

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Can't go wrong with Peter Meredith

Loved it! Peter Meredith delivers an entrancing story. The characters are well developed and the scenario presented is believable. You can't go wrong with this book.

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Good book but way to much bible talk!

Would you try another book from Peter Meredith and/or John Eastman?

Yes

Would you recommend A Perfect America to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Interesting story but it contains to much bible talk. I almost gave up on the book.

What aspect of John Eastman’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing

Did A Perfect America inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

A pretty good book but for me it was ruined by too much talk about God and Jesus. So I would not recommend this book to anybody who does not like to be preached to about Jesus and God.

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Religious drivel

This book came up as a recommendation by audible based on my previous reads. I have never purchased a religious book previously Not worth it. Religious book trying to hide in scifi. Description had no mention of it either. Not impressed. Wasted my money

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  • Steven
  • 08-10-16

enjoyed it. too religious.

thoroughly enjoyed it. if I'd known how much focus there was going to be on religion I may not have read it.