“It’s early 2017, and the United States is suffering a thin-skinned popularity-obsessed President and a sluggish economy. (Though this is a work of fiction, it just happens to be an astonishingly prescient one.)
The USA’s woes are nothing, however, compared to those of the NSA, the nation’s surveillance specialists. Senator Carolyn Bigsley, a one-woman force of nature, is on the cusp of shuttering the rudderless intelligence agency for good.
Until General Whiteley is appointed NSA Director, just as a series of terror attacks led by bearded men suddenly rocks the nation, and that’s when things start to get a little crazy. Everyone’s involved: the Amish, hipsters, wild-eyed Irishmen, lizard people, something called the Mirror, and – worst of all – the CIA.
This scathing satire of governance and modern media is the book you need to read if:
—You found Trump vs Clinton depressing
—Snowden’s revelations made you hopping mad
—You want to laugh instead of cry”
*This book was sent to me for review by the author. All opinions stated are my own.*
This book was something completely different than what I typically read. And I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by it.
Books that focus heavily on politics typically are not my cup of tea. It just isn’t for me. But this book had a couple of different elements mixed in that made me enjoy it.
I really enjoyed the mix of politics with a thriller aspect and a slight dystopian aspect. The thriller and dystopian parts took my mind away from the politics and drew me in to the characters. I think that if those two aspects hadn’t been included in the story, I probably wouldn’t have enjoy the book as much.
I did also really enjoy the characters. Both of our main characters were extremely interesting to read from. The actions and decisions that they made kept me interested in the story and prevented me from putting the book down at certain points.
The plot overall was also fantastic. I really enjoyed, like I said earlier, the thriller aspects and seeing how the actions of the characters in the story affected the rest of the plot. It was interesting to see how once the thriller aspects started to slow down, we got that kind of dystopian element. Seeing the aftermath of everything that went on was so interesting to me and is something that I want to see more in books like this.
As much as I enjoyed this book, I did have a couple of problems with it as well. First, I think that the characters didn’t really develop and grow over the course of the book. That is one of my pet peeves in books. Also I think that the plot felt a little rushed. At certain points in the story, I had to go back a chapter or two to really understand what was going on. I think that if some elements had been included in a separate book or had been left out, I probably wouldn’t have had that problem.
Overall, this was a great book. Like I said earlier, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoy it. If you are interested in political thrillers, this definitely one that I would recommend picking up.