Revolution- Aaron Aalborg- The reason this book is dangerous is because it is so complete. Using real history, mixed with quite possible events during the
60s and moving into our near future, a revolution unfolds. But don't call it that because people don't like violence. I kept humming "You say you want a revolution. Well, you know, we all want to change the world." But the characters in this book, unlike The
Beatles, don't shy away from destruction to attain their goal which is to change the world for the better.
It boils down to those wealthy few (elitists) who have everything and more, those would-be royal families who think they deserve "more than", who believe they are "better than" who continue to amass because they can. Sociopaths and psychopaths who rise to the top because they are ruthless. These are the kinds of men and women who will do anything to keep what they have and obtain more - more wealth, more power, more everything. They don't care that others have nothing and are barely surviving. They know that they deserve what they have and those other people do not.
How do you rid the world of such elitism and greed that seemingly knows no bounds? The level of thought that went into documenting a plan to do just that in a well written work of fiction is impressive. The ending surprised me. I've read enough Aaron Aalborg's books that I thought I knew where this was going and had an idea how it would end. I was wrong.
If this makes you curious, you should read the book. If you like historic novels, you'd find this enjoyable. I normally do not, but I loved this one because it is an exciting thriller from beginning to end. The historical events are what make it frighteningly realistic.
If I was in a book club this is the kind of book I'd enjoy reading and discussing with others. Book clubs are usually filled with Oprah's recommendations and she probably wouldn't read this one, although she should. There are even questions provided at the end for a book club discussion.
I (a person who is not Oprah) highly recommend this book for an exciting, thought provoking diversion from our current ridiculous affairs. As a bonus, it also provides a satisfying conclusion to where it could be leading us. Each chapter begins with a quote, so I'll end this review with one of my favorites: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy
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Blood Axe- the saga of a 21st century viking, by Chris J Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars- Full of surprises
May 3, 2019
This saga started out surprising me. Yes, it's what the cover says it's about: Viking re-enactments (like American Civil War re-enactments) that go way beyond their original intent. The first surprise was that the original Blood-Axe Vikings were normal, successful, retired Englishmen who were bored merely playing golf while their wives went shopping or to yoga classes.
The reason the whole successful enterprise gets out of hand also surprised me. There were twists and turns throughout that kept me amused, entertained and horrified (in a fun way).
Describing the book without giving away the plot twists is impossible, so just think Terry Pratchett's Silver Horde meets Midsomer Murders in the Twilight Zone. I thoroughly endorse this to anyone looking for a bloody good time.
I've learned to trust that this author will deliver a lively tale that makes me laugh while serving up some truly outrageous, yet frightningly believable, scenarios.
It is always great when someone gets the point.
I once hoped for groupies, but at my age this will do. Still, hope springs eternal.
If you, like me, enjoy dark humor where real life scenarios are imaginatively carried to the tippy-top of reality and carried over the edge, then you too will find the above paragraph good news. You will relish the time spent reading them in the same way Gomez Addams consumed Morticia's black-clad arms. Reading these stories doesn't take long and the worst part is when you finish the last and there are no more.
But once you've read the last story, the author provides some insight into his thinking while writing them. This adds a depth to what was just read that I found informative and prolonged the agony in a delightful way.
Not for the faint of heart or overly sensitive. I did not purchase this book, but it was kindly provided by a generous neighbor.
April 4, 2019
As with other books I've read by this author, vengeance is an underlying theme. I want to empathize with these characters, but they are so damaged and deranged that they go past the line of what most of us could stomach no matter how hurt and angry we may be. This novel will cause you to reflect on what could be lurking in people's hearts. What causes seemingly normal people to commit heinous crimes of mass murder? They must have been terribly damaged by something. Happy people don't kill crowds of innocents out of the blue, do they?
Another enjoyable aspect is the science behind the ultimate plot line. From computer tech to biology and ecosystems, collective intelligence and the postulation that plants have a type of awareness that could evolve. The social commentary on the human capacity for destructiveness and evil runs throughout the story and has a global outlook with emphasis on Japanese and American cultures.
This is not your usual science-fiction thriller, but satisfies that genre and I highly recommend it. This book was a gift so I'm not a "verified purchaser". I'm reviewing it because I wanted to share with my fellow readers and science fiction fans that this is an engrossing tale and worth your time.