Choosing to confront the more prominent “ghosts” in his life, Eric’s relationship with Annie Brown has left deep and long lasting psychological scars. With his life in disarray, Eric’s research attracts the attention of a underground international organization believing his research could ruin their financial operation. Erin, Jill and two professors struggle to manipulate Eric while offering a temporary alternative to his assassination. With all of his relationships in question, there will be no peace until Eric reveals the truth and accepts the terms for the reincarnation of Annie Brown.
What an amazing story! This is the best story I have read in the last year! I loved it and you will too!
Mr. Mitchell has written a story that takes you into the minds of an interesting and varied group of characters, all seem to have sinister intentions toward Eric.
Eric is a semi-lost 20 something, freshly graduated from college, he has found a way to make steady money off the bond market.
Erin is in school and seems to have a penchant for depressing poetry, but the rest of her life seems quite normal; though rather mysterious.
Jill is a borderline genius in chemistry and working for Professor Whitehurst. She spends a lot of her free time with Eric, when her fiancé Gary is not in town. Gary, a computer genius, is also Eric’s roommate.
There is a congressman, an international financier, and other shady characters.
There is some flitting into the past to gather back story, but most of the book centers around a four-day weekend at a corporate-style retreat in the Northeastern United States. This is where the real fun gets off the ground. Layers of honesty are being peeled back to reveal apparently nefarious intentions. Eric is asking himself several times, who can I trust?
He loves Jill and Erin; Gary was his roommate; but they all seem to have deceived him in the past and continue to do so. He also has a ghost in his past that has him tied in knots at times.
This is some of the most interesting dialogue and scenery I have seen in a long time!
It has conspiracy theory, racy moments, philosophy, economics and veiled threats abound.
Such a great story and so well written, 4.7 stars out of 5! I might read it again.
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Multi-volume author, Stuart Kenyon introduces us to the first in a series, “Subnormal”:
Imagine a utopia where every person has a purpose and not a single life is wasted.
Britain has become a hive-like world, with even the weakest and most vulnerable playing their part in the nation's transformation. Crime is low, employment high.
But all is not quite as it seems. Though the revolution was quiet and bloodless, countless lives have been torn apart before our very eyes. Whilst the silent majority are mysteriously duped into collaboration, dissenters are ignored or punished. Democracy, civil liberties and equality are replaced by corruption, discrimination and segregation.
Paul, who has Asperger's Syndrome, knows slavery in the Zone is intrinsically unnatural. His first personal rebellion at Industrial Zone Four is crushed and he is forced to suffer alone for years in silence. Until his younger brother, Tommy, is also declared "subnormal" and sent to the Zone following an accident.
Allied with a handful of fellow Zoners and free-thinkers from the outside world, the brothers defy the powers-that-be. Can they beat the odds and restore to the British people a freedom few can remember?
Take a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, he and his loving brother are thrust into a work camp; reminiscent of Nazi-controlled Europe.
Travel back in time to a brilliant young chemist who is developing drugs for mind control.
Jump forward to the recent past and witness the birth of a seemingly benign totalitarian government. The populous is afraid, unemployment and crime are high. A small-time politician is extremely uncomfortable with the politics as his party rises to ascendancy in modern England.
These are the high points of the plot, there are several smaller subplots also.
While seeming to be irreconcilable, these plots and subplots are woven into a fascinating tale. Mr. Kenyon has brought us an interesting angle to the typical dystopian future story.
I have to say that learning about Asperger’s Syndrome through Paul’s eyes was very rewarding.
To sum up: I enjoyed the story even though the ride was pretty bumpy at times, a lot of potholes in the road. I will give it 4 out of 5 stars. If the spelling had been a lot cleaner, it would have been a higher score.
This is definitely a good read. The ending left me glowing!
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