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Some good ideas, but poorly executed.
on April 14, 2015
There are some good ideas here, but the book was poorly written and the ideas not well executed. One issue I had with the writing was that the author kept stopping the story to explain and editorialize. So there might be one paragraph where something starts to happen, and then two pages of tangential background before picking up the story again. A good writer should be able to supply most of this background from within the story rather than keep interrupting it. It's like those "deleted scenes" in a dvd--here none of the scenes got deleted that should have.
I also found the main character unconvincing; on the one hand, he is described as super competent and expert, and on the other he goes through all this hand-wringing and self doubt. It didn't really fit together, as so many things with this book.
This book was badly in need of an editor.