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Dire Means Paperback – October 12, 2009
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Geoff Neill has combined social commentary, terror, interesting and thoughtful characters, and vivid descriptions of a great part of the country. Though totally engrossed in the story, the author made me think twice about what I consider my helpful and meaningful approach to dealing with the homeless. So, a page-turner that piques my conscience, makes me eager to return to the book. What more could one want? I look forward to Mr. Neill's next book. Do read it - you won't be sorry!
Dire Means grabbed my interest immediately. The first six or so chapters detail something happening without an explanation. Suddenly, the book changes settings and writing styles completely to begin a character story about someone previously unmentioned. I spent the remainder of the book juggling two fascinations: 1) who is this new character and why do I find myself relating to him so much; and 2) how in the world does this character get tangled up in what transpired at the beginning of the book? The result of the two fascinations combining was an inability to read a magazine, preview another book, watch a TV show at night or listen to music on the treadmill in the morning until I had completed this book.
Geoffrey Neil's writing style was easy to read, his story was easy to care about, his characters were easy to love and hate (depending on the character, of course) and his narrative moved at just the right pace and chapters broke at just the right places that I was never bored and always telling myself, "Well, I can't stop here! One more chapter..."
I've said nothing to the plot or morals of the book, both of which I loved. Get Mr. Neil's book - as well as his latest, "HR", as I have just done - and enjoy the ride. He'll surely be a great author to follow as he continues to work and grow.
Unspoken of by most, but known by all is endemic problem of our homeless citizens. Some are there by choice and some by circumstance, but it is a social ill that we each look upon differently given our upbringing, environment or social status. People will ignore, help or scorn the ragged man sitting on the corner asking for help. "Will work for food" or "Stranded Need Help" or simply "Homeless" scrawled on a ripped piece of cardboard in an attempt to gain a dollar from a passerby. Even if you choose to ignore them the choice may be taken from you. You may be confronted, outside a grocery store or on any sidewalk, with the question, "got any spare change?" Sometimes it's polite and sometimes it's confrontational and sometimes it can become frightening. Either way, the homeless exist and remind us of all that we personally have to lose. They scratch a guilty conscious and they make a person ask, "have I done enough?"
What if? Dire Means is a story of one possible solution for the problem of the homeless. What if you were confronted by a ragged man asking for a dollar? What if you were less than kind? What if that homeless person carried a concealed camera and taped you. What if you were then abducted, held until you starved to death then your body unceremoniously dumped on a street with a CD strung around your cold dirty neck? On the CD is a video of your transgression and a warning that if the homeless are not taken care of many more citizens will meet the same fate. This is exactly what is happening in Santa Monica, California. An entire month of disappearances and now the bodies are showing up, all starved and all sporting a CD of their last interaction with a homeless person. Can a society be extorted in to finding a solution?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is book number 2 that I have read by Mr Neil. I didn't put this one down either. It's a far out plot but so different and that's what keeps you from putting the book down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
If you like an exciting read that keeps you on the edge of your seat,you will want to read this well written book.Published 2 months ago by Fly Tyer
Good story, a little confusing at times. Very suspenseful and sometimes the characters were unbelievable.Published 2 months ago by Darlene Lindner
Quality story and writing and original storyline. Mr. Neil has other good books, i.e. HR. Definitely recommend.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer