- File Size: 743 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Publication Date: December 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005IC6EDM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Discontents: A Protest Novel Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
James is best known for publishing the controversial full-length book entitled Discontents. Discontents is about the disappearance of James's old high school friend, Emory Walden, a subversive and notorious graffiti artist who became a counter-culture icon and was hunted by the U.S. Government.
James runs DiscontentsBook.posterous.com - the official site of Discontents where you can learn more about how Discontents came to be published. You can also find there the original letter Emory sent James, which is discussed in the letter to the reader James wrote at the beginning of Discontents. James lives alone in the DC metro area. His favorite musical artist is Emancipator. He enjoys, among other things, craft beer, coffee, and Castile soap.
Top Customer Reviews
The only down side after reading this book was that I don't see another work immediately available from Birch. And I can't imagine him writing another one this good--he's clearly got the talent and the chops, but heck, what's left to say after a novel that plumbs so many depths of life so thoroughly, so well? It just feels like he dumped his soul into this one. He's got a tough task topping Discontents, and I hope he's working on the follow up, and I hope he keeps surprising and exceeding expectations like he did with each chapter of Discontents. This one's well worth your time...it'll stay with you after you've read the final page.
Back in the US after a stint in Europe, Walden learns about the impact his political blog is having among a contingent of angry citizens in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. While attempting to reestablish himself in the US, Walden crosses paths with retired marketing executive (Fletcher Spivey) who expresses interest in harnessing Walden's voice and energy to push his reawakened ideologies after keeping them dormant for decades as he built a massive corporate machine. The story that follows is a fast-paced political thriller that tracks Walden through the many turns (sometimes with jarring affect) in his relationship with Spivey et al as they attempt to spark change in an increasingly volatile fringe citizenry. Acting as a covert operative attempting to amass a following of discontents, Walden becomes increasingly paranoid that his operation with Spivey has been infiltrated and he finds himself racing against time to determine the true nature of several of his key relationships.
Discontents is a solid debut from author James Wallace Birch. By using witty dialogue, well-crafted prose and constantly stoking the coals of unsettled relationships and motivations, Birch maintains a consistent level of traction with the reader enabling a near effortless ability to engage the material.Read more ›
The eras covered in Emory's story are twofold, presented in a seamless blending of the politically sizzling 1960s and the current, high-tension situations in which Emory Walden becomes enmeshed. Entertaining and action-filled, often edged with the paranoia and fear reflected in the opening disclaimers, the book held my attention with its effortless transitions between vital backstory and unfolding "news-at-five" style present.
Sometimes it is the unexpected, tightly-written phrases utilized by an author to "show, not tell" that add power to a novel. Shortly into DISCONTENTS, I realized protagonist Emory Walden would not be receiving his fair share of respect anytime soon. As a steakhouse hostess watches the "half-sober backpacker" that is Emory enter the restaurant, Emory interprets her reaction: ". . . she gave me her disappointment with a shift of her weight." As I experienced the waitress's reaction of disapproval through the eyes of the protagonist, I developed empathy for Emory that carried through to the story's end, granting credence to the story and offering me, the reader, investment in the outcome.
That empathy was put to the test, though.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An intriguing tale of a protest movement and Emory Walden, a blogger and graffiti artist who is approached by a tycoon who wants to underwrite his efforts to further the cause. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by mountainmama
Overall, I think that Discontents by James Wallace Birch is a truly intriguing book. It has plenty of twists and turns in it to keep you pondering on what is really happening... Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by You can call me Lynn
Coincidently, I read Discontents just before and during the latest surge of protests in the U.S. The back drop of current events lends this book an even more powerful aura than it... Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by David Mark Brown
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