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About the Author

Michael Isenberg has had a checkered career as a Six Sigma Black Belt, weapons merchant, astrophysicist, and manufacturer of cigarette butts. He resides in New England with 844 books and an elderly cat that bites people.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Monteferro Press (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098532970X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985329709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,585,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What happens when you cross Ayn Rand with Ian Fleming? No, not "The Objectivist Who Loved Me". "Full Asylum" is the story of the transformation of an office geek into a James Bond-like character as he tries to stay one step ahead of a government that's taking away liberties in the name of social good. It's humor, action, and political philosphy, all rolled into one. Enjoyable and thought-provoking.
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I suspect Ayn Rand wouldn't relate to the heavy dose of spoofing. But take Ian Fleming, add the crazy Florida writers Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry, toss in a temporarily disorganized Tom Robbins, include William Peter Blatty's "Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane" asylum and maybe, a touch of Kesey's "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" with a happier ending. You may struggle at first to follow the inserts, but prepare to be amazed toward the end when it all comes together, and, prepare to laugh out loud.
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I found the novel extremely engaging and witty. Isenberg combines his words with great skill.

As a proponent of limited government, this novel struck a chord with me. As we have seen from Ayn Rand's novels, what in her time seemed like an absurd story of government overreach, is now standard operating procedure. As entertaining as Full Asylum is, Isenberg's depiction of a big government nanny state is chilling.
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Our hero, overqualified software engineer Gimbel O'Hare, is a James Bond fan. The 007 character and his adventures speak to Gimbel's quest for excellence in what he does. In fact, there's a couple times when Gimbel suffers some sort of psychological identity displacement and imagines that he IS Bond...

Oh, wait a minute. The name is Dunn. John Dunn. Not Bond-James Bond. His operative ID and the name of Her Majesty's Secret Service are altered, as well. And Gimbel's not the only guy suffering this fantasy/reality swap. But that's just one element in Isenberg's delightfully absurd satire.

O'Hare works for Byte Yourself, a software company which has jumped from an entrepreneurial start-up into an empire--much to the chagrin of competitors and bureaucrats. Those competitors and bureaucrats have joined forces to bring down Byte Yourself, and Gimbel O'Hare is caught in the middle of it.

Full Asylum weaves together British superspy mania, professional wrestling, paintball and a charming cast of characters in a tale of office politics gone viral. Or should I say, gone pandemic?

Here's a notable line of dialog from a book which takes pains to be upbeat, or at least humorous, most of the time:

"...It isn't easy when everyone responsible for enforcing the law works for the criminal."

In the spirit of Ian Fleming, Isenberg has some nifty names for some of his characters as well: Cherri Tarte, Dora Jarr, Lacey Briefs...

If you're in the mood for some social satire with a lighthearted touch and a positive attitude, give this one a read.

Henry Brown is the Two-Fisted Blogger, and author of Virtual Pulp: Tales of High Adventure, Low Adventure and Misadventure.
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Michael Isenberg's Full Asylum is a delight. It's a non-stop adventure that is satirical and hilarious yet somehow also contains the finest love scene I've read in years. The protagonist, Gimbel O'Hare, suffers from an irrepressible urge to live his life fully and to the best of his ability. He is a computer programmer and a damn good one, and he just wants to do his job. Should be simple enough, no? Not in the world of stifling cultural and bureaucratic mediocrity! Frustrated, O'Hare finds inspiration in John Dunn (thinly disguised James Bond) films. Inspired by the superspy's high-octane dedication to fighting the good fight, O'Hare remains doggedly, flamboyantly true to himself. Needless to say, he racks up enemies - women, his co-workers, his boss, and the Federal Government, to name a few.

Isenberg's literary style is highly visual. I could see everything clearly as it happened. On countless occasions, I wished someone would make this book into a movie. It has everything! Stunning women, including an over-the-top awesome female co-star; fast cars; technology; chases galore; comic foils; and action and romance. Isenberg writes with imagination and intelligence. He champions excellence in this highly entertaining tale, a treat for anyone who smiled at the end of The Incredibles or The Fountainhead. And Isenberg also did his due diligence; Full Asylum is impeccably researched and edited. Can't recommend it highly enough! Read it before it's cool - this book will be huge.
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Unlike most libertarian-leaning dystopian fiction, this book is actually fun to read. All those Serious and Earnest heroes and heroines we know so well have been knocked off their Thrones of Virtue in one fell swoop by a tidal wave of brilliantly witty mirth, delivered by an imaginative array of complex and memorable characters. After I read this, I couldn't help wondering why the likes of George Orwell and Ayn Rand had to be so grim. But no more. If this book doesn't spawn imitations, I will be surprised. My advice: don't start reading it after dinner, unless you have the next couple of days free to recover from the ensuing loss of sleep.
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