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Full Asylum Paperback – May 29, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing read! I would recommend this book to anyone. No matter your political affiliation, this book engages the American mind! Action packed and full of hilarious laughs. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Pelletier
Laughed my ass off the whole way through. Isenberg's sense of humor is fantastic and his story is fast-paced and enthralling. Love this book.Published 10 months ago by R. Bertrand
Full Asylum is a fun read. Government heavy-handedness is nicely skewered with only the slightest exaggerations. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael Sheldon
This is one of the most original books I have ever read. The story is complex but not hard to follow. The characters are unique and defy description. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jack July
What can I say to sell this to you? Do you like Bond? Wrestling? Thoughtful dialogues? Fun play on words? If not the go buy Al Gore's anything. Read morePublished 23 months ago by STK
Michael Isenberg uses his lifelong love of James Bond and spy thrillers to weave his own tale of good versus evil. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Rod Bedard
Micheal Isenberg is a genius at political satire--not just intelligent, but smart. He has a great combination of humor--from Abbot and Costello antics to biting wit. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Karina L. Fabian
I might be a little biased given that I'm a socially awkward software engineer much like the protagonist. The action is well-written and I thought the characters were engaging. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Anthony C.
Mr. Isenberg does a phenomenal job in this masterpiece. Not a long drawn out dystopian book, as many futuristic libertarian books are, this one doesn't involve much sci-fi which... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Mike