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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: #2,392,065 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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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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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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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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As an Independent - with Democratic leanings - on the political spectrum, I was highly skeptical of this libertarian fantasy novel but decided to read it on a friend's recommendation. Going out of my comfort zone here was certainly rewarded with this amusing and thought-provoking book. The entertaining plot involving espionage, wrestling, politics, movie-making and geek love kept me engaged to the very end, and rooting for protagonist Gimbel O'Hare to succeed in his quest to triumph over big-government, for professional success and of course in getting the girl! I especially enjoyed how the James Bond spoof was tied-in to the plot line. While I'm not a convert yet, this well-written novel has definitely given me food for thought about the size and role of government in our lives.
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What a fun read! While reading Michael Isenberg's novel, I could sense the twinkle that must have been in his eyes as he wrote. This novel reads like it was set in Dilbert's cubicle, with George Burns, Gracie Allen, and some combination of the Monty Python Cast and the Marx Brothers in the cast. I imagined rimshots aplenty. (And I mean that in a good way.)

The wordplay and pacing are just right, and the ideological sledgehammer blows are tempered by just enough padding to make them, like the professional wrestler characters, deliver full impact and entertainment, painlessly.

I eagerly await Mr. Isenberg's next novel.
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This book doesn't easily fit into established categories. As one of the other reviewers put succinctly, it is clever and fun. But it also has an important message. What happens when a society rewards and even demands mediocrity? What does it do to the society? At a more personal level, what does it do to individuals who crave excellence? Isenberg has done a masterful job of exploring these questions in a well-written story that is often funny, sometimes touching, and always a pleasure to read.
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