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Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy (Public Works Trilogy) Paperback – September 10, 2004
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The only reason that I didn't give the book five stars is that the ending is a bit weak compared to the rest of the book. But, regardless of the ending, the ride was worth it.
The cast of Sewer, Gas and Electric includes a Multi-Billionare businessman, Harry Gant. Harry wants to do the right thing, but doing the right thing is boring -- it just doesn't hold his attention. So, he hired an environmentalist that he'd dated in college, Joan, as an executive in his company to keep him honest. They battle over company decisions and eventually marry and then divorce, all the time where the story occurs.
Other characters include a non-violent eco-terrorist with a submarine decorated with pink polka dots that he docks under the statue of liberty, the crew of the submarine, including a mixed Israeli/Palestinian family, and a few war veterns suffering from serious PTSD. Oh, and we can't forget the VERY evolved, very dangerous shark that has escaped from the NY City sewers. And the Queen of England...
Early on in the book, it isn't clear whether the plot revolves around Gant's quest to build a mile-high tower or the eco-terrorists efforts to stop Gant industries from drilling for oil in the Antarctica. It turns out that its neither.
I really don't want to give anything away. If you like science fiction and you enjoy off the wall plots and don't mind a bit of politically incorrect humor, you'll LOVE this book.
Wait a minute, I just did. At any rate, think of this book as a demented Neal Stephenson on acid. On top of a bedrock of solid characterizations and a fully coalesced storyline, Ruff constructs some of the strangest situations, oddest segues and wackiest future forcasts in recent memory. It may get a bit confusing at times, and Ayn does tend to grate on about the glories of U.S. mass consumption, but trust me...it's a G.A.S.
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