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"Vesterberg skillfully portrays Maj. Bob Faller ... This modern-day Archie Bunker sees women as unfit for the military, blacks as perpetually aggrieved, Jews as Holocaust-obsessed and liberals as "graying hippies." It's no surprise Faller's marriage is shaky or that he doesn't have a good relationship with his daughter, who happens to run the Chicago campaign office of the "African Muslim Communist" running for president ... A well-written yet off-base thriller ..." - Kirkus Reviews

"... In his debut novel, Vesterberg's portrait of an extremist pulls no punches and has a lingering power." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jonas Vesterberg (born 1978) is a Swedish writer and journalist who has spent most of his adult life in the United States. His first novel, The Roche Limit, is a raw, uncensored exploration into the psychological costs of living in a constant state of war -- not only with others, but also with oneself. 

Inspired by authors such as Michel Houellebecq, Hermann Hesse, Bret Easton Ellis and James Ellroy -- but also thinkers such as Nietzsche, Marcuse and Arendt -- Vesterberg uses the method of dark fiction to challenge our understanding of good and evil, power and powerlessness, right and wrong. 


In The Roche Limit, violence, alienation, racism, misogyny, consumerism, corporate greed, poverty, religious extremism, sexual abuse and the floating boundaries between sanity and insanity are all explored and exposed through the sudden breakdown of U.S. Special Forces Major Bob Faller's compartmentalized inner world. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Exilio Press; 1 edition (June 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615801455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615801452
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,118,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jonas Vesterberg (born 1978) is a Swedish writer and journalist
who has spent the past ten years in the United States. His articles
have appeared in Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Ordfront Magasin, The
Swedish Wire and other publications. Equally proficient in English
and Swedish, he has worked as a linguist and communications consultant
for several U.S. and international corporations. He holds a
master's degree in Political Science from Lund University. "The Roche
Limit" is his first novel.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catrinka TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 30, 2013
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For starters, this book is not what it seems. Midway into the book, I was still thinking I was reading a typical military spy thriller with political undertones...only to have it morph into something else as the storyline continued tossing in doubts and redirection. In other words...what you think you see is not necessarily "what is."

The Roche Limit, written in first-person narrative form, is told in "real time" by Major Bob Faller, an ultra-conservative who's still trying to believe in his own old-fashioned version of the American Dream...in part, that the United States should make the rest of the world our parking lot. As Bob is a racist and misogynist, his character doesn't garner much sympathy from readers (or at least not this reader) although some of his comments and ideals did produce a chuckle or eye roll from me.

The book's beginning is set in a highly-classified defense location overseas and involves Bob and military contractors outsourced with doing mission support activities for the US government. An "asset," Mahmoud, lies dying on a medical gurney presumably following interrogation. Bob has a previous relationship with Mahmoud, having been saved by him in Russia 20 years earlier. Mahmoud gasps his dying words to Bob, "You must stop them...the Seventh Moon...Find her...the disk."

All of this is a mystery to Bob as he returns state-side and becomes further embroiled in what appears to be a case of military espionage gone bad. He gradually comes to the conclusion that it is politically motivated and could possibly be a threat to his estranged daughter, a "flaming liberal" (Bob's words) who works on a political campaign.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nnedi on October 14, 2013
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This book is chock full of cloak-and-dagger! It will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat. Just watching the progression of the main character, Major Bob Faller, throughout the novel, alone, will have you wondering, "Do I hate this guy or am I rooting for him?" His life is like a sinking ship that he's trying to keep afloat, but the more he tries to man the pumps, the more the ship seems to careen. There is no one that he seems to have a stable relationship with: not his wife, not his daughter, not even himself! It seems that instability, internally and externally, has been his reality for way too long. Through the evolution of the main character, we see ugly parts of American history, that are routinely swept under the rug, brought to light. The consequences of dealing with these issues are what eventually define the main character. Either way, in the end, you may be very surprised with your own opinion of Major Bob Faller.

The thrill of the novel is that there are so many dichotomous themes at play, e.g., Illusion v. Reality, Good v. Evil, Power v. Corruption, Racism v. Gentility, Internal v. External, etc. These themes, which are so masterfully intertwined within the plot, really provide a window into what is really the play of smoke and mirrors in everyday American society.

All I can say is: Pick up the novel, Start reading, and Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FemPM on August 30, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As with every good piece of art, it caused a few emotional reactions for me. It hit a few nerves, it made me think, and it made me laugh. For example, a new favorite quote likens a bad hangover to dancing all night with Mike Tyson. Clever, complex and close to home in quite a few areas. Bravo! When is your next novel going to appear?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elena P. Clark on September 5, 2013
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I found this a very compelling political thriller with a surprising twist, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the genre. The intertwining of the different plot threads, and of the main character's back story with the novel's present, was skillfully done and kept the suspense high, and the main character's moral evolution over the course of the novel lent an interesting depth to such an action-heavy book. I'm giving it 4 stars out of 5 because I finished wanting more and I'm hoping to see more work by the author, so it was both a satisfying and unsatisfying experience!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik F on July 19, 2013
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I came across this book thanks to a friend who had purchased it for me. I have never read a political/spy-esque thriller before, but it would have been rude for me not to read it, so I did. Looking back though, it was a great gift! The layers within the text were immense, filled with numerous hidden meanings. I am not used to interpreting the multiple flashbacks/memories however how the storylines culminated and interconnected in the end was beautifully done.

I was initially put off by the unforgiving social commentary of Bob Fallers convictions, but after sticking it through the entire book, I have understood the reasons for it as you will. It' has left me with an interesting look at society today, and made quite an impact on how I interpret the community in which I live.

Also, I just found out that the author is Swedish! I couldn't believe it due to his remarkable command of the english language.
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