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The Spartacus File [Kindle Edition]

Carl Parlagreco , Lawrence Watt-Evans
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Philadelphia, some time in the 21st century--Casper Beech is a corporate drone, a man beaten down by debt, a wage-slave to the Consortium that dominates the American economy. One day his boss sends him in for neural imprinting--to have new job skills implanted directly in his brain, because it's faster and cheaper than training him by older methods. But a computer glitch loads the wrong file, and Casper is programmed with something that has nothing to do with his job. Instead of learning a new software package, he learns a new way of thinking--a mindset designed by a secret government agency for use in enemy nations, and never meant to be unleashed in the United States. Lethal government agents seek to correct the error in a steadily-escalating conflict, while Casper struggles to survive, to remain true to himself despite his new programming, and to find out just what was in... THE SPARTACUS FILE



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  • File Size: 250 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (November 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AYCSI4
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Dystopian Read April 23, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I never expected to see a serious dystopian novel from Lawrence Watt-Evans. I knew he had a dark streak, as demonstrated in his extremely troubling Brown Magician series, but he's best known for intelligent, light fantasy not for works of political vision - at least not until he teamed up with Carl Parlagreco to write The Spartacus File.

The Spartacus File is more than just a dystopian novel, it's a polemic very specifically aimed at negative trends in current American society. There's no question that the storytelling and characterization suffer because of this, but the result is a novel which has the minimalist feel of classic dystopian works like Slan, The Day After Tomorrow and The Brave Free Men, where the story to a large extent takes a second seat to the message.

The novel is sent in a near future where the United States has evolved into a single-party corporate dominated state with a strong police aparatus where people are at the mercy of their employers, under the thumb of politcial oligarchs and at the mercy of covert police units which can make dissenters and troublemakers disappear. The Constitution is still theoretically in force, but after a major economic crisis it's been suspended and superseded by the needs of the all-powerful state.

Casper Beech is a cog in this machine-like society, overworked and undervalued and totally cowed and submissive - essentially a slave to the system. Then he's called into his boss's office and told that they're upgrading the software he uses, and to keep him up to speed he's going to be sent for neural programming to learn the new software instantly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Such potential... January 10, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well, I just purchased this book through Amazon, and after it arrived, I devoured it in one evening and the following morning (a total of about 3-4 hours). I really enjoyed how the book was going right up till the last 3 pages when, as an earlier reviewer put it, "the book jumped sixteen years to an unsatisfying end". Now, the authors did put in the ending the possibility of a sequel which, if done right, could then salvage this book, but until then, I have to give this book 3 stars, of which 1 and 1/2 of them are only because the first 166 pages of this 169 page book were SO good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Young Adult Fiction October 11, 2006
Format:Paperback
I guess this was OK for what it was. I just didn't know it was written for young teenagers, so I was disappointed. If you want to teach your children about the evils of big government, then this may be the book for you. If you are a fan of Lawrence Watt-Evans' other books, then you are probably too old for this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus March 26, 2008
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Spartacus File is co-authored by my favorite author Lawrence Watt-Evans and by Carl Parlagreco, a writer unknown to me. As with everything Watt-Evans writes, the story avoids cleche plot lines and takes the reader in a different and interesting direction. Start with a character who is plugged in to receive a computerized skill implant, add a computer glitch, and then go along for the ride in the rest of the story.
I have been enjoying this book, but must admit that is isn't one of Watt-Evan's best. I'm not sure if this is by chance or because it is a collaboration with another author. In any event, I think this is an enjoyable read, but also would highly recommend all other books by Watt-Evans for those who enjoy stories that break the standard molds. Here are some recommendations:The Wizard Lord: Volume One of the Annals of the Chosen (The Annals of the Chosen), THE MISENNCHANTED SWORD
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I've been writing fantasy for more than thirty years... well, my fantasy's been published for more than thirty years. I've been writing it since I was eight. It's what I always wanted to do for a living, and I've been very fortunate in that I've been able to manage that. I try to write fantasy with an element of common sense to it -- not so much mythic archetypes as sensible people.

Other than my job, my life's pretty ordinary -- a nice house in a quiet neighborhood, a wife, two grown kids, and a cat.

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