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"The Short Drop" by Matthew FitzSimmons
Meet the assassin The Washington Post calls "a doozy of a sociopath" in this debut thriller from Matthew FitzSimmons. Available on Kindle and in paperback.

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About the Author

Charles Hugh Smith is the author of six novels including "I-State Lines" (Permanent Press, NY) "Kama Sutra Cadillac," "Verona in Spring" "Claire's Great Adventure" and "Of Two Minds." His other works include "Weblogs & New Media: Marketing in Crisis" and his weblog: www.oftwominds.com/blog.html.

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  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Trewe Press/CreateSpace (August 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OI33GK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charles Hugh Smith is the author of the oftwominds.com blog, #7 in CNBC's top alternative
financial sites, and nine books on our economy and society, including "Why Things Are
Falling Apart and What We Can Do About It," "The Nearly Free University and the Emerging
Economy," "Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy" and most recently, "A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All." His work is published on a number of popular financial websites including Zero Hedge, Financial Sense, and David Stockman's Contra Corner.

Smith has also written seven novels and has posted a number of book and film commentaries on his website www.oftwominds.com/blog.html

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This book is a decent effort, but ultimately comes off as amateurish. Basically a "chase story" with a mix of artificial intelligence, the story just doesn't have enough to make it memorable. The character falls in love with a woman he's met all of three times, and pines for her throughout the book -- either a failing of the author or a *very* shallow character. The author hints at concepts of psychic abilities, but never really follows through.

The author presents opportunities in the plot that never pay off. In places it seems that the author first intended one thing, but later changed his mind -- leaving the setup for the discarded bit dangling right through to the end.

For example, (minor ***spoiler***!) as the protagonist is being followed through much of the book, the bad guys keep finding him wherever he is. He spends a lot of time wondering "How are they finding me?" but it's never explained. I actually had a theory as to why, and it fit very well, making me wonder if this was the author's idea as well and he changed his mind at the last minute -- in which case he should have gone back and cleaned up the discarded idea a bit better when making the change.

Overall a fair read. Some fun bits, but there are much better novels out there for you to spend time on.
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I decided to read this book primarily because I had read another of Charles H. Smith's entitled "I-State Lines" and enjoyed it. This one captures your imagination early on with the immediate feeling that the hero is going to do something stupid with his life and do it fast.

The story opens with a laid off computer tech who is down on his luck in more ways than one - and in going through the Classifieds day by day, parks his coffee cup over one of the ads, making a coffee ring around it which catches his eye. This, in itself may be an omen, but he isn't thinking along those lines right then, although he will be later on. The plot unfolds and he rashly answers the ad, mostly out of desperation after he is turned down for yet another job. Despondent, he feels he has no other option open to him. So, he locates the "offices" of the mysterious tech company deep in the bowels of the run-down section of town, and all sorts of bright red flags begin flying; but he snuffs each one out as they appear, justifying to himself each step of the continued approach. It's now a matter of curiosity. During the interview, a few lucky guesses in the right direction seal his fate and he is "accepted" for the position because he fits their image criteria for subliminal mental projection.

The plot begins to thicken as nobody he speaks with wishes to reveal anything of substance about either the company he is to be working for or the job he is to do for them.
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I agree with everything Strawgold said in his review. I would add two things.
1. (spoiler) I could see technology enabling almost all of this story within 20 years, but the possibility that the computer could repair itself from the impact of two bullets using its own internal power supply was way beyond credible to me for the foreseeable future.
2. I could easily do without the gratuitous sex episode and references in the story. I don't think they add anything.
I bought this and read it on the Kindle. It was a very enjoyable experience and well worth the price.
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I didn't give it a 1 star rating because the book at least has potential. I almost gave up several times but muddled through to the end. It starts out well enough to grab your interest but it soon succumbs to silliness and just plain unbelievability. The entire time I kept thinking this reads like a TV show. Indeed you could say it was a cross between "Knight Rider" and "The Dresden Files."

The book opens with main character, Garrett Trask, a top notch yet unemployed computer security specialist finally finding a temporary job that had the weirdest application process ever. The reason being, this highly specialized computer security firm was looking for someone with a high degree of ESP. It seems the story's villain, an ex KGB Eastern European type, has been stealing things using a process developed by the CIA and KGB known as "remote viewing." (Those of you who have ever listened to late night talk radio, particularly a show called "Coast to Coast" have probably heard of this.) Trask takes the job because it pays extremely well and he is told as a company courier all he has to do is go to Europe take in the sights, stay in the best hotels, eat at the finest restaurants, etc. Of course he is being used as bait.

To help him in his task he is given a prototype computer that has all the latest artificial intelligence (AI) that will be patented soon. The computer talks, listens, and argues with Garrett in addition to being a translator, tour guide, etc, and is in fact another character in the book. The deadline for the patent is in the next couple of weeks and the bad guy wants to steal it all for himself. The computer is in a briefcase that is tethered to Garrett's wrist on a retractable leash made of some super thin super strong metal and can not be removed.
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