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5.0 out of 5 stars Slings like Clancy, pops like Emmerich, July 25, 2012
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This review is from: Collapse (Paperback)
A rumbling maelstrom churning until the last word...

There's something very wrong, more than the Second Great Depression plaguing this new America. Within the first few pages of Collapse author Richard Stephenson quickly draws us into a world teetering toward collapse. Blame it on a failing education system. Blame it on bickering leaders in Washington. Blame it on extravagance. Blame it on Americans who had a chance to do something and could not, or made the wrong choices.

Presence, after all, is the requisite for causality. Who participates and conversely who does not greatly influences outcome. We see that played out everyday in our headlines. So often we credit the people sitting at the bargaining table for their ability to defuse or devise the next step. Timing, Stephenson suggests, is far more basic: a series of junctures linked through causality dependent on mavericks and managers to navigate circumstances already set in motion. Call Collapse a Tom Clancy and Roland Emmerich mash-up: a clear case of too many off switches and a predictable enemy on foreign soil.

Classify Collapse under dystopian? Not quite. I'll explain. The story doesn't awaken within a dystopian state. That's key. What Stephenson does clearly establish are the events that would create a dystopian future--a prequel, if you will--in which we see men and women determined to prevent democracy's wholesale slaughter. Distracted by the threat of nuclear war, destruction brought about by a hurricane, the Second Great Depression, it's a cocktail of just too many off switches. Powerless to prevent the downfall, our heroes remain resolute (yes, even reckless) as the story hones in on each character, hope blazing. They believe hope is within reach. And because they believed, I cheered them on. ~ Read-Indie-Books at [...]
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