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Advocate of the truth Paperback – December 1, 2016
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About the Author
Adriaan Bos was a partner at a big law firm and served on various boards. Nowadays he combines his work as corporate mediator with his passion for writing. The author lives in the Netherlands.
In Advocate of the truth, Adriaan Bos, whose choice to trade in his legal briefs for extended stays in monasteries and nature, has added a semi-autobiographical element to the protagonist. He has crafted a suspenseful story that addresses universal values and philosophical issues. His personal commitment to defending the privacy of the individual and to stimulating compassionate social leadership, shines through in his novel. Fans of corporate, technological and spiritual thrillers will not want to miss what this author has to contribute in his impressive debut.
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Thomas finds it more and more difficult to honor Sam’s last wishes when he becomes entangled in a scandal of epic proportions – a literal crime against humanity that is claiming the lives of thousands of people, and is also spreading like wildfire. Thomas becomes caught up in a whirlwind of romance, drama, danger, and mystery as he ponders the meaning of life and existence while fighting tooth and nail to uphold his promise to Sam…
I was very ambivalent in my personal perceptions of this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed the poetic and metaphoric use of imagery that the author used, and the fact that he brought to light the depravity of man and the scariness of the technological world we live in today, and that he did so in a realistic manner.
On the other hand, I personally felt like the book was way too descriptive and that it lasted way too long. I felt like the author could have edited it down some while still retaining the poetic beauty of his work. Lastly, as an aside, I did not quite like the main character, Thomas. I appreciated the fact that he tried to upkeep Sam’s final wishes, but I did not agree or appreciate with the Buddhist and sometimes Atheistic viewpoints that were presented as if they were truth.
All in all, this was a truly suspenseful story, but not necessarily my personal preference.
Advocate of the truth explains in a beautiful way the negative side effects of nanotechnology, shows what short time political decisions will and can do to mankind.
The story is really very interesting and keeps me thinking about the future of my children. In what kind of controlled world they have to live, without any privacy. Everything in life becomes digital, and look what is happening on Twitter or WhatsApp chats without any form of companionship or passion for leadership. We as adults have to think about these things. Which path do we pave for our children?
I really recommend everybody to read this novel.
I enjoyed the last several chapters immensely. Good book.