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Black Collar: Book 1 of the Uncommon Rebels Trilogy by [Sullivan, Daniel]
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  • File Size: 1036 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Airplane Press; 2nd edition (July 30, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2G13RU
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This book goes from 0 to 100 mph and just stays there the entire time. It is a book that mixes politics with vengeance, murder, freedoms, entitlement and some very amazing hacking.

Are all technology people born cleverly devious? In this book they are sidelining financial institutions, broadcasting frequencies, credit cards, my personal favorite was the paintball gun setup.

This comes down to the question of this: If you had the intelligence and the money to do the right thing, and by doing so save something invaluable to your country, would you do it ? Even if you or your friends could potentially land in prison or worse.

This is what the book is about. A group of people is faced with an untenable situation involving the Internet, some Senators, vengeance and a lot of creativity. They all answer the question the same way, and proceed to put innovative plans in place to make problems go away.

The book pointed out the corruption in government, the deregulation of industries which has resulted in lower quality products and reinforcement of the Good Old Boys Network. There is a rousing peech on White Monday which I found very true and heartfelt. It is where Black Collar is defined.

This is not a novel where you will get confused about who is good and who is evil, it is obvious, maybe not from the very beginning, but shortly after. The characters on the side of good aren't all fabulously attractive, well one of them isn't, the rest of them are. They all have millions of dollars, though some of that was self-made. The good people are young, interesting, brilliant, artistic and relatively moral. The Evil ones can be fabulously attractive too, but aren't necessarily. The main one is. All the evil ones are filthy rich.
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I'm glad I took a risk on this author after stumbling across his website (he has a great blog post on the best laptops for writers).

Sometimes you suspect a book is going to be good. Decent cover. Solid description. Intriguing subject. And this book--it's just everything a novel should be. Smart. Obvious attention to detail. Distinct characters. A plot-line that forms with absurd precision.

I don't know much about Daniel Sullivan, but I can't wait to read more. According to his website, this is his debut. He's one of those authors you'll be mad at when he does anything other than write because you'll want to read more. Unquestionably one of best debut nobels of the past decade.

Black Collar is so much better than I expected. I hope I don't have to wait too much longer for the next book in the trilogy. No one writes intelligent thrillers like this. This isn't your average junk thriller--it has an actual point, and the plot is exciting without an absurd focus on guns or the end of the world--like it could actually take place. The characters have depth and emotion. It's a mixed read (some psychological elements, some dark elements. Some sexy elements. Intriguing characters. Depth of plot.). In short, the author doesn't insult your intelligence. This is a book for adults, but it is not a difficult read. And it's actually set in the modern era with an author who seems to have a solid grasp of technology. I also appreciate that the description says the book includes some adults themes, because it does (more publishers should do this!).

And THE DETAILS! Like at one point there is a restaurant named the Welch Room, a clear reference to the Rainbow Room of the actual GE building (CEO of GE: Jack Welch). There are tons of these little mentions like that.
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While not my usual type of reading, Black Collar is an insanely good read. This is the story of two inventors who get sucked into a world of political lies (sort of like today). Daniel Sullivan has put together a finely crafted novel with enough detail, twists and turns to keep the reader tuned and guessing.how he'll bring the plot elements all together. As an electronic's technician I found that the hero's invention was quite plausible.

Like any good novel, you wonder how much of the political skulduggery really goes on. A very chilling thought.

I highly recommend Black Collar as I eagerly await his next book.
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Enjoyed the book a great deal. Should be required reading for all; especially those that actually work for a living. Although fiction, it rings entirely too true of what is going on in the country now.
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By Sharon on March 30, 2014
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Interesting plot line and well developed characters but the reader does have to seriously suspend belief to manage the heavily slanted political scenario in the storyline.

There were parts of the book that I enjoyed very much, those that read like a well crafted techno-thriller. I did have to resort to skimming the sections which were the platforms for the political rants and social commentary.
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I got up to 37% read and just HAD to quit. The author has a nice story going here except for a few things.

Hart is supposed to be so brilliant, well why did he not do something to check the owner of the vanity plates at the accident? I mean really...US Senator as a vanity plate..... Then when they sell their prototype and has all the money, why does he not hire a PI to investigate first the owner of the plate, then who killed his parents and almost him too? So how stupid is that? They are wasting a ton of cash doing it the dumb way. He is a disgrace to how those loving parents raised him.

Then, we get to Rockle. This guy was really shy and then he goes to conduct the show because Hart is still in hospital. Okay we go from a shy and slightly insecure guy to a guy who is now doing a three-some sex thing?? So he goes from backwards to promiscuous? Come on! I am not a prude, but to lurch right into a 3 some??

So, we go from a nice guy Hart, to a sexually gun ho Rockle and I quit at this point.

The story is well written and you can follow it easily. That might be the problem. I picked up on some things too easily.

I am not going to give a recommendation either way folks. I have said what I found wrong, the choice is yours.
Just please, keep this book away from teens.
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