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Departure Paperback – December 4, 2014
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“Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch--DEPARTURE has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels.” (Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of Outlander on DEPARTURE)
“Well written and edited, Departure is an imaginative sci-fi action adventure that will satisfy any sci-fi or action thriller fan; adrenaline with a message. 5-Stars.” (Clabe Polk Mystery and Adventure) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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He explores the theme of corporate philanthropy and the inherent dangers in having self-defined elites and cliques using their wealth and power to establish solutions for a new world order. Riddle's theme is that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Riddle is successful in demonstrating the disconnect between the ability to acquire wealth and the assumed right to formulate social policy. In his previous work, the grab for power is more naked and reflects the totalitarian styles of the 20th Century. In Departure, the grab for power is more sinister, hidden as it is behind the rhetoric of philanthropy and the venture capitalists' love of massive projects showing a fast return for the select few. As we confront the inevitable and profound impacts of climate change, we will indeed have to deal with powerful, but non-democratic, philanthropic interests propagating radical "lifeboat" solutions. Departure is a precautionary tale for this new century.There is no joy for any ambitious corporate philanthropists in reading this book.
I enjoyed the fast read that this book provides and the first half really had me guessing. I find the global nature of Gerry's writing refreshing and he writes well outside American characterizations. He did this so well in his previous work giving us characters who are not formulaic, who are not Rambo clones saving the world through the sheer volume of hot lead they can expend. For international readers this is refreshing. Further, he has developed characters who "save the world" through their commitment to social justice and equity in the application of science; that the female characters are strong, complex and independent is a special joy.
"Departure" is indeed a precautionary message for our time and Gerry Riddle is to be commended for yet another excellent piece of work. I wish him well.