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Digital Darling: An American Story Paperback – June 22, 2011
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About the Author
Rick Roberts is a veteran of Boston’s advertising community; Harvard University, the Orvis Fly Fishing School, and the US Army. He is also author of the non-fiction boomer rant, "I Was Much Happier When Everything I Owned Was In The Back Seat Of My Volkswagen." He lives in Rhode Island.
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While the book centers around a political conspiracy and ensuing set of political intrigues, this is not from the tired old tyrannical/militaristic/totalitarian mold. Roberts takes us into a novel world of political conspiracy that not only intermingles personal ambition and the common good, but it seems to arrive with a market based solution! Now, how novel is that? External threat, traditionally a necessity in conspiratorial works, makes only a brief appearance via a threat from the G20. Taking cue from the current state of affairs Roberts recognizes much of the ills that he identifies as self-inflicted. It is a lesson we should learn as a nation and perhaps as individuals. At heart "Digital Darling" is a political conspiracy thriller with lots of social commentary, some serious, some humorous, some intentionally over the top. Roberts hedges his bets and there are political gifts for the lefties and libertarians, no need to despair. Great read. It does make you think a bit.
labeled Civil Disobedience meets the Internet age.
At its heart, this is a cautionary tale about government manipulation and lust for complete power at a time when America's claim to being #1 is being challenged by an economy in shambles. In other words, topics snatched right from today's headlines. But, what Mr. Roberts really has written is a fast-paced story about the power of the individual to fight back with all the resources that today's cyberworld puts at our command.
"Digital Darling" is the story of the American Revolution, Part II. Like the first one, it starts in Boston, a town Mr. Roberts obviously loves and describes with the insights of someone who has actually lived there. The same is true when the story takes us to Maine. To round out the locales, he throws in some Arizona and Hopi indian lore -- perhaps a nod to the first inhabitants of our country who were manipulated and mistreated by the government.
Mr. Roberts' familiarity with digital culture is impressive and I suspect he's been to MIT a few times to talk to people at the famous lab that plays a pivotal role in the story. Just as impressive is his offbeat take on today's media-drenched culture and his irreverent sense of humor. How can you not like a book that kicks things off with a planeload of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models returning from a shoot and getting infected with a mysterious virus that kills them?
If you're looking for an in-depth psychological study of human nature, go to the library and look up any number of brooding Russian novelists. If you're looking for a good read that's fun and a little bit scary -
especially for those who don't trust their government - you won't be disappointed with "Digital Darling."
crisply written and fun to read, with enough political intrigue to make you think hard about what's fact and what's fiction in the media
.... Betcha can't put it down....
Rick’s zen-like writing style somewhat surprisingly brings us a classic fast-paced, cohesive page turner that is a true credit to its genre – one that is not only entertaining but also seeded with gems that improve our spiritual understanding of the foundations on which our world views are based.
What’s more, the story’s characters who bring Digital Darlings’ journey to life are as believable as they are effective in doing so and, at times, even seductive in helping to familiarize the reader with the causal forces all around us. The story paints a picture that helps to show how we come to the choices that we long to make but also provide a bit of optimism in what often seems to be a cynical world.
A must read.