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Dire Means by [Neil, Geoffrey]
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"Dire Means grabbed me from the very first page [...] a haunting novel that will stay with you well after you have finished reading it."
-Feathered Quill Book Reviews

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If you're afraid, who could blame you? Let's be honest, Dire Means is known to overwhelm readers. What if the plot is too intense? Some of its characters swear. There's also some violence. This isn't a horror novel, but I think it's fair to warn you that "things could happen". You might slam your Kindle cover shut halfway through and flee your favorite reading chair for emergency psychological help. Flattering for me, but a bummer for you because the book's price would have set you back more than an ice cream sundae, right? Relax. This doesn't need to happen. Use Amazon's Look Inside feature to read an enormous sample. If this doesn't make your purchase feel safe enough then just go enjoy your ice cream instead. I won't be upset. I won't even know ... unless we meet some fine day and you get all fidgety when I ask what your favorite scene was.

Dire Means is not a sermon and will satisfy readers whether they have sympathy or criticism for homeless people. The story examines what would happen if fear, rather than brotherly love, motivated kind acts. Is the reason for kindness important? 

The idea came to me after I gave money, through my car's window, to a homeless man. As I drove away, I wondered why altruism has never succeeded in completely eliminating homelessness. "Love your neighbor" is a message preached weekly from church pulpits across the nation. Still, homelessness persists and grows. Nonprofit organizations make noble attempts to help, but the problem expands quicker than they can chip away at it. While contemplating the futility of a thorough solution, I became obsessed with a concept that would become Dire Means. If appeals to public kindness haven't succeeded, what if someone harnessed terror to make adherence to the Golden Rule the only practical way to feel safe?

Product details

  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Priorities Intact Publishing (October 12, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 12, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SN9H7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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