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The story is definitely R-rated. There is plenty of profanity and sex, but the sex is not explicit.
I was a little disappointed that there was not more discussion of the political differences between the different parts of the original country and how the new countries dealt with problems differently after the partition. Perhaps there will be a second, follow-on book.
Caught in the middle of this is an former nationally syndicated columnist from Chicago, Marcel Crisp, who lost his job due to his opposition to Partition. One of the presidents of a New America region, Anton Stark, decides to use Crisp's expertise and political insights and appoints him as an ambassador. Crisp accepts the job without knowing that Stark has his own agenda to reunite the country through blackmail. What unfolds is a complex story of political intrigue, double-dealing, secret back door negotiations, and plotting all under the threat of the coming nuclear mayhem.
During all of the action of the story, through the self-analysis of the character Marcel Crisp, is the questioning of politics, political motivations and manipulations, and the question of the value of diversity versus unity in a multicultural society. There are depths to this novel that go beyond a potboiler action thriller.
The story is crisply told, extremely well-plotted, and well written and can hold its own against novels by Tom Clancy, Frederick Forsyth, and other top political thriller authors. All of the characters are well developed, and there's not a caricature or cardboard cutout in sight.
This author is new to me, and he's going on my personal watch-list for future novels.
Steinberg's plot deepens from the beginning, with new twists and turns every few pages. It is a book I could not put down. All components of the writing: characterizations, dialogue, settings, and plot are above first rate. The author displays his intelligence with depth and complexity, yet makes the story easy to follow in a linear time frame approaching a "ticking time bomb." Most highly recommended. Great for book clubs.
I purchased the paperback edition from Amazon.
Most recent customer reviews
When you start reading you don't want to put down If you like politics you will like this book