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An Epiphany On Wall Street (The Nine Inch Bride Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 10, 2014
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anonym - n. an anonymous person; a pseudonym.
[French anonyme, from Late Latin anonymus]
"Bred to a harder thing
Than Triumph, turn away
And like a laughing string
Whereon mad fingers play
Amid a place of stone,
Be secret and exult,
Because of all things known
That is most difficult."
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I happened across Epiphany on Wall Street via Twitter. The author kindly read part of my blog, and challenged me to read their book. It was not much of a challenge, eh? For I TRULY got the better end of the deal by having read their book. My simple blog was pathetic in comparison.
From the outset this is a thoroughly engaging book. The characters, though one may be a bit unusual, are TOTALLY believable. The reader is drawn into a parallel world of destruction, not only of a man, but of current-day America itself.
There are a few qualities I look for in a book. The MAJOR one is that the author knows how to write dialogue in the context of how WE speak, not in endless, almost speech-like conversations that are not realistic. This author joins all of my other favourite authors in that the dialogue is fast paced, believable, AND cleverly advances the story.
Epiphany also hits hard at our so-called "Democracy and the wealthy, as seen through the enlightened eyes of the character. It also touches on the class warfare in our society, addressing many burning topics of today. Topics that we shall ALL be facing in the very near future, if some of us are not already.
Were I to have to leave America quickly, there are a few novels that I would take with me. This would be one of them. Indeed, I even had to put it down for a day as it was coming to a close, simply because I did not want it to end!
Read it....you shall NOT be disappointed that you did. No matter your political persuasion, concern over the VERY small but believable science fiction involved, or your view of American society and monetary issues, you shall come away with something special. Truly you shall.
The name describes the book. Sa is a hero whom will save us from destruction and devastation. The critical events start with "An Epiphany" that happened when the heroes were "on Wall Street". A confluence of events then followed which set the heroes on their important adventure.
The book is very interesting, and very entertaining. Sa and Ken are wonderful heroes. The story is relevant to today and to everyone. The issues that the heroes are dealing with must be discussed. The world is unquestionably a mess. Changes are needed.
I note with interest the Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged references in this book. This book is written from a different perspective to Atlas Shrugged. However, the Atlas Shrugged heroes, Dagny Taggart in particular, also battled an evil adversary. Like Sa, they also wanted a better and different world; where liberty was preserved and where humans could live their lives without continual interference. A resolution was achieved in Atlas Shrugged, where it was expected that a different world was to evolve that was to benefit everyone.
I am very interested about what will happen here. An Epiphany On Wall Street is Book 1. Book 2 Suited For War continues the adventure.
In summary, An Epiphany On Wall Street is fascinating. The heroes are very likeable. The relationships between the characters are intricate.
This is a book about the World, and what will happen next, that everyone must read.
Look for the quote "Again today a lovers strike left undeclared…" Ken from book one in the ~ #9ib ~ series.
Note: anonym loves Tweeting about Atlas Shrugged, but has obviously not read the book.
Warning: anonym will block anyone on Twitter that dares to ask whether she has read Atlas Shrugged. What a joke. Typical liberal crybabies.
Such is the case with the Nine Inch Bride: Conundrum (Author Networks Edition, 2012) by anonym.
In this tight and perfectly grammatical 274 page fast reading book, the reader is immediately drawn into the world of Ken Loehner, the narrator. Ken, as he is referred to throughout the book, at first comes across as a real jerk, a young hedge fund trader who has lost everything and then some in a major and unexpected market downturn, and who like many would trample over others to be a financial success. He is dating Kiera, the granddaughter of the immensely wealthy Avery Wellingham, one of the elite Rockefeller-like characters who runs and controls the financial world. Ken’s interactions with Wellingham gives the the reader a Great Gatsby type of insight into how the modern day elite think, and a horrible and very believable vision of the world as they see it.
Upon leaving the Welingham estate at the beginning of the book, Ken inadvertently and unknowingly picks up a passenger, the anomaly 9-inch super-dwarf, Sahar. She is the daughter of Pedro, the estate’s gardener, resident Mexican handyman and genius. She is so small she is unacknowledged and has learned all the secrets of Wellingham, and in a large part is the genius behind the man’s success. She is self taught and as much of a genius as her father.
The book is set in New York City which the author knows very well, and a part of New York which is now called Empire City, the financial heart of the city. Ken lives in an apartment in Empire City for which he can no longer make the rent. His world is collapsing, and as an orphan, he has long thought of suicide and accumulated a large supply of dangerous prescription drugs. He takes these drugs rather than face the reality his world has become. Sahar who has been hiding out in his apartment, observing him after traveling home with him from the estate, saves his life after he vomits up a large part of the drugs.
The rest of the book deals with Ken and Sahar getting to know one another. Sahar is out to change the world, and she recruits Ken to help her. She is a realist and understands that changing the way people think in the world, and enlightening them to the corrupt elite and their connivance with the governments of the world, one almost has to have unlimited financial resources. This is the same philosophical stance as Ralph Nader’s Only The Super Rich Can Save Us, though she is much more realistic than Nader because she realizes the Super-Rich have no intention of saving anyone but themselves.
Sahar’s insights into how the world markets and finance operate give her absolute credibility.
“I am not a creature of sacrifice nor do I bring visions of utopia.” she began calmly. “I have with my wealth the means to redress some small symptoms in your current ills, but I am no altruist. I will neither partake of the human meal, consuming others for my gain, nor the hypocrisy of giving them alms thus earned. There is no standing for the altruist to alleviate suffering ordained by a system, and then leave the system free to continue to ordain and perpetuate the self-same suffering. Communism may accomplish commonweal, but this ism claims accord with man’s rational nature and the cultivation of genius, far higher ideals than alms for the poor, the sorry stuff of laissez-faire.”
“We have a democracy based on consumer focus groups,” she said, “Sound bites tested as in the marketing of toiletries. Capitalism is above question and socialism is a dirty word that may not be spoken. The American democratic ideal is a vague memory mistakenly assumed, falsely defined, and all but dead in our time.”
“Question free markets and the beaten dog of state communism is dragged out to remind us how lucky we are to be free to pose so reckless a question. This is the child of Noah’s thinking: the external threat, be it wrath of God or foreign ism, should make us grateful for our privations, it being so much worse elsewhere in the flood.”
This totally well thought out dystopian novel leaves the reader optimistic in spite of the darkness of modern day problems and hungering for the next book in the series. This reviewer urges everyone to read this extraordinary and insightful book and the books to come.
I question the title of the book, Nine Inch Bride: Conundrum, and thinks it would be better as A Nine Inch Conundrum, but assumes that issue will be addressed in a future book. By the way, I had to look up that conundrum means a logical postulation that evades resolution, an intricate and difficult problem.