"Van Fleisher could join the ranks of James Patterson and Tom Clancy with the quality of writing that I found in Final Notice.
More importantly, he took a simple idea and elevated it into a thrilling, fast-paced read that never once slackened. Fleisher creates characters that are all at once relatable and scary as they are realistic people that we feel we know but who are driven to extreme extents. And while there is a political agenda... it's enjoyable no matter how you interpret it. This book does a spectacular job of pushing a message while still being enjoyable as simply fiction." Reviewed by Samantha Coville for Readers' Favorite. "Final Notice by Van Fleisher is an intelligently imagined and expertly crafted novel with an original concept.
Combining dark and biting humor, satire, and suspense ...with characters that are sophisticated and that reveal a lot about human nature. There is an unpredictability in the plot that makes it intriguing and exciting, with surprises that readers won't see coming. The conflict is mostly existential and psychological and the author uses it to drive the plot. Van Fleisher is a master entertainer who knows how to feed the reader's curiosity. You can't stop reading this book once you start it." Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers'Favorite. "Final Notice is a fiction novel that is not that far from reality ... My attention never wavered while reading this novel.
The characters are likable and multidimensional ... the plot was perfectly paced ... (and) I kept on turning the pages because I was impatient to see how each character who received a final notice would react. I have to congratulate the author on the ability to surprise me multiple times throughout the story. This novel proves that whenever really know people as well as we think we do." Reviewed by Sarah Khan for OnlineBookClub.org. "I found the plot of Final Notice by Van Fleisher extremely interesting and well executed
. ... I enjoyed the book because there wasn't a judgmental tone to it. Some sensitive topics like suicide, racism, and how the elderly are treated are talked about in a very appropriate manner, and you get insights into different layers of society. If you like thought provoking, exciting and well-written novels, then give this one a go! Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite.
"... a powerful and engrossing set of tales incorporating social and political commentary and psychological insights on motivations and influences on actions.
While the underlying premise may come from science fiction, the ultimate impact lies in their social perspectives, which leads readers to think about ... issues ranging from gun rights to senior citizens' quality of life. " Reviewedby D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.
About the Author
In his own words about his first novel, Van Fleisher reflects, After 21 years with an airline, TWA, I left to do my own thing as a management consultant. That’s how it seems to work if, for whatever reason, someone leaves a real, Monday to Friday, 9-5 job, they become a consultant. So what happens to someone who leaves management consulting after 30 years? First of all, you keep looking at calendars and dates to see if 30 years could possibly have come and gone that fast. Then, because you’ve been programmed, you sit down at your computer and check your messages. But that’s no fun because there are very few messages from anyone you want to hear from. But, since you’re at your computer, what else can you do? In my case, it was to write a novel.” While this is all true, it’s only half the story. (Van is notoriously modest.) The author was Director of International Marketing with TWA, and then worked as an International Management Consultant taking him behind the closed doors of boardrooms and executive offices around the world. He knows how business works, which gives the slightly sci-fi” premise of Final Notice a very realistic feel. Moreover, his two careers led him to live abroad for much of his life. After growing up in New Jersey and Florida, where he never thought much further than the length of a football field, and going to college in New Mexico, he wound up living in England, Scotland and France, travelling frequently to the Middle East and Asia. He even spent a year living in India. And his first-hand experience with and respect for other cultures is apparent in this book. My first advice to aspiring writers,” says Fleisher, is to get a good assistant. Someone who never rolls their eyes at your attempts to be funny; always gives you a reason to get up and stretch your legs, and most importantly, when you ask him or her what they think about this sentence, they just wag their tail. Even better advice, once given to me, is to enjoy the process and listen to your heart more than anything or anyone else! Final Notice is meant to highlight, primarily, my concerns with America’s approach to gun ownership and control. The book won’t fix this issue, but there are a number of great organizations with even greater people working on our behalf to right these wrongs. Proceeds from sales of Final Notice will help support those efforts. Visit my website: www.finalnoticebook.com for additional information.”