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Full Asylum Paperback – May 29, 2012
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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About the Author
Michael Isenberg has had a checkered career as a Six Sigma Black Belt, weapons merchant, astrophysicist, and manufacturer of cigarette butts. He resides in New England with 844 books and an elderly cat that bites people.
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Isenberg's literary style is highly visual. I could see everything clearly as it happened. On countless occasions, I wished someone would make this book into a movie. It has everything! Stunning women, including an over-the-top awesome female co-star; fast cars; technology; chases galore; comic foils; and action and romance. Isenberg writes with imagination and intelligence. He champions excellence in this highly entertaining tale, a treat for anyone who smiled at the end of The Incredibles or The Fountainhead. And Isenberg also did his due diligence; Full Asylum is impeccably researched and edited. Can't recommend it highly enough! Read it before it's cool - this book will be huge.
Oh, wait a minute. The name is Dunn. John Dunn. Not Bond-James Bond. His operative ID and the name of Her Majesty's Secret Service are altered, as well. And Gimbel's not the only guy suffering this fantasy/reality swap. But that's just one element in Isenberg's delightfully absurd satire.
O'Hare works for Byte Yourself, a software company which has jumped from an entrepreneurial start-up into an empire--much to the chagrin of competitors and bureaucrats. Those competitors and bureaucrats have joined forces to bring down Byte Yourself, and Gimbel O'Hare is caught in the middle of it.
Full Asylum weaves together British superspy mania, professional wrestling, paintball and a charming cast of characters in a tale of office politics gone viral. Or should I say, gone pandemic?
Here's a notable line of dialog from a book which takes pains to be upbeat, or at least humorous, most of the time:
"...It isn't easy when everyone responsible for enforcing the law works for the criminal."
In the spirit of Ian Fleming, Isenberg has some nifty names for some of his characters as well: Cherri Tarte, Dora Jarr, Lacey Briefs...
If you're in the mood for some social satire with a lighthearted touch and a positive attitude, give this one a read.
Henry Brown is the Two-Fisted Blogger, and author of Virtual Pulp: Tales of High Adventure, Low Adventure and Misadventure.
The wordplay and pacing are just right, and the ideological sledgehammer blows are tempered by just enough padding to make them, like the professional wrestler characters, deliver full impact and entertainment, painlessly.
I eagerly await Mr. Isenberg's next novel.