- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463571550
- ISBN-13: 978-1463571559
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,477,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Richard Davies teaches English at Wichita State University. After a stint in the Army as a tank driver in Germany, he worked in the oil fields as an roughneck, owned a bar, freelanced as a writer for CBS and many others, and eventually settled into the life of the gypsy academic, better known as the lowly adjunct. He has two children, three cats, and an oil painting habit. He is a great fan of Derrick Jensen’s work and philosophy.
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The story presents reasonable outcomes to our current situation. I may quibble some with his assessment of the maximum sustainable world population, but he's done more research than I, so I defer to him, especially for the storyline.
Riveting story with believable characters and plot lines. With his characters he captures the tenacity of people to live in old beliefs and comforts. I come from a background in science and mathematics, so Jerome was totally real for me. I also have a strong spiritual background so Jerome's visions and his conversion were also very real to me. I especially liked Jerome's solution to interrogation.
Ben's conversion is typical - Experience Required for Belief in Visions. Ben, himself, came across as an interesting and very plausible teen.
My only negative about Richard's book was the ending. I felt it was too curt and left loose ends wrt Kathy and Ben. This is why I rated it 4 stars instead of 5. Reminds me of a great song without a good closing riff. I wanted more and still do.
Given the subject matter, I found it ironic that I was reading the Kindle version.
I'll recommend Richard's book and look forward to the remainder of the trilogy mentioned in another review.
Richard, thank you for The Heirloom!!!
A well written novel, interesting characters and believable scenarios. It grapples with the reality of life. We live in such a fantasy world of "I want it to be this way". .. but what happens if the "foundation" falls out. i.e. not just expensive fuel.. but NO fuel; what then?
This is not a downer storyline where the story line is "no one will listen, the world is falling apart". It's much more interesting than that. Instead there are solutions but our protagonist resists the new reality... just as most of us would.
If the "worst happens" what are the possible outcomes, and what are the alternatives. Because the "future" IS unknown the author hints at possibilities.
But underneath it all, the core issues and realities are look squarely in the face, and dealt with. The whole time I was reading the book I kept thinking, "Yes! someone's finally put the whole picture together!" I woke up in the middle of the night and had to get up and go finish reading... it definitely held my interest every moment of the way.
The novel follows a cast of characters ranging from a brilliant physicist to a boy denied any access to technology as they seek to survive amidst the global, national, and local calamities that plague their world. Davies has a knack for making the complex ideas surrounding societal breakdown effortless and coherent, most especially in his explanation of the terminal decline of oil production and the associated unrest resulting from the disruption of ALL supply chains. It's truly scary stuff that occurs in the narrative, since it's essentially the author realistically wargaming the collapse of civilization. Luckily, The Heirloom is much more entertaining than RAND Corp. documents on stability operations, since this is, after all, a story with a plot and well-developed characters. There's even an Indian uprising or two set on horseback and pitted against soldiers in Humvees. Wild stuff.
The writing in this book is solid, its characters believable, and its thoughts sound. All too often with books of this sort, there is an element of ideological preaching that gets tedious but which the author in this case has all but left behind, somehow. Perhaps it's because the most extreme environmentalist elements seem unforgiving enough that sympathy for them and their agenda has limitations. It was likely no easy feat to pull this off when the author is dealing with serious issues that have real consequences.
The Heirloom does a fine job of both informing and entertaining the reader while warning of a possible future to come. I thoroughly enjoyed being absorbed by it, and as always, I adore the medium of the Kindle that brought it to me.