- Publisher: Barricade Books (1890)
- ASIN: B01FKRL6WS
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A Man of Indeterminate Value (A Jack Madson Novel) by Ron Felber (2013-06-16) Paperback – 1890
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This novel is the first in a trilogy and a nice discovery for yours truly. Most of the story is told from Jack’s first person POV as he writes a confession of sorts, detailing all that has come before. The writing style captured my attention from the first paragraph and despite a tendency to occasionally run off track in a stream-of-consciousness commentary on the evil at the root of man’s nature and the plague that is today’s corrupt corporations, my attention never wavered. Jack himself is not a good person. He lives life with a short term focus, over indulges in drugs and alcohol, and is very good at his job of vulture capitalism (taking over cash-strapped smaller companies with good products, laying off a third or more of the employees so as to increase cash flow in the short term, and then selling them again before anybody is the wiser). He has also committed various crimes and commits several more during the course of the novel, even serious ones. Despite his nature though, I still found myself rooting for him to turn it all around.
The ending seemed a little forced, as if the author had written himself into a corner. Jack’s situation had become so dire with less than 10 pages to go and yet…well, I won’t spoil it. But the mere fact that there are two more novels featuring this character tells you something.
I’m glad I “discovered” this author for he certainly has a way with putting words on paper. Looking forward to book 2, "The Kafka Society".