Jekyll Island Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : December 17, 2015
- File size : 3386 KB
- Print length : 318 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B019JCOLB8
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1718126840
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #789,713 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ben, the narrator of this tale, is a lovable if occasionally annoyingly OCD hero. He discusses his behaviors and what he believes triggers them with a directness that is charming. The OCD compulsions are written in a legitimate and believable manner -- my oldest step-son is OCD and when Ben's internal monologue turned to analysis of his symptoms, everything clicked. Because of the OCD, there are few places that Ben considers "safe." As those places are, quite literally, torn away from him, he has to turn to his innate curiosity and latent skills in order to survive. Intellect is not a disadvantage in this book -- it is a galvanizing force behind action and adaptation.
I have been increasingly drawn to dystopian fiction. John Lyman's novel represents some of the best writing the genre offers, and I hope that the ending of "Prelude" signals that new books are on the horizon.. The characters, even those of whom we have only brief glimpses, are cleanly and clearly drawn. His female characters are not caricatures, they are equal partners in revealing the intricacies of a plot that kept me guessing until the end.
If you like well drawn, quirky, intelligent characters, plot twists that will keep you up at night, and a story that will have you questioning everything you know and believe about human motivations and character, bring this book home. Now. You won't regret it.
This book caught me completely off guard. Usually going into a story, the reader has some idea of where the book is going, what the end game is going to be, and who the major players are. This is the first time in recent memory I have been halfway through a book and still didn’t know where we were going. Lyman does an amazing job of progressing the story and developing the characters without giving away anything about where he’s taking you. I was never bored or sorry to be “in the dark”. Even without knowing where the story was going, Ben’s character was so funny, and the General so intriguing, that I kept burning through the pages. Once I finally got a hold on what was really happening, it felt like I was on a roller coaster that was headed for the first big barrel roll.
For those who are not environmentally conscience or who don’t care to hear about the “green” agenda, the first few chapters of the book may sound a little “preachy” to you. But fear not. Lyman is not trying to push some left-wing ideology on you; he is simply setting up the story. If you’ll continue through, you will be rewarded with a very exciting and original story that will keep you up late at night reading. I read the book in two days. It’s really hard to put down. This book is fantastic and as much as I loved the overall story and its twists and turns, I think my favorite part was getting to see the relationship between Ben and Emily develop and to watch Ben’s own journey of self discovery as he’s able to put into perspective the things that are really important in life.
Is this Lyman’s best book to date? I don’t know, maybe. It’s definitely a page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. 5 out of 5. A+
I have read all of John's books and at the end of each one, look forward to the next. His writing is crisp and his plots are unusual. Character development is very detailed as you will see in Ben's flawed but brilliant and lovable character.
Clearly, there is an unbelievable element to these people (how does anyone know how to do all of the things Ben seems to know how to do?) BUT it all contributes to a good romp. John seems to be interested in relationships and there are strong bonds between the main characters. I was weeping at the end of the book not only because the book was ending but also because the relationships provided hope for the future.
Can't wait for John's next book!!!
Top reviews from other countries
'Prelude to Dystopia' describes how a young writer/reporter, Ben Swain, is assigned to interview a leading expert on cyber terrorism, who turns out to be far more than that. In fact he represents an organisation concerned with pollution of the planet Earth (the 2050 Group), and he is a US Army General as well. He persuades Ben to sign a non-disclosure agreement and arranges to meet him again. Ben learns more about the concerns of the group that the General belongs to, and decides to try to find out more about him and the organisation he works for. His efforts to do this lead to him going on the run, accompanied by his agent's assistant, Emily. He eventually tacks down the General and learns what the 2050 group's aims really are. He has to make an important decision: whether to join them or not? The book describes the consequences of his decision, and what happens to the planet as a result of the 2050 Group's actions.
I read this book in a few days and found it hard to put down. It is both exciting and spine chillingly predictive in its discussion of what might happen to our planet if the use of fossil fuels continues unchecked. Also, reading it shortly after the UN Conference on Climate Change had taken place meant that the ideas discussed in the book were very much in my mind. In short, I recommend it.
Perhaps I'm a cynic deep down, but I can really imagine the sequence of events that this book describes.
Read and enjoy.