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He seems to have combined the story telling of old fashioned novels with the grit of today's thrillers.
Extended exposition and narrative stretches of an older narrative style are bent, chewed, and swallowed by contemporary action and dialog scenes, mirroring the uneasy mesh of motifs about modern technology and the historic drive toward democratic voting.
It was difficult for me to discover why a thriller with as much exposition and narrative vs pure story-showing still intensely kept my interest, but Lafayette Campaign did just that. I looked forward to my bedtime reading time to see which character, what twist, whose concerns I would read about next in the series of changing point-of-view chapters.
I think that, besides being a contemporary story deeply complicit with today's media driven dollar-bought politics, the expository stretches are embedded and reflective of the characters. And thus, unusual for a thriller, the characters are more rounded than expected.
The process of thinking, evolving an argument, digging for computational solutions, is always colored by characters' emotions, is always part of the story.
As a result, the dialog and action, and even romance and comic scenes, come across that much more vividly. A good example is when we finally see Frank in action, playing the key game in the plot. I'm not a gamer, but this was exciting to experience.
Plus, there's more than the usual random rescuing events. One involves an online game which, to preserve the fun surprise, I'll say is at the very least not only plausible, but what might be called a logically-random possibility.Read more ›
In "The Lafayette Campaign" our hero, Frank, is trying to write a book about the happenings described previously in the "Alexandria Project", which is an entertaining story line in itself. He finds out that writing a good story is hard and Frank is not all too unhappy when he is recruited to investigate possible manipulations of the polls.
As in the "Alexandria Project", Updegrove succeeds in explaining very clearly how easy it is to subvert and corrupt the everyday technology that we rely on. With perennial suspicions about electronic voting machines, "The Lafayette Campaign" is a thriller that will make us think again when we see the presidential candidates move up and down in the polls and any "surprises" in voting outcomes.
This book makes me hope that Book 3 will not take too long.
His storytelling mastery is enough for me to follow him anywhere, no matter the subject matter of his novels. But as it turns out, this political thriller was not only all too timely and topical, but shines a light on our world in a way that desperately needs doing. Our political institutions are in shambles in the U.S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have no interest in either politics or technology. Having said that, I found this to be an interesting novel & sent it along to a long time friend of mine who is a political... Read morePublished 2 months ago by rich mack
After reading the Alexandria Project, I was excited to have the opportunity to read about the next Frank Adversego adventure. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pauljr
This is a tense political thriller with a healthy dose of satire, also a very entertaining read. Frank Adversego is a computer expert that is called upon by an un-named US... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angela Lockwood
Defective download to android kindle. Good read to about chapter 8. Would have enjoyed finishing the 2nd in the series but I'm leaving Frank's dilemmas for a credit.Published 3 months ago by AK49r
If you haven't read the Lafayette Campaign yet and you have even a
shred of interest in the bizarre electoral campaign underway, then drop
everything you're doing and... Read more
For the most part it was a fairly easy read. Some of the characters developed better than others. Learned a lot about how the internet works that I was not aware of. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Francis X. O'Connor
As the blurb suggests the book follows on from the previous tale and we’re straight back into the giddy, exciting, science-fiction but relatable feel that Andy gave him during our... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lizzy from My Little Book Blog
Updegrove is an excellent, thought provoking writer. This is a great book to read during the political race for office. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Morales
It's great to see everyman protagonist (OK everygeek) Frank back in action. This time, he investigates hackers subverting presidential primaries by nudging the poles subtly and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Podence
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