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The book is written in a fluid, consistent style that moves along briskly without detours. It is firmly in the genre of an action novella and does not meander off with any apparent ambition to be something else. I am rating it as such. Sometimes you want a book that is easy to read and follow, and just moves along. Lando Cruz is that kind of book. I kept reading just to see what happened next. The style is terse and spare. Not like Hemingway in every respect, but like Hemingway in verbal economy. No flowery phrases or words are used when simpler ones will do. Nor did I notice any annoying word tics or repetitive phrases. It reads like a professionally written and edited manuscript, at least to my layman's eyes. It could turned into a pretty good graphic novel without missing beat.
The Kindle edition is missing paragraphs here and there, which is part of why I am docking a star. Hopefully this will be corrected.
The story itself is frenetic and constantly presenting dire situations that are somehow survived, not unlike “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snickett, but without the humorously preposterous set-ups and interacting team of protagonists. (There are probably better comparisons, but that one comes to mind ). The story is set in a sort of "United States of North Korea" that is (unfortunately) not unbelievable in view of current trends, and not meant to be descriptive of present-day realities. Although the book includes other characters, Lando pretty much drives all of the action and is the focal point throughout. If you know what “agorism” and “bitcoin” are and do not fear these things, you will have no trouble understanding every part of this book. If you are a complete stranger to agorism, you might have more difficulty finding sympathy with some of Lando’s motivations (much like his own father), but will have no trouble following the action. Nor will you be subjected to any monologues or screeds presenting an author’s point of view on political philosophy. This is not that kind of book. Just read it for fun. It will make no overt attempt to change your life or point of view.
Deception becomes apparent to the reader before it does to Lando. This seems intentional. However Lando’s reaction as he slowly becomes more aware of true motivations behind the people he confronts is not predictable, so the story maintains interest throughout. It would be more interesting if there were more doubt about how it would all turn out for Lando. The story is not without its tragic turns of events, but at some point Lando’s indestructibility becomes apparent to the reader. This both strains credulity and detracts from dramatic tension. Another reason for docking a star.
On the whole though, a very impressive first work of fiction. I’ll be looking forward to Donnolly’s next book.
Truly I enjoyed reading 'Lando Cruz...'
Liberty was the theme and terms like DRO's, Anarcho-Capitalism, NAP were introduced in a fiction, well played.
Well if a moral was the point it was painless.
Keep up the good fight, I see it as nothing less than Freedom.
The story is set in a dystopian future where the government has become overbearing and corrupt at all levels. Civil order has degenerated and actually regressed to the level of street police enforcement soliciting bribes often, but with increased surveillance and procecutorial powers. The feel of the story can be depressing occasionally, but that is because he does a good job of setting description and really makes the surrounding settings come alive. Many details are present that an astute reader will enjoy, such as one part about renting a cat as a pet for a while. Besides the story and plot, which at times can be a little tough to follow with many characters introduced, it was a solid first production. What I really enjoyed about this was the philosophical thought experiments that were conducted in the plot, being that the protagonist, Cruz, is a proponent of free capitalism, liberty, and unconstrained trade. Watching various elements of the story develop with these currents underlying was very intellectually satisfying to a reader with a familiarity with these themes.
The United States is in slow-motion economic collapse. The Three Strikes Act funnels the unemployed masses into a national network of work camps for the most trivial of infractions. Lando Cruz is a scrappy rebel who risks his final strike on the streets of Philadelphia by trading illegal currencies under cover of a burrito stand. He spends his days bribing dirty cops, fending off undercover federal agents and shepherding his little sister through adolescence. Lando is getting by until beat cops seize his savings and kidnap his sister for ransom. He has thirty days to raise the hard cash he needs to free her before she is sold into sex slavery. His only chance is a lucrative job offer from the black market rebellion's paramilitary startup, the Core. He risks both his life and his principles to get his sister back before time runs out.