No Network Found (Future Tech Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00EP52W6Q
- Publisher : Jerry Lawson; 1st edition (August 21, 2013)
- Publication date : August 21, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2423 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 140 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,654 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I often read other reviews, mostly to make sure that I'm NOT parroting something already said, and was amused by the solitary single star review on Amazon. The reviewer took umbrage at the disparaging remarks President Eisenhower made of some of his Democrat successors. The president was Republican. Did you EXPECT him to having glowing praise of Johnson or Carter? To blame the author for those remarks is rather nearsighted, I think.
In general, I thought Lawson's coverage of the 50s was pretty good. I think his handling of the Red Menace was perhaps a little light-handed. This story takes place in 1954, one year after Josef Stalin's death. Nikita Khrushchev was still a largely unknown equation at the helm of the USSR, but the Cold War was in full swing, and the Korean War was barely over. I think the Eisenhower administration would have been TERRIFIED by the thought of any advanced technology.
Another thing that I didn't like about this story was the set-up (in 2017) for WHY the cellphone popped into 1954. I felt that part was contrived and not readily believable. I personally would have been just as happy with NO explanation, since the people of 1954 didn't have one. Could have added to the mystique of the phone itself. WHY would someone send all that data to the past? Did they WANT to change the timeline? Why?
I will probably eventually read the other books in this series, just to finish the story that No Network Found begins.
I used to read a magazine called Analog (named back when the word "Analog" sounded futuristic, instead of obsolete) and one of its critics described it as "the one with the rivets". Its competitor, Galaxy, specialized in more literate fare. Analog was for the hard science fan. I read and loved both, and I still enjoy a story with some rivets. This story has rivets. I will probably buy more installments in the series, something I've resisted doing for many other authors.
The author's politics are more conservative than my own, but that is forgivable.
This is the flip side: A veritable library of books, from 60 years into the future has arrived. How will it change the world ?? A rather compelling tale of the beginning days of just such an event. What would today be like, if we knew how the experiments of the 1960s turned out ? If we had the basic knowledge to build 21st Century tech, 50 years earlier.
I'm impressed, have already bought the second volume of the series, and will be watching for other works by Mr. Lawson. . .