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The Outer Circle (The Counterpoint Trilogy) (Volume 3) Paperback – April 21, 2015
As the last book in the trilogy, The Outer Circle will best be enjoyed by prior readers who will find the initial premise, characters and setting all play out to a gripping conclusion. The book is set in the near future of 2024, two years after the The Great Game concluded. The story opens with the scenario of the 'big three' (the U.S., Russia and China) locked in a deadly game of international struggle as the U.S. Presidential elections loom. But those who come upon The Outer Circle and presume its timeframe translates to a dystopian science fiction piece might be surprised to learn that it's actually a political thriller, taking today's circumstances and moving them outward to their logical conclusions.
Bell's ability to take the ordinary facets of modern times and translate them into one future possibility is part of what lends The Outer Circle such realism and strength. The other lies in its political savvy, which deftly outlines high-level national associations, rationales for actions, and individual choices in the matter; all based on historical precedent. Without giving away the story line, suffice it to say that as a political thriller steeped in action and insight, The Outer Circle's story is difficult to put down. Just when the reader believes they have the entire picture, something else enters to give everything a twist and a new perspective. The readers will find its premises realistic and the characters believable as they roll through an involving story packed with underlying messages on privacy, surveillance, interconnected worlds and uncertain political and economic world alliances.
D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Review and Editor, California Bookwatch
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The previous two books had a few typos, and showed some difficulty matching the number of the subject and predicate. Alas, this book adds errors of much greater variety and frequency. Following is a partial list of the categories of errors. In the book, each type is represented by numerous instances, although I limit the examples to one or two cases.
Slaughtering verb tenses (many, many occurrences):
"David was feverishly working on the parts of Schulmann’s data that has not been decoded yet." (Kindle Locations 245-246).
"I wish I have not convinced you to publish the Schulmann’s research and go on the run." (Kindle Locations 255-256).
"...the big driver are the ‘Schulmann file’ revelations published two years ago..." (Kindle Location 473).
"'Populist politicians are feeding this anti-establishment discontent, that’s why you see this sudden rise of two new parties.'” (Kindle Location 485).
Omitted words, bad wording:
"'People want to punish the unfairness and looking for some way to channel their outrage.'" (Kindle Location 501).
“'And what about Jeff Kron?' prodded him Maxwell." (Kindle Locations 511-512).
That sampling should be sufficient to illustrate the problems.
If you are immune to grammatical mistakes, perhaps this book is worth reading-- although I cannot speak for the plot. Given my reading tastes, even the terrific first two entries in the Counterpoint trilogy are insufficient to drive me to finish or recommend this book. I'll hope that another edition is published to correct the grammar.
Update 8/31/15: A new edition has been released, and, by my count, the number of grammatical errors in the first 19% of the book has been reduced from 42 to 24. Obviously, this is a significant improvement, so I have increased my rating from 1 star to 2. However, the number of remaining errors is still far above that of typical books on the market. I am still not inclined to read the remainder of the book. Also, given this publication history, I will not bother to evaluate any subsequent editions-- I've wasted enough time on this book.
“The Outer Circle” paints a vivid picture of our world in 2024, two years after the closing chapter of Bell’s “The Great Game.” This landscape has autonomous vehicles and uber-smart kitchen appliances, video cameras and drones virtually everywhere, constant government and extra-governmental monitoring of all telecom, corrupt corporate and political leaders, and ruthless behind-the-scenes henchmen. But wait! Isn’t that where we are today? The author adds a complex but frighteningly plausible web of international intrigue at the highest levels of government. To sort all this out, D.R. Bell involves several engaging characters from his trilogy’s earlier books. As the story moves forward the author continually quickens the action’s pace and brings us to a believable and appealing conclusion.
Yet the author the leaves us lots to think about. Bell reminds us that, “Freedom is participation in power—that is our inheritance” as a nation. This novel and the entire trilogy are a call to action. — Jack Godwin, Member, Space Technology Hall of Fame