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The Planner (W Book 1) Paperback – June 28, 2012
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"Kris Mitchell effectively becomes a metaphor for America. We do not fully realize the value of our heritage until we have lost it." communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/not-your-average-read/2013/nov/4/alexandra-swann-agenda-21-dodd-frank/#ixzz2jnkcTH3U
"As a work of dystopian fiction, it's one of the best I've read..." Rebecca Skane's review of The Planner in her blog blogs.seacoastonline.com/seacoast-nh-books/2013/08/24/the-planner-by-alexandra-swann-book-review/
About the Author
In 1986, Alexandra Swann graduated at fifteen years of age with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Brigham Young University and a GPA of 3.85. The following year, when she was sixteen, she received a Master's Degree in History from California State University. After graduation, she taught history and English as a second language for four years at El Paso Community College. In 1989, her book, No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen, was published, in which she details her experiences with homeschooling. In 1993, the Swann Family was featured in the CBS Television Series, How'd They Do That?. They were the subject of articles in The National Enquirer and Woman's World, and they were featured on Paul Harvey's radio broadcast.
For fifteen years, from 1998-2013, Alexandra was self-employed in the financial services industry in El Paso, Texas. As a small business owner who was active in the community and on various civic boards, she learned first-hand the challenges that excessive regulations create for small businesses. In 2012 she received the SBA's Regional Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award.
In 2010, Alexandra and her mother incorporated Frontier 2000 Media Group to produce clean, wholesome, inspirational entertainment for families. She re-released No Regrets with a new foreword to the twentieth anniversary edition of the book updating readers on what her family is doing today. She is also co-author of The Fourth Kingdom, and The Twelfth Juror, published in 2010, The Chosen, published in 2012 and The Force published in 2013. The Fourth Kingdom was selected as one of four finalists in the Christianity Today 2011 Christian Fiction Book Awards. Her newest solo novel, The Planner, about the dangerous consequences of over-reaching, progressive federal government, was released June 28, 2012.
For more information visit her website at frontier2000.net.
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Former successful real estate agent Kris Mitchell has been hit hard by the economic meltdown and the new regulations that are making it much harder for buyers to obtain mortgages. She's broke and has been looking for a new job for two years. An offer of a job as Planner and liaison with the new Smart Seniors community has come along just in time. If she could sell houses, surely she should have no problem selling seniors on this new retirement scheme.
This fast-moving book was a virtual page turner that described a frightening time in which gasoline goes from over $12 to $25 dollars a gallon, retirement accounts are heavily taxed and confiscated, sustainability and eco-friendliness are the mantra for every action, and where the federal government becomes your worst nightmare. Toss in a plague in the Gulf Coast states and eminent domain gone wild and things get even more interesting even faster.
There are plenty of references to actual events and laws that have been passed to give the story a feeling of reality and currency. References to the recent Todd-Frank financial laws, the real problems with Social Security funding, and the United Nation's Agenda 21 with its eco-sustainability recommendations all add to the mix of real and not-real as Kris begins work for the agency and begins to have serious doubts about the program and the welfare of the seniors. Things become even more personal for her when she recruits her own parents and sells them on moving into the community.
It's a wild, frightening ride and paints a distressing picture of a modern retiree's version of "1984."
I was still waiting for the book to "get good" (ie. waiting for action) when I noticed that I was more than 60% into it; it felt like the author was still setting up the story. All of this setting up was necessary though to accurately convey how the country as we know it was going down the drain.
While I don't wear a tinfoil hat myself, I am open minded to many conspiracy theories and this book is right up that alley. It is so creepy because it can easily happen. The book got good in the end when it abruptly stopped with a cliffhanger. I wish I had known this was part of a series before I started reading, I hate not knowing what I am getting into. While I am curious to know what happens next, as of right now I don't see myself buying the next book.
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Not exactally science fiction but just as far out. Could be MORE than possible!
Read. Heed. And be afraid