- File Size: 3488 KB
- Print Length: 319 pages
- Publisher: Bartleby Scriveners Assoc. (November 19, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AAHLBYW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,517,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sacrifice Kindle Edition
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I love featuring Wisconsin authors. This book was written by a man from my home town. We never met, I have heard he graduated from high school the year before I was born. :) A friend recommended this book to me and I am glad she did. I just wish she would have told me about the book he wrote before it. Truthfully I didn’t know it existed until I started writing this review so you know not reading it first did not deter me from enjoying this story.
Wouldn’t it be great if there really was a pill we could take to make people happy and enlightened? A pill that would make people matter more than the almighty dollar? It sounds wonderful but as the characters in this book found out it sure isn’t easy and it does have a BIG side effect.
The author takes on some heavy topics but writes in such a way that twists them so they keep their importance but feel much lighter. The character is conversing with the reader his through blog entries, narrating the action, sharing his personal thoughts, with a good bit of sarcasm.
Alfred (Al) Pierce Geddies III takes us quite an adventure from prison to “The Cottage” and out into a dark woods. He goes from being the Former White House Chief of Staff to Special Congressional Prosecutor to Penitentiary Inmate #76490263478 to lab rat and how it happened will keep you glued to these pages.
Sometimes the timelines blurred a bit for me as in places. I don’t want to give any of the story away but at one point Geddies states something took “nearly 3 weeks” and then later he states they had been missing “almost a week”. In an operation such as the one that takes place I believe the shorter time span to be correct and that maybe it was a typo and the author meant 3 days not 3 weeks. This mistake is not relevant enough to downgrade my review. I found the story quite riveting.
If you are looking for a truly different kind of read, this is it. This story was not what I expected at all, but I truly escaped right into it. I have Matt Paust to thank for my recent book hangover.
Sacrifice is the story of a former special prosecutor who's been framed, sent to prison....and is offered an 'out' if he consents to be the test subject for a drug that may change the patterns of human thought worldwide. The drug also has positive sexual side effects, though, so many are viewing it as a cash cow rather than a way to save humanity from greed and war. Powerful people will do just about anything to stop the drug manufacturers from succeeding.
The story is written as a series of weblog entries from the main character, who has already taken the mind-altering drug which renders him more logical and more globally-minded. He's apparently in hiding even now as he recounts what happened during the drug's development. I found it interesting how his voice changes, where he has extraordinarily complex sentence structure and vocabulary while ruminating, and yet early on in the story he relates himself as still thinking and talking like an undrugged (normal) human.
I did find the plot a little difficult to follow in places, but during sequences when the story question was pretty much linear (ie, run for your life from the bad guys) it moved along at a nice clip. We also have some interesting characters like a recluse who's living in the woods off the grid...who turns out to be a lot more than just a maniac hermit, and a bitter doctor who's...well, he's a bitter doctor, but I liked him a lot because he reminded me of McCoy.
In the end, it was a fun read, and I'm glad to have enjoyed it.
Tired of the "same old, same old?" Convinced you haven't read anything original in awhile? Try "Sacrifice" by Matt Paust. I'd summarize the plot, but you wouldn't believe me and I could never do it justice. And you can always get summaries. Suffice to say, there is a labyrinth of twists and turns that could be likened, and Paust mentions this in the book, to "Alice in Wonderland." But this is not a kids book. At all.
A common theme in the book is power. Be it political, Big Parma, or personal relationships. That and concern for the planet. Serious subjects, but made accessible by the author, in a way that somehow reminded me of George Burns, stepping out of the narrative and talking to the reader. This is not a garden-variety novel. This is a "transmission to the blagosphere." So reader engagement is a key element here. There is a continual wink and smile in the asides to the reader. Like for example a chapter title called "Enough With The One Word Titles." Or asides like, "I was agape. And not in the Christian sense!" There is also a whole crowd of characters that range from Dr. Knoe to Tink. And in keeping with the originality and imagination in the work---you've never met characters like these folks.
Ready for something different? Try this!
I have read this author's blog on Open Salon and enjoy his intense and compelling style.
I would read anything he writes and am happy to see him tackle a full length thriller.
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