Sutherland's Rules: Love, loyalty, dope smuggling Paperback – November 29, 2013
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- Publisher : Dario Ciriello DBA Panverse Publishing (November 29, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0983731349
- ISBN-13 : 978-0983731344
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.55 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,832,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Other stars include Khan and Vlado, hot on Billy's trail. In a society without privacy, pulling off an amateur drug transport is a dicey business, but while Billy has a little extra up his sleeve, he isn't counting on a couple of marginalized border police who would like nothing better than to move on from busting cigarette smugglers and get back to the big time.
Of course, these two parties are on a collision course, and watching Ciriello work the nuances of this is particularly enjoyable.
The main character, however, is Christian. Christian and Billy go way back, but Christian has ended up running a small, successful company. Christian's wife Carol, joins in for the second half of the book.
I found myself wanting a little more from Christian and Carol: Perhaps something more at stake than a mid-life adventure; perhaps a more active participation in Billy's plan.
Sutherland's Rules returns to a common theme of nostalgia for a more freewheeling time, an open society, a world in which adventure is possible. The stifling effects of loss of privacy, government regulation, corporate influence are a recurring topic. Within this theme, Christian and Billy's Afghan-to-Netherlands-to-UK hash caper is a good, fun, gripping tale to contrast the "good old days" of a classic LeCarre with the networked, data-mined, comprehensively surveilled society we have found ourselves in.
A final, notable element to this story is a light sci-fi theme. Ciriello does not dive in deep on this one, but Billy's ace in the hole is the ability to observe inflection points and push the outcome just so, just enough to fall in his favor. Again, watching the world through Billy's fully-engaged eyes, experiencing these inflection points, was the books greatest strength.
There were a few moments where I needed to put the book down and reflect on western society and the absolute obliteration of privacy for the sake of “safety.” Sadly, this is another topic that has become polarized or brushed aside with a misguidedly pragmatic wave of the palm and an “if you’re not doing anything wrong, then you don’t have anything to worry about.” But in a democracy, it is not okay for voters to simply say, “Well, that’s the law…” It is imperative for the citizenry to critically think about the laws our elected officials are passing and ensure that they are aligned with our values and goals as a people. So when Christian or Billy become outraged over mass surveillance or drug testing, you can feel a palpable sense of what have lost…no, not what we’ve lost—what we have given away.
In this way, the character of Christian is, in many ways, a stand-in for our complacency in the name of comfort. And through his journey we can understand that “comfort” is an illusion that can be whisked away at any moment and that we only feel truly alive when we are uncomfortable. The touch of the fantastic in the novel is a poignant reminder that the universe (or perhaps better said, the multiverse) is immense and mysterious, and despite all of our technology, dogged investigation and prohibitions, we can no sooner control it than we can control our own hearts.
This is a must-read. Dario Ciriello is a talent the world needs.
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The doubts and complicated motives of the main characters and the convincing descriptions during the Afghan scenes give a sense of detail and reality which lift it above the level of story alone. What a shame the plot rules out any kind of sequel. (a prequel perhaps?, or even some new characters featuring in a "dope opera"}.
A compulsive "page turner", or should that now be "screen stroker"?
Instead we get two slightly over the hill old friends setting out to smuggle a large cache of high quality hash from Afghanistan- purely for personel consumption.
The story cracks along nicely, the plotting is spot on, there are some clever twists, the characters are well drawn and the relationships between them delightfully lacking in cliche.
An excellent read that left me wanting more.
I loved this book, throughout reading it, I had no clue what was going to happen next, the characters had character, the locations not 'over-described ' , I really felt I was there with them, rooting for them and their interesting and illegal (BIG TIME) plans!
I'm sure it's obvious, I would recommend this to a friend.