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Y2K: The Millennium Bug Paperback – 1998
From the Publisher
Y2K: The Millennium Bug is about fallible, human peoplenot about superheroes. Some are valiant and some are vile, but they all have to deal with their own problems in order to survive the chaos caused by the infamous year 2000 computer problem known as: The Millennium Bug!
Y2K: The Millennium Bug tracks the onset of the year 2000 and the results of the computer shut-downs, as seen by a number of characters with differing perspectives, education levels, and preparedness for disasters. Some people in America are more well prepared than others, and some take advantage of the collapse of law and order in order to pursue their own wicked impulses. Countries overseas have had their own Y2K problems, including Russia, where a series of cascading failures cause an accidental launch of a small number of nuclear missiles.
And then the situation starts getting really difficult!
This is not an end of the world story, but a chronicle of events surrounding a small set of people who end up brought together by the unraveling of societytriggered by wide-spread failures of critical computer systems at the beginning of the year 2000 (Y2K). Since there really is a Y2K problem with many computers, and the actual Y2K deadline is fast approaching, many references to real news stories, articles, books, and actual Y2K-related events have been incorporated into the story. Y2K depicts neither the best nor the worst case scenarioreaders are encouraged to educate themselves about the actual likelihood of problems in their lives if computers they depend on cannot handle dates in the year 2000.
This exciting and fast-paced book leaves the technical aspects of the Y2K computer problem to the computer experts who have already written on the subject. Y2K: The Millennium Bug focuses on what could happen to people like you or me, if we do not beat the Y2K deadline. Read it. Find out more about a problem that is very real in the world we live in, and decide how you are going to deal with the Millennium Bug!
About the Author
Don L. Tiggre is a freelance writer who specializes in political analysis. He is the proud father of three sons, partner to the infamous Internet activist Sunni Maravillosa, and founder of the Liberty Round Table (www.lrt.org).
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Top Customer Reviews
But I have read many times over every word Heinlein wrote, and while Tiggre isn't his equal-- NO ONE is-- he has produced an exceptionally fine read, one worthy of any big-name storyteller. It is important to bear in mind that while the possible (and completely unknowable) outcome of the Y2K problem makes a fascinating backdrop for the novel, it is the story itself which is paramount.
And a swell story it is, indeed.
Angel Jesus Ortega, a ruthless and streetwise LA thug, sees the Y2K computer crisis as a chance to take over LA and takes steps to accomplish this goal. His childhood girlfriend, Rosalia, whom he still loves, spurns his actions as Ortega keeps her locked up. This conflict, which spans the book, grows and develops into a tortuously clever psychological battle that continues apace as the wider, more physical action plays out. While this strange dual develops, there is a Randian pureness in Rosalia who attempts to change Ortega. Randians gleefully notice that the main antagonist is named Angel Jesus.
Meanwhile in Utah, the Mormons are more prepared to handle the emergency and do not have the riots the rest of the big cities in America experience. Dr. Jared Christensen, a Mormon doctor living in Florida has warned the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City of the Y2K crisis and is summoned to Utah to help out. As he drives with his family through a riot-plagued America from Florida to Utah he learns the lessons of the Second Amendment, the necessity of defending your life and family with a firearms. Here is an example of Tiggre's method of inserting ideology. He does it by showing his characters' actions instead of giving them long speeches.
We have more interesting and colorful characters. Merlyn T'bawa, a father-figure from Jamaica is building a strongly defended Galt's Gulch in Colorado with construction well along when the crisis hits. His methods, his insistence on voluntary contracts, his total commitment to laissez-faire are more examples of how we learn of Tiggre's purpose. It is at Merlyn's Dollar Ranch, in a huge climactic battle with Angel Jesus Ortega, who by then leads an army of thousands of thugs, that we have the psychological climax as well.
Merlyn's friend Army officer Lt. Colonel Alexis Thomas, who warns the Defense Department of the Y2K crisis, plays an important role. She really is an individualist but stays in the Army because she gets to do what she really likes more than anything else...fly modern combat helicopters. Her heroism and tenacity are matched by her disgust when the President of the US, during a briefing, hits on her breasts. Why who could this president be?
A Russian series of atomic bombs also adds to the worldwide action but Thomas, now promoted to general, literally flies into the plot, along with a little horizontal action in a hovering airborne helicopter on autopilot with her lover.
Y2K: The Millennium Bug is a steady outpour of tense action on many fronts, a whirlwind plot full of memorable characters and a philosophy of freedom presented through the characters, as well as a taut philosophical battle between characters and ideologies.
It is not perfect. While Tiggre has done his homework regarding the technical aspects of rifles and fire arms, he proceeds each chapter with a quote from rock groups like ABBA, Metallica, Queen, Savatage and Sting. While this was obviously an attempt to add ideological markers to the work, I believe there were too many and too diffuse so as to have a scattering effect upon the whole, as if to stop in the middle of a battle to debate the meaning of existence.
This criticism is insignificant when considering the work as a whole. Y2K: The Millennium Bug combines heroism, courage, moral, economic and other positive thinking into an action-packed plot that educates the reader without hitting him over the head. You like the good guys and hate the bad guys. The style is like that of Tom Clancy, with time and place headings on each chapter.
I enjoyed Y2K: The Millennium Bug very much. I missed a lot of sleep over three nights reading this amazing book. Best of all, one does not have to be computer nerd, a gun nut or libertarian to clearly understand this work. It's strength is its clarity, its presentation of credible action and the values the protagonists demonstrate. A teenage boy or girl or adults in their 40's or 50's could find heroes to emulate in this fine novel. Y2K: The Millennium Bug is a nominee for the Prometheus Award and is Xlibris's best seller. Don Lobo Tiggre is working on a new novel.
I unreservedly recommend Y2K: The Millennium Bug as a terrific read for people of all ages, all interests, all political persuasions!
Fred James Palmer, Alaska 1/17/99
But you knew that already; what you¹re probably wondering is, what happened afterwards. I recommend you read Y2K: The Millennium Bug to find out.
This novel is much more than a story about the dark side of our reliance upon computers (and government). It is a thriller that follows the lives of a number of people: those who prepared for the worst, and prospered; those who were taken by surprise, but whose instincts and attitudes helped them to survive; and those whose dependence upon society¹s fragile infrastructure was total and fatal.
The book is full of characters I would love to know: people with no more native ability than your next-door neighbor possesses, but people who triumph because of their intellectual and moral integrity.
And, refreshingly, the bad guys are truly bad. I found myself booing and hissing them, even though Tiggre develops their characters with enough skill that there is no hint of melodrama.
Characterization is a necessary feature if a novel is to be really great, but there also must be a terrific story. And this book has one; rather it has several, and Tiggre excels in developing these complex stories while keeping them under control and weaving them together for a very satisfying ending.
Buy it, read it, and get ready for the Millennium!
Robert B. Boardman author of Savior of Fire