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I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Finished Reading . . . #75: Black List

Black List
Scot Harvath
Brad Thor

Pocket Books
May 2013 (hardcover: 2012)
443 pages
tall Mass Market Paperback
Age range: 18+ (I'd have let my 8th grader read it but he was reading Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy at the time)
Thriller (Espionage)
source: private library

Grade: A

Somewhere . . . deep inside the United States government is a closely guarded list. Once your name is on the list, it doesn’t come off . . . until you’re dead.

Someone . . . has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath’s name. Somehow . . . Harvath must evade assassination long enough to untangle who has targeted him and why.

Somewhere, someone, somehow . . . can put all the pieces together. But Harvath must get to that person before the United States suffers the most withering terrorist attack ever conceived.

There is an interesting author's note . . .
All of the technology contained in this novel is based on systems currently deployed, or in the final stages of development, by the United States government and its partners.
all that data gathering is for our own good of course.

This book is frighteningly realistic and those that try to say anything will come across as paranoid.

What would happen if you were accused of being a threat to the United States simply because you had a couple months supply of food? The reason you were targeted? You walked through a mall looking like you were searching for something and had a higher than normal heartbeat.

The surveillance happening in this book is too scary for words. The power one company/man can have is beyond belief but so realistic I want to start looking for that private island. Too bad I won't get internet or mail service. Oh, wait, that's one two of the things they're taking note of.

I'll just keep reading and keep my head down, better to avoid the cameras that way. Pay cash and be careful of what you search for. Remember, it isn't always friends looking at your Facebook account or reading your Twitter feed.

This may be fiction but it's just too realistic and current not to be aware of.

Challenges this counts towards:
Let Me Count the Way
Outdo Yourself
Monthly Mix-up Mania
Genre Variety
Color Coded

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1 comment:

Becca said...

So glad you enjoyed it!


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