Since I enjoyed this book when it was first published, I was interested to see the changes the author incorporated into this expanded version. The author has definitely taken it to the next level. Fused into the story are ideas and events pulled from headlines during the last few years. The quick paced read is reinforced by the author, allowing you to see the stream of consciousness that is going on in the mind of the main character. With a lot of thought, he creates a realistic immersion by not using exactly proper grammar but instead the language appears as we actually talk and think. You get a much better sense and pragmatic image of how Billy’s mind works.
While this is definitely a dystopian book, the twist is that it is solidly based on our recent history and what is going on in the world today, giving it a more realistic angle than most books in this genre.
I enjoyed the difficult scenarios the author threw this average Joe character (aka in this case, Billy) into and how with these extreme circumstances, he reached new heights beyond the normal. You never know until pushed what you are capable of.
Regardless of your political affiliation, reading this book will lead you down several thought avenues and maybe have you looking at our world with more insight. It is a wake up call for all those with their heads in the sand.
Billy Russell’s career as a narcotics officer abruptly ends when he cold-bloodedly executes the man who committed a heinous crime against him. Sentenced to 20 years hard labor in total isolation from the outside world, he’s suddenly, and without explanation, released on parole five years early.
Returning to society, he learns that an isolated nuclear attack spread primal fear of a nuclear holocaust, allowing autocratic billionaires to seize control of the world. But their faulty economic policies have caused rampant poverty, crime, disease, and drug addiction.
As a condition of his parole, Billy is assigned to a government drug enforcement unit in Boston but soon makes a gruesome discovery of the unit’s true mission. Approached by a secret underground dissident group planning to overthrow the authoritarian world government, Billy joins them to end the demonic reign of tyranny, only to discover the shocking details of what is really taking place.