Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles
From the Publisher –
THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS GONE.
It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.
Gone by Randy Wayne White
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After 19 manly adventures starring marine biologist Marion "Doc" Ford, ( a cruise ship that offers its well-heeled patrons an exceptional level of, um, personal service. Just as every step brings Hannah closer to Ricky and presumably Olivia, every step provokes further reflections and flashbacks that flesh out Hannah's personality. The only ingredients missing are suspense and surprise: Hannah's quest moves so deliberately that she might as well be swimming underwater, which she could no doubt do perfectly. Now that big-boned Hannah, whom Doc Ford aptly describes as "a woman," has established her voice and her credentials, here's hoping she's back next time with a meatier case., 2012, etc.), White introduces a heroine who's just as stubborn and capable and even more appealing. All that Olivia Tatum Seasons has to do to inherit $90 million from her late father's estate is sign a few papers. Since she hasn't responded to phone calls asking her to do so, and her own fortnightly calls to check in with her executor's office have been telegraphic, her uncle, Lawrence Seasons, suspects that her disappearance from the Ten Thousand Islands wasn't entirely under her own control. He wants Hannah Smith to track down his niece. Hannah's main qualification for the job seems to be the unflappable way she brought in her fishing boat from a sudden storm that threatened her clients, Seasons and his lawyer, Martha Calder-Shaun. No sooner has Hannah taken on the job, however, than new qualifications emerge. She's sensitive and well-enough connected to extract some very personal information from local landowner Elka Whitney, savvy enough to zero in on Ms. Whitney's handyman/boy toy, Ricky Meeks, as Olivia's likeliest companion, and beautiful enough to snag an interview to be first mate of the
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The internationally popular detective series by the Norwegian author builds to a blockbuster climax. The Nesbø phenomenon has transcended "next Stieg Larrson" status. In practically every comparison except books sold (and, with millions to date, Nesbø's catching up), he's superior to his late Swedish counterpart: more imaginative, better plotting, richer characters, stronger narrative momentum, more psychological and philosophical depth. No, he doesn't have an androgynously attractive tattooed girl, but he does have Harry Hole: long an Oslo detective who specialized in (increasingly gruesome) serial killers, now a recovering alcoholic involved in some shadowy pursuits in Hong Kong while trying to reclaim his soul. Only the most powerful lure could bring Harry back to the dangers and temptations he faces back home, and that lure is love. Readers of earlier books (and some back story is necessary to feel the full impact of this one) will remember his doomed relationship with Rakel and the way he briefly served as a surrogate father to her son, Oleg. That innocent boy has now become a junkie and an accused murderer in a seemingly open-and-shut case, with Harry the only hope of unraveling a conspiracy that extends from a "phantom" drug lord through the police force to the government. The drug is a synthetic opiate called "violin," three times stronger than heroin, controlled by a monopoly consortium. The murder victim (whose dying voice provides narrative counterpoint) was Oleg's best friend and stash buddy, and his stepsister is the love of Oleg's life. As Harry belatedly realizes, "Our brains are always willing to let emotions make decisions. Always ready to find the consoling answers our hearts need." As all sorts of father-son implications manifest themselves, the conclusion to one of the most cleanly plotted novels in the series proves devastating for protagonist and reader alike. Hole will soon achieve an even higher stateside profile through the Martin Scorsese film of Nesbø's novel (2011), but those hooked by that novel or earlier ones should make their way here as quickly as they can. Where earlier novels provide a better introduction to Hole, this one best takes the full measure of the man.