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Empire State: A nail-biting thriller set in the high-stakes aftermath of 9/11 Paperback – 28 May 2019
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- Publisher : Quercus; 1st edition (28 May 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1787479412
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787479418
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 593,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You successfully gave your American characters American vocabulary and manner (though I have my doubts as to whether American authors would return the compliment with their British characters). However their style seems to have leaked into the rest of the narrative: e.g.
- you have various top-notch British civil servants and knights using American dating e.g. `May fourteen. September eleven' rather than the European form
- vocabulary such as obligated, fender, elevator have crept in. The British forms are obliged, bumper and lift..
Other irritants include
- peculiar selective treatment of acronyms ( Why COBRA, but Nato?),
- your character who flies from Frankfurt over fields of Kent and Surrey (when I fly that route I come in over Essex. That surely wouldn't be difficult to research).
- your Chief of SIS designate doesn't know the difference between `fewer' and `less' and, more relevantly, when to use them.
- you got the conditional tense correct once but incorrect every other time (that almost falls into the eccentric category!)
- while most of your English is sophisticated and differentiated there is a scattering peculiar phrases like `blinded windows` (the windows have been made blind?) `dawn rising' (it is the sun that rises) and `the Karlsbad' as in `... she had gone to the Karlsbad ...'. Why `the'? Nobody says `... she had gone to the Liverpool ...'
I look forward to giving you five stars at some stage in the future.
Based on recent technological developments, it poses the notion that a corrupt and corrupted government can - and most likely will - invade our privacy and manipulate us for its own political ends.
When I started to read the book, it seemed that some of the surveillance technology described and in existence was only ever likely to be used by spooks or in war - spy drones, co-ordidated access to all our on-line or electronic transactions, segregation of aliens etc.
But the horrors depicted became fact even as I read the book. Spy drones are now being deployed in the West Country, and the proposal to put everyone's health records on a data base, and later, that all our interactions with goverment should be electronic and an electronic profile obtained, is now a reality.
What will be next? On-line voting, so that exercising our democratic freedoms become, in reality, just another means of the government controlling our every thought, belief and action?
This book depicts in clear, readable, and horrifying clarity, what has begun to happen to this nation. If the technology is there, a corrupt government will use it to control us. George Orwell was right, and so is Henry Porter.
What we need now is concerted campaign to make sure the tide is turned back and we can reclaim our ancient freedoms.