How on earth did nebbish university librarian David Goldberg end up on Virginia's Ten Most Wanted Criminals list for bestiality? And how did he get ensnared in a vast right-wing conspiracy to steal the presidency? It all begins so innocently when Goldberg starts moonlighting for eccentric, conservative billionaire Alan Carston Stowe as an archivist. But Goldberg's appointm...more
1. The hero is a librarian, so there's a lot of poetic musing over the beauty of libraries, democracy, freedom, etc.
2. The villains are Republicans who are hell bent on controlling the world by any means necessary. Some of them bear strong resemblances to real politicians, e.g. Dick Cheney and George W.
3. It was a page-turner AND well-written AND had some good laughs. That, friends, is a rare combination. There's even some good p...more
The book’s protagonist is a Jewish librarian named David Goldberg, who works at a college library in D.C. After his colleague, a stereotypical shrinking-violet librarian asks him to take over a job archiving papers for an elderly billionaire, his life takes an abrupt turn for the chaotic. The old man i...more
This is a kind of follow-up to the book that inspired the film "Wag the Dog," which was darkly funny, seemed absurd at the time, and then grew progressively more frightening and depressing. I'm having a similar experience working my way through this newer story; I can't do more than a...more
I found references to this book which had just been released in the US, but was only available here last month. So I eagerly bought it and have just finished it. It is a strong political thriller with thinly veiled references to a certain GWB being the evil party. There were some problems with this book however, though minor. I picked up some spelling errors; whether t...more
Now these days, after reading fiction of all sorts for over 30 years, I am pretty jaded and tend to read factual books such as The Emperor of All Maladies and so on. However, I was totally sucked into this book and read it in 3 days on the commute to work which is totally unheard of for me.
It's very well written, just credible enough to stop you getting...more
Of course, if reading humorous tales about life inside the Beltway appeals to you, go right ahead and pick up this novel. But I would have to suggest that...more
It would have been a lot more amusing if it weren't for the fact that I could easily see this actually happening. (Heck, it already has happened!) The President and administration in the book are so similar to George W. and his people (horrible policy mistakes, arrogance and all) that it almost reads like a...more
The ending is very weak, but by the time I got there I just wanted it to end and didn't care.