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Boiling Point by Tom Merritt
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Dec 29, 2007

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really liked it
Read in January, 1999

Well, I wrote it, so I'm certainly biased. I like the overriding concept a lot. The breakup of the Soviet Union still fascinated me when I began writing it in 1993. The idea of what would happen if the US suffered a similar fate, I still find very compelling.

I broke the story up into several storylines all told from a different character's point of view. This can be confusing sometimes and I could probably do a better job differentiating the voices, but overall, I liked the way it gave you different windows on the crises.

Some weird parallels have occurred since I first wrote it. I referenced a disaster in New Orleans long before Katrina happened. And now most recently the Lakota have begun a serious push for independence.

So if you're into speculative future type political fiction, I think you;ll get a kick out of it.
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