Electric Order

Electric Order ISBN: 9788494878718 Kwill Books, First Electronic Edition by Armani Martel.

Plot: Set in a dystopia of the future where the pattern is slanted toward ‘those who have’ controlling literally all of life while ‘the have-nots’ in the worst scenario, sign a Guaranteed Living Income Agreement that provides the absolute minimal of everything for existence. Here the reader is introduced to a constantly soul-searching Angolan born, Portugal raised Paulo Suarez, a detective in the elite department of Criminal Corporate Investigations stationed in Canada. (Most of what the reader learns about him is not forthcoming until quite late in the book.) His virtual partner in a department that does not have a partner system per se, is Nadine. Ana is head of the department and his love. His moral inclinations cause him to prepare a revealing report on a powerful Chinese corporation and he must be demoted. He is moved to Homicide where he acquires a new partner, Lula Majumdar about whom we hear little. They are assigned to find and apprehend Daniel Bremmer, who reportedly has killed several people. Daniel is the son of Richard Bremmer, now incarcerated for publishing ‘unacceptable’ articles. The story describes in some detail Daniel’s life and activities and the story proceeds as the apparently streetwise but otherwise not too bright, greatly mentally disturbed youth manages to escape capture through quite a number of escapades. A number of additional characters of varying roles of importance are introduced and an epilogue somewhat provides ‘a wrap’.

Discussion: This addendum is provided because upon finishing my review, I perused those provided by others and discovered that we were monstrously far apart. Many reasons for this dichotomy exist, probably most prominently a notable difference in what one believes makes good reading. Only the reader can decide. However, to provide this viewer’s viewpoint, the author has presented a very good portrait of a chaotically degenerative world, but unfortunately peopled by poorly delineated characters with whom it is difficult to empathize, in a rather confusing plot that would benefit from editing and proofreading. Additionally, it is not for the reader who prefers to avoid recurring descriptions, some regrettably disgusting, of the decadent conditions to be found in such a degenerative society. Granted, the author has depicted an excellent realistic portrayal, but not pleasant reading. For example, (some of the even less delicate words and/or descriptions are removed) “Lucy is wearing a blouse cut just below the waist line and above the belly button. She is strung on a pole with her two arms holding on for dear life. Her right knee resting on the shoulder of a mid-thirties, fat, red haired and bearded bloke. Sweat drips from the tiny slits in his eyes, pours down his dry skin follicles and on mustard colored stains blotched about his neck. His trousers are wrapped around his boots. His filthy…. an old man and a young whore cum for one another…. See Joe drink a fifth of Jack and cum on to a brunette with lice and blood clots in his hair. He moves from the scene so as to follow the scent of food….The old boys and ladies too old for …. (and) washing white stockings in a wooden barrel. A drunk vomiting while screaming obscenities to the winter goddess. Just past this and he can treat himself to the wonders of uncontrolled and unregulated nouvelle cuisine,”

Summary: I fully realize and accept the fact that basic, raw descriptions are commonly accepted in today’s literature and enjoyed by many of today’s readers who thirst for unvarnished reality. Regrettably, after having witnessed the results of similar events, this reviewer prefers reading less disgustingly descriptive scenes and prefers actually an eclectic choice of fiction/non-fiction that is enjoyable and/or instructive. My review more specifically is a caveat for similar readers and my apologies to the author and to readers who have an interest in books such as provided by this author. However, I should think even here readers would like to have a better edited and proofread book with more ‘compete’ characters.

2* 4* for description of a dystrophic state; 1* or less, reasons described.

We Run Bad

We Run Bad ISBN: 9781732411203, Okie Doke Book Publishing, an e-book copyright and written by John Curry.

Plot: The protagonist, gambling on making it big on a belief that a dilapidated section of Philadelphia was about to be the next real estate ‘boom’ area, loses heavily when the economic recession begins in 2007 (referred to as the recession of 2008 and lasting roughly for two years with only gradual recovery thereafter). He abandons the house with the idea of recovering his fortunes by gambling in Atlantic City. Here, either because he is an inadequate poker player, because he is incessantly spaced out on drugs and alcohol, or perhaps both, he again fails. He is offered an opportunity to regain his lost money and actually augment it by running an illegal poker game in New York City. In these illegal ‘underground’ games, run surreptitiously in private apartments and/or condominiums, the house takes such a large percentage of each pot that the house actually is the only winner. He accepts, is ‘busted’ a couple of times but released by the group’s lawyer and is making money at a fast pace. Luckily, he avoids an extensive law operation and the story continues depicting his continuing self-defeating activities.

Discussion: The author has set forth a dark tale, in a quite extensively descriptive manner, the activities of an inveterate gambler who has no control in spite of experiencing a ‘bad run’ that he only extends and expands with constant drugs, alcohol, sex, and other abominable life and living conditions. His descriptions include some activities that certain readers may accept as humorous. Regrettably, this reader finds them to portray action more in accord with a pitiful inability to equate with the mores of society, a society that certainly is grossly deficient in a host of ways. However, it is the only one we presently have and large masses of people do require some basic rules to avoid complete chaos until change hopefully can be initiated.

Conclusion: A highly descriptive tale ostensibly following the down trending life of a foul-mouthed, drug and alcohol junkie, inveterate gambler with an underlying commentary on the conditions of the mores of today’s society. Actually, an unpleasant read.

3* 4* For commentary on today’s society; 2* or less for presentation.