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The Wealth of a Nation
T.B. O'Neill, author
This story is basically a political thriller, but takes us on a dystopian journey in an era when the jobs are gone, and the government is no longer constitutionally restrained. Offered a Hobson’s choice, Bakerton’s citizens are like the rabble of Roman times: expected to know their place, and cheerfully accept the nation’s bounty. Nathan Englander confronts power brokers determined to build a Wall to separates Workers from dependent Citizens, and he discovers along the way that, at their core, the city and nation have lost their way. Thus begins his dangerous quest for change, while trying to thwart a terrorist attack and save those he loves. Readers report an engaging plot with authentic characters, The Wealth of a Nation examines the soft and hard tyranny of dictatorial regimes, in an era when citizens still have a choice and can stop the madness. Kirkus Reviews said in part: "With solid pacing, characterizations, and pathologies, O’Neill’s novel largely eschews the hectoring AM radio talk-show tone of much politically oriented, speculative fiction from the conservative side. Comparisons to Brave New World . . . would not be far off the mark, which is high praise." Polemics and politics take a far less important place in the book than the reviewer indicates, but the review concludes The Wealth of a Nation to be, "Dystopian political sci-fi with a disturbingly persuasive edge."
Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

"Dystopian political sci-fi with a disturbingly persuasive edge."

"With solid pacing, characterizations, and pathologies, O’Neill’s novel largely eschews the hectoring AM radio talk-show tone of much politically oriented, speculative fiction from the conservative side."

"Comparisons to Brave New World . . . would not be far off the mark, which is high praise." 

 

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