Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review - The Quaker State Affair by Dan Romain

Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 9781937293406
Pages: 375
Release: November 1, 2011
A mysterious explosion in Taiwan. Nuclear secrets stolen from Los Alamos. China’s manifest destiny at hand. 
In the near future, America and China go head-to-head in a battle of technological bluffs, setting in motion a chain of events that could lead to skyrocketing oil prices, the end of the dollar, the American way of life, and the republic itself. The only man who might have an answer in the midst of the international crisis is Patrick “Mac” McDaniels, a world-renowned physicist who wants nothing to do with the government. Has he been conducting revolutionary energy research in secret? And if so, will McDaniels be America’s salvation—or its ruin?
My Review:

This is an astonishing book. It reads hyper-fast-paced, from dialogue to dialogue. It covers huge subjects from physics to politics, and yet I never felt left in the dust. I felt challenged & excited, pulled into the downward spiral.

Although the author tackled a large, frightening subject, he left a string of potential. This is not a thrilling movie arrested in motion, like I questioned at one point. It's more like a scientific study, through brightly colored glasses, of real potential disaster. Yet there was a sense of hope even in the face of disaster. Amazingly!

And yes, oh yes, my conspiracy theory lovin' heart heart pitter-pattered this entire book.

 I have wondered, as I read some dystopians (that I thoroughly enjoyed, but never answered the question of) How?  This book is a fictional look at HOW the great United States could fall to it’s knees in 24 hours, what would build up to it, how close it might be to it. Suddenly Legend or Divergent make logical sense!

I recommend this book for everyone who likes action or is curious... for every Conspiracy Theorist who finds the collapse of an empire fascinating. Heck, if you like those movies where Bruce Willis blows up an asteroid or everyone races to China to get on one of the four Arcs or… any of those fast-pace, zip-around to different key character movies… this book reads like one of those. Only with rich background. The history behind every fictional character & movement is deliciously thick with real possibility. (And some swearing!)

I could hardly put the book down, it was that fast-paced. I could totally see this, or something very like it, happening for real. And it’s just a few more skips right into favorite dystopians.  Muahahahaha!!

Now... read it already, so we can have a spoiler-filled discussion!!!

My Rating: 4.5 - Great, fun book!!

Cover Commentary:  The cover has the look of something big with China & USA prominent behind the oil drill. That's a good hint at what's inside, although the calm tones are definitely in contrast. My favorite part is the title: The Quaker State Affair refers to how the Quakers live with no electricity or current amenities... and the Affair that brought the rest of the USA to their chosen way of life, like it or not! It's kind of a mouthful... and the book is satisfyingly solid to hold. I kinda knew I held something significant when it arrived!! Plus... check out the author's website... he's a business person who lightened & brightened his serious ideas to share!!  Love it.

Dan Romain Bio:

Dan Romain is a nationally recognized business consultant who built one of the most successful insurance firms in the country. A graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Society, he currently resides in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Lori, their two children, Danielle and Brian, and their black Labrador, Kona. He has been widely credited as one of the few who accurately predicted the economic melt down.

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  1. This doesn't sound like my kind of book, but it sounds like something my husband would love. I'll definitely have to keep this in mind.

  2. Laura, I love how well written your review is. It pops and snaps with electricity. I can feel your emotion for the book in your writing.

    As a YA fan, myself, I admire how you mentioned that "The Quaker State Affair" is "the how" to "the why" of dystopian novels. Very smart, very eloquent.

  3. P.S. and by the way - I love the new look to your blog - it's gorgeous :)

  4. I'll try not to let that all go to my head!! Lol. THANKS!!

    I do attempt to write my reviews immediately upon finishing & this book really flew!

  5. Hmm. I'm not sure this is something I would necessarily read, but it does sound rather intruiging and I am a big fan of dystopians. Might check this out and great review!

    Nicole's Library

  6. Hey! I love your review~ Seriously, while I was reading it I re-played in my head some of my International Relations classes. Jeje, such a geek I am...

    Now, the physics(oh, physics, why I didn't enter an engineering in physics?) plus the politic thing(ah, that's why...) reminded me of a book -one of my favorites-, Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker, you should read it!!

    1. Sweet!! I added it to my wishlist!! :-D

      You know... this book is detailed enough to be exciting if ya know something about politics or physics... but I'm CLUELESS and I never missed a beat, so... extra kudos to the author for making his big ideas so readable!!


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