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Written by: Thomas Gandolfi

Published by: TANSTAAFL Press

The year doesn’t matter except to say we are in a future that this reader can see as a possibility. The world is run not by government entities, but a conglomeration of large corporate CEO’s who meet clandestinely and operate their manipulation of the world without ethical or morale fiber. In the hierarchy of who’s who, if you’re not a corpie working for the man, you’re nothing and nobody.

GAM stands in opposition of the corpies. Their main desire is to bring Earth back to a natural state with the ability to support life without nanotechnology. Food is no longer grown, but everything organic is recycled for sustenance including animals and humans. This terrorist group will bring the corporations down by any means in hope of restoring control to the people.

Yesterday, our unwilling hero Tony, was a corpie who enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle until his bosses decide he’s better used as a pawn and a tool to infiltrate GAM. But they didn’t count on Tony’s conscious and when he decides to not only join GAM, gives them new direction, its anybody’s guess as to who will come out on top.

The premise is great and the plot well thought out, but for this reader, I’d like to see the book get another edit before hitting the shelves and would be happy to reread it. Overloaded with excessive adverbs, qualifiers, and a passive voice, the majority of the story was a chore to read. I had high hopes for this book, but in the end struggled to keep going. About ¾ of the way through the pacing picked up as the stakes went higher leaving me motivated to finish and left me wanting to know what happens next.

Would I recommend the book? Yes and no. Again the issue for me wasn’t the plot or characters, but the writing that I found hard to get through and please remember this is subjective. The characters were well developed and you get a real sense of who Tony is.

Was there anything I disliked about the book? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it here, I personally do not like to have the villain’s point of view. Though this story would be near impossible to tell without the multiple points of view and those were handled nicely, I don’t like to be in the know of what the bad guys are doing.

And just so you know, I will be reading Thinking Outside the Box book 2 in the series because 1 left me wanting to know what happened next.

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