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Review of Final Act

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Final Act" by Van Fleisher.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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What do you think you would be willing to do for someone else if you knew you would die before any consequences could unfold? Do you think that you could be enticed to commit murder? What if you were paid enough untraceable money to keep your family from having to worry after your death?

Just over two years ago, VitalTech introduced a new sports watch onto the market. This watch was invented by doctor and scientist, Vijay Patel. It had a unique feature called the “final notice”, which could predict the wearer’s death accurately up to ten, twenty, or even thirty, days. Most wearers used this time to finish important business, but a few, and the number was growing, used the notice as an excuse to kill with impunity. Vijay was very worried by this trend. He used it as a catalyst for devising a way of upgrading the watch to predict the likelihood of a user who had received a final notice to kill.

People with final notices were being recruited to kill for money. While this provided for their families when they were gone, it gave the FBI no motive to consider. The authorities had no way of finding out who had hired them. The killers were, after all, dead. How desperate were these killers? Would you consider this option? Where were the people hiring these killers getting the information they needed? Was someone at VitalTech responsible? Van Fleisher explored this in his novel Final Act, the second in a series of books about knowing your death date.

I liked that Jennifer, Vijay’s wife, was able to take care of herself. That was very apparent when she dealt so well with the intruder in her home. She was not the only strong and capable woman in this novel. Alek was also one of my favorite characters. He didn’t let losing his job stop him. He worked even harder to contribute.

I couldn’t decide if I was happy about Vijay’s decision to continue sharing VT2 data with the FBI or not. On one hand, he was helping them to find the killers faster, but on the other, he was at risk of losing his job and the killings weren’t being stopped anyway.

I can’t see what Zoe’s sexual orientation had to do with her job. She knew what she should do and executed her plans well. I didn’t like that J. Edward and Mike Kalin were trying to keep important information from the FBI.

I recommend this book to those who have already read Final Notice. There are many of the same characters involved, and this is not a standalone novel, even though the author stated that he tried to make it one. While it would be possible to decipher this without having read the first book, the process would be difficult.

Considering everything about this novel, I give it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Almost the entire cast of characters was concerned with keeping these shootings from happening. The ones that tried to prevent the sharing of relevant information were pretty minor characters anyway. There were also very few errors that I found in this work. It was very well edited.

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This sounds like an intense plot with interesting characters. If I were a character in this book, I would try to convince Vijay to get that watch off of the market. Under the circumstances, the world could quickly become complete chaos. I would definitely read the first book of the series before this one. Thank you for your enticing review!
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I haven't read final notice, but this plot sounds so refreshing and the setting is so unique that I might consider reading the first book. Thank you for your recommendation! I really liked how you used questions to compel the readers towards the book.
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That sounds like an interesting plot! I love books with strong and capable women. I would love to read this series. Thanks for the wonderful review!
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I enjoyed your description of the book. The questions you posed and your analysis informed me of everything I have to know about the book.
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khaulah wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 07:01 I haven't read final notice, but this plot sounds so refreshing and the setting is so unique that I might consider reading the first book. Thank you for your recommendation! I really liked how you used questions to compel the readers towards the book.
Really, read the first one before attempting this! :D
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DyanaFl wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 09:59 That sounds like an interesting plot! I love books with strong and capable women. I would love to read this series. Thanks for the wonderful review!
There is still one that I haven’t read. It’s “Final Chance”. :tiphat:
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What do you think you would be willing to do for someone else if you knew you would die before any consequences could unfold? Do you think that you could be enticed to commit murder? What if you were paid enough untraceable money to keep your family from having to worry after your death?
Those are awfully hard questions to consider. But they make for amazing opening lines for your review! :D
People with final notices were being recruited to kill for money. While this provided for their families when they were gone, it gave the FBI no motive to consider. The authorities had no way of finding out who had hired them. The killers were, after all, dead. How desperate were these killers? Would you consider this option? Where were the people hiring these killers getting the information they needed? Was someone at VitalTech responsible? Van Fleisher explored this in his novel Final Act, the second in a series of books about knowing your death date.
Well, maybe that's why we aren't supposed to know the moment of our deaths. People who have nothing to lose can be incredibly dangerous.
I liked that Jennifer, Vijay’s wife, was able to take care of herself. That was very apparent when she dealt so well with the intruder in her home. She was not the only strong and capable woman in this novel. Alek was also one of my favorite characters. He didn’t let losing his job stop him. He worked even harder to contribute.
I love a well-constructed, strong female character!
I can’t see what Zoe’s sexual orientation had to do with her job. She knew what she should do and executed her plans well. I didn’t like that J. Edward and Mike Kalin were trying to keep important information from the FBI.
Nothing, probably. Unless she was a sex worker or something of the sort. If we want to stop discrimination, we need to stop making irrelevant comments about people's preferences. I'm glad you pointed that out.

Fantastic review!
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María Andrea Fernández wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 18:33
What do you think you would be willing to do for someone else if you knew you would die before any consequences could unfold? Do you think that you could be enticed to commit murder? What if you were paid enough untraceable money to keep your family from having to worry after your death?
Those are awfully hard questions to consider. But they make for amazing opening lines for your review! :D
People with final notices were being recruited to kill for money. While this provided for their families when they were gone, it gave the FBI no motive to consider. The authorities had no way of finding out who had hired them. The killers were, after all, dead. How desperate were these killers? Would you consider this option? Where were the people hiring these killers getting the information they needed? Was someone at VitalTech responsible? Van Fleisher explored this in his novel Final Act, the second in a series of books about knowing your death date.
Well, maybe that's why we aren't supposed to know the moment of our deaths. People who have nothing to lose can be incredibly dangerous.
I liked that Jennifer, Vijay’s wife, was able to take care of herself. That was very apparent when she dealt so well with the intruder in her home. She was not the only strong and capable woman in this novel. Alek was also one of my favorite characters. He didn’t let losing his job stop him. He worked even harder to contribute.
I love a well-constructed, strong female character!
I can’t see what Zoe’s sexual orientation had to do with her job. She knew what she should do and executed her plans well. I didn’t like that J. Edward and Mike Kalin were trying to keep important information from the FBI.
Nothing, probably. Unless she was a sex worker or something of the sort. If we want to stop discrimination, we need to stop making irrelevant comments about people's preferences. I'm glad you pointed that out.

Fantastic review!
I try to cover all aspects of a book. I think the bias was unintentional, but I don't know why it had to be mentioned at all. :tiphat:
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I have read the book before and I must say what an excellent review here. I have not read the final notice but since you recommend that we should read it too, why not. I guess it may be interesting as this one right😁❤️
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Amy Luman wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 18:50
María Andrea Fernández wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 18:33
What do you think you would be willing to do for someone else if you knew you would die before any consequences could unfold? Do you think that you could be enticed to commit murder? What if you were paid enough untraceable money to keep your family from having to worry after your death?
Those are awfully hard questions to consider. But they make for amazing opening lines for your review! :D
People with final notices were being recruited to kill for money. While this provided for their families when they were gone, it gave the FBI no motive to consider. The authorities had no way of finding out who had hired them. The killers were, after all, dead. How desperate were these killers? Would you consider this option? Where were the people hiring these killers getting the information they needed? Was someone at VitalTech responsible? Van Fleisher explored this in his novel Final Act, the second in a series of books about knowing your death date.
Well, maybe that's why we aren't supposed to know the moment of our deaths. People who have nothing to lose can be incredibly dangerous.
I liked that Jennifer, Vijay’s wife, was able to take care of herself. That was very apparent when she dealt so well with the intruder in her home. She was not the only strong and capable woman in this novel. Alek was also one of my favorite characters. He didn’t let losing his job stop him. He worked even harder to contribute.
I love a well-constructed, strong female character!
I can’t see what Zoe’s sexual orientation had to do with her job. She knew what she should do and executed her plans well. I didn’t like that J. Edward and Mike Kalin were trying to keep important information from the FBI.
Nothing, probably. Unless she was a sex worker or something of the sort. If we want to stop discrimination, we need to stop making irrelevant comments about people's preferences. I'm glad you pointed that out.

Fantastic review!
I try to cover all aspects of a book. I think the bias was unintentional, but I don't know why it had to be mentioned at all. :tiphat:
I personally found nothing wrong with it, I found it in reflection to reality course it is not all of us that accept this same sex thing. Yes it can get on nerves to how people get to be so small minded about it but however we deal with the kind of people everyday.
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Phooko Tebogo PC wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 20:38 I have read the book before and I must say what an excellent review here. I have not read the final notice but since you recommend that we should read it too, why not. I guess it may be interesting as this one right😁❤️
Do read "Final Notice" and there's a third one, "Final Chance". I haven't read that one. :D
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This book sounds captivating and appealing, I'm highly interacted in reading this book. I love your review creativity.
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Nwaka Chukwuemeka wrote: 14 Sep 2022, 11:00 This book sounds captivating and appealing, I'm highly interacted in reading this book. I love your review creativity.
Read them all! :D
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This book has an interesting storyline and a watch being able to narrate the wearer's death I see as a bad idea brewing. I look forward to knowing how the wearer reacts when they find out.. Nicely written review.
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