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Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 07 Mar 2018, 02:00
by Sahani Nimandra
[Following is a volunteer review of "Final Notice" by Van Fleisher.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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What would it be like if you had a watch that could tell you when you would die? Would you settle your personal affairs on order, if so at what price? Would you be tempted to buy products at a special discounted pricing that would bring negative outcome?

In this thought-provoking book by Van Fleisher which depicts the current reality in the USA identifies what triggers within the society. Final Notice is a book that focuses on the tech advancements and the gun laws which currently operates within the country. Consisting of 31 chapters with an epilogue and a prologue the author also have added a featured message as to why he wrote this book. The plot is more of a suspenseful read with crime and tech advancement; it's also a reminder about the money-driven society that we currently live in.

In an era when the crime rate is at all time high, the NRA (National Rifle Association) promotes a senior discount pricing for guns. Vince an early retired man who was bullied by a young chap wanted to vent his anger out for been insulted found himself questioning whether to extract revenge or not. His wife Trudi as any supportive wife does shows him that the use of a gun was never the answer to any problem. Will this stop Vince? How many more elderly victims of bullying like Vince are out there waiting to seek vengeance?

In a simultaneous time, Vijay and Jennifer became corporate associates over a new life monitor equipment that was a sure hit on the market. Little did they know that their discovery was a tool which supported the root cause to all the crimes occurred. With the use of guns and this new device what more damage will it cause? Can it ever be stopped and used for better?

I admire the author’s benevolence; his opinion about guns and its effects are clearly stated which is admirable. The opening was with a question inquiring the reader opinion; it felt like the plot tried to involve the reader into the story.

My attitude towards the use of guns is kill-to-be-killed. Having guns for personal use was never the answer plus it never helps; it’s like taking the law to your own hands. The story was a successful attention grabber. The conversation starter between Vince and Trudi was impressive as the story depicts the reality. I really like the foundation of the story and how different topics are entwined to make it a standard read. The plot focused on many topics supporting the general day-to-day activities in the society.

Fleisher pointed out, how the victims and the victimizer's family suffer due to gun violence. The plot demonstrates on how emotionally challenging it can be to either party. Nothing happens without a reason; this plot questions about: What compels people to commit a crime? Does mental health and aggression have an direct impact on the victimizer?

The reasons for gun violence according to Fleisher is: when people are not willing to reconcile over trivial matters, due to emotional disputes and lack of anger management. This made me think how life was much simpler in the past and how the influence of technology has developed through time. Fleisher also shows the typical attitude the younger generation has towards the elders. The nature of bullying and a know-it-all arrogant attitude which disperse respect and love towards elders is a constant trigger. The tech advancement has created a wide generation gap. Fleisher shows the importance on breaching this gap and how tech itself can help to breach it. The gun violence mentioned in the story reminded me of a movie called the Freedom Writers.

A descriptive detail by Fleisher on how money-minded people can get, how people turn irresponsible when tempted by money is noted: example; the NRA Senior Discount for guns, and a move by a number of states to eliminate a history of mental illness as a disqualification for gun ownership. There was a point where the plot shows how the gun promoter weasel himself in promoting guns to the older generation as a safety measure. How the marketers behave when promoting a booming profit-making product the VT2 watch.

Towards the end of this plot, we could see a peaceful ending with a new hope. The concluding chapter is dedicated to each run-on characters who contributed till the end. The unique characters offered a fascinating read. The multidimensional characters are truly a credential to the plot. Even though a considerable amount of characters played a crucial role at times, they weren’t a hindrance to the read. There were no major grammatical errors. The language is straight and simple. The writing style is descriptive and friendly. The crimes stated are not disturbing as much since it reflects the day-to-day reality but if the reader is a sensitive person then reading discretion is advised.

In conclusion, the author has stated his reasons to why he wrote this book and what his expectations are which I can understand. The general and the most prominent issues in the country are well presented like the American dream that immigrants work hard to achieve, the heavy political stress, lack of morality and ethics. The author has successfully expressed his thoughts profoundly and effective that I couldn’t agree more. I can honestly rate this book 4 out of 4 stars it truly exceeded my expectations. On a further note, I admire one statement stated by a positive character, “Guns are not the answer to anything! And just because a lot people are going along with something doesn’t make it right.” (Trudi)

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Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 12 Mar 2018, 08:41
by kandscreeley
I'm glad you like this one! I read it as well and thought it was very interesting. I hope that the book brings about some good discussion that we need in this country.

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 12 Mar 2018, 08:59
by Sahani Nimandra
kandscreeley wrote:
12 Mar 2018, 08:41
I'm glad you like this one! I read it as well and thought it was very interesting. I hope that the book brings about some good discussion that we need in this country.
Actually yes, and I heartedly wish that would change people's perspectives upon the use of guns and over influence of technology. Thank you for commenting Kands!

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 12 Mar 2018, 20:28
by VictoriaMcMillen
I enjoyed your review of Final Notice. I also read the book and found the characters' perceptions valuable. I like how you used Trudi's sound reason to end the review- very powerful. Thanks for the review!

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 12 Mar 2018, 21:11
by Sahani Nimandra
VictoriaMcMillen wrote:
12 Mar 2018, 20:28
I enjoyed your review of Final Notice. I also read the book and found the characters' perceptions valuable. I like how you used Trudi's sound reason to end the review- very powerful. Thanks for the review!
I am glad you enjoyed the review, thank you for commenting! I am very interested in leaving a ever lasting message to the viewers of my review though the book. Hope it will be a impressive message and leaves a ever lasting impression! Thank you again Victoria!

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 14 Mar 2018, 02:48
by Sarah Tariq
The author has taken up a very important issue of gun control. In the backdrop of
recurring school shooting incidents, this book gets much importance. Thanks for your nice review.

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 14 Mar 2018, 07:43
by Dolor
What would it be like if you had a watch that could tell you when you would die? Would you settle your personal affairs on order, if so at what price? Would you be tempted to buy products at a special discounted pricing that would bring negative outcome?
Knowing when I would die could freak me out. The moment I could accept the reality, I will repent, and prepare myself for it. I will settle all my personal affairs at all cost. I don't know if I will be tempted to buy that kind of watch with the knowledge that the watch could predict my time of death. 😄

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 14 Mar 2018, 08:34
by Sahani Nimandra
Dolor wrote:
14 Mar 2018, 07:43
What would it be like if you had a watch that could tell you when you would die? Would you settle your personal affairs on order, if so at what price? Would you be tempted to buy products at a special discounted pricing that would bring negative outcome?
Knowing when I would die could freak me out. The moment I could accept the reality, I will repent, and prepare myself for it. I will settle all my personal affairs at all cost. I don't know if I will be tempted to buy that kind of watch with the knowledge that the watch could predict my time of death. 😄
Hehe yes true Dolor! Neither would I ever settle for a watch like that.

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 14 Mar 2018, 08:35
by Sahani Nimandra
Sarah Tariq wrote:
14 Mar 2018, 02:48
The author has taken up a very important issue of gun control. In the backdrop of
recurring school shooting incidents, this book gets much importance. Thanks for your nice review.
It sure does and hope that people would change their perspectives for the better than there is no way a gun would ever be your protector. Thank you for commenting!

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 14 Oct 2018, 04:41
by LV2R
You wrote a nice summary of the issues of gun control and technology found in the book. The author does a good job of pulling in the reader as to ask what would you do if you knew when you would die and how to handle anger and aggression.

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 14 Oct 2018, 05:01
by Sahani Nimandra
LV2R wrote:
14 Oct 2018, 04:41
You wrote a nice summary of the issues of gun control and technology found in the book. The author does a good job of pulling in the reader as to ask what would you do if you knew when you would die and how to handle anger and aggression.
Oh, interesting question! To answer that yes I have a total life span of 72 years, and yes, to control anger and aggressions I do meditation.

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 14 Oct 2018, 22:09
by Espie
I welcome innovative ideas and change especially if the intended benefits are obvious, verifiable, and universal. However, once the perceived and identified disadvantages already far outweigh the desired advantages and the mitigation or complete resolution of negative effects is no longer attainable, then rethinking options should already be considered.

On a more personal note, my previous military training and subsequent (and now former) career thereafter acquainted me with weaponry, although I've never encountered the need to own or ever actually wield one before and even now. I do hope that, for others, the compelling reason for ownership or use would eventually cease to be.

Thank you for your insightful review.

Re: Review by Sahani Nimandra -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Posted: 15 Oct 2018, 06:58
by Sahani Nimandra
Espie wrote:
14 Oct 2018, 22:09
I welcome innovative ideas and change especially if the intended benefits are obvious, verifiable, and universal. However, once the perceived and identified disadvantages already far outweigh the desired advantages and the mitigation or complete resolution of negative effects is no longer attainable, then rethinking options should already be considered.

On a more personal note, my previous military training and subsequent (and now former) career thereafter acquainted me with weaponry, although I've never encountered the need to own or ever actually wield one before and even now. I do hope that, for others, the compelling reason for ownership or use would eventually cease to be.

Thank you for your insightful review.
Ohhhhh, it's really interesting to know this point of view from an ex-militant. Thank you!