3 out of 4 stars
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Final Notice: What would you do if you knew – for certain – that you had 10 days to live is the first and only book written by Van Fleisher. Fleisher spent 21 years as the Director of International Marketing with the TWA and then 30+ years as an International Management consultant. His many years in these 2 very interesting careers have given him a lot of insight on different cultures and an open mind about current events. He used his life experiences to write Final Notice.
Final Notice focuses on the current state of our nation. It covers gun violence, technology, politics, immigration, and our treatment of seniors. Each event is described through the eyes of a group of people from different races, ages, and religions. Using current events, we see how each person is affected and how their reactions are shaped from personal experiences. From a senior couple to a tech genius, each person has a different view and grows from each event they experience.
I really enjoyed this book and the characters within it. Each character was written with their own personality and thoughts on what was happening around them. I thought Fleisher wrote each character brilliantly, giving them growth though out the book and helping me to grow along them. I became emotionally attached to each character, even hoping that things would work out for them in the end.He made his characters very three dimensional. They were created with heart and thought, causing me to become invested in what was happening to them. I read the book hoping to find out if things worked out for them or became worse. I wanted nothing but the best for the majority of the characters. I love books with such characters that I can root for or hate. It makes it just that much more enjoyable for me while I read.
Personally, I believe that Fleisher wrote this book with thought and heart. The use of real life events in the book helped to make it more realistic and more emotional. I've never seen other books use this technique and it was quite refreshing to see something new. Seeing how each character reacted differently to terror attacks and school shootings hit even harder. It was interesting to see what America is like though different eyes kept the story moving and my interest locked. Even reading about each event in the book shocked me, because I didn't expect it. It made the story line more entertaining and kept me reading.
I would give this book 3 out of 4 stars. There were a few mistakes though out the book, basically just odd spacing and incorrect fonts. These few mistakes are what caused the rating to drop a star. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Final Notice: What would you do if you knew – for certain- that you had 10 days to live more than I had originally expected. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys books about current events and thrillers.
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