Review by Jessacardinal -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

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Review by Jessacardinal -- Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Post by Jessacardinal » 14 Feb 2019, 14:39

[Following is a volunteer review of "Final Notice" by Van Fleisher.]
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Final Notice by Van Fleisher is a fictional novel consisting of thirty-one thrilling chapters. The easy-to-read plot follows main characters Vince and Trudi Fuller and Vijay Patel through a period of growth of both technology and the use of guns in America. Vince and Trudi are retired seniors who, after experiencing a life-threatening accident, consider the times they live in and decide to purchase their very first firearm as a form of self-protection. Little do they know how newly acquired gadgets such as the gun, a laptop, and a watch which predicts the time of death are about to change their lives.

Meanwhile, Vijay Patel has recently developed a new watch that accurately measures and analyzes the health of the person wearing the device. The watch, which can provide the wearer and their family members with a final notice of impending death, could have positive effects on the lives of Vijay’s family. However, Vijay will be forced to weigh the importance of improving life for his family against the negative impact the watch has on those with access to guns across America.

I appreciate the way the author uses Vince and Trudi’s lacking knowledge regarding guns to introduce firearm facts and statistics to readers. I also like how the author uses the plot to shed light on additional real-life issues such as an overwhelming amount of time spent browsing social media, racial profiling and prejudices, and fake news, to name a few.

There are a few things I do not like about Final Notice. An underlying tone assumes all firearms owners will inevitably commit some vicious crime. I do not agree with this line of thinking; therefore, it was, at times, difficult for me to read through the material. While several chapters discuss topics which typically bore me, such as politicians and politics, the script adds to the overall plot. There are two incidences in this second edition where it seems the author made notes within the text for future editing opportunities. Unfortunately, the notes remain in the place of the desired text. These misplaced notes cause some confusion and distract the reader. Lastly, the book seems to end abruptly, sans cliff hanger. I was ever-so-thankful to turn to the next page to find an Epilogue that wrapped things up quite beautifully.

Final Notice is well edited. While there are several instances of additional spaces appearing between words, I believe the occurrences are merely compatibility issues with Kindle for PC. For instance, some words have spaces between letters on the minimized view. Once the page is maximized to a full-screen view, several issues are instantly resolved.

I rate Final Notice by Van Fleisher 3 out of 4 stars due to the awkward notes left in the text. While there are a few parts of the book I do not personally care for, most of the book proves to be an absolute page-turner. Readers who do not enjoy plots involving politics, a few instances of profanity, or a graphic description of murder may not enjoy parts of this book.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 16 Feb 2019, 15:57

Fleisher is absolutely biased in this book. His views are absolute, with no opposing thoughts. This is definitely an interesting way to write a book - but I agree that it's not for everyone. I happened to agree with a lot of things he said, but I cringed in a few places where I thought someone with opposing views might take offence.
And I also really liked Trudi and Vince. Which helped :)
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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 16 Feb 2019, 17:10

An underlying tone assumes all firearms owners will inevitably commit some vicious crime. I do not agree with this line of thinking; therefore, it was, at times, difficult for me to read through the material. While several chapters discuss topics which typically bore me, such as politicians and politics, the script adds to the overall plot.
I actually don't agree with this, as we saw several scenarios where this was not the case. I thought the author did a good job of showing there was personal choice in how people used their guns that depended on several factors. But maybe that was my own biases being projected onto it. :)

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Post by Zora C Penter » 16 Feb 2019, 21:01

We had the same rating! I too enjoyed the novel, and had the same problem with some of the formatting. Some chapters were justified while others weren't which made the transition more jarring I think.

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Post by Rose Harebate » 18 Feb 2019, 00:53

I like the fact that the author provides a much needed information to readers who know little to nothing about firearms. The plot seems intriguing. Thanks for a review.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 18 Feb 2019, 13:13

Bianka Walter wrote:
16 Feb 2019, 15:57
Fleisher is absolutely biased in this book. His views are absolute, with no opposing thoughts. This is definitely an interesting way to write a book - but I agree that it's not for everyone. I happened to agree with a lot of things he said, but I cringed in a few places where I thought someone with opposing views might take offence.
And I also really liked Trudi and Vince. Which helped :)
This is a great review! Thanks!
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Post by Jessacardinal » 18 Feb 2019, 13:13

Zora C Penter wrote:
16 Feb 2019, 21:01
We had the same rating! I too enjoyed the novel, and had the same problem with some of the formatting. Some chapters were justified while others weren't which made the transition more jarring I think.
Thank you for your comment!
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Post by Jessacardinal » 18 Feb 2019, 13:14

Rose Harebate wrote:
18 Feb 2019, 00:53
I like the fact that the author provides a much needed information to readers who know little to nothing about firearms. The plot seems intriguing. Thanks for a review.
I agree. Thanks for commenting!
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Post by Samy Lax » 18 Feb 2019, 23:12

I like how this book discusses a lot of current societal issues, including the high amount of time spent browsing social media and fake news. We surely need more ways to spread awareness on these topics.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 19 Feb 2019, 18:19

Samy Lax wrote:
18 Feb 2019, 23:12
I like how this book discusses a lot of current societal issues, including the high amount of time spent browsing social media and fake news. We surely need more ways to spread awareness on these topics.

Great review!
I agree. Thank you for the comment!
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Post by teacherjh » 21 Feb 2019, 12:10

I read this one too. I liked the plot, but thought the author got a little too political.

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Post by unamilagra » 21 Feb 2019, 17:39

Sounds like an interesting take, but I have to assume that an author would not choose to write about a topic like this unless he or she was trying to make a political statement. I generally try to avoid books with too many politics (books are my escape from the real world after all) but this plot line does sound intriguing. Thanks for the honest review!

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Post by Jessacardinal » 21 Feb 2019, 21:23

teacherjh wrote:
21 Feb 2019, 12:10
I read this one too. I liked the plot, but thought the author got a little too political.
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Post by Jessacardinal » 21 Feb 2019, 21:24

unamilagra wrote:
21 Feb 2019, 17:39
Sounds like an interesting take, but I have to assume that an author would not choose to write about a topic like this unless he or she was trying to make a political statement. I generally try to avoid books with too many politics (books are my escape from the real world after all) but this plot line does sound intriguing. Thanks for the honest review!
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Post by kaymontacell » 25 Feb 2019, 17:41

Thanks for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book and were able to get sucked into the story.
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