4 out of 4 stars
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Final Notice is a fictional story written by an author named Van Fleisher. Van Fleisher takes us through a journey of suspense and wonders as readers consider the question, “What would you do if you knew, for certain that you would die in 10, 20 or 30 days?” In this novel, the NRA and several politicians encourage the elderly to buy and own guns for protection. The NRA successfully draws in the elderly by offering large discounts on handguns.
In addition to the elderly owning guns, there is also a company called VitalTech (VT2) that designed a watch for the elderly. This watch has the capabilities to notify a person that they are going to die in (x) days. Due to a patient receiving his or her "Final Notice," a lot of crime erupts. This leads to an investigation by the FBI to decide if the watch is the cause of sudden killings. Fleisher goes on to show the impact of gun ownership, especially when it falls into the hands of untrained owners who just received unpleasant news. In the end, readers find out just what some people would do if they only had a few days to live, as well as the importance to properly train prospective gun owners.
The structure and writer’s craft are what I dislike most about this novel. There is too much character hopping between chapters. The novel begins (first 3 chapters) with an elderly couple and their life story, and then it introduces several other new characters of different ages over the next few chapters. The story-line becomes very confusing; therefore, it causes you to lose track and focus over the next few chapters. I normally would have read this book in a few days, but because of the story-line, it took me a couple of weeks.
What I like most about this novel is the author's use of older characters. The author focuses on most characters being between the ages of 50 and 80. These characters express more life than death. They are seemingly healthy (express no concerns of poor health) and living life to the fullest. I like how the author makes the elderly look capable of being older, but also healthy and happy, instead of being in poor health and lifeless.
In conclusion, Fleisher's chilling question, "What would you do if you knew, for certain that you had 10 days to live?" leaves the audience in shambles, wondering, if, in fact, they would use a gun to end a life; especially if it was for a good cause. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This book was exceptionally edited with great attention to details. I would not recommend this book to an audience who dislikes guns and violence. However, if you like books about an older generation and you love guns, then I would recommend you add this book to your reading list.
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