4 out of 4 stars
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If you found out you had one week to live what would you do? This is a question posed long before this book was published. The situations presented range from the extreme decision to kill those who wronged you, to simply ending your life before fate can take it from you. Would you be able to calmly get your affairs in order? Or, like me, would you absolutely panic? I think I would, but eitherway how can one really know before actually faced with the situation? This is the main issue identified in the Final Notice.
A special program held by the NRA lends discounts to the AARP member demographic. Trudi and Vince happen to be a part of that demographic despite feeling younger than their years. Vince has recently been a victim to crime on the elderly and is shook by it. Can they really be thinking of owning a gun now? Vince sets out on a mission to “reconnect” to the world via the internet and buys a new tech toy, a mac book pro. Vince begins his research. He finds what are staggering statistics related to the over 65 age group and gun ownership. Now they must face the reality of the new world they live in.
Meanwhile, Vijay has discovered his own new “tech toy”, but on a larger scale. Already through the Alpha testing section of its roll out, the VT2 is a watch device with a unique ability. An ability never seen before. The ability to predict the end of ones life within 30 days. One can choose to be notified then, or in less time, such as a day or week. His excitement to get the watch on the market is dampened by some incidences where the “final notice” proved dangerous and controversial. That is to say the least and to avoid possible spoilers.
Fleisher is great with characterization. He writes of more relatable and endearing characters, like Zoe the rising FBI star with a double BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice, as well. I found myself drawn to them and their various decisions or opinions circling the gun debate and the aspects of the final notice feature. Thinking along the way very seriously about what my own opinin would be. The author also uses good transitioning. Whether it be from conversation to thought, or from one character's story to another’s. I didn’t find myself juggling too many character details, rather finding myself with just enough to stay engrossed.
One thing that deterred me at first is this book was written from a political “left" position. I tend to disagree with most arguments from the left, including gun ownership and regulations. I kept an open mind, however, and would urge those second guessing it to do the same. I’m glad I did because despite political affiliation, the plot was deep and complete. Final Notice was an intriguing concept executed wonderfully. I loved the various issues in today's world that Fleisher forces us to face.
I would rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars! I noticed no errors, and it was very well written. I would recommend this book to my suspense reading friends first. I would also urge political aficionados to check it out regardless of political affiliation. I would probably stay away if your one to avoid the news and don’t care for politics.
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