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The Program: A Novel (Tim Rackley Novels) Hardcover – August 31, 2004
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- Publisher : William Morrow; First Edition (August 31, 2004)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060530405
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060530402
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.17 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #317,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall a good book but some great editing would have taken it to the next level.
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As with other Gregg Hurwtz novels, some of the peripheral characters are a little 'cartoon' and shallow but there are also characters who are presented in one light at the beginning of the book and are, slowly, revealed to be quite different characters by the end. The nature of this story; a fanatical 'self-help' cult, means that there are more characters to keep track of than might be the case for other plot lines but Mr Hurwitz manages to express these with sufficient clarity to allow the reader to keep the 'who's who' straight. The portrayal of the main villain, TD, is masterful; no cartoon Bond villain this but a complex, intelligent, resourceful character whom the reader has no problem at all seeing able to control the wills of hundreds of people. Seeing the periodic news stories, over the years, about these cults (mainly in America and, as is acknowledged in this book) often in California), I've always wondered at how stupid must people be to allow someone to take such control over you, but, while reading The Program, I increasingly had to ask myself if I would act any differently than these 'cult fodder' were I in their situation. Scary.
This is my fifth Gregg Hurwitz and the best proof of my admiration is that I've already bought my sixth, to read as soon as I finish this review. Some other reviewers have said that they preferred the first of the Rackley novels, 'The Kill Clause' but, for me, this second outing is quite a bit better; not many novels change the way the reader thinks about the world in which we live but this one changed mine. While both of the 'Evan Smoat' novels ('Orphan X' and 'The Nowhere Man') were superb and very different to the Rackley books, I enjoyed 'The Surviver' a little less but, hey, four, storming, hits out of five is score any author would be proud of. There are plenty of Gregg Hurwitz novels for me to get into yet and, I assure you, I will!