Thieves Emporium

Rated 4.64/5 based on 12 reviews
A novel of technology, economics, and death in the age of the surveillance state.

What price freedom when the government knows all our secrets? More

Available formats: epub

Words: 116,050
Language: English
ISBN: 9780988703018
About Max Hernandez

The author welcomes thoughts, suggestions, and criticism from readers of his book. He can be reached at MaxHernandez@vistomail.com.

Reviews

Review by: resonant on April 29, 2014 :
The revised version (April 2014) is an improvement over the 2013 version. A filediff of the two epubs shows over 5100 edits. Most obviously, the current cover picture is much more appropriate to the content. That's not a major issue, but the old cover irritatingly gave an incorrect impression of the story. The new version has an additional appendix on the principal features of money (fungibility and total quantity). There are many very minor edits (mostly dialogue), which makes the conversations between characters flow more smoothly than in the 2013 version. The overall story is the same, just slightly more polished.

I still have a quibble about certain witnesses being allowed to live long enough to record their testimony. It would be more likely that they would be promptly killed by a house fire, car crash, drug overdose, or other "accident" with plausible deniability. That's a very minor issue, and their their survival was necessary to the story. Overall the book was excellent, and very good value for the price.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: resonant on Nov. 24, 2013 :
Interesting, and disturbing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: read more on Nov. 17, 2013 :
Frankly I do not know how to review this book . It is interesting and has good information but at the same time a lot of distortion which turned me off. But I recommend thinking readers to read it ,I will reread it for a better understanding.
(review of free book)

Review by: David Gervais on Oct. 23, 2013 :
Everyone else finished the book before I did, so I'll just confirm that it kept me up late, and the review I was about to write noted the similarity in style to Harry Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat" books.

II hope to read more about the characters.

There are some passages that are thinly disguised tutorials on tech and economics, which might be oversimplified for some people, however, this book is described as a Young Adult novel, so I think the extra exposition is appropriate.
(review of free book)

Review by: Joseph Petree on Oct. 03, 2013 :
One has to wonder how our government can stray so far away from the “Noble
Experiment” which the founding fathers instituted for this great country.
The father’s basic idea was freedom, not restrictions.
The thesis of Thieves’ Emporium is rebellion against oppressive governmental
snooping.
President Reagan said--- “Get government off the backs of the people.”
This story needs to be told.
Joseph Petree
October 1, 2013
(review of free book)

Review by: Allan R. Wallace on Sep. 29, 2013 :
A cross between "The Stainless Steel Rat" and late 1990's internet sites of Dodge and LF City. Plausable. Tech first favors those that can afford it in size (gov and corp), and later favors individuals who embrace it. The time is coming. I'm just a few chapters in, but so far the story is well done.
(review of free book)

Review by: David Shelton on Sep. 13, 2013 :
This book presents a plausible view of a dystopian future not too far removed from the present. The world revealed in this book is the product of two trends that have been ongoing for an extended period time, namely the nation's economic decline and the erosion of civil liberties.

It is very timely, given the Patriot Act with it's extrajudicial assassinations and suspension of habeas corpus, the recent revelations of politically motivated abuses by the IRS and the government's electronic eavesdropping program run amok. The FEMA camps described in the book don't seem quite as far fetched as they might have just a few years ago.
(review of free book)

Review by: jack biles on Sep. 12, 2013 :
Review by: jack biles
The opening plot kept me reading till i had to pee. Finished it late that night. It kept me reading the boring tech stuff, and i learned alot. Can people really hide in the internet like this? Can i?
I was sad when the book ended, but i've been following up the leads in the appendix.
(review of free book)
(review of free book)

Review by: Richard Griffith on Sep. 10, 2013 :
As the pendulum swings Left, consider the erosion of your Liberties. There are countermeasures. This is a great read particularly if you want to be knowledgeable of these subtle and not so subtle affronts to Liberty and just what countermeasures you can employ.
(review of free book)

Review by: Elizabeth Grey on Sep. 08, 2013 : (no rating)
Max Hernandez said that he posted the book so that it could be reviewed with an eye to make it better.
The book works on many levels, he his two protagonists develop and change over time, however the book contains many factual inaccuracies and assigns blame to the wrong actors when the true alternatives would just as well serve the plot, but not his anti-government thesis.

FEMA does not have any refugee camps, it provides temporary housing and temporary housing assistance, however there are CIA and private prisons that exist and could serve the same plot devise. John Maynard Keynes was an OPPONENT of Money as DEBT.Keynes advocated that the government print the money it needed into existance to pay for goods and services, rather than allow the banks to loan it into existence as debt. The value of the good and or service backs up the money. I think that Max might want to brush up on Randell Wray's Modern Monetary Theory, or read Terry Pratchett's "Making Money" for a light treatment of the subject.
The problem with the "Gold Standard" is that it fixes the money supply and disadvantages those who produce real goods. If there are 10 ;peices of gold and 10 chairs each chair is worth one price. If the chair maker then makes 100 chairs and there are still only 10 peices of gold, each marginal unit ot production is worth less. Good for the holder of the gold, bad for the producers. That said what the Federal Reserve has been doing with Quantitative Easing where the banks borrow from the Fed at point two % interest and have credit card rates of 20% should be criminal. This has lead to retire's being paid point 3% on their savings, record profits for the banks and ruin for retirees who are forced to play the stock market or get practically nothing for their savings.

The big banks now have a business model where the borrow from the discount window at .2 and use the money to buy bonds paying 2.2 giving them a 2% clear profit while doing nothing but sucking money out of the taxpayer. More money went to the few at the big banks than to AFDC and foodstamps combined, but you don't see our bought out congress doing anything about this or the predatory asset stripping business model of the corporate raiders who have used multiple passes of the 10 to one leverage where banks are allowed to lend out 10 times their deposits and the 30 to one leverage of prime brokers, and their ability to sell stock short to drive down the target's price and to pyramid 10 million dollars of borrowed money into 300 million to buy out successful American tech businesses and strip them of their retained earnings, and their employees of their pensions, then move the production to China which will have a government partner company build the factory, buy the capitol equipment and pay the workers. All the Raider has to deliver is the brand and the intellectual property to get a 47% cut of the export profit. Of course on the back 12 the factory produces the same good which is sold for a fraction of it's export price into the Chinese market, so ideas of penetrating the "China Market" never materialize. China gets the tech, the asshole gets the leveraged profit and America Suffers.
The villain is not the Government of the People run for the common good, That is a straw-man argument because what we have is a bought-out privatized government of the oligarchs for the oligarchs, not any thing close to government for and by the people to the extent we had when Nixon left office. .
(review of free book)

Review by: Jodi Juba on Sep. 07, 2013 :
What a find!! An Interesting read, and very informative. I learned so much about computers in the process of being entertained.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jim Hawkins on Sep. 06, 2013 :
Sort of a cross between Ayn Rand and Tom Clancy. Pretty technical, though. But still a good read.
(review of free book)

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