Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
In this short story, Kurt Williams has spent the last twenty years as a Libertarian refugee from a collapsing society. On his return to civilization, what he finds is nothing short of devastating. In an America where big government has run amok and nearly everything is outlawed, will his defiance and courage be enough to restore sanity? More

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Words: 4,260
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310039805
About Ernesto San Giacomo

Ernesto San Giacomo was born and raised on Staten Island, the forgotten borough of New York City. He spent part of his working life in retail management, and the rest of it teaching high school – and surprisingly still has his sanity. Ernesto married a military woman and moved to San Antonio a few years ago, leaving behind his teaching career and everything he’s ever known. Having always been the creative type, he took up a new career as an author.

Ernesto’s short stories tend to focus on the dark side of American culture, but the underlying themes hold true for societies around the globe. As human beings, we all experience wants, joys, sorrows, and regrets, and have views of how things ought to be. Ernesto enjoys exploring what happens when the ways in which we deal with those emotions and worldviews are taken to extremes.

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Review by: Marilyn Tucker on Jan. 23, 2014 :
I don't agree with the previous reviewer. I see no plot holes. The beginning of the short story clearly states that he went so far away from "civilization" that it took days to get back. He was self-sufficient and "off the grid." The government did not care, obviously, about someone who was that far away. They probably did not know he existed. In addition, I saw no family affiliation except between Cheryl and her dad. Nowhere does the story say that anyone else in the story was a relative of hers. If you read carefully, I think you will agree with me. I found this story fascinating and different from other dystopian works I have read. As an ex-English teacher, I have read quite a few.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: G. L. Argain on Jan. 22, 2014 :
This short story was fleeting and entertaining, although I feel it could be much longer, with plenty of potential. The message - a rather obvious one - reminds me of some midpoint between the ideas of 1984 and Brave New World. Unfortunately, there were a lot of plot holes that ruined this short story. For example, if the government were really uptight about their laws, wouldn't even a hermit be bound by some said laws? Plus, would the family members really be so easily moved by Kurt and Cheryl? I figured that if government wanted to control its subjects mentally, they would be more effective and efficient about it.

Several people may enjoy this book, but this one didn't quite meet my standards.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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