Friday, April 20, 2012
Blog Tour: The Quaker State Affair by Dan Romain
A mysterious explosion in Taiwan. Nuclear secrets stolen from Los Alamos. China’s manifest destiny at hand.
In the near future, America and China go head-to-head in a battle of technological bluffs, setting in motion a chain of events that could lead to skyrocketing oil prices, the end of the dollar, the American way of life, and the republic itself. The only man who might have an answer in the midst of the international crisis is Patrick “Mac” McDaniels, a world-renowned physicist who wants nothing to do with the government. Has he been conducting revolutionary energy research in secret? And if so, will McDaniels be America’s salvation—or its ruin?
Dan Romain Bio:
Dan Romain is a nationally recognized business consultant who built one of the most successful insurance firms in the country. A graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Society, he currently resides in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Lori, their two children, Danielle and Brian, and their black Labrador, Kona. He has been widely credited as one of the few who accurately predicted the economic melt down.
I had a hard time getting through this one. I’ll make my review relatively short, since I don’t want to harp on the same things over and over.
The pacing, the pacing, the pacing. That’s what did it for me. I liked the premise, it seemed like it’d be a fascinating read, especially in our economic times, but whatever enthusiasm I felt was quickly replaced by frustration. It’s just a dull book. I hate to say that, but at least for me, it’s the truth. It takes too long to get started, too long for the complications to develop, and then too long for the book to reach its resolution. None of the characters stood out for me, and actually, the banter between the protagonists got frustrating to read, since it seemed they couldn’t say one thing without making it into some kind of joke.
This is not a book that I’d recommend, although I’m sure there are people who say the complete opposite. This one was just not for me.