A novel about saving the environment through totalitarian repression - by Frank Herbert's son Brian.
A revolution has taken over the government of the United States, and the environment has been saved. All pollution has been banned and reversed. It's a bright, green new world. But this new world comes at a great cost. The United States is ruled by a fascist green police state, and the corporations are fighting back. Joining them is an increasing number of rebels angered by the dictatorship of Chairman Rahma. The chairman's power is absolute and appears strong, but cracks are beginning to show as new weapons are developed by the old corporate powers, foreign alliances begin to make inroads into America's influence…and strange reports of mutants filter through the government's censorship.
The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma is both thrilling and thought-provoking, revealing that human greed can poison even the most righteous intentions.
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Poorly written, disjointed and disappointing.
I actively disliked the Dune prequels, but I had such high hopes for a non-Dune book by Mr. Herbert, having not read anything but a few of the prequels. Alas, this was so bad that it was embarrassing. The author obviously didn't spend any time researching environmental law or the basic tenets of the numerous environmental movements in this country in order to form a complex, realistic picture of what an environmental utopia/distopia might actually look like. Instead, the "environmental" dictatorship created in the book was wholly unbelievable. The Chairman owes more to Stalin than any actual enviro-activist or government employee. The world of this book is just silly and facile, rather than any actual exploration of environmentalism run amok, which, honestly, would make for an interesting book.
The rest of the book fails as well. The characters are two dimension, the plot nonsensical, and the sentence structure facile. I could go on, but that would be boring. In all, I'm highly disappointed.
No, I'm a huge sci-fi fan. All this has done is turned me off from other books by this author. I so want to like him, but inevitably I just end up feeling annoyed by the wasted potential. I'm just not going to try anymore.
I've never been a big Scott Brick fan, but I don't think it's his fault that I dislike his performances. He narrated the Butlerian Jihad (Dune prequel) which was such an abomination (used in the BG sense of the word) that hearing his voice causes a form of post-traumatic listening disorder. Yes, I'm being dramatic, but, God!, that book was a travesty!
Not really, no. I hate being a hater, I really do! I want to find the silver lining in the cloud. But here, no, there are no silver linings. And the glass is bone dry, not half full.