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I don t know what it says about us as a culture that the popularity of post apocalyptic fiction has taken such a dramatic upswing over the last several years Zombies, nuclear wars, disease, aliens, climate change, cybernetic revolts even Orwell s masterpiece, 1984 is being remade cinematically Whether viewed purely as entertainment, or a cautionary tale, they re offering a glimpse into our collective psyches, reflecting our fears like funhouse mirrors Every once in a while there comes a sto I don t know what it says about us as a culture that the popularity of post apocalyptic fiction has taken such a dramatic upswing over the last several years Zombies, nuclear wars, disease, aliens, climate change, cybernetic revolts even Orwell s masterpiece, 1984 is being remade cinematically Whether viewed purely as entertainment, or a cautionary tale, they re offering a glimpse into our collective psyches, reflecting our fears like funhouse mirrors Every once in a while there comes a story that offers something so close to home that the reading is almost painfully uncomfortable Fiat achieves this, first, by not laying its plot hundreds of years in the future, or even ten, but only two to three Within this easy to envision timeframe, author Jeffry Schlaman lays for us a tale in which the United States is brought to financial ruin when their foreign debts are dumped back onto the market in an act of International aggression As the Federal Reserve sinks to desperate and depraved levels to prevent the nation s financial collapse, the government is made impotent and the citizenry suffers under rising inflation as civilization crumbles around them Fiat follows several different characters and the paths their lives take in the aftermath of the fiscal apocalypse a new Chairman of the Federal Reserve scrambles to restore the gold standard, by no honest means, and a bishop of a new world religion counsels his growing flock as they turn away from materialism and all those who contributed to the destruction of modern society More compelling, however, are the common men and women the housewife, the police officer, the stripper and failed start up founder, andAs the price of beef rises above 100, unusual taxes are levied every day, and the Chinese buy up what Americans are increasingly too poor to afford, a select few refuse to maintain their trust in the failing economy and leave their lives behind to join a secret commune There, they hope to live out the next few years while society crumbles around them What makes this book so difficult to read is the plausibility of it No, not plausibility probability Schlaman makes it all too clear that we are constructing a society in which this situation is inevitable It s an inconvenient truth evenimminent than global warming, and just as difficult to affect change for Fiat is an eye opener, and a necessary one, even if at times it feels as though too much of the author s personal politics are being broadcast It also has the distinction of doing exactly what a new book should do have something new to say That its message is relevant makes it evenunique There is a little clumsiness in the narrative, and far too many insignificant characters If I had one wish, it would be that Schlaman would have taken a littletime explaining some of the financial terminology for the layman It s easy to forgive these items though, for the simple fact that when I reached the end of the book and realized it was only the beginning of a series, I was heartily disappointed there wasn t , and can t wait to see what happens next Kimberlee Hicks, Hollywood Book Review Set in an all too possible world a few years in the future, Jeff Schlaman s Fiat has the feel of a post apocalyptic horror story but instead of zombies or thugs brandishing weapons on a bloody field, the perpetrators are in the back rooms of Wall Street and Washington D.C Their years of fiscal irresponsibility, coupled with a series of devastating super storms, has brought the country to its knees As a result, America s political enemies have preyed upon it weakness, even placing bids to buy Set in an all too possible world a few years in the future, Jeff Schlaman s Fiat has the feel of a post apocalyptic horror story but instead of zombies or thugs brandishing weapons on a bloody field, the perpetrators are in the back rooms of Wall Street and Washington D.C Their years of fiscal irresponsibility, coupled with a series of devastating super storms, has brought the country to its knees As a result, America s political enemies have preyed upon it weakness, even placing bids to buy destitute cities Schlaman has created a terrifying page turner that is all thefrightening because, in light of the Great Recession, no longer seems implausible He captures the narcissism and all encompassing power of the few who hold the strings, usually while the rest of us live in ignorance of what is going on At the same time, Fiat is a commentary on the runaway materialism that has taken hold of our society while we may not be the architects of our financial ruin, we are complicit by virtue of our refusal to see the truth We have come to expect the big houses, gas guzzlers, and expensive electronics, without any thought to whether we can really afford them.What made this book so hard for me to put down was the personal stories of people from all walks of life, in different parts of the country That, along with the political subplots, made this one of the most suspenseful books I ve read in quite some time I ve recently finished reading Fiat by author Jeffrey D Schlaman, and I m happy to report that it was a good book In all honesty, even though I had perused the about blurb, I wasn t quite sure what to expect Especially with a title like Fiat However, let me explain the premise of this tale Fiat is set in the not too distant year of 2016 when the United States is on the brink of an unprecedented financial collapse The government is trying to hide this fact from its citizens, but mo I ve recently finished reading Fiat by author Jeffrey D Schlaman, and I m happy to report that it was a good book In all honesty, even though I had perused the about blurb, I wasn t quite sure what to expect Especially with a title like Fiat However, let me explain the premise of this tale Fiat is set in the not too distant year of 2016 when the United States is on the brink of an unprecedented financial collapse The government is trying to hide this fact from its citizens, butimportantly, they are attempting to hide the massive insolvency from the many countries who own their debts Of course, you cannot hide something as earth shattering as a major world power going financially belly up for long, and needless to say the terrible secret emerges To make matters even worse, some of the US s debt holders dump their debts in what can only be viewed as an outright act of aggression.The libertarian President who has been elected, is attempting to hold the government, and the country, together The questions that beg to be answered are how far will he go to implement his vision, does his vision match what our country stands for, and if not, will his extreme policies and actions need to be stopped In Nevada there is a group of people who were summoned together by someone who saw, and prepared for, this economic collapse These people, from all walks of life, have joined together in an attempt to survive the country s demise And, to make this novel just a tadominous, let s throw in a new world wide religion that verbally promotes freedom and fairness, yet whose actions instill, and embrace, anarchy wherever they appear.So, I ve given you the main highlights now you will need to read Fiat for yourself, to see how it all plays out Moving on to the writing Schlaman has truly done a fantastic job He has taken a very credible scenario and turned into a fast paced, edge of your seat read The various situations, characters and interactions are both plausible and believable Schlaman writes with the fervor of someone who can visualize this apocalyptic doom happening, and yet he doesn t overpower the reader by filling Fiat with gloom and cynicism Schlaman even manages to throw readers a curve ball toward the book s conclusion Although, I guess I shouldn t have been too surprised since it is common knowledge that absolute power corrupts absolutely I m uncertain if this is Schlaman s first novel, but I do know I m looking forward to reading future works by him Five stars Review done in conjunction with SayWhatSavannahMae, check out her site forinfo I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own Something I completely love Books with post apocalyptic dystopian themes and undertones I adore being terrified of what the future may hold for me, what technology will bring us, when the government will cause This genre is one that allows so many authors the chance to predict the future in a way, so I hold it to Review done in conjunction with SayWhatSavannahMae, check out her site forinfo I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own Something I completely love Books with post apocalyptic dystopian themes and undertones I adore being terrified of what the future may hold for me, what technology will bring us, when the government will cause This genre is one that allows so many authors the chance to predict the future in a way, so I hold it to pretty strict standards, because if you re going for that genre, you need it to be a believable course of action that leads us there Which brings me to this book Fiat This book addresses a terrifying future that hits home, a little too hard considering the current economic issues our country faces I don t think a book with financial implications has every scared me before this novel, but this one did give me a bit of fear Things you don t take a lot of time to think about sometimes have a way of creeping up, and I feel that way about this book I don t really think too much about our economics and financial issues as country, but as I was reading this book, things started feelingandrealistic Look what a ruined economy did during the great depression Materialism is a running theme in this novel Humankind and our need for things, newest and best Overall, I thought the author has a very strong skill for the technical part of the novel Written well, flows good, and interests you pretty quickly As for the plot, it s good It is set in the near future, which makes it a bit improbable, I admit, but none the less, it s a frightening concept to think of food going up to 100 for some things We don t deal with one main character in this novel, rather a variety of people at all different stages in their lives We get some high powered or used to be people like Chairman of Federal Reserve or a Bishop, but we also meet a stripper, police officer and some others All these people trying to survive, and some trying to fix things, and not always honestly I have to say, I normally don t like books with multiple characters, because things get muddled, but in this one, I have to say it worked, and really tells the story how it needs to be told So, would I recommend this book Yes, fans of thrillers, political novels, and even some dystopian would probably enjoy this book, or at least be a little shaken up by it, and that does seem to be the author s point, and a point well achieved By the fall of , the country is already on the verge of financial collapse, despite the most aggressive actions conceivable by the Federal Reserve When foreign debt holders suddenly dump their debt in an act of aggression against the United States, hyper inflation ensues, bringing the government to its knees I received this book for an honest review.This is a very political read This book shows us what could truly happen in the near future The characters are very diverse It talks about the collapse of the financial institution and governmental corruption This book was so real that it is scary, terrifying even This book is very well written I highly recommend this book for those who are into the future possibilities Full review coming a couple days and I will update this Fiat


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