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The List

The List [Kindle Edition]

Larry Tate
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Along with the rest of humanity, best friends, Mark Stimes and Bailey Jensen live below the surface of the earth. The Green Movement has thoroughly brainwashed the world into believing that the only salvation for Mother Earth was for humanity to be permanently banished below her surface.
Several generations earlier, the Constitution was outlawed, and a strong government is now a cruel and insensitive overlord. Free speech, individualism and private enterprise have ceased to exist, and retirement is no longer an option. There are no courts, judges, juries or prisons. The government’s computer is the sole judge of right and wrong, and the penalty for crime, whether great or small, is death!
Excursions to the topside are forbidden, so no one has any idea what it looks like. Escape from the underworld is considered impossible, and any such attempt is punished by torture and death in the public square. Armed with nothing more than handed-down stories of the beauty and freedom associated with the topside, Mark hatches a dangerous scheme to escape from the underworld. Despite the odds against success, Mark and Bailey have decided that life in the underworld is worse than death, so escape is their only option.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 19 July 2013
By DaveF
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This is not really an SF story at all. That part of the book is just there to push over right wing American Tea Party propaganda to unsuspecting readers. To make matters worse, some of the misguided (along with plain untrue) nonsense it is trying to promote gets fed to us twice. Firstly in the wholly unrealistic bedtime chats between Mark and his Grandfather, then straight afterwards when Mark relates the same story to his friend Bailey. Oh joy, I always love authors who think I'm too dumb to pick up on a point they were making with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

As for the paper-thin story itself, if a good editor was let at it, then it would probably have made a pretty good 10,000 word story for kids about 10 or so. But without much of the painfully slow start...and the politics...and the quite laughable sequence of events that comprise the ending.

Though I shouldn't be too hard on the ending. I don't remember the last time I was quite so pleased to reach the end of a book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars None 21 Jun 2013
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Poorly written, one dimenional characters. Often coming across as more of a ill thought out political manifesto than a work of fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It could happen........ 29 Jun 2013
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Great read. It really makes you think about what could happen in the real world. I would recommend this book to everyone and its free!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! So well-written, it seems possible, if not probable! 12 Jun 2013
By SewingGal - Published on
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Another great read by author Larry Tate, The List was almost impossible to put down. The writing is so smooth and easy to read, it allows your imagination to see the minute details of the characters and their ever-changing environment. This book is based a few hundred years in the future and Earth's inhabitants are living with the consequences of policies made in the 20th and 21st centuries. What seems like a good idea or practically harmless to us living during these policy changes has snowballed beyond belief through the centuries.

At the present time, the UN's Agenda 21 and the Clean Energy or Green movement have stated that man is not properly taking care of the earth. Both our government and foreign governments are currently buying up hoards of resources and land as a means of "protecting" our planet. In this futuristic book, mankind has been banished below ground, leaving the topside for the flora and fauna to flourish. A small infraction of the laws, such as having too much food or speaking out against the government, will move a person's name higher up on the List. In our present time, the retirement age has been raised by just a few years and this seems like a small, harmless change. But imagine raising the retirement age until there is no retirement; people must be productive for the good of everyone living in the Underworld. When one can no longer produce in their government-assigned job, their name is moved to the top of the List. You don't want your name moving higher on the List!

Mark is the main character of this book and, luckily, had his un-intimidated grandfather to fill him in on what life was like above ground; when man was free to think for himself, own possessions and travel about freely. As a small child, Mark's mind was a like a sponge as his grandfather passed on stories told by his own great-grandfather about life "topside", even though talking about such was a crime. In a world where everyone belongs to the same class (except the unknown and self-appointed leaders), Mark finds himself wanting more from life. Mark and his best friend plan a daring escape from the Underworld. Although there are problems, their escape is successful. They begin a magnificent yet frightening journey topside, with the authorities chasing just hours, sometimes even minutes behind them. Poisonous plants and wild beasts are life-threatening, but returning to the Underground would mean instant torture and death in the public square.

At times, the story was so intense, I had an unbelievable grasp on my kindle and felt the need to come up for air! I don't believe anyone would be disappointed with this book. It is very well-written and would make a fantastic movie. I highly recommend this book; if you liked the Hunger Games, you will thoroughly enjoy The List, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book of hope and freedom! 13 July 2013
By Sherry Clifton - Published on
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this book was hard to put down. In fact, I didn't. I simply could not stop reading until the last sentence was read which was far too soon as I wasn't ready for the story to end. I'm hoping that there will be a follow up story on Mark and Bailey and I will look forward to more work from this author.
3.0 out of 5 stars The only way to save the earth is to not be on it... 5 Oct 2013
By Bryan Cacciatore - Published on
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The Lisa is a story of the future if we keep letting big brother watch us the way it is. Drawn in the future when humans have moved underground to save mother earth, not many question their life. This book follows one of the people that do and that have heard about how things used to be.

I really enjoyed the book, I just wish it was broken up differently. Throughout the book there are "history lessons" of the main character remembering or telling the story of what his grandfather used to tell him as a child. While I understand that they are there to set the scene, I think the book would have done well without most of it. It was used to convince another character of what life could be like and also let the reader know why things got the way they did, but a lot of it came off as very preachy or anti-government when the main plot would have been able to be driven faster without it.

The List is a good read set in a good world with good characters, but nothing more than just good. While this will have me trying out another book by this author because I like the adventure he brought me on, I would say this book is a pass to those who are very picky about pacing. If you are running low on books in your queue, I say give this one a read even though you won't be dazzled.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars 18 July 2013
By Gina M. Hilt - Published on
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Totally improbable. I gave it two stars only because the author DOES write smoothly including dialog. If it weren't for the "preachy" tone throughout much of the book, I would have rated it higher.
The book starts off with rich descriptions of a dystopian society some 500 years in the future. All of civilization is living underground, totally enslaved to the government. There is no individuality permitted. I don't want to spoil the plot by going further. However, the author is CLEARLY a conservative Republican, and uses this novel to preach the downfall of liberalism. Blaming the enslavery of the citizens in the novel on the currrent political situation. His disdain for birth control, Social Security, welfare, abortions, and the Obama administration is very clear. I wish I had known that I was going to be reading a political diatribe.I would be interested in reading something else by this author if I could be guaranteed it wouldn't be so preachy.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not my kind of book 5 Aug 2013
By Tracy Welch - Published on
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It started out interesting but then started to sound like a rant and rave by a frustrated right winged conservative who loves to blame democrats for the world's problems.
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