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Go to work and do your job. Care for your children. Pay your bills. Obey the law. Buy products. [Kindle Edition]

Noah Cicero
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Meet Mike. Mike wants to be a responsible human, but he's buried in student loans and job prospects are bleak in the down economy. What he needs is a well-paying job that provides health care. This is what leads Mike to accepting a job at NEOTAP, a government-run prison.

But NEOTAP is unlike any other prison. NEOTAP is a place where the employees are treated no better than the prisoners. Where your personal conversations are monitored. Wait, do you feel that? That's not the ever-loving presence of God you feel. It's NEOTAP, watching you right now. Worst of all, employees and prisoners alike are disappearing from NEOTAP. People who show up for work one day might be gone the next, their existence erased from all NEOTAP records.

After becoming aware of the string of disappearances, Mike and Monica Whitten, a fellow NEOTAP employee, team up to discover the truth behind NEOTAP. But before Mike and Monica discover the violent uprising on the horizon, they will drink pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, they will watch movies on Netflix, they will form a meaningful relationship in hopes of one day achieving the five pillars of a happy life.

Repeat after me:

Go to work and do your job.
Care for your children.
Pay your bills.
Obey the law.
Buy products.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 303 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (29 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I4DZO38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is in part about the triumph of process over good sense and humanity and in part a mirror held up against the absurd world we inhabit by someone shouting "look look look WAKE UP". A scary21st century reboot of Sombrero Fallout? Maybe. I'd tell you what the best lines in the book are but that would only ruin it for you.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Noah Cicero book 4 Dec 2013
By andrew worthington - Published on Amazon.com
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I am working on a longer review of this book, but I figured I had to get out there and say that if you like Noah Cicero you have to read this book. Also, you have to give it more than 25-30 pages. The beginning pulls you in, then it gets a bit distracting or boring when he is describing the main character's suburban background (although what could we expect with suburbia?), but eventually it becomes almost a page-turning comic-thriller, except its written by Noah Cicero. It is maybe his first book that isn't overtly autobiographical fiction at all. The main characters are a loser normal middle-class 20-something male, a loser normal middle-class 20-something female, and some insane criminals and some insane people who like to watch criminals and watch other people and watch you. You get it all in this book: politic, psychology, philosophy, romance, drama, thriller, plot, characters, mood, emotion, style, dialogue. The whole package. Get it now.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the heck is a NEOTAP? 5 Jan 2014
By mikedoeseverything - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Probably, Noah Cicero's best work to date.

It's WAITING FOR GODOT meets the second season of the television series LOST meets DAVID LYNCH meets BLAIR WITCH PROJECT meets the book 1984 meets IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA meets the movie CUBE meets BRAVE NEW WORLD meets SVU meets ARCHER meets the book ANTHEM meets FIREFLY meets the play NO EXIT by Jean-Paul Sartre meets THE TRIAL by Franz Kafka meets the movie WHITE LIGHTNING meets the book THE POSSESSED meets LOCK UP.

It's worth spending your money on, I think.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LEAD AND SADNESS 11 Jan 2014
By Brian A. Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
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“I did another body count in the morning. Two more people had disappeared. I didn’t ask anyone where they went. I knew I would not get an answer. I didn’t know what I was doing at NEOTAP. The place seemed terrible to me.”

The latest novel by Noah Cicero locks you into the claustrophobic mind-scramble that is NEOTAP, a prison where the employees are just as screwed as the prisoners themselves. Protagonist Mike takes the job for its healthcare benefits, before realizing he has just given away whatever freedoms he once had. Yikes.

The bleak, Orwellian subject matter keeps you glued and guessing until the Natural Born Killers-like finale pumps you full of lead and sadness.

This is a very ambitious work by a brave young writer willing to evolve his craft, taking readers into strange and unexpected places. Worth the trip.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author 17 Mar 2014
By lalaglitzy - Published on Amazon.com
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Love Noah and all his books. This one is
no exception. So thankful Nylon magazine introduced me to his work years ago. You should purchase if you're thinking of it!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Noah Cicero Novel 7 Jan 2014
By Matt Margo - Published on Amazon.com
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Before I read this novel, Noah had told me that it was significantly different from any of his previous novels.

He had told me about how the prose style was much less minimalistic and how the plot was much more "action-packed."

Despite all that Noah had told me in the past, I was still completely surprised by this book.

GO TO WORK AND DO YOUR JOB. CARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN. PAY YOUR BILLS. OBEY THE LAW. BUY PRODUCTS. is marketed as a "political thriller." Although much of Noah's writing is highly political, I never would have expected him to write a political thriller, if only because of his other novels that I have read.

His novel THE HUMAN WAR chronicles a day in the mundane life of a young man who wanders through Youngstown, Ohio and has several conversations about the Iraq War as well as the nature of war in general.

His novel THE CONDEMNED is a series of mostly disconnected portraits of people living depressing, directionless lives in northeastern Ohio.

His novel BURNING BABIES is also a series of mostly disconnected portraits of people living depressing, directionless lives in northeastern Ohio.

His novel BEST BEHAVIOR tells the story of a young independent writer who takes a bus from Youngstown to New York City to be interviewed for a magazine and develops a romantic relationship with one of his close friends.

This novel is about two employees at an oppressive federal prison who investigate the sudden disappearance of several prisoners and fellow employees, discover a large-scale governmental conspiracy, and then retaliate against the conspirators through a violent uprise.

It is a stark departure from Noah's usual aesthetic concentration on dirty realism and white-trash existentialism, but the novel is nonetheless full of insights about contemporary life in the United States and instances of near-Beckettian absurdity that are as tragic as they are hilarious.
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