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Well written it kept me guessing until the very end showing a perspective's rarely explored in books and I wasn't quiet ready for the end. I look forward to reading more from this author
Munter packaged seven hundred FedEx envelopes with a pack of Easy Lights; a disposable lighter; a survey; and a letter to the recipient. The first 250 consumers to respond would earn $100 for a completed survey of their opinion of the enclosed cigarettes. It would be the last cigarette they’d ever smoke. They were laced with a sodium cyanide solution. Munter waited for the news story to break. Over 122 deaths with multiple injuries all across the United States – but the numbers were just beginning to grow. Now it’s up to the cigarette companies to meet his demands.
Tom Rhoads has problems of his own. He has his own PI business. He was a former security consultant for Nick Pratt, President and CEO of the largest cigarette company, Old Carolina Tobacco. On days when Rhoads wasn’t hung over, he was very good at his job. There’s a compelling reason why Rhoades no longer works for Pratt. Now, Rhoades is being pulled back into the picture when the FBI seeks him out about the current situation.
This became a very compelling and stimulating story as the reader gets to know both Martin Munter (who nicknamed himself Virgil) and Tom Rhoads.Read more ›
I found the beginning of this book a little convoluted and hard to follow and I had to really concentrate (probably a me thing rather than a book thing) but, once I got into it, the time and pages literally just flew by as I was drawn so far into the story it was a challenge putting the book down.
I found this to be a book where again, I wasn't keen on the main character. I understand why he felt the need to do what he did but part of me just isn't OK with the means he took to get to the end. Nothing justifies what he did. But I guess, in his mind, when you have nothing to lose by doing what you want to then, why shouldn't you!?!
I also didn't really warm to Rhodes either although, I liked him a whole lot better than Munter. I found his motivation to be a little off key and, for all he said, I wasn't convinced re the relationship with his brother.
I think for me personally the whole major theme of this book is one of greed and this manifests itself into the majority of the main characters attitudes and selfishness. "I don't care how what I do affects other people, as long as it's all good for me" seems to be the running motto for most of them. I get that Munter feels hard done by and I agree that someone should probably be accountable but I can't condone what he did. This makes for quite a tough read in parts. However, the style compensates for this very well as it delivers a lot of "messages" and information in the form of news/police reports written in short, punchy 1-page chapters. This also keeps the book moving at a cracking pace. Information is delivered efficiently.Read more ›
There was his chain-smoking drunkard dad, who called him a loser for not saving his mother's life after she overdosed and committed suicide. His dad blamed him for not being more than the sum total of the person he became. Muntor was also a laid-off journalist, who wasn't appreciated by his industry either. He was convinced of that.
His friends did not fare better either. They were like the rest of America:
"dump, useless people who perhaps read an average of five books a year, mostly bulls*** recycled pop-spych disguised as self-help, and romance stories. Muntor read more than 200 books per year and could have qualified for several PhDs by now. The fat, lazy and ignorant lived on, like cows chewing the cud of the Madison Avenue and government propaganda that had replaced intellect in American life. People were too stupid and weak to understand the lesson he presented to them. They polluted their bodies and minds with physiological and intellectual poisons—drink, drugs, cigarettes, ludicrous TV shows, books aimed at the masses. He had hardened himself, become even more of a model of human potential. His body was a temple, and he was the high priest. The more people failed to respond to the lesson he delivered merely by walking out the house each day, the more he became devoted to his mission. In the end, he knew that the cows would never learn."
And now he is the one dying of lung cancer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There was a vintage air about this production which went very well with the subject matter....
I shouldn't wish this story were true, but I do.... Read more
Martin Muntor is on a mission. He is a man who has been let down by society and he is out for revenge.
He is a clean living man. Read more
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I'd never heard of this author, but he's very good. I shall certainly look for future books from him, very readable.Published 13 months ago by S C BIELBY
First of all I want to admit that I'm probably biased: I am a smoker. Nowadays admitting to be a smoker feels nearly as isolating as admitting to be a junkie. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Barbara Tsipouras
wow i really enjoyed this book and can relate where Muntor is coming from, he did everything to look after himself and gets cancer from passive smoking how unjust is that. Read morePublished 22 months ago by lh
An excellent book with a gripping story. The plot is compelling, keeping you in suspense right the way through. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Misfits farm
I got fed up with this and called it a day at 34%. I found it way too hard-going and was a bit lost in places as well and it all became too much like hard work and there's no fun... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lynda Kelly