The Second Lives Of Honest Men – Book Review
Imagine a world, perhaps in the not-too-distant future, where technology has completely taken over our lives. The world as we know it has changed; the United States of America no longer exists.
Individuals no longer govern themselves; there is no independent thought. Instead, individuals are connected by neural interfaces and run by the Company.
Most people no longer remember – or care – what the world was once like and what they have lost – but one man still does. His name is Jacob Wentworth.
Jacob is the head of the Humanities department at a university that is forcing him to retire him at the end of the term. A chance encounter with one of his students – academic genius Bryce Trent – changes the paths of both of their lives.
When Bryce graduates and is forced by the Company to work on a project that will have devastating consequences for humanity upon its completion, the two friends begin to wonder how they can bring about change…
And then, a penny catches Jacob’s eye.
“So…wait, let me get this straight,” Bryce said, in disbelief. “You want to bring Abraham Lincoln from 1865 to the present? Even if we could bring here, why would we want to?”
“Because in our time, no one man has the courage or the resolve to change things for the better. Look at me! As obstinate to the world as I am, it only served to make me an outsider to the system. Look at you! You’re on the verge of giving the Company the power to enslave us forever. Out society is docile, whipped into submission by the Company, and the soft lives they allow us to live. No one man today is capable of taking a stand against a force so daunting. But Lincoln was one man who stood up for what he believed in. He set history down a different path, because he felt his cause was right, no matter how many people told him he was wrong. Abraham Lincoln ended slavery. And we need his help to do it again.”
The Second Lives Of Honest Men by John R. Cameron provides us with a prescient vision of where society’s dependence on technology could be taking us. It’s a character driven story about love, redemption, and hope, with deep philosophical underpinnings related to how we think, feel, and reason in a world where it’s ironically easy to feel disconnected.
If you like books that make you think – if you dig novels that include dystopian, sci-fi and time-travel elements – if you enjoy unique tales – than I highly recommend The Second Lives Of Honest Men to you!
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading the sequel!
About John R. Cameron
My family often drives me to the brink of madness; not a difficult thing to do, considering how close to the edge I already am. My daughter is a hellion. At the age of six, she’s both bright and bold, obstinate, and pushes every button I have. My wife blames my genetics: “I was never like that,” she claims. I deny it, despite knowing that I was also an uncontrollable child.
I’m a teacher, but I consider myself a modern philosopher. I’m very worried about the current state of education. I’m concerned about the future, in general. I don’t think we all necessarily need to be alarmists, though I do believe that if you look at the world around you and aren’t a little worried, you and I probably aren’t going to agree on much. (I’ll pretend not to look while you navigate elsewhere. There’s plenty of other entertainment on-line. Crushing Candy, and so forth…)
I’m currently working on a couple of new short stories, and on the sequel to The Second Lives of Honest Men, which I’m writing under the working title of The Old Crow.
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- Visit John’s Website
- Visit the The Second Lives Of Honest Men Blog Tour Page.
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- The Second Lives Of Honest Men is available on Amazon.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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