Review: The Circle

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June 2010. In the middle of a World Cup match, Martin Servaz receives a call from a longlost lover. A few miles away in the town of Marsac, Classics professor Claire Diemar has been brutally murdered. As if that weren't disturbing enough, Servaz receives a cryptic email indicating that Julian Hirtmann, the most twisted of all serial killers, is back…and hitting a little too close to home. With ... Read full review

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Q. How did you like the book?
A. It was great. Taut and tight throughout. A 500 page fable for the world today. A look into what the future may hold, or not. Dave gives us a realistic story
based in a setting that few of us know: a large, high-tech company, something like Google or Amazon.
Q. So there's a moral to the fable?
A. I thought so. Dave will probably be compared to Edward Abbey in this regard. Abbey was an advocate for slowing down the progress of technology, in the interest of the environment and humans, too. Dave seems to be an advocate for privacy rights, which are embattled here in his book. The Circle, the big tech company, wants everyone in the world to do everything under their auspices, under the scrutiny of everyone else. "Secrets are lies," so one motto goes. Mae Holland is the protagonist. In Book 1, she's a young "newbie" to the Circle. But she learns the ropes and moves up, as a "clarified" ambassador. That means she wears a camera around her neck most of her waking life, while anyone around the world can watch what she's doing. She likes the job. Her ex-boyfriend, Mercer, on the other hand, wants to escape this. He sees it as "Big Brother" watching. As it turns out, one of the company's founders has similar ideas, but that doesn't come out until Book 2.
Q. So the moral is that high tech may threaten people's privacy?
A. Yes, but it could also have many positive impacts, like tracking down criminals on the run, preventing child kidnappings and school shootings. Dave gives us the positive and negative of this emerging technology, but in the end, I think he opts for the privacy side. Read it yourself and see.

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Very disappointed in this pseudo 1974 Big brother is watching you. Kindle 4/18/2014

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