This was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day!
About the Author
I was born in California (1950) where I spent most of my life in one town or another. Lived in Idaho for 4 years when young and in my mid 20's lived in Vermont a year. I now reside in Oregon. Grew up on the lower end of the economic scale but managed to work my way through college.
Worked at a number of jobs and wound up as a USDA food inspector for 26+ years.
I began reading early. By the age of 5, I had read my first full length book. I started writing in 2nd grade. I've done writing much of my life with several long stretches of abstinence due to life getting in the way of art. My current book was born from the experience of caring for my dad who died of dementia.
People who like thrilling stories about bloggers overcoming NSA operatives hunting them down with vengeance in mind for very, very old slights will definitely rejoice at this one!
Okay, so the audience for this is kind of specific and I doubt many bloggers will read this book and think 'that is almost my life!' but it was certainly an interesting idea. I liked the style of the book and I thought Robert was an excellent character and the way he interacted with his father was excellent. I could imagine facing something similar with my father and the idea is frankly terrifying because I wouldn't know what to try and do if he had dementia.
The story is well-written and the pacing is pretty good. Honestly, the cover and title were some of the weakest points because they didn't really reflect the book itself at all. It would have been nice for them to fit better with the story because I can see a lot of people skipping this one for that reason alone and not really giving it a shot.
About the Book
Gil McGillicuddy is a WWII vet with dementia. Robert, his oldest son, is a blogger on the internet who cares for his dad as Gil takes the long slide into the land of forgetfulness. When Robert's oldest daughter becomes pregnant and the baby's father turns to meth and violent behavior, Robert convinces her and her preteen daughter to move into his home a thousand miles away.
Robert's radical blogging continues along with his efforts to help his family. His history of radicalism stretches back to his antiwar days at Berkeley in the sixties. In those days, he was responsible for outing an FBI informant in the midst of his antiwar group. The way this came down destroyed the informant's future plans. Now, over 40 years later, the man, Fedder, works as a floor manager for a security firm that is contracted out to the NSA to find radical bloggers.
"Revenge is a dish best served cold, very cold."
Fedder quietly stalks his unwary quarry with the intent of getting his revenge while Robert continues to deal with the problems of his family including the worsening of Gil's dementia.