Final Notice : What Would You Do If You Knew - For Certain - That You Had One Week to Live?
What Would You Do If You Knew - For Certain - That You Had 10 Days To Live? Some would get their legal affairs in order. Others would contact family, friends, lovers, ex-lovers. Some might take a trip or make an exceptional donation. Still others might clean the house and do the laundry. And some...might kill. The year is the very near future. A brilliant young doctor and mathematician, Vijay Patel, has invented a new health/sport watch that monitors blood chemistry so accurately, it can actually predict when someone will die - within 10, 20, or 30 days. The intention of this "Final Notice," as it is called, is to allow people to get their affairs in order and reach out to loved ones before it's too late. But when those notified have easy access to a gun, the result is sometimes lethal for more than just the watch-owner. These are the stories of several people who receive their Final Notice and their very different reactions...including a desire to get revenge with impunity. They range from an 89-year-old resident in a retirement home to a U.S. Senator...from a benevolent widow to a crass tycoon to a noted climate change scientist. But in this fresh, fast-paced page-turner, their stories are all set against the all-too-recognizable backdrop of a guns-gone-wild America, and the relentless push by the NRA and their surrogate politicians to make guns even easier to acquire. Their stories are also connected by the involvement of several likeable protagonists. These include: the inventor of the watch ... the FBI agent charged with stopping the killings...and a recently retired, middle-class couple, Vince and Trudi Fuller, with their brave immigrant friends and a very endearing Corgi, Miles. Vince and Trudi live happily in their "California bubble" until Vince is knocked down by a young punk in a parking lot. His sense of shame and rage, resulting from feelings of age-related vulnerability, triggers a first-time interest in guns. Trudi resists, but later, an unprovoked attack on Miles and Vince - and a growing friendship with two courageous Syrian refugees - changes her mind. With very unexpected consequences. There is plenty of dark humor and political satire in FINAL NOTICE, as well as touching scenes and outright suspense. So expect to laugh out loud, dry some tears, and bite your nails (not necessarily in that order). It is, despite the somewhat "sci-fi" premise of the watch, a very realistic reflection of American society and the many problems we face today.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 152 x 229 x 28mm | 612g
- 07 Dec 2017
About Van Fleisher
In his own words about his first novel, Van Fleisher reflects, "After 21 years with an airline, TWA, I left to do my own thing as a management consultant. That's how it seems to work - if, for whatever reason, someone leaves a real, Monday to Friday, 9-5 job, they become a consultant. So what happens to someone who leaves management consulting after 30 years? "First of all, you keep looking at calendars and dates to see if 30 years could possibly have come and gone that fast. Then, because you've been programmed, you sit down at your computer and check your messages. But that's no fun because there are very few messages from anyone you want to hear from. But, since you're at your computer, what else can you do? In my case, it was to write a novel." While this is all true, it's only half the story. (Van is notoriously modest.) The author was Director of International Marketing with TWA, and then worked as an International Management Consultant - taking him behind the closed doors of boardrooms and executive offices around the world. He knows how business works, which gives the slightly "sci-fi" premise of Final Notice a very realistic feel. Moreover, his two careers led him to live abroad for much of his life. After growing up in New Jersey and Florida, where he never thought much further than the length of a football field, and going to college in New Mexico, he wound up living in England, Scotland and France, travelling frequently to the Middle East and Asia. He even spent a year living in India. And his first-hand experience with - and respect for - other cultures is apparent in this book. "My first advice to aspiring writers," says Fleisher, "is to get a good assistant. Someone who never rolls their eyes at your attempts to be funny; always gives you a reason to get up and stretch your legs, and most importantly, when you ask him or her what they think about this sentence, they just wag their tail. "Even better advice, once given to me, is to enjoy the process and listen to your heart more than anything or anyone else! "Final Notice is meant to highlight, primarily, my concerns with America's approach to gun ownership and control. The book won't fix this issue, but there are a number of great organizations with even greater people working on our behalf to right these wrongs. Proceeds from sales of Final Notice will help support those efforts. Visit my website: www.finalnoticebook.com for additional information."