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THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 43, December 25, 1998

Y2K: The Millennium Bug, by Don L. Tiggre

Book Review by Robert B. Boardman
RBBoardman@aol.com

Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

          In the final hours of December 31, 1999, the lights went out.
          But you know that already; what you're probably wondering is, what happened afterwards. I recommend you read Y2K: The Millennium Bug to find out.
          This novel is much more than a story about the dark side of our reliance upon computers (and government). It is a thriller that follows the lives of a number of people: those who prepared for the worst, and prospered; those who were taken by surprise, but whose instincts and attitudes helped them to survive; and those whose dependence upon society's fragile infrastructure was total and fatal.
          The book is full of characters I would love to know: people with no more native ability than your next-door neighbor possesses, but people who triumph because of their intellectual and moral integrity.
          And, refreshingly, the bad guys are truly bad. I found myself booing and hissing them, even though Tiggre develops their characters with enough skill that there is no hint of melodrama.
          Characterization is a necessary feature if a novel is to be really great, but there also must be a terrific story. And this book has one; rather it has several, and Tiggre excels in developing these complex stories while keeping them under control and weaving them together for a very satisfying ending.
          Buy it, read it, and get ready for the Millennium!


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Robert B. Boardman is the author of the SF/political satire novel Savior of Fire, now available at amazon.com -- purchase his book by clicking here.


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