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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Nano Surveillance by Mark Donovan

This book would have been flat out science fiction just a few years ago.  Now the technology used in the book isn’t available quite yet but we will all see nano technology in our lives in the not too distant future.   Nano technology is used in surveillance by a private company dismayed at the path the nation is taking.   The plot focuses on the conflict between enlightened self-interest and government abuse.

Mr. Donovan predicates a somewhat believable plot if one takes the political  extreme left and extrapolates their futu

re as government leaders.   I would suggest that he could have fulfilled the same role by using the extreme right.   Sadly our nation seems to be embracing polarization and this novel capitalizes on that theme.

Dave Henson could be modeled after quite a few current high tech high rollers.   He is brilliant and has a conscience.   There is a certain naïveté in the plot that the government and their cronies would play as fair as they did.  The recent NSA scandals would indicate that Donvan may be postulating probable events.  

The book was intriquing but not captivating.   The government was a touch too leftist and the protagonists were a bit too good to be true.  

It is worth reading and the potential of nano technology is certainly thought provoking.  

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