eBook Ultimatum epub

by Mathew Glass

eBook Ultimatum epub
  • ISBN: 1843548844
  • Author: Mathew Glass
  • Genre: No category
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st Edition/1st Printing edition (2009)
  • ePUB size: 1740 kb
  • FB2 size 1753 kb
  • Formats docx mobi lrf mbr

Matthew Glass has expended no energy on inventing new technology, or even imaging a different world stage.

Matthew Glass has expended no energy on inventing new technology, or even imaging a different world stage. Instead, this is a book about now – about the virtual impossibility of reaching an amicable emissions deal, and what the cost of one might truly be. The book spends a lot of the time in the corridors of power, with much of the dialogue concerned with the ins and outs of political tactics.

Atlantic Books Ltd, 2009.

The ending is brilliant. Atlantic Books Ltd, 2009.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Joe Benton has just been elected the forty-eighth president of the United States. Only days after winning.

~ Tuesday, November 2.

What the hell is this place?. It’s an apartment I’m using until I get set up in . Belongs to my brother-in-law. The senator took a couple. The place was a shambles. Come through, said Olsen. Three people were waiting in the living room. They stood as Benton came in. Dr. Elisabeth Dean, said Olsen. The undersecretary of state for China. Oliver Wu, one of the China experts at State. And this is Sandy Chan, the Beijing station controller over at the Agency

November 2032, Joe Benton has just been elected the 48th president of the United States.

November 2032, Joe Benton has just been elected the 48th president of the United States. Read the headlines regarding global warming as a result of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in out atmosphere, and it will make you wonder what will be the consequences over the next few decades. That's the idea behind Ultimatum, a geopolitical page-turner from Matthew Glass, and his debut novel. Set in the fall of 2032, new President-elect Joe Benton faces tougher decisions than any of the forty-seven that have preceded him.

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Ultimatum is better than either. Joe Benton has been elected the forty-eighth president of the United States.

Ultimatum is better than either.

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Comments: (7)
Kind of a "Cuban missile crisis" of the future novel, based on global warming. It's 2032 and guess what, we kicked the global warming can so far down the road that the world is screwed. In order to stop it getting more screwed, the outgoing US President has been trying to negotiate with the Chinese to cut emissions. However, he's been replaced (in fact, he's been defeated) by our hero, Clinton like (or do I mean Clinton lite?) Joe Benton. Now Joe sees that the situation is **worse than we possibly imagined**!!! He redoubles his efforts to reach a solution, trying to balance national political issues with the problems of international diplomacy, and eventually even the threat of war. Whether he gets a solution or not, it's going to come too late for many US Coastal communities, as 10m+ people will have to be evacuated! (Presumably poor old Mauritius etc has been long ago flooded)

Really enjoyed this book and found it almost impossible to put down. I do agree with a lot of the comments about the weaknesses of the book, but the author has a great ability to hold the attention (mine anyway!). There are too many characters and a lot of meandering discussion (I found myself skimming whole pages). A lot of the book is taken up with domestic political infighting that the new Pres needs to do before getting to the global warming issue - things like getting his nominee for State through Congress, getting key senators onside, etc. In fact, if you want to be harsh you could say that "nothing happens" on the key plot issue until page 210 (as that's the first time negotiations with China even start getting going). But I love that political infighting stuff. Also, this book is ridiculously cheap! As a side note, the author is apparently a medical doctor who wants to remain anonymous. But if he doesn't have experience of politics and/or negotiation, he sure is good at imagining it and, to me, imagining it convincingly. At the core, good "old fashioned" storytelling.
I rather enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book. The pacing was good, and while the characters were a bit underdeveloped and one dimensional I thought the international politics and diplomacy were well done. However, when the book shifted to the military confrontation at the end all that went away. Either the author intended to present a nuclear scenario that was intentionally different from the real world, or he did not do his research. In the real world, ICBMs do not rain bombs down on US cities without warning. The US has entire global network of both space-based senors and ground radars to track and provide warning for this sort of thing. It's called NORAD, and it's been functional for the last 40 years. And there is no "automatic 1-hour response" or "random computer selected targets" for the US nuclear deterrent. Trust me, I spent four years of my life on ICBM alert duty in Montana. Additionally, it is highly implausible that the Chinese would use their nuclear deterrent in a first strike mode. That is completely against their entire doctrine and philosophy and also a very poor military strategy.

As this was fiction, the author is completely free to change the real world how he sees fit for his scenario. But the rest of this book was billed as a real-life thriller dealing with real-world problems and scenarios. That would probably lead the readers to assume that the military exchange at the end was real-world as well.

For those that want to find out how things really work with regards to nuclear deterrent, I would recommend the following:

I think it's great that someone has put out a fast paced novel that reflects some concern for global warming. This book does keep your attention and it's an easy read. It is well paced. It is also disappointingly superficial. With perhaps an extra page here and there of substance and background this could have been a truly global bestseller. For that I blame the editors. What's missing? Well first there is no science in the book whatsoever. No effort to explain or enlighten the reader on how the pollution and build up carbon comes about or what solutions have been tried. The writer and editors are lazy in just saying everything failed and that there was no willpower to "take the pain". Nothing on alternative energy, electric cars, reduction of plastic, natural gas...just nothing.

Secondly, the solutions that are thrown around today are given less than a sentence of explanation. Carbon Trading? "Only the traders got rich". The views on China? Completely wrong. They are portrayed in such stereotype as to border on racism which I hope readers see through. Having worked on biomass, non polluting power plants in China I can say from first hand experience that there is a major effort to fight the causes of global warming and reduce carbon. I can also say that carbon credits are very important and that if they are credibly valued than they will be part of the solution. Right now the UN process of confirm carbon credits and insuring compliance is more expensive and time consuming than just slapping up a cheap coal powered plant. That's a UN problem, not China. And I have never found the Chinese to act in anyway described in this book. It's frankly offensive. It is exactly how the Japanese were described in the 1980's at the height of a previous period of xenophobia.

The book is set in 2032 and written in 2008/09. So roughly 20-25 years in the future. There is absolutely no sense of being in a different time. For this I see no excuse. The world of 1985 is so different from today. A writer and his editor must do more than say people are using their "handhelds", watching "Fox/Bloomberg" and using "podcasts" instead of television to give some sense of the period. I think it lacks creativity. Do we really think there will be no advances in the next 25 years? When has that ever been the case? And if that is the message than that itself is noteworthy and would effect the psychology of the people. Similarly, for a book on global warming why wouldn't there be some great descriptions of the weather??? Aside from saying LA and SoCal generally is really really hot why wouldn't there be more description of the daily discomforts that the characters might be facing?

If the writer wanted to just put out good airplane reading fiction than I guess I wish he would chosen a less important topic. I think he really missed a great opportunity.
Although the book has some elements that anyone in the U.S. government will recognize, the short-cuts taken to build suspense fall short of creating a page turner undermining the effort to tack close to creating a believable political setting. Maybe it would read better set closer to or farther from today.
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