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The F*ck-It List by John Niven

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ABOUT THE BOOK

You are dying. Who do you kill?

Set in a near-future America, an America that has borne two terms of Trump Presidency and is now in the first term of Donald’s daughter as president, Frank Brill, a retired small-town newspaper editor, lives in a world where the populist policies Trump is currently so keen to pursue have been a reality for some years and are getting even more extreme – an erosion of abortion rights, less and less gun control, xenophobic immigration policies.

Frank, a good man, has just been given a terminal diagnosis. Rather than compile a bucket list of all the things he’s ever wanted to do in his life, he instead has at the ready his ‘fuck-it list’. Because Frank has had to endure more than his fair share of personal misfortune. And he has the names of those who are to blame for the tragedies that have befallen him.

But eventually, as he becomes more accustomed to dishing out cold revenge and the stakes get higher and higher, and with a rogue county sheriff on his tail, there only remains one name left at the bottom of his fuck-it list.

MY REVIEW

An extremely frightening look at the future of America from the eyes of a man who has nothing to lose.

Frank Brill. Dying of cancer. A man with a plan out to avenge his family. Five targets on his f*ck-it list are people he believes are responsible for the deaths of his wife and son in a school shooting, for the death of his daughter during an illegal abortion, and for his best buddy’s suicide. A bloody road trip in America filled with memories, computations of what-ifs, and revenge at its most bizarre.

Detective Bob ‘Chops’ Birner is a foul and corrupt cop with incredibly questionable morals who is avenging his equally foul best friend’s death. When he discovers what Frank Brill is up to, he vows to track him down to save America from a man who represents everything he abhors.

Set in the near future of 2026 America, politics and laws passed are beyond terrifying, but believable. It’s very likely this book will anger many and some people may not finish it, but it is worth reading for the countdown to Frank’s final target.

Overall, this is a shocking look at an America that has gone rogue. Where important laws have been overturned, state and local law enforcement have been gutted, and citizens’ rights have been taken away.  The most frightening part of it is that it could happen. 

Thank you to Mr. Niven for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Niven John Niven was born in Irvine, Ayrshire. He is the author of the novella Music from the Big Pink and the novels Kill Your FriendsThe Amateurs, The Second ComingCold HandsStraight White MaleThe Sunshine Cruise CompanyNo Good Deed and Kill ‘Em All.

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