Neo-History by August Hock
Wylie Wainwright is technically a private investigator, but he hasn’t done much investigating lately. After starting his own firm, he hasn’t had a lot of demand. And being dumped by his girlfriend of five years hasn’t given him much motivation to try. While spending his morning the same way he spends most mornings (hungover, depressed, and unmotivated) he is surprised to get a phone call offering him a job. He considers saying no, since a new job would require moving, but he needs the money. Pioneer Publishing needs Wainwright to find a manuscript. They advanced a large sum of money to their prize client Al Finkel, but he died without giving them even a chapter of his new book. Now they need something to give the public to make their money back. This job is much easier said than done. Is there a manuscript or not? And if there is, who has it? This job will lead Wainwright from the top of Capitol Hill to the streets of DC to discover the secrets hidden in this mysterious manuscript. Neo-History by August Hock is a politically philosophical mystery. In the novel you learn that the government is trying to change the 13th Amendment. Some people wouldn’t have to work while others could sell themselves into slavery to get rid of debts. Wainwright learns Finkel’s latest book is right in the middle of the controversy and has the possibility of changing the entire debate.
The main character of this book is fully developed, as you learn Wylie Wainwright’s history and you watch him grow and change as the narrative goes along. The biggest change you see in him is how he deals with his breakup with Angie and his depression that follows. The secondary characters, however, aren’t as developed. His best friend Carter, for example, is nothing more than a partier. The only history you learn about him is that they were college roommates. His job is mentioned, but you don’t get to know him on a deeper level like you do Wainwright. The idea behind the story is brilliant. It is something you haven’t read before. The writing starts off great, but then it begins to slide a little as the story continues. The political parts of the story become secondary and they start to get disjointed. The writing tends to have a meandering thought process, and spelling is an issue at times. If you can look past the writing issues this book has you will enjoy it. The premise is enough to keep the reader going. Overall it is a good start for the author, as we believe Hock will just get better the more experience he gets.
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