Final Notice by Van Fleisher

What Would You Do If You Knew – For Certain – That You Had 10 Days To Live?

Some would get their legal affairs in order. Others would contact family, friends, lovers, and ex-lovers. Some might take a trip or make an exceptional donation. Still, others might clean the house and do the laundry. And some…might kill.

The year is the very near future but you’ll recognize current-day shootings and the divisive politics. A brilliant young doctor and mathematician has invented a new health/sports watch that monitors blood chemistry so accurately, that it can actually predict when someone will die – within 10, 20, or 30 days. This “Final Notice,” was intended to help people to get their affairs in order and reach out to loved ones before it’s too late. But when those notified have easy access to a gun, the result is sometimes lethal for more than just the watch-owner.

These are the stories of several people who receive their Final Notice and their very different reactions…including a desire to get revenge with impunity. They range from an 89-year-old resident in a retirement home to a U.S. Senator…from a benevolent widow to a noted climate change scientist.

In this timely, fresh, fast-paced, page-turner, their stories are all set against the all-too-recognizable backdrop of a guns-gone-wild America, and the relentless push by the NRA and their surrogate politicians to make guns even easier to acquire.

Their stories are also connected by the involvement of several likable protagonists: the watch’s inventor…an FBI agent…and a recently retired, middle-class couple with their immigrant friends. Plus, a very endearing Corgi.

There is plenty of dark humor and political satire in FINAL NOTICE, as well as touching scenes and outright suspense. So expect to laugh out loud, dry some tears, and bite your nails (not necessarily in that order). But despite the book’s somewhat “sci-fi” premise, it is a very realistic reflection of American society and the problems we face today.


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