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Frequencies - Joshua Ortega The jacket cover of Frequencies compares this novel to 1984. I think to a large degree that is the problem with the novel . It tries entirely too hard to be like 1984 and it is heavy-handed in its approach. Not lacking any subtlety, the novel beats the reader over the head with the Big brother concept, except here Big Brother is a corporation, not the government. Ordosoft, the evil software company, is basically Microsoft. They control the lives of the citizens in many ways. An invention allows the government to monitor the frequencies of people's thoughts. If they are freaking out (get it), the government can detain and imprison them. It's a ridiculous concept, just like many of the other ridiculous concepts in the novel. As for the plot there is little of interest here. There is the obligatory romance between the detective and the woman he is protecting. There is the usual deceit, betrayal and double crossing. To make matters worse, there is no actual ending to the book. It just stops. This is one novel you'll want to take a pass on.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity