Book Reviews of Big If

Big If
Big If
Author: Mark Costello
ISBN-13: 9780156027793
ISBN-10: 0156027798
Publication Date: 4/1/2003
Pages: 368
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

2.8 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
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This takes place in New Hampshire. The Vice President is running for president and the secret service is extremely tense. The story follows five Americans, bodyguards, soccer dads, and campaign volunteers.
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This book is on a couple of "summer reading lists"

A scary, funny novela riff on recent history and the American obsession with assassination. It's winter in New Hampshire, the economy is booming, the vice president is running for president, and his Secret Service people are very, very tense.

Meet Vi Asplund, a young Secret Service agent mourning her dead father. She goes home to New Hampshire to see her brother Jens, a computer genius who just might be going madand is poised to make a fortune on Big If, a viciously nihilistic computer game aimed at teenagers. Vi's America, as she sees it in the crowds, in her brother, and in her fellow agents, is affluent, anxious, and abuzz with vague fantasies of violence. Through a gallery of vivid charactersheroic, ignoble, or desperateMark Costello's hilarious novel limns the strategies, both sound and absurd, that we conjure to survive in daily life.

Author Biography: Mark Costello, whose first novel, Bag Men, was written under the name John Flood, lives in New York.
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Darn good novel about Secret Service agents in the northeast.
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A really really good behind-the-scenes look at what the lives of Secret Service bodyguards are like - not all glamour, which is what my picture had been till I read this.