JENNIFER GOVERNMENT

Max Barry, Author, Patrick Frederic, Read by
Max Barry, Author, Patrick Frederic, Read by , read by Patrick Frederic. Random House Audio $27.50 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-0236-1
Reviewed on: 05/05/2003
Release date: 01/01/2003
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The most unnerving thing about Max (formerly Maxx) Barry's new novel is that its hyperbolic vision of the not too distant future doesn't seem too far out there at all. The world is run by giant corporations who literally go to war with one another; Australia and the U.K. are annexes of the United States; the police are for sale to the highest bidder; and employees take the last name of their employers. Thus, the cast of characters includes John Nike, Georgia Saints Nike (she volunteers at the Church of Latter-Day Saints), Billy NRA, Buy Mitsui, Hayley McDonalds, and so forth. Jennifer Government, a former advertising executive turned government agent, is hot on the trail of the villainous John Nike for murder. As the mastermind of the latest Nike campaign, he planned the murder of 14 teenagers in order to build up the street reputation for Nike's new $2,500 sneaker, Mercurys. Frederick's reading of this wacked-out morality play is first-rate. His obvious enjoyment of the satire fuels his performance. Especially entertaining are his stereotypical foreign accents, which would seem out of place under most circumstances, but they fit the comic book–type characters waging chaos in this saga like an Aris glove. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (Forecasts, Jan. 6). (Jan.)

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