30 review for Coming from America

  1. 5 out of 5

    Therese

    In this story, told from senior investigator Ainsley Barret-Connor’s (aka B-C) perspective, Toreth and B-C are asked by Secretary Turnbull, of the Bureau of Administrative Departments, to help out in an unofficial capacity. There is a young American man, James Smith, who has gone missing on Administration soil. Toreth is asked to find and deliver the American youth to the two american agents (Cardine and Ruiz) sent to Europe to retrieve him. A shortish recap of the whole story with spoilers: (view In this story, told from senior investigator Ainsley Barret-Connor’s (aka B-C) perspective, Toreth and B-C are asked by Secretary Turnbull, of the Bureau of Administrative Departments, to help out in an unofficial capacity. There is a young American man, James Smith, who has gone missing on Administration soil. Toreth is asked to find and deliver the American youth to the two american agents (Cardine and Ruiz) sent to Europe to retrieve him. A shortish recap of the whole story with spoilers: (view spoiler)[ The name originally given to Toreth is false, but Toreth, Sara and B-C quickly find out that the real name is Luke Ellliot, who is in Europe on a diplomatic visa. Luke is the son of the American head of Homeland security, hence the secrecy. Eventually they get a trace on where Luke might be, and go to retrieve him in an old building. They find him there, in bed with another man, Emile Durant, son of a corporate head. Both Luke and Emilie are brought in to I & I , but being a son of a corporate, Emile has lawyers knocking on the door asap. Luke however, is not so lucky, and has to have a depressing talk with Agent Cardine, who is actually a psychiatrist: „But you do know what you did was wrong, Luke, don’t you?“ Cardine said. Elliot looked down at the table, refusing to meet her gaze. „I can see that you do. And you know too, that God still loves you, even if you’ve done these terrible things“. „These terrible things“ being attracted to other men, since apparently this is illegal in America… Since Luke is very adamant to keep in touch with Emile, even if he has to return home, and has no urge to keep their relationship a secret, the idea pops up (from B-C, the bastard) to perform a memory block on Luke with the help of Psychoprogramming. This would have been kind of fine with me, since he would have gotten back his memory within a week or so, but unfortunately the bitch psychiatrist decides that he will have an „accelerated reconditioning program“ aka some kind of brainwashing... So in the end, B-C reflects happily and unconcerned on how „interesting, and strange, life at I&I can be“, while Emile, who has been waiting for Luke together with his lawyer, gets this final line from his lover: “You’re - you need help, Emile. What we did…it makes me sick to my stomach, but I know you tried to be a friend and- and I’ll pray for you“. And then they lived happily ever after. Not. This was so sad to read. If it wouldn’t have been told through B-Cs somewhat obtuse voice, I think I would have been seriously depressed… well, it is an Administration story after all, and I should know by now that no ending is totally happy. (hide spoiler)] Ok, so there is no Warrick in this story…But we do get a lot of information about the world of the Administration: (view spoiler)[ -the relationship between Europe and USA is quite cold, but business and trade are still in action. -Being homosexual is illegal in America -America has free press unlike the Administration, where a story can be killed. -Religion is frowned upon, or disliked (but not illegal) since it was „Zealots of one religion“ that started the bombings. -Corporates get a lot because of their status, but they also give back to society by helping less fortunate citizens to pay for social benefits. -There are many opinions about who is actually in control of the European Administration: Optimists say Parliament of the Regions (where the people actually vote in their representatives). Political realists say the Council of the European Administration (which is a mix of elected, administrative and corporate people). „Braver cynics“ say it’s a split between the corporations and the Bureau of Administrative Departments. And the conspiracy theorists are more leaning towards single entities (synonym) like Int-Sec or…Socioanalysis… Another opinion:-): „Doctor Warrick once told me that the people who really hold the power in the Administration are the Data division, I laughed and he laughed, and I don’t even remember the context, but it made me think.“ Basically, Data Division controls information and its distribution, and information is power, isn’t it? I kind of wish I was more aware of the European Union's different departments and how it works. I am pretty sure there is some critic involved here from the author's side, but I don't know what:-). (hide spoiler)] B-C is for me to be considered a quite naive narrator. He tells it as he sees it, and I suppose it is up to the reader to decide wether he is reliable or not. His thoughts are somewhat simple and straight forward. He does his fair share of analyzing, but he doesn’t flaunt it like we would get in Carnac’s mind, for example. B-C is simply a „Good Citizen“. He does what he does because he truly believes it is the right thing to do. And he believes in the Administration. And I don’t really know if this makes him the scariest character of them all or not... Here are some quotes regarding B-Cs thoughts of the Administration and different entities (under spoiler, because there are a lot...): (view spoiler)[ On students’ opinions when they go to university: „Everyone is young and stupid once, and left alone most of us grow out of it. Of course, it’s the minority who don’t who cause all the trouble for the majority of good, loyal citizens. And that, as my mother would say, is why we sometimes cant have nice things“. On I&I: „ I’ve sat through a few high-level interrogations, and seen recordings and transcripts. I don’t like it, at all, but that’s not my job. My job is to find the suspects and put them into the interrogation room with enough solid facts to get the waiver the Para or the interrogator in there with them needs to do their job. We’re a team.“ „In defense of I & I, I can say that although people are sometimes killed whilst resisting arrest, it’s very rarely due to a mistake on our part.“ On Corporates: And, however resented corporate privilege is at I&I, and however much the Para and the others mutter about it, the ultimate truth is that we have to respect the corporations. They’re part of Europe, just as we are“ On the Administration & policies: „But we have to trust that the politically focused parts of the Administration, like the Bureau of Administrative Departments, have the best interests of Europe and all its citizens at heart, and that sometimes things have to be done which, however distasteful we might find them as individualists, are for the greater good. It’s what will keep the Administration safe. It’s what will stop anyone from ever again being able to repeat the atrocities which devastated Europe once before“. So, when he puts it like this about TA, I kind of see where he is coming from. Do the means justify the ends in this case? Is I&I a necessary evil, to prevent things getting really bad again? I find this issue a very interesting theme in these books, and I don’t think I have a definite answer (as it should be in this world:-)). When reading, I have always thought of the Administration as the Big Brother kind of government, that oppresses the masses and work very actively on preventing the rebells from rising. But still, we don’t know so much about the Administration and what other „evil“ things they do except for I&I. Are they really the worse choice? (hide spoiler)] Oh, and the story might be from B-Cs POV, but we do get some additional M&M smut… (view spoiler)[ B-C has had an experience with another man, right in the beginning of his carrier, at an I&I party. He received a BJ while high, and I assume it is quite easy to guess from whom;-) (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    And now I want to ... throw up ... Administration, like the Bureau of Administrative Departments, have the best interests of Europe and all its citizens at heart, and that sometimes things have to be done which, however distasteful we might find them as individuals, are for the greater good. It follows: Mind Fuck And gay guys are all of a sudden straight ... “I want to go home, to my mom and dad. And…I don’t ever want to see him again. You again.” Elliot nodded, sounding surer. “You’re—you need help And now I want to ... throw up ... Administration, like the Bureau of Administrative Departments, have the best interests of Europe and all its citizens at heart, and that sometimes things have to be done which, however distasteful we might find them as individuals, are for the greater good. It follows: Mind Fuck And gay guys are all of a sudden straight ... “I want to go home, to my mom and dad. And…I don’t ever want to see him again. You again.” Elliot nodded, sounding surer. “You’re—you need help, Emile. What we did…it makes me sick to my stomach, but I know you tried to be a friend and—and I’ll pray for you.” Durant spun around. “What the hell have you done to him?” He looked between us, from me to the two Americans. “What have you done?” Goddamn Mind Fuck Unbelievable ...

  3. 4 out of 5

    AtenRa

    First story told from someone else's POV and not Toreth's or Warrick's. I thought reading the thoughts of a much saner person that Toreth would be such a relief and a much welcomed pause. It wasn't, not really. Turns out that BC may not have the level of emotional stuntedness that Toreth has, but he's still pretty cold, for lack of a better word. BC, and I suspect other Administration employees, is a very passive person, he has accepted his fate and the way the world works now-he's pretty well of First story told from someone else's POV and not Toreth's or Warrick's. I thought reading the thoughts of a much saner person that Toreth would be such a relief and a much welcomed pause. It wasn't, not really. Turns out that BC may not have the level of emotional stuntedness that Toreth has, but he's still pretty cold, for lack of a better word. BC, and I suspect other Administration employees, is a very passive person, he has accepted his fate and the way the world works now-he's pretty well off compared to others so he can't really complain-and that's pretty much it. We get a bit of an insight of how and why Europe was re-structured to its current state and that even uncomfortable and awkward sometimes, certain measures have to be taken for the safety of European citizens. Of course, certain measures include mindfucking, abusive and brutal interrogations and total disregard for human rights. BC, being an Administration employee after all, thinks, in a nutshell, that "it is what it is". He is very detached and unsentimental, unlike Toreth, who, despite his major flaws, at least always demonstrates a certain ardour and passion for most things. BC describes everything in very clinical detail, merely recounting the facts like an outside observer; things are happening to him while he always remain neutral and impassive. He is very bright and apparently good at his job, but his narration made me wonder whether he underwent midfucking when he was younger and he had all feelings beaten out of him. Maybe all citizens did after the establishment of the Administration, who knows? Sad, sad story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pianisuparse

    4 'I actually liked this and I wasn't expecting to because hello, no or very little Warrick and Toreth together but I quite liked BC's perspective' stars. 4 'I actually liked this and I wasn't expecting to because hello, no or very little Warrick and Toreth together but I quite liked BC's perspective' stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nathalia

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniela

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aliye

  12. 5 out of 5

    Invidqueen

  13. 4 out of 5

    Youblowgoo

  14. 4 out of 5

    D'Ann

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Valentine

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anurima

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abi

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carla

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nangamso Matiwane

  24. 5 out of 5

    Camry

  25. 4 out of 5

    Verona Ast

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mimi Johnson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia ♥Duncan♥

  28. 4 out of 5

    Niinii

  29. 5 out of 5

    R A

  30. 4 out of 5

    Renée

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