Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games, Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World and George Orwell wrote 1984. All three novels were about dystopian societies of the future. In Lady Justice and the Watchers, Walt Williams sees the world we live in today through the eyes of a group who call themselves 'The Watchers'. Oscar Levant said that there's a fine line between genius and insanity. After listening to Lady Justice and the Watchers, you may realize as Walt did that there's also a very fine line separating the life of freedom that we enjoy today and the totalitarian society envisioned in these classic novels. Quietly and without fanfare, powerful interests have instituted policies that have eroded our privacy, health and individual freedoms. Is the dystopian society still a thing of the distant future or is it with us now disguised as a wolf in sheep's clothing?
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"Why do they always seem to be shades of grey?"
Once again, George Kuch returns a Walt Williams, the 68 years old cop determined to bring justice where he can. This ex realtor turned policeman is the first person story teller in all of the books so far, describing his day, friends, fears, angers, and generally rambling on about life in general, just like an old friend across the table telling stories over a good meal. And what stories he has to tell - often funny, always interesting and, as in this book, thought provoking also.
And throughout it all, Kuch is Walt Williams, his pleasant slightly gruff voice mirroring the humour and emotions of the superb story teller. He gives to the elderly seeker after justice a solidity and reality which might not be so obvious from the printed page alone. To me, the pair are fused into the one full-of-life person.
This time the book focuses on the anomiilies in present society, both the up and downsides of growing technologies, with very personal encounters with both. Lady Justice might just have a hard time determining good and bad in the fog of grey.
Another simply superb Audiobook from author, Robert Thornbill, entertaining us as he also makes us think. Like all of it's predecessors in this series, not to be missed.
- Norma Miles