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How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right (The Max Brown Tetralogy) (Volume 4)

Bernhart, Michael H

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ISBN 10: 0997616040 / ISBN 13: 9780997616040
Published by Hough Publishing, LLC, 2016
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Title: How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: ...

Publisher: Hough Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: 2016

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The latest Max Brown thriller opens, "Kierkegaard wrote that boredom is the root of all evil. Is that it? Whatever the explanation, at age 66 I went looking for trouble. With the right combination of recklessness and unfounded optimism, trouble isn't that hard to find." Max, the reluctant hero, and his impetuous wife, Sally, are at it again.Trouble comes in an assignment to uncover the source of counterfeit drugs in Southeast Asia that are killing thousands. Sent into the field with false credentials and flimsy covers - and woefully unprepared for the challenges of taking on an entrenched and vicious cartel - their every act seems to lead to the death of a friend.The trail leads to remnants of the Khmers Rouges - the quintessence of evil - in western Cambodia. The battle is waged on elephant back, in a Thai brothel, in Cambodian minefields, and in Khmers Rouges strongholds.This installment of the Max Brown series has received the greatest critical acclaim. It draws on the author's direct experience living in the area and dealing with the evils that drive the action. The result is a fast-paced thriller, laced with wit and philosophy.

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This is the final volume in the Max Brown tetralogy. Provisionally (pretentiously?) dubbed philosophical thrillers, I've tried to blend wit with a serious approach to existential questions.
There are two themes that run through all four books.   1) A man going through the usual life stages. Early in the series I relieved the main character, Max Brown, of pressing financial needs in order to focus on developmental issues. Emblematic of the life stage process, Brown's preoccupations, and voice, change from novel to novel. The path to manhood - once a birthright - seems to have become more challenging.  2) The nature of evil. Brown is initially at a loss to reconcile his Sunday School teachings of a benevolent and omnipresent God who supervises a world wracked with evil. As he matures this gives way to a less theological question: how has evolution produced one species (and only one) that contains the seeds of its own destruction? Other species fight and kill for survival as individuals or as a species; not man; we often do it for the sheer hell of it.Each novel finds Brown confronting another face of evil. In this one it's the Khmers Rouges, a group and movement that may have surpassed even the Nazis for pure wickedness.This was an enjoyable book to write. I worked in Cambodia during the period in which the book is set and had to deal with the problems that Max is confronted with. One difference: Max succeeds.

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