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Mathias Frey , Rachel Ward
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18. Juli 2013
There's treasure to be found in the Kindle Shop, although it can be hard to find in a hurry if you don't know you're looking for it. The easiest way is to head for Mathias Frey's political thriller "Excess", which has spent six months in the limelight of the Top 100 [on Amazon Germany] where it stood out for its quality. The story of a media experiment in America, unleashed by sinister political conspirators aiming to seize power in the United States, reads like the work of a seasoned pro in the genre, but was in fact self-published. Deutschlandfunk (German Public Broadcasting), August 2012 --------- An unsuspecting town in rural Texas. An east coast billionaire with a mission. An obscure Pentagon unit taking on a life of its own. A President under siege. A nation on the brink of collapse. Only one man can see the web of deception, conspiracy and treason. And he decides to act. --------- „I don’t know why he hasn’t found a publisher or contacted a film producer. This is Wag the Dog squared, easily. A triple-A page turner.” - "CIGA Annette" on Jim Sinclair’s Mineset --------- EXCESS has quite a history by now. It first appeared in the summer of 2008 as a self-published paperback (then only available via my entirely unknown website) and by 2010 and 2011, sales had dwindled to practically nothing. Then in February 2012, EXCESS appeared on Amazon as a Kindle e-book, where it worked its way up to top of the sales charts by May. The English translation was commissioned in the fall of 2012. The original German-language online version currently has almost 90 reader reviews with a 4.2 star average rating. --------- EXCESS on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14622403-excess---the-art-of-treason EXCESS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Excess-The-Art-of-Treason/123574171182328 EXCESS on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/fwdtranslations/excess/ Twitter: @MathiasFrey

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  • Taschenbuch: 538 Seiten
  • Verlag: Mathias Frey; Auflage: 1 (18. Juli 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 3033040071
  • ISBN-13: 978-3033040076
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 12,7 x 3,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 313.801 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

Mehr über den Autor

Mathias Frey wurde 1969 in Cham (Deutschland) geboren, lebt aber seit 1978 in der Schweiz. Er war viele Jahre in der Fliegerei tätig, vor allem als Pilot in der Flugsicherungssimulation, bevor er mit der Arbeit an seinem Erstlingswerk "Excess" begann. Zu diesem Buch motivierte ihn sein leidenschaftliches Interesse an Zeitgeschichte und Politik.

Zur Zeit arbeitet Frey intensiv an seinem zweiten Buch. Es soll im Herbst 2015 erscheinen.

(Foto: Mathias Frey mit dem damaligen US-Senator und heutigen US-Aussenminister John Kerry im April 2005 in Rom)


Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Mathias Frey was born in 1969 in Cham in the Oberpfalz region of Germany. His family moved to Switzerland in 1978, giving him knowledge of and appreciation for the small nation and its direct democracy from an early age. At the age of 14, he gained a moped license, at 17 he applied for a private pilot's license, at 18 for an instrument flight license and a multi-engine aircraft license. At 19 he gained his driving license and at 20 he gained a commercial pilot's license. As well as spending his entire professional life in the field of air traffic control simulation, he has been head of poster advertising for the Swiss National Circus Knie and project leader for the foundation of a regional airline. In 2003 and 2004 he spent a rather short time at the Department for Contemporary History in the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Fribourg. The author has been very interested in the less-examined moments of history and the depths of politics since the mid-nineties.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bestseller potential 5. Juni 2013
Von John Game
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I am one of the lucky few who got hold of a copy of the limited German language print edition, which the author self-published back in the year 2008. Everybody to whom I recommended the book, or who borrowed it from me, was as thrilled by the gripping story as I was. I honestly cannot understand why no publisher was interested in this masterly debut novel.

The author has succeeded brilliantly in weaving the plots of those who pull the strings behind geopolitical acts into a fascinating thriller. His characters and the story appear authentic and credible, frighteningly credible. Although there is a massive amount of information, often very close to political realism, the book still reads easily and is a real page-turner.

@ Mathias Frey:

I can hardly wait to read more from you!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sauspannend und Visionär 1. Juni 2013
Von frey
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Ein Politthriller über die guten und bösen und mehr oder weniger zufälligen Entwicklungen in der Politik. Öffnet die Augen für das was i Hintergrund wirklich passiert.
Witzig und sehr gut recherchiert.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen great reading... 13. August 2014
Von johu
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....and still not overdone. so many facets and masterly put together. enjoyed the book very much. can recommend it for political reasons and what democracies are sometimes up to.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic book 10. Oktober 2014
Von nad
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Very exciting writing style. Couldn't stop reading. Basic idea is scary realistic and quite possible.. Really good book. All recommendations!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen in excess more then just excellent! 24. Mai 2013
Von Gregor Beer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've read "EXCESS - The Art of Treason" in its German original version a few years ago, and then beta-read the English translation as it became available recently. Hoping very much that such a story remains confined to fiction and will never happen in reality, I definitely think EXCESS is must-read for every American! It is quite daring for an unknown author from Switzerland to create a story that describes machinations which threaten to tear apart the US - but the author has done this scaringly convincingly, and with a plot beyond the usual! EXCESS is a real page turner which, I think, compares well to political thrillers from established authors. This is, I hope, not Mathias Frey's last book!
3.0 von 5 Sternen Thriller works in fits and starts 13. Dezember 2013
Von Gabriel Boutros - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Excess: the Art of Treason reads like a conspiracy theorist’s wet-dream, where government machinations just might be behind every disaster and assassination that ever took place. The main plot (or at least, that’s what we’re led to believe) revolves around a group of super-rich elites who decide the only chance for the world to survive its constant warfare is a single, world-wide government, which they would control of course. But how do you convince the citizens of all the countries of the world to give up their own sovereignty and accept that a single government should control all nations?
They decide to test out their strategy on a small Texas town that they isolate from telephones, cell phones, the internet and any other mode of communication they can think of. They then lead the people in town to believe that a horrific worldwide crisis has taken place, in order to see if these fervently independent American patriots would be willing to accept that a world government would be in their best interests. Unfortunately, this makes for a very, very long set up.
Most thrillers are, if their plots are analyzed closely, not very believable. They overcome their inherent weaknesses by being fast-paced, moving forward so quickly, and so inexorably, that the reader has little time to question the logic or the realism behind various plot developments. This book is at its strongest in its second half, when events start unfolding at a dizzying pace, and twists and surprises pop up faster than you can keep track of. Unfortunately, it’s at its weakest in the slow, over-long first half of the story, with its morass of mind-numbing details about all that has to be done to fake a near-apocalypse convincingly in an age of worldwide communication.
The thorough, but not very interesting, explanation of all that goes into the Excess project not only slows the book’s pace to a crawl, it also gives the reader the chance to realize how unlikely, if not downright silly, many of the events in the book are.
If you manage to stick it out through this first half, you might enjoy how quickly these events start spinning out of control, how many secret plots are revealed to exist behind other plots, and how characters who you may have thought to be peripheral turn out to be in control of so much of what’s going on.
The author does a good job of juggling a huge cast of disparate characters: townspeople, military types, politicians in the U.S. and abroad, spies and so on. Many of them seem to have nothing to do with each other, but he manages to bring them all together and have them play significant roles in the various conspiracies. As in most thrillers, few of these characters are particularly well-developed, but that’s not a problem as long as the momentum of the story keeps things moving forward. It is when the story stalls, as it does for long stretches, that the lack of developed characters, or a believable story line, takes away from the enjoyment of the book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fun read but two glaring problems 25. Juni 2013
Von Texas Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Overall I enjoyed Excess. It was suspenseful with a convoluted and thought-provoking plot. If you get a little bogged down in the opening chapters, just hold on. It really picks up. Politicians, spies, and financiers across the Western Hemisphere are involved in conspiracies within conspiracies until even the reader can barely keep track of what's true and what's propaganda. However, there are a few problems.

The translation was distracting at times. While most of the time, it was great, there were many times where a character would say something or use vocabulary that an American would never say. It's excusable that Frey would not have known, but Ward should have. Her English is outstanding, but her command of American idiom needs a little polishing. For example, no Texan who isn't also a botanist would ever refer to a bluebonnet as a Lupine. And as a general rule, Americans don't refer to small towns as villages. Not unless they're well-to-do suburbs of San Francisco or Austin or the like. This was a minor problem, and didn't effect the story-line. It was just a distraction.

Much worse, however, was that the primary plot depended on too many characters not asking some glaringly obvious questions. No Army colonel or credentialed sociologist or experienced television producer could possibly fail to anticipate these problems, but it wasn't until.... Well, I don't want to give too much away.

I wish I could give it a better rating. Despite these problems, I really did enjoy this book. I chose to overlook the problems and just roll with it. But I can't. That plot hole was big enough to fly a 737 through.
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