AUTHOR: Gregory James Clark
RELEASE DATE: September 5th, 2017
PUBLISHER: Clink Street Publishing
SOURCE: complimentary copy
In 2107, twenty-four year-old Gary Loman is disillusioned with life. There are scant opportunities in the capitalist world that surrounds him. When he receives a prestigious invitation, Gary knows that the change he has been waiting for has finally arrived; it’s a ticket to fame and glory as a skater. Leaving the old world behind, Gary embarks on a new adventure on The Island of Dreams, led by the world’s newest monarchy, where he is introduced to the woman who will become his wife and a wildly different social order, one which has evolved over the previous seventy years by virtue of a slow, quiet and largely unnoticed revolution. By 2107, however, The Island is poised to become one of the most powerful states in the world, acquiring, most notably, the territory of Kamchatka.The Island Queen, Queen Katie of Kamchatka, with the help of her devoted Prime Minister and her faithful staff, then attempt to educate and train the 240 receivers of the distinguished Queen’s Ticket, both for their roles as skaters and within the Kamchatskiy organisation, for whom they will be working under a completely new concept in political economy, based on quality rather than profit motives, and which is replacing Marxism as the world’s rival to capitalism. As Gary progresses on The Island, and as its Queen seeks out her new King, the world is on the brink of a breath-taking transformation.
Born and raised in Lancashire, Gregory James Clark went on to graduate with a BSc Honours in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales followed by an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University. In his professional life he has enjoyed working in the field of Quality Management and the design of programmes including; The Programme for Global Quality Promotion (PGQP) in Russia and the African Nations. Previous publications include Quality Matters: The Decade of Quality 1989 - 2000 (Spire City Publishing 2002) and Deming and Juran: Gift to the World (Spire City Publishing 2007). He is currently the editor of The Electron Newsletter for the Institution of Electronics. In his spare time he enjoys ice dancing, ballroom dancing, golf, chess and snooker and speaks numerous languages including; Dutch, German, Portuguese and Swedish.
The Island of Dreams begins with this great premise of a new world and a solid concept for this new Non-Capitalist Economic society. As Gary, we are invited to discover the Island where it all began.
The first chapters are a good introduction. Along with Gary, we learn little by little about this new ideology, this new way of life. The concept is solid and every detail has been taken care off. It´s easy to understand how this all works and why each person is invited to join.
Somewhere in the middle of the book, I lost a bit the initial input despite the good writing and the detail descriptions of each event taking place. I think there is no major point of conflict in the book, we see how this society is evolving and how they adapt the old way of life to the new ideology.
Overall is a good book to think of alternatives to Capitalism that can bring benefits to all parts.