Oliver's book "Citizens Ununited" is amazing. I rarely like it when foreigners write about Russians, perhaps because I'm familiar with Russian reality. Many books about Russia and the Russians seem to be naive. But P.R. Oliver did an amazing job. You easily believe to his characters because they are multifaceted, perfectly prescribed, and full of life. They are smart and funny, sometimes dangerous, sometimes sharp. All lines in the novel are very logical. The plot captures from the first lines. All the plot's twists are not very predictable. This book has everything you expect from a good thriller. Thanks, P.R. Oliver for the excellent book and interview! JBN: Please tell the little bit about you... P.R. Oliver: I am an attorney in Billings, Montana; I was born in California and raised in Virginia. I am a graduate of the University of Montana law school, attended Washington and Lee University and received degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. I was an army brat. I’ve lived in quite a few places in the US and I have traveled a little bit. I’ve not been in Ukraine or Russia, but I want to. JBN: When did you start to write? P.R. Oliver: When I was in high school I used to write short stories, and then I wrote for a weekly newspaper. I have never written any novels until this one. The idea for the novel started when I saw pictures of a beautiful girl on the internet. From that the story started to develop about a guy who saw a beautiful women on an Internet. It expanded from there but the part about the guy seeing the beautiful woman is still in the book. It took about three years to write it. I can remember sitting in the back of legal hearings, waiting my turn and writing the novel. JBN: What is your book about? P.R. Oliver: The story is about a United State Supreme court decision called "Citizens United" which allowed unlimited, undisclosed contributions to Political Action Committees. The decision opened the flood gates for large amounts of money from corporations and very wealthy people to the PAC’s. The main character is a former Montana rodeo star and sharpshooter now living in the Boston area, Alexandra (Alex) Pipe. She got a degree in mathematics and statistics, but she still has her horses and she still rides. She is such a good shot that she can draw a pistol and shoot the tip of your ear off. She got a very good job in the Boston area and one day noticed some unusual information on her computer. Suddenly people started to die. And then her roommate’s friend from college was murdered in Washington DC. The woman who was killed was a freelance investigative journalist. She had been hired by a US senator to investigate a Political Action Committee and the movement of the political contributions they received. She came too close to the truth and she was murdered by them. The rest of the story is about Alex and her friends tracking the murderers and investigating what they were doing with the money. JBN: One of the prototypes of your characters is your close friend... P.R. Oliver: Yes. Her real name is Pam Santy but in the book, her name is Pam Robinson. They both speak French. My Pam taught English to the French students. There are other similarities such as how tall she is and how old she is. My Pam would speak French to me at work about something because she knew that I wouldn't understand a single world. And Pam from book does it to her boss. Her boss would listen to her and answer: "Whatever!” Same as I did. JBN: Please tell us an interesting fact about your novel... P.R. Oliver: The main male character of the book is macho and a womanizer and an alcoholic. Even though I am the author of the story, I don't particularly like him. But for some reason, many other people do like him. For instance one of my friends asked me: "How can somebody not like him?” It's amazing when your creation starts to live its own life and you cannot always influence it! JBN: Do you work on some other stories? P.R. Oliver: Yes, I do. The next book that I am thinking of writing is about pressure on the freedom of the press by a group who won the last election. It will take place in Montana. It will be about having to deal with everything that is going on as a result of regulations and pressure on free speech. It’s about group that took over the government of US, similar to the NAZI’s in Germany, and how they shut down the free press. P.R. Oliver is married with three grown children and lives in a log home outside of Billings on twenty acres where he and his wife raise angus cattle, horses, and chickens. He says raising farm animals and farm chores are not as easy as they sound and he has developed a deep respect for farmers and ranchers. FB page: https://www.facebook.com/prolivernovels/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Citizens-Ununited-Novel-P-R-Oliver/dp/1543416802
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Oliver's book "Citizens Ununited" is amazing. I rarely like it when foreigners write about Russians, perhaps because I'm familiar with Russian reality. Many books about Russia and the Russians seem to be naive. But P.R. Oliver did an amazing job. You easily believe to his characters because they are multifaceted, perfectly prescribed, and full of life. They are smart and funny, sometimes dangerous, sometimes sharp. All lines in the novel are very logical. The plot captures from the first lines. All the plot's twists are not very predictable. This book has everything you expect from a good thriller. Thanks, P.R. Oliver for the excellent book and interview! JBN: Please tell the little bit about you... P.R. Oliver: I am an attorney in Billings, Montana; I was born in California and raised in Virginia. I am a graduate of the University of Montana law school, attended Washington and Lee University and received degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. I was an army brat. I’ve lived in quite a few places in the US and I have traveled a little bit. I’ve not been in Ukraine or Russia, but I want to. JBN: When did you start to write? P.R. Oliver: When I was in high school I used to write short stories, and then I wrote for a weekly newspaper. I have never written any novels until this one. The idea for the novel started when I saw pictures of a beautiful girl on the internet. From that the story started to develop about a guy who saw a beautiful women on an Internet. It expanded from there but the part about the guy seeing the beautiful woman is still in the book. It took about three years to write it. I can remember sitting in the back of legal hearings, waiting my turn and writing the novel. JBN: What is your book about? P.R. Oliver: The story is about a United State Supreme court decision called "Citizens United" which allowed unlimited, undisclosed contributions to Political Action Committees. The decision opened the flood gates for large amounts of money from corporations and very wealthy people to the PAC’s. The main character is a former Montana rodeo star and sharpshooter now living in the Boston area, Alexandra (Alex) Pipe. She got a degree in mathematics and statistics, but she still has her horses and she still rides. She is such a good shot that she can draw a pistol and shoot the tip of your ear off. She got a very good job in the Boston area and one day noticed some unusual information on her computer. Suddenly people started to die. And then her roommate’s friend from college was murdered in Washington DC. The woman who was killed was a freelance investigative journalist. She had been hired by a US senator to investigate a Political Action Committee and the movement of the political contributions they received. She came too close to the truth and she was murdered by them. The rest of the story is about Alex and her friends tracking the murderers and investigating what they were doing with the money. JBN: One of the prototypes of your characters is your close friend... P.R. Oliver: Yes. Her real name is Pam Santy but in the book, her name is Pam Robinson. They both speak French. My Pam taught English to the French students. There are other similarities such as how tall she is and how old she is. My Pam would speak French to me at work about something because she knew that I wouldn't understand a single world. And Pam from book does it to her boss. Her boss would listen to her and answer: "Whatever!” Same as I did. JBN: Please tell us an interesting fact about your novel... P.R. Oliver: The main male character of the book is macho and a womanizer and an alcoholic. Even though I am the author of the story, I don't particularly like him. But for some reason, many other people do like him. For instance one of my friends asked me: "How can somebody not like him?” It's amazing when your creation starts to live its own life and you cannot always influence it! JBN: Do you work on some other stories? P.R. Oliver: Yes, I do. The next book that I am thinking of writing is about pressure on the freedom of the press by a group who won the last election. It will take place in Montana. It will be about having to deal with everything that is going on as a result of regulations and pressure on free speech. It’s about group that took over the government of US, similar to the NAZI’s in Germany, and how they shut down the free press. P.R. Oliver is married with three grown children and lives in a log home outside of Billings on twenty acres where he and his wife raise angus cattle, horses, and chickens. He says raising farm animals and farm chores are not as easy as they sound and he has developed a deep respect for farmers and ranchers. FB page: https://www.facebook.com/prolivernovels/ Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/Citizens-Ununited-Novel-P-R- Oliver/dp/1543416802
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