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Publisher's Summary

The Manchurian Candidate meets South Park — Chuck Palahniuk’s finest novel since the generation-defining Fight Club.  

“Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival Midwestern American airport greater _____ area. Flight _____. Date _____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name: Operation Havoc.”  

Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the United States, disguised as exchange students, to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified act of massive terrorism. 

Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified. For Pygmy and his fellow operatives are cooking up something big, something truly awful, that will bring this big dumb country and its fat dumb inhabitants to their knees.  

It’s a comedy. And a romance.

©2009 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Just don’t read it if you don’t like church

Gross very descriptive and violent all the stuff Chuck likes to write about in his books. Bland though didn’t feel for characters just waited till the end.

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Trigger Warning

Falls short of the high bar set by some of Palahniuk’s earlier work. While the broken English format was amusing, it took away from the story.