The Geriatrics Vengeance Club: In the Era of COVID
The Geriatrics Vengeance Club in the Era of COVID is about an “anti-hero” doctor and his fight against fearmongers who spread incorrect information about COVID-19 and enforce rules that are more harmful than helpful. Dr. Ben Polton takes up a challenging fight against the medical system and risks being labeled a villain as he calls out some questionable practices, such as the use of counterproductive masks and measures, the closing of workplaces and schools, and the neglecting of other important dangers that claim lives in significant numbers. Eventually, he receives an invitation to join the Geriatrics Vengeance Club, a group that aims to fight back secretly. Polton tells the story about how he gets in trouble with the public for exposing his truth, falls in and out of love, makes music about the pandemic with some talented artistes, and searches for true happiness.
This book is like a gift packed with an exciting mix of things: facts and references, profound arguments, captivating characters, relatable experiences, and an addictive storyline. It is not your usual story as it branches, several times, to logical arguments and historical references that make it resemble nonfiction. However, this is done tastefully as the author’s use of language is splendid. I still don’t know what magic made me devour the book and finish it surprisingly fast because it’s not a fast-paced book; regardless of its normal pace, the book kept me glued until I reached the very last page.
The idea that masks do more harm than good and that the US government doesn’t have enough test kits is troubling. I felt much more enlightened about the pandemic and society, in general, after reading the book. Also, it was greatly entertaining; I had a good time laughing as I read about the characters, especially the frank, elderly cat lady. Andy Lazris is able to bring the protagonist to life and paint him in an exceptionally realistic way, which is not surprising because he shares some similarities with him.
The book contains lyrics to songs about the pandemic, which I checked out on Spotify since the links to stream the songs are included in the book. I enjoyed listen to them; the lyrics are great and the melodious tunes are quite relaxing.
The Geriatrics Vengeance Club in the Era of COVID grabbed my attention from the start with its blunt views about the measures taken against COVID-19, kept me engrossed with its sarcasm and humor, and blew my mind with its intelligent discussions. The book is highly recommended to readers who are tired of the restrictive rules regarding COVID-19 and want to meet a fictional character they can relate to. However, some might not agree with its strong political views.
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