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Topic: Greg, I have a concern

From: Grant Hyde
Location: Fresno, California
Date: 08/03/2008

My brother is an FBI guy and says your book , Quantico, was pretty cool.

I thought so too, But. . .. The closing chapters were compressed and not as exciting as the dazzling first half. Butᅠit was still good.

Oh, well. Look: As a community college teacher I have to tell my students: "You are not safe" They think I am silly. They have a weird combo of historical ignorance, arrogance, and masochism- (The US is responsible for all atrocities) When it gets up and running in a vacuum, it's like a perpetual motion machine.

What do I do? I am serious.

Re: Greg, I have a concern

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/04/2008

Thanks, Grant, for the kind words--and thanks to your brother, as well. The best you can do for your students is provide food for thought--which you're doing right now. We're still a pretty insulated nation--always have been, really--and our awareness of the world outside tends to be short-sighted at best. Young men and women who enter military service--or law enforcement--can face immediate and rude awakening. So keep informing and stimulating. Many of them will come around as they mature.

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