I'm listening to this book now - @ 1.2x normal speed - free from my library You won't learn any S&P tips but you might enjoy it. It is a mix of Sci-fi and a dystopian USA. It plays out some of the current trends in the world now. http://www.amazon.com/Flashback-Dan-Simmons/dp/0316006963 "Former Denver detective Nick Bottom lives in a very broken America. We have gone bankrupt. America has become ripe for the pickins for the Caliphate, Japanese, Mexicans, etc. Suicide bombings are common, stadiums are used to house prisoners, we are down to 44 states, our military has long been stretched WAY too thin. Essentially, we are helpless. Instead of trying to do something productive about it, most citizens have become addicted to a cheap drug called Flashback."