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Profound… sure to spark a reaction” and “scathing, ceaselessly engaging
Kirkus Reviews

A brilliant rebuttal of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
Clarion Reviews

“Enough to scare readers into activism”
Truthout

A powerful saga that deserves to be in every school and debated by any
who question authority and elements of freedom in society
Midwest Book Review

CHARLES THATCHER is a private citizen, which is to say that he’s the private property of the Ackerman Brothers Securities Corporation. He’s got problems: the cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.But when he discovers a woman stealing rainwater, he sees his chance to move up in the world, maybe even become an executive. He reports her, spinning a picture, not just of a thief, but of a seditionist and revolutionary, someone who believes in that long-dead institution called “government.”Then she vanishes.

Overcome with guilt, he tries to track her down. What he discovers is an underground movement every bit as seditious as the one he had imagined.

But as he becomes enamored with their cause and with life outside his corporation, Charles must contend with a larger truth; in a world where everything is for sale and lies are more profitable than the truth, even a group of revolutionaries can have something to hide.

  • Winner, Kirkus Star
  • Kirkus Best of 2012
  • Bookworm, Best Fiction, 2014
  • Winner, Clarion Foreword Science Fiction Book of the Year
  • Runner-up, Clarion Foreword Book of the Year

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The Water Thief

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Maggie Gatza
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Congratulations, Nick!!

Maggie Gatza
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I’m so excited for you and your success!

The Water Thief
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Thanks 🙂

Lauren Sundquist
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Awsome!!!

Ian Brewer
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Your book sounds great, just what’s needed. I’m unemployed and broke right now (a private equity corporation bought out the publishing company I worked for and sent my job to the Philippines), but when I have the money, it will be on top of my list. Best of luck to you.

BTW, if you ever need a book designer, I’m available. 🙂

Philip Boddy
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Has the makings of a Matt Damon and George Clooney movie!

Philip Boddy
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Well, it also sounds like Bechtel in Bolivia with Rummy… The flick, Quantum of Solace, came close to hitting it on the nose.

Sean Danconia
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I love the whole idea of stealing water from Ayn Rand!

Douglas Johnson
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Vote for Romney and keep me rich and untaxed.

Stephen Lucas
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Ian – Why did you not put together a group and get a loan and purchase the publishing company? Why is it somebody’s else responsibility to provide you a job?

Michael Brown
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You have a booboo on your site – the Twitter link is malformed. (I’m not an admirer of your project but I’m interested in all things Rand.)

The Water Thief
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Thanks for letting me know.

Heidi Hanson
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Read it, liked it very much.

Mike Ohfive
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In the middle of this book and enthralled. Great book so far!

Bud Spence
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Screw Ian Rand! And not in a sexual way… Ug!!

The Water Thief
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OTFL

Bud Spence
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I give up, what does OTFL mean?

Bud Spence
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I guess OTFL is the new secret?

The Water Thief
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OTFL – On The Floor Laughing… As in, “That was really funny!”

Bud Spence
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Thank you for having to patience to explain these things to an old fart like me. Ian Rand is a sick person, if that is not “over reaching” to call her a person. I wish more folks new what she taught fools like Paul Ryan, as it might open their eyes to the dangers of voting for these guys, before it is too late.

Chris Campbell
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Damn, Bud, you obviously haven’t even read any of Rand’s works, if you read at all. And who the hell is Ian Rand?

Phyllis Campbell
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I read “Altas Shrugged” as a 17 year old. It didn’t make an impression on me. Many other books have over the years. Chris Campbell, please try not to make an ass of yourself while you are using my name……………….

The Water Thief
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Mr. Campbell… Ayn Rand treasured, above all other things, reason. The act of reasoning, of thinking for yourself. Tell me, on what Objectiveist, Randian principal of engaging in the process of reasoning are you relying when slamming someone for misspelling Ayn Rand or suggesting that they don’t read?

Michael Brown
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Chris Campbell
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Look carefully and you’ll notice he got it wrong twice. That’s NOT a mispelling, that’s not knowing who or what the hell you’re talking about. Defend that if you think he agrees with you for the right reasons, not simply because he agrees with you. Phyllis, if you didn’t understand it at 17, that’s defenseable. It’s time to grow up, my dear.

Terry Baker
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Fascists are indifferent as to means, and they generally don’t care about the victims of their governance and power. There’s a lot of common ground with this inside so called “Objectivism.” AS for the idea of people being in effect moral or amoral gods in their own little universe, this has a lot of appeal for some undeveloped minds. Rand, it turns out, was a rather ordinary psychotic. Her philosophic rambling pernicious and dripping with evil. Those supporting her ideas range from deluded to very much actively evil themselves. I can’t imagine any society much based on Rand’s distortions of… Read more »

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— Chris, you are correct. What I meant to say was not “misspelling”, but for “misspells”. So on what Objectiveist, Randian principal of engaging in the process of reasoning are you relying when slamming someone for who misspells Ayn Rand or suggesting that they don’t read?

The Water Thief
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I ask, because even against her harshest critics, Ayn Rand never mocked them, tried to humiliate them, or used sarcasm. She never got emotional, just used reason.

The Water Thief
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– Colin: You seem to suggest that it’s a binary state, that we either have absolute freedom or tyranny. Is it realy that black and white? No shades of grey?

The Water Thief
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— Michael…. Thanks for the clip… Man, it SUCKS that they couldn’t get the actors from the first movie back. 🙁

Chris Campbell
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Sorry you misstated the question. The answer still applies. I won’t mock you for misspelling Objectivist. Rand “mocked” wrongheaded thinking and people in the harshest terms, both in person and in her writing. People who see “pernicious evil” in her writing see it only because that’s what they are looking for, a closer definition of “psychotic,” Terry.

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— Terry…. I would probably agree with you, but in a roundabout way. Rand may have been a psychopath (incapable of remorse or guilt), I don’t know– I don’t think she was psychotic. But her first principal what that there was no god. Her second was that you should never, ever (EVER), lie, cheat, steal or take advantage of anyone – ever. That covers most of the 10 commandments (murder is both theft and taking advantage). I think anyone who believes those central tenants (as I believe Rand did) must be called a moral person. But she felt those rules… Read more »

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— Chris: She said harsh things about her critics, but it was all true in her world, and I never saw her be mean spirited about it or say things out of spite. I’ve never seen her mock people (if she did, I’d love to see an example of it), or use sarcasm to make a point (“Who the hell is Ian Rand”). I hope I’m not wrong, I’d loose a lot of respect for her if I am.

Bud Spence
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I agree that I spelled Ayn wrong and stated that things I’ve heard said about her made me form an opinion of her idea’s about how only people that agreed with her had any rights and screw the rest. These opinions may be based on someone else’s statements and totally wrong. That said, I find her repulsive, based on her interview with Charlie Rose and I didn’t listen for very long. It was enough to make me pass by anything that had her name attached to it. You still are an ass to trash me for my spelling skills, I… Read more »

Laura Burdine Schutze
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@Colin – you are, yourself, pretty good at that “talking down” to somebody.

James Arthur Kirk
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I’ll put it in the queue.

Dan Hébert
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“Objectivism” is a crock anyway, devised by some bourgeoisie Russian Jew who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and never had to concern herself with something as mundane as, oh, working for a living.

Lysa Fisk
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<--- avid reader of Ayn Rand. it looks to me like the water thief has actually read the stuff. & as a matter of fact... Alice Rosenbaum, aka Ayn Rand, was a russian jew. she was subject to the russian pograms against the jews which meant that she was persecuted for being a jew. her family owned a factory which they lost in the war. Alice Rosenbaum was from a middle class family & she went to the University before she fled russia. she had a classic liberal arts education from a russian university. she worked very hard. anyone who thinks writing a book of over 1000 pages in your second language is not WORK does not understand WORK at all & perhaps ought not to have a keyboard until he/she does the work of learning to actually find out about something before opening his/her mouth & showing his/her ignorance.

Lysa Fisk
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she majored in history & philosophy, if memory serves. & she warned us about the specter of fascism creeping over this land… was she human & fallible & not always right? of course. & i would have to agree with the water thief on this… However, Alice Rosenbaum did have a rather rosy view of the american people. turns out we’re just as human as the russians were… just as likely to game the system & it doesn’t matter what the system is.

Bob Perry
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I will admit that I’ve never read Ayn Rand. I’ve read books about her that praised her. I started to read her Playboy interview in around 1965, which they just recently republished for some reason. I will say I agree wholeheartedly with Bud Spence on this. I couldn’t finish the interview. When a philosophy has become a religion, and in my opinion her’s had by the 1960’s, it’s all bullshit. Her answers were bullshit and the questions never challenged her. Religion and Philosophy although put next to each other in book stores, are two separate things that shouldn’t cross over.… Read more »

Lysa Fisk
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OMG

Lysa Fisk
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i wish people would stop admitting that they’ve never read ayn rand & then go on to discuss ayn rand as if they had when everything they say demonstrates that they haven’t.

Bob Perry
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Lysa Fisk
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i’m a hopeless Romantic. i just read Gardner’s Moral Fiction for seminar. glad i did. rand’s version, the romantic manifesto, was much better. but, i feel so much better about everything that we are going to be discussing Romance.

Lysa Fisk
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p.s. the koch brothers & all the other corporate clowns? they are Randian VILLAINS.

Bob Perry
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I understand your frustration Lysa. You have studied her and read all of her works. Especially if you have studied her in college. That really gives you deep emotions and a feeling of ownership. But I’ve heard that you can’t make a decent movie of her books, or at least, one’s never been made. Why she chose to right in fiction to express her philosophy makes me wonder about her intent. I know she was a screenwriter that had moderate success at best and had a play or two produced, but no hits. I still say that some Rich men… Read more »

Bob Perry
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But they don’t see it that way Lysa. That’s the point I think you’re missing. You see her as she wanted to be seen and I’m saying that people with bad intentions have used her and the semi-intellectual have backed them because they see her in a positive light also.

Bob Perry
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She’s been exploited just like most religions are. Look at Jesus. Whether he was real or not 90% of the Bible teachings are against what the MOST IMPORTANT DUDE in the Bible said. Jesus has been exploited by rich people too. In fact, they have so much money they have a little city that has countries rites. And they can protect pedophiles for centuries and cover it up and no one can do a damn thing about it.

Mike Danger Parks
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Is it true that Ms. Rand got sick in her later years and in order to receive adequate healthcare, she ended up using public assistance, based on paperwork she knowingly falsified? Just asking.

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It appears to be. She required lung surgery, and was eventually unable to pay all of her medical bills. Her law firm asked her to go on Medicare and Social Security to avoid bankruptcy, which she ultimately did, collecting under the name Ann O’Connor (Her husband’s family name).