An avid reader,  Hailey began to write poems, plays and stories at a young age. Paramount , and for television in as Terror in the Sky. The book received good reviews,   and was a selection of the Literary Guild of America. Dealing with international politics  the book was again selected by the Literary Guild, and was a best seller in Canada. Gregory Hotel.
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Overload is a fictional novel about the power industry and how electricity generation companies in the United States function. The plot explores the dilemma of utility companies and the difficulties they face as they fight to satisfy the ever increasing demands for electricity. It goes to show the amount of challenges that face a corporation fighting to stay afloat through terrorism, power theft, extremely bureaucratic procedures imposed by politicians to win over the public, all while keeping the peace with environmentalists protesting their every move.
Though it is the only book I ever read for Arthur Hailey, it was enough for me to deem him a truly great writer. He managed to offer a very professional and deep insight into the power industry without taking away from the fun in his novel.
What made this particular novel, and subsequently the writer, so great in my opinion is the thoroughly researched quality of the information around which he built his novel.
One aspect of the book that was particularly interesting to me was the conflict between the environmentalist movements and those in charge of the power industry. Being someone who is interested in environmental preservation and renewable energy, this gave me a more in depth view on the -behind the scenes- politics involved in the field and the magnitude of the effort it would take for such monumental changes in our power consumption to take effect.
It also shed light on the everlasting debate of environmental conservation versus industrial development. Is the price we pay for development really worth it? Goes to show how little attention the problem has been handed. The only properly formulated part of the book is where the author tries to convey the dilemma faced by the utility companies. And he has done this very well, I must say.
The amount of research that must have gone into this is highly appreciated. But that is where the good Simply stated, Overload is a mediocre book; something to read if you are bored out of your wits. But that is where the good stuff ends. The behaviour of the characters feels somewhat artificial. So does most of the story. There are few points of brilliance but those just get spoiled by many other events.
There is not much attention to detail apart from where electricity industry is involved. The Good: Through the Golden Power and Light organization, Hailey covers various kinds of power sources, may it be geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, coal, or even solar.
Each of these is touched upon, if only perfunctorily, giving you a fair idea on the resources available. Since it is set in the sixties, the focus is on different You open an Arthur Hailey book expecting nitty gritties of the industry he is writing on. Since it is set in the sixties, the focus is on different energy sources as it is today.
The Bad: The villain s. Although the fanaticism is portrayed well, the reason behind it remains obscure.
The plot follows many of the issues of the day, including race relations, corporate politics, business ethics, terrorism and journalism. Hailey would later explore television journalism in another novel, The Evening News. Plot Synopsis[ edit ] The novel is described from the point of view of vice-president of Golden State Power and Light, Nimrod "Nim" Goldman, who, despite being married, tends to be somewhat of a Lothario and has many extramarital affairs. The geographic area of service of the fictional electric utility, Golden State Power and Light, matches the actual Northern California footprint of the real-life Pacific Gas and Electric Company. There is a board meeting about the incident.