A fast-paced thriller, Chuck Waldron's The CleanSweep Conspiracy will have you questioning how dictatorship mentality can easily infiltrate the thinking of powerful men and government officials.
Book Title: The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron
Category: Adult fiction, 304 pages
Genre: Thriller / dystopian
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release date: March 2016
Tour dates: May 30 to June 30, 2016
Content Rating: PG - 13 + M (There is profanity with a few f-words and mature theme of genocide)
Matt Tremain publishes Verité, a modest blog dedicated to writing about the truth and exposing scams. Currently, he’s following up on rumors concerning something called CleanSweep, a mysterious project in Toronto, Canada.
Matt gets his break when a whistleblower connects CleanSweep to billionaire Charles Claussen. Claussen plans to rid Toronto of undesirables, beginning with street people and extending to any citizens who don’t match Claussen’s restrictive screening matrix.
With the help of a high-ranking government official, Claussen plans to incite riots and violent unrest, conning Torontonians into sacrificing privacy and civil liberties for illusionary security and safety. Toronto will be reduced to a repressive city-state.
The information overwhelms Matt, who doubts he has the courage, skill, or readership to take on CleanSweep. But the murder of his source convinces the blogger to take a stand—although he’s too late to prevent chaos from gripping Toronto’s streets.
To get the word out, Matt’s going to need allies. He may have found some in a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter pursuing the same story—presuming they aren’t allied with Claussen. If they are, Matt’s going to become yet another victim of CleanSweep, and the truth will be buried forever.
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A fast-paced thriller, Chuck Waldron's The CleanSweep Conspiracy will have you questioning how dictatorship mentality can easily infiltrate the thinking of powerful men and government officials. I was drawn to this book first by its cover that sets the tone for a digital world that can, not only trace anyone's personal identity, but invade it too. And next, by the fact that the main character, Matt Tremain, is a blogger who discovers a conspiracy, looks into it and find himself hunted so that he is running and hiding for his life.
What I liked the most is that Matt Tremain is an ordinary guy, an amateur journalist who stumbles upon a startling discovery. He doesn't have any heroic inclinations but his curiosity pulls him to find out the truth and to finally do something about it. He's scared and doesn't know who to trust, but he follows his instincts and knows when things are not right. He's very human as are all the supporting character who, despite their flaws, band together to do what is right. These are characters a reader can relate to.
Waldron has a way of introducing each character so that in a few pages the reader gets a good picture of him/her. So although there is a lot of action, the many characters are not skimmed over. They are not forgettable, even if they play a minor role. Each is distinct with their own voice. There was one scene when Mattie a homeless woman was telling her story that touched me deeply.
Conspiracy theories make for great plotlines because they pull at a reader's inherent curiosity as to what an organisation or government will keep top secret from its own people, and the author pulls this one off very well. I was sucked into the story from the first page. Although the explored theme of genocide is heavy, the story has a feel-good ending that leaves room for a sequel or a series if the author wishes it.
Exciting, suspenseful and well-written, fans of suspense thrillers and conspiracy theories are sure to like this one.
Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.
Born in Iowa, Chuck Waldron lived in Ontario, Canada, before relocating to Florida’s Treasure Coast. Over the years, he’s held many jobs. The ones he can mention in print include US Army soldier, truck driver, office manager, mailman, real estate salesman, social worker, hardware store clerk, and shuttle driver.
Fate played a crucial role when he walked into his first writing class, and he still honors the memory of the teacher, Henrietta. She gave him permission to write. That—along with countless writing groups, classes, seminars, and much sweat—has resulted in over fifty short stories and four novels.
Waldron often likes to pretend interest, lacks perseverance, and could generally use a good talking to—until it comes to his writing, that is. He and his wife Suzanne reside in Port St. Lucie, Florida. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and Burmese pythons, he’s busy writing his next novel
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