The CleanSweep Conspiracy (book review)
The CleanSweep Conspiracy was written by Chuck Waldron. This post was organized by iRead Book Tours. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
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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I'm not a real conspiracy theory follower... but once I got into the story I was hooked on finding out what would happen with Matt and his allies. It also took me a while to get drawn in (I think) because the story is rather slow moving to start. There are a lot of details; a lot of explaining of background, conspiracy theories and details.
The ending of the book was much more exciting for me. I won't share any spoilers... but I just found myself reading faster and totally unable to put the book down. It was just that fast paced, and you really had no idea what was going to happen next. Absolutely a thriller.
I have to add, that while minor to the overall story, I really enjoyed reading the relationship between Susan (the news reporter) and Carl (her camera man). Their dynamic kept me interested. I just really enjoyed the way Susan relied on him. They were a team... she in front of the camera and him behind. He always had her back regardless of acknowledgment. She was a strong woman, but his support was undeniable.
I can completely see this being made into a movie. Full of action and suspense. The perfect villain hidden in plain site. The government conspiracy that is too hard to believe to be considered possible. And absolutely a more built up relationship between Carl and Susan. If you enjoy a good conspiracy thriller... absolutely a read you shouldn't miss.
About the author:
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.