I was drawn to this book because it is set in my home of Toronto, Canada. I love reading books set in the city I live in because I have such a clear understanding of the setting and locations. The CleanSweep Conspiracy, by Chuck Waldron, is a very fast moving book that takes my home and turns it upside down, creating havoc and a dystopian version of Toronto. Read on for my review, an interview with Mr. Waldron and a giveaway!
“History is littered with countless stories of how easy it is to create chaos.” – The CleanSweep Conspiracy
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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The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron
Chuck Waldron's novel is a fast paced thriller that shows the terrifying, and all too realistic, way society can be manipulated into taking the wrong path.
The CleanSweep Conspiracy takes the reader on a journey through the events leading up to, during and after a major upheaval of regular life in Toronto. Blogger Matt Tremain discovers a plot to change the face of Toronto inspired by the Nazi regime and Hitler's methods of ethnic cleansing. Waldron's villain, Charles Claussen, vows he can fix the mistakes that Hitler made and create a better system of work camps and removing the "undesirables" from the streets of Toronto. Because of Matt Tremain's blog, he has gotten himself a place on Claussen's "undesirable" list.
Waldron's prose is neat and concise, painting the picture of realism that ever so subtly blends into dystopian. The characters are distinct and relatable, and Waldron offers a cast that could make any reader see themselves in a character, giving the book the moral question of "what would I do in this situation?"
An interesting aspect to this book is the amount of time spent with the villain's story. The reader really gets to connect with Claussen and understand his background, motives and desires as a fully fleshed out character. This adds quite a bit of dimension to the story and to the character of Charles Claussen.
Despite the fast paced nature of the novel, Waldron does an amazing job at giving depth to characters as well as depth to moral and political situations. Highly recommend for the conspiracy enthusiast!
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