What would you give up for safety?
5 out of 5 stars
Whistleblowing on a “security” firm already seems like a dangerous idea. Matt Tremain realizes that doing so could cost him and all of his associates their careers, or even worse, their lives. CleanSweep was sold as a project to protect people. To help clean up the streets, but crack it open only slightly and you quickly begin to realize that it really has much deeper and darker meanings behind it.
This book dragged me in quickly and wouldn’t let go. Waldron’s writing style is really interesting and relatively easy to follow. He definitely writes at a high level — I’m highly educated and still found myself looking up some words (thank god for that feature on the Kindle).
Matt, the main character was incredibly likable. At first, we’re not really sure why. But as time progresses, we quickly realize what Matt is up to and why he is the protagonist. He’s the “unlikely hero” — a blogger who is mostly shunned by everyone, Matt quickly wins the readers heart by deeply explaining what is going on around the city.
The plot was already deep and thick as the story began, but it just kept getting deeper and thicker as it progressed. Many twists and turns followed as this book drags the reader along this thrilling and mysterious book. The use of real history and a bland nondescript city (we know it’s Toronto, but it really feels like it could be most metropolises across the US and the World) really make this book fascinating. The most interesting part to me was the fact that this could happen anywhere at any time. We as a society are allowing more and more of our freedom to be taken away in the name of security. Something like CleanSweep couldn’t definitely happen, which is utterly terrifying.
One of my all-time favorite books is 1984 by George Orwell. This feels like a new version of this. Brought up to modern times and set not that far into the future The CleanSweep Conspiracy is Orwellian dystopian fiction at its finest. I HIGHLY recommend checking this book out.
I was given a copy of this book by iRead Book Tour in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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.
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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