Title: The Cleansweep Conspiracy
Author: Chuck Waldon
Published Date: 8th March 2016
Rating: 3 stars
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.
Review: The Cleansweep Conspiracy
was one that managed to catch my attention because I have been in the mood to read a lot of thrillers lately. This one did not fail to fit the bill. This book had a lot of ties to history, which is a subject I really like and appreciate. The Cleansweep idea is that all the people who don’t fit with the image of an ideal person are removed in order for society to be the safest and the best it could be. Sound familiar? Yep, it’s almost like the ideologies spread by the Nazis in WWII. Knowing that, I was really curious to know how all of this would be going down.
As for the thriller side of things, this novel doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. I was kept turning pages and on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. The climax of this novel was incredibly well built up to. So much so that I didn’t stop reading until the end of the book where everything was sorted out. Throughout the whole novel there are a small group of characters who know the truth and want to share it with the public – but of course the villain (the mind behind the whole concept) is after them. They are never safe and of course, that only adds to the suspense.
At the end of the book there was a plot twist which I won’t spoil, but it was a pleasant surprise. At that point in the novel I had thought that everything was set in stone and the book would have a certain ending… almost too certain of it! Because in the end the plot twist shocked me and I’m pretty excited to read more of this author because it suggests there may be a sequel.
I really liked the main characters as well. There are a lot of characters featured here – primarily four of them. And what bothered me a little is that two of these main characters are called Carl and Carling… which is a little too similar for my liking and got confusing at times. But I ended up feeling a certain affinity for each of them and wanted them all to push through and survive. Maybe a little more depth into their characters would have been appreciated, but otherwise it good.
Also, you see two points of view. Not only are we following the ‘gang’ of four good guys, but also we follow the villain and his head of security. Now even though some of the characters were on the ‘bad’ side of things, you get to know their story and I admit I ended up rooting for one or two of them too! I wanted everyone to have a happy ending but that just doesn’t happen in these kind of novels. Which made it a little heartbreaking for me!
At times this novel got a little info dumpy in the beginning and it was a little rough getting started and keeping me hooked. But once I got into it, I really was addicted to this thriller and wanted to see how it all ended. A promising read!
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