Title: The Cleansweep Conspiracy
Author: Chuck Waldron
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
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 was drawn to this book because the main character of the story is a blogger who uncovers a huge conspiracy and ends up being on the run for his life because of what he uncovered. The story is like taking modern-day surveillance of private citizens to the extreme with more than a touch of highly refined and more efficient Nazi extremist methods. The scary thing is, it’s not so far-fetched.
The villain is a descendant , a multi-billionaire, a Nazi descendant with a superiority complex and far right sympathies, has whole governments in his pocket and on board with his Cleansweep Operation. All they need is to create the right environment for it to be seen as the only course of action and to be implemented in Toronto, Canada and then, once the success has been seen my other rulers. implemented worldwide. But just what is Cleansweep? It’s a good thing to combat terrorism and such, right? Wrong! What Matt uncovers is a conspiracy the likes of which makes the Nazi Regime and its machinations and subsequent ethnic cleansing and near genocide, look like child’s play!
Reading this was hard. It sent chills up and down my spine because it some would have their way, Cleansweep could very well be a reality. all couched in the guise of ‘security’. The author does a good job with characterisation and a fairly good job with pacing, though at times the dialogue was stilted and the story lagged at times. The plot is well-thought out, thought-provoking and intriguing and I think it demonstrates a need for governments to temper their need for security with respecting the rights of citizens to freedom in the process.
I enjoyed reading it and found it hard to set aside but wished the ending was different. It did leave room for a sequel so if ever that happens, I’ll definitely be wanting to read it. This is a must read for lovers of conspiracy theories and suspense/thrillers.
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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