I always have a thriller/mystery (or 5) on my reading list. This weekend, I finished reading the thriller, The CleanSweep Conspiracy by author Chuck Waldron. What did I think of this fast paced novel? I am excited to share my review of this book and to offer readers the opportunity to enter to win the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review as part of my participation in the iRead Book Tour promotion. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron. 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.
The CleanSweep Conspiracy was Difficult to Put Down at Times. This book grabbed my interest on the very first page. There was just the right level of mystery and suspense surrounding the characters, their motives, and their "next move" through the earlier parts of the book. Waldron's writing style changed a bit as the book progressed--creating a more difficult storyline to follow, slowing things down a little and lessening some of the key "suspenseful" elements of the conspiracy. I enjoyed the book, even through its uneven chapters, and was interested in the characters and their roles until the end--but, would have loved the book had it kept its initial pace and thrills a little further into the story.
The CleanSweep Conspiracy Combines Reality with Fiction. Waldron does a nice job creating a fairly believable conspiracy plot. Readers will meet some realistic characters with average lives and existences along with some highly polarized characters as the plot evolves. I love a thriller that pulls me into the plot possibilities. Could the scenario actually happen? The CleanSweep Conspiracy combines just enough reality with the fictional scenes in this book to leave readers wondering--and maybe even worrying a little.
Would I recommend The CleanSweep Conspiracy? I loved most of the book--but, struggled a little to remain as engaged at times. I enjoyed the book and enjoyed the author's story--but, his writing style took away some of the mystery and suspense a little early. I would recommend this book to conspiracy tale lovers and fans of political thrillers. The story holds just enough realism to make the overall conspiracy unsettling to readers. Bear with the story's development and you will find a good conspiracy thriller with a well written ending.
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Meet 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
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