Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Review: 'The New Illuminati: Part 1' by David-Michael Harding


When an author has the ability to transfer intensive research into a subject planned for a novel and then transform that historic information into a thrilling and eloquently written work, it is a feat of passion for writing and for the topic about which the book is conceived. For those who have had the distinct pleasure of reading David-Michael Harding's recreation of WW II in HOW ANGELS DIE, then his recreation of American history from 1775 to 1821 and the manner in which America destroyed the Native Americans in order to take over the land being wrestled from British colonization will not come as surprise. Now he leaves history behind to place us in the very contemporary setting of today – computers, Internet, social media, hacking etc. But he never completely leaves history behind. He just resurrects it for his own ideas.

A bit of background for the title of this two part series: Straight from Wikipedia - The Illuminati is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776. The society's goals were to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power. "The order of the day," they wrote in their general statutes, "is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them."[

So where does David-Michael take us? Follow this line of thought – ‘Clayton Rand is the most talented computer forensic designer on the planet. He thinks. The Fortune 500 and the government line up for his protective firewalls. He’s on top of the world and untouchable until a local scandal ignites a passion for justice in him that has the potential to rage out of control. He’ll use his considerable technical skill to punish corrupt politicos and business leaders who weather their screaming headlines and come out unscathed. No longer. But soon computer manipulation isn’t enough. Someone is going to get hurt… Bad. Ripped from current headlines, The New Illuminati chronicles a unique group of friends who pool their varied talents to right the injustices parlayed by the powerful. Digital attacks mushroom into physical assaults as a reluctant District Attorney, unsure whether to arrest the group or join them, teams with the FBI and the chase is on! Copycats spring up as the nation’s weariness of unchecked and unpunished corruption surfaces and spills blood on the corridors of power. While the guilty scramble from the line of fire, The New Illuminati wrestle with their newfound power. How far? How many? How much? How high up the political food chain? And when will enough be enough? When an old love exposes the vulnerabilities of both the pursued and pursuer, decisions will be made that will break hearts and maybe bodies.’

To push further would result in spoilers, or at least diminish the intrigue. David-Michael steps out of past history into current history and weave another tale of his particular brand of thrill. Grady Harp, October 16









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