The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron

The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck WaldronThe Cleansweep Conspiracy: A Matt Tremain Technothriller by Chuck Waldron
on October 20th 2016

In this riveting technothriller, investigative blogger Matt Tremain is covering devastating riots in Toronto when he learns of a plot to rid the city of "undesirables." The operation is called CleanSweep, and appears to be led by billionaire Charles Claussen, who want to sweep Toronto clean of all street people and any citizens who don't match his restrictive screening matrix. Matt questions whether he has the courage, skill or influence to take on Claussen, but the murder of one of his sources convinces the blogger to put his life on the line. He gambles on the loyalty of a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter for help. If his trust is misplaced, Matt will become yet another victim of CleanSweep, and the truth will be buried with him forever.

The Cleansweep Conspiracy is a novel set in a dystopian future where the government and private corporations are conspiring together together to surveil the entire population for the purposes of over-policing? Well, that doesn’t sound realistic at all does it? *cough cough*

Journalists and bloggers and mysterious figures on the internet unite with policemen who aren’t doing their job particularly well to expose a neo-nazi who has decided to institute a police state. Except most of novel was spent running away from random mysterious figures, and not doing a whole lot of exposing.

I think the problem with a lot of these attempts at painting dystopian futures are not engaging for me because of their closeness to what is occurring in the world today. For the average reader, perhaps the idea of a country where there is total surveillance is a novel idea, but it doesn’t seem futuristic enough for me.

Add to this the fact that the villains in the story – because, let’s face it, when you’re dealing with characters who are literally nazis, there is not much room for nuance, at least in this story – just aren’t particularly interesting, and are rather stereotypical.

I was on the verge of giving up on this book several times, as I didn’t feel like there was going to be any legitimate payoff at the end. I won’t spoil the ending, but it was less than satisfying. I didn’t particularly care about any of the main characters, aside from the policeman.

I was disappointed in the end, because I had hoped for an engaging techno-thriller. What I got instead felt like a cheesy attempt to cash into that genre with cheap buzzwords, and cheaper thrills. Do Nazis with plans of world domination need to be a thing any more? I wonder sometimes.

I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: three-stars

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