Craig DiLouie has authored more than 100 feature articles for trade magazines, newspapers and web sites, and two non-fiction books on lighting and electrical design. He is a graduate of Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA with a degree in English and Communication Arts. He lives in Canada with his wife and two cats, and is a freelance writer and consultant.
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Chad Carver, an orderly working at a mental health hospital, knows all about conspiracy theories thanks to some of his more paranoid patientsdark fantasies about black helicopters, thought control, international bankers and secret U.N. armies. Then his longlost brother Palmer appears at his door claiming to be a renegade from the biggest secret society of allthe
Chad Carver, an orderly working at a mental health hospital, knows all about conspiracy theories thanks to some of his more paranoid patientsdark fantasies about black helicopters, thought control, international bankers and secret U.N. armies. Then his longlost brother Palmer appears at his door claiming to be a renegade from the biggest secret society of allthe Illuminatiand predicts that the President will be assassinated in three days. After this prediction comes true, Chad plunges headfirst into Palmer's dark world where conspiracies are formed to fight conspiracies, where reality changes according to belief, and where even conspiracy theorists are agents of the Illuminati. When Chad learns that he must kill for his beliefs, the line between theory and reality disappears. Palmer tells him that the Illuminati are about to release a biological weapon, and if he kills the Grand Master of the Illuminati, the world will be saved. Or so the theory goes...
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What a great book. Fiction should make you think you know more than you do, and great fiction should make you think you know the characters from your own life. This book, obviously, does just that. Everyone sees characters as someone they know--or think they know--and can't understand why the author if writing about them. What a job the author does making you think you know more than you do. Bravo!
I've read several 'conspiracy theory' stories and they're usually written from the perspective of some FBI agent who has to save the world from her supervisors and fellow agents (also see 'The X-Files') -- but this story is different and refreshing for several reasons: First, it's a great story! DiLouie takes us through a grand conspiracy from a common person's perspective (which is a very nice change of pace from the 'typical' conspiracy story) -- the twists and turns in the plot make you think, but you don't really get it until the end (so DON'T READ AHEAD!), and the action scenes are good, too. Second, DiLouie's writing is enjoyable -- it's tight, nicely written and easy to read. Third, DiLouie picked a fun topic and did something different with it -- I found that I learned a lot about the world of conspiracy theorists from the historical snippets interspersed throughout the book and it was interesting to view from a different perspective. Overall, I thought this book was a great read and strongly recommend it! I plan on reading it again a couple more times to see what I missed on my first two trips through DiLouie's world -- it's well worth it!
As somebody who at one time performed extensive study into the possibilities of such things as shadow governments, Freemason agendas, and so-called 'conspiracy theories', I can remember more than once thinking to myself ... what if it were all true? The fact is, it's practically impossible to know which bits of information or disinformation on these subjects are valid, no matter how much hard research you do and no matter how many 'experts' you speak to. Yet inevitably, when you are faced with a mountain of facts and testimonies and the convoluted histories of such mysterious groups as the 'Knights Templar', that one nagging question will always pop into your head, time and again ... what if it were all true? It's probably not. But what if it WERE? This, it seems, is the simple lever that DiLouie uses as a fulcrum to attempt to move the world -- or in this case, our preconceptions about 'conspiracies', and about the likelihood that a handful of powerful men could influence the fate of billions. To do this, he starts with an 'Everyday Joe' in a small town, somebody we either already know or may be ourselves, and he turns this man's life upside-down ... and in doing so, turns us as readers upside-down as well. Then he does it again. And again. Until, by the closing epiphany, we -- like the main character -- have no idea which way is up any more. In the end, by the time you have feverishly flipped through the pages of this compelling and informative novel -- at each turn wondering what could possibly happen next -- you may or may not believe in 'conspiracy theories' any more than you did when you started. But you will certainly be entertained. And even more certainly, those two seductive words will continue to resonate in your thoughts for days and even weeks afterward ... as you watch the news ... as you walk past your neighbor's door ... as you check your e-mail ... WHAT IF???