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text 2018-08-22 12:10
Guest blog post: Chuck Waldron

Why write a conspiracy thriller?


I sometimes ask myself the same question. Why in one’s right mind would try and compete with today’s news. Conspiracy is one of the most searched words on Google? While The Cleansweep Conspiracy is loosely based on a real event, the story is a complete, total figment of my imagination. Freud reportedly said a cigar is just a cigar. For me, a story is just a story, intentionally created as fiction.


When you read The Cleansweep Conspiracy, you won’t find a story about FEMA coffins, Knights Templar, Area 51, Elvis sightings or the JFK conspiracy. 


Reading thrillers is my passion. Not surprisingly, my writing follows that same passion. It’s great fun to put characters in harm’s way. It’s great fun to create characters that have that dash of evil thriller readers expect. Creating roadblocks and dead ends is a given, but always providing my character, Matt Tremain, with a way to keep going. He’s not a Hollywood hero. Matt’s flawed, yet filled with resolve to get at the truth of a conspiracy he’s uncovered. He’s committed to exposing the conspiracy, even at the cost of his life.


Matt is up against Charles Claussen, a character representing evil but looks the opposite. Maybe he’s like the saying that the Devil’s greatest trick is convincing us he’s not real.


The story woven throughout The Cleansweep Conspiracy could never happen in real life . . . or could it?


Read about Matt’s story, and you decide.


Chuck Waldron

Author, The Cleansweep Conspiracy and The Cleansweep Counterstrike




Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. Those childhood legends ignited his imagination and filled his head with unforgettable characters, surprising plots and a keen interest in supernatural and historical subplots.


With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by many years living in the fertile cultural soil of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and the occasional Burmese python, visitors will find Waldron busy writing his next crime thriller.




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review 2018-08-22 12:08
The Cleansweep Conspiracy

Reporter/Blogger Matt Tremain has stumbled on to a conspiracy that could make his career if it doesn't get him killed first. This book starts with a bang as a riot breaks out in the city of Toronto with building being torched and people being murdered. Now Toronto is looking for ways to keep it from happening again and have turned their security needs over to billionaire Charles Claussen. Claussen's plan is called Operation Cleansweep and its goal is to rid the city of undesirables. In the rush to feel safer the city has overlooked that people are loosing their freedoms and putting their way of life in jeopardy. It's up to Matt Tremain and a handful of others to stay alive and expose the conspiracy. 


The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron is a story that gets right into the action and never lets up. The events in this book are fictional but you can see that a lot of the ideas in it come right out of the news. Claussen's main influence is Nazi Germany but he feels that he knew where the Nazi's went wrong and he can correct their mistakes. Also the idea of giving up freedoms to feel safer is something we see put forth by different governments. This book is like a social commentary on how the government manipulates its people by using their fears against them. If you enjoy thrillers with a little mystery and a lot of action then this is a must read. 


The Cleansweep Conspiracy





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review 2016-07-14 13:28
Review for The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron
The CleanSweep Conspiracy - Chuck Waldron

The CleanSweep Conspiracy



I love a good conspiracy novel and The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron keeps my beliefs alive. The CleanSweep got my attention from the opening pages and if you don’t believe that there is more going on than meets the eye, you may want to get informed.


Matt is a blogger…do you post your true thoughts and feelings about controversial subjects? Would your name be on a watch list? Matt has a bulls-eye on his back and It is time for him to put all his emergency preparations into play. Will it be enough to save him?


We live Matt’s life. Those in power use the threat of terrorism and fear to watch us all. How much are you willing to give up? Are we…right now…being watched and listened to 24 hours a day? What do you think?


Who is to say who has value…the billionaire or the homeless. Whose life is worth sacrificing? Once the criminals, homeless, junkies…are gone, who is next? Where does it end?


The suspense builds, then relents, only to build again. My fear for the characters kept me reading and thinking about current events. Sure they might not be exactly the same as what Chuck Waldron has going on in The CleanSweep Conspiracy, but politicians are always muddying the waters, keeping us distracted, like a magician. If you are watching the right hand, you don’t know what the left one is doing. My conspiracy beliefs are alive and well and maybe yours should be too.


I received a copy of The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron in return for an honest review.

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review 2016-06-03 01:06
An entertaining thriller that's just a shade away from being great.
The CleanSweep Conspiracy - Chuck Waldron

Matt Tremain is a man on the run -- authorities are broadcasting his picture all over, the police are hunting for him. Not a typical reaction to a tech/privacy blogger (this blogger would like that amount, not kind, of attention) -- but that's the impact that his stories about CleanSweep are possibly having. At the very least, he's got a few very influential people paying attention, and that's enough for the powers behind CleanSweep to want him quieted.


Thankfully, he has some allies who have his back -- both in Toronto, and around the world, so he's able to escape the initial attempts to bring him in. Unsure who to trust, he's living as off-of-the-grid as he possibly can (while maintaining his blog as much as he can -- not easy).


Still, this just emboldens him, as well as showing him that the clock is running, and he won't be able to do anything to prevent this from becoming permanent soon. So Matt, a couple of allies in the press, one in law enforcement, and a few he hasn't met yet, get busier at exposing what they believe to be a conspiracy devoted to stamping out undesirable elements in society. Toronto will be ground zero, but it won't be long before this Conspiracy moves to other parts of the world, destroying privacy, civil liberties and lives along the way. Dystopia looms large in these pages, not one decades or centuries away, either; this is a 15-minutes into the future dystopia.


I can't talk much more about the plot -- or most of the characters -- without giving too much away. So I'll just say there are a lot of well-drawn characters trying to do their best at work here. Without exception, everyone of Matt's allies would be someone I'd like to have more of (not saying that we didn't get sufficient time with them, just that they were interesting enough to have around more).


And then there are (for wont of a different phrase) the bad guys. With one exception (Claussen's security chief, Angela Vaughn), these are not well drawn, or that interesting -- they're evil, and that's about it. Which makes it easier to root against them, but harder to get invested in them as characters.


I've got a couple of minor quibbles, and one that's pretty big. First, for people thus concerned with being spied on, Matt and his allies sure do use their smartphones a lot. Also, the timeline is sometimes too hard to track with, it's unclear frequently when we're getting a flashback -- and how far back we're flashing -- or when we're back to "the present." Lastly, governmental agencies move a little too quickly at the end -- probably the hardest part to believe.


My biggest problem with the book was, to me, fairly significant, and ended up toning down my enthusiasm for recommending it. There's a chapter (maybe two, but I'm pretty sure it was one) wherein Claussen meets with the men with the money and government clout needed to fully implement his plan. A lot of what is revealed about the plan, we readers knew and/or surmised from what had been hinted at, suggested, etc. before. But before it had been shown to us, here it was told to us. And not in a very interesting way -- it was basically the part of a James Bond flick where the villain tells Bond his plan just before he leaves him to die (which, of course, he doesn't). This time there were no Bonds around, just the people who'd enable the villain's plan. The evil was as plain as day here, and told in the kind of detail no one needed -- the only thing missing from this were the conspirators twirling their mustaches. Seriously, you take out this chapter (or edit it a lot), and this book would've got a higher rating from me.


Add a little more gray to this, tone down the villains just a shade, and you've got yourself a knock out. As it is, it's a pretty good read -- and a chilling reminder of what could be around the corner. The tech feels real, the police state imposed doesn't sound that far-fetched, the aims of the conspirators carry the feel of legitimacy. This rings entirely of something that could've been ripped from the headlines -- but thankfully wasn't (I think). You will keep turning pages, wanting to know what happens to Matt and the rest -- you'll appreciate some small flashes of humanity and the courage that resides in unlikely places.


Give this one a shot. Not only will you probably enjoy this, but like me, you'll want to get your hands on more by Waldron.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest thoughts.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/06/02/the-cleansweep-conspiracy-by-chuck-waldron
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