First I must indicate that I am an aficionado of a good conspiracy novel. Second that I found one here in the "Cyclops Conspiracy". David Perry has written a fast moving very engrossing book regarding a conspiracy to assassinate both the present president of the United States as well as his father, a previous president of the US. No, for a change it is not the ubiquitous Al Qaeda, but another fringe group having it's roots in Saddam Husein's Iraq. Jason Rodgers, a pharmacist was forced to leave his employment with a very large pharmacy called "The Colonial" due to shady circumstances. He also drops his engagement to Christine the daughter of The Colonial's owner. His reasons, later explained, were to protect both the owner and his fiancee from the backlash of a supposed criminal slip up on his part.
"I am an aficionado of a good conspiracy I found one here in The Cyclops Conspiracy. David Perry has written a fast-moving, engrossing book .Action is fast and riveting"
- Paul Lane, bookbitch.com
ForeWord Clarion Review
"THE CYCLOPS CONSPIRACY features a well-crafted plot, skillfully written action scenes, and credible characters...Perry's descriptions are detailed and evocative...Perry quickly builds--and deftly sustains--a momentum that will have readers engrossed in this page turner."
- ForeWord Clarion Reviews
Really liked the book and will be looking for new books from this author in the future.
Thank you for providing me with an e-galley to review.
Review: Alan Williams
I really enjoy mystery and thrillers and this one sounded like a really interesting read being based around conspiracies. This story began in an interesting way for a thriller, right at the beginning you are told who is behind the conspiracy (so to say). At first I thought this was a little weird because I'm used to trying to guess who is behind the events happening. I found it was almost like working backwards through a story, you know who the culprit is but then you are trying to figure out why they are doing this.
There were a few things about the story that disappointed me a little. The first thing was that I found a lot of the story seemed to focus on the drama between Christine and Jason. It felt that the mystery of the conspiracy was a bit overshadowed by the history between these two and the 'will they won't they get back together' plot.
I also found the story to be a little long for everything that was included. I found that it took a little long to get into a lot of the action and I was running out of steam when it came to that part, I slowed down a little bit half way through the story. It did pick up at the end when all the action really started which I enjoyed. The action was keep you on the edge of your seat thrilling, but it just took a little longer to get there than I would have liked. I found there were parts that didn't absolutely need to be included, the search for the answers took too long and there was a lot happening that wasn't necessary (there is some things with Jason's ex-girlfriend that seemed to be just put in there for no reason).
This was an enjoyable read and if you like thrillers with a little conspiracy mixed in you will enjoy The Cyclops Conspiracy.
This is one of the best thrillers that I’ve read during the last few months. Its action moves at a cinematic pace and it easily takes hold of the reader’s attention, an attention it never lets go.
On first sight there’s nothing much going on in the world that the author invites us to enter; things look normal; extremely normal one might think. But as time goes by and as we turn one page after the other, things begin to change; or rather things start to become illuminated. So just under that picture of normalcy that we see at first, we soon come to discover a different one; one so bleak that’s hard to believe.
It all begins with the death of a man called Thomas Pettigrew. Thomas was an old-style pharmacist, one of those people that loved their job a lot and cared for their customers just as much, and a sometimes successful businessman. His death comes as unwelcome news to everyone who ever met him. Among those people is Jason Rodgers, his once time protégée, who because of an unfortunate turn of events had to part ways with his mentor. Now, for the first time in years, he is back for the funeral, and before too long he comes to meet the only person he ever wanted to see there; Thomas’ daughter Chrissie, an ex lover. That meeting leads him to a walk down memory lane, but at the same time opens up a portal back to his old world, as a woman named Lily Zanns, who now heads Thomas’ pharmacy, offers him a job, which he gladly accepts. And it’s exactly then that the plot begins to unfold.
As Jason finds himself once again in Chrissie’s circle, he starts to feel kind of happy. The old feelings between seem to rise back to life and he really loves his new job. With the new job though come new responsibilities and soon enough, new meetings. A young, pretty and bright doctor called Jasmine Kader seems to crave for his attention, something which, because of his feelings for Chrissie, puts him in an awkward position. But, as he’s soon to find out, that’s the least of his problems; something seems to really stink in this new world of his, but he can’t exactly say what. Probably there’s a scum with some prescriptions going on; but is that all? Obviously not, otherwise there wouldn’t be any hidden cameras in the store. Right? But why exactly are they there? And who knows about them? Well, the more he finds out, the more he’ll start to think that the world he’s entered is no more than an illusion. Nobody seems to be who he or she claims to be, and as the secret parts of the story will start to come to light, Jason and Chrissie will find themselves in the epicenter of a virtual cyclone, of a conspiracy that threatens to blow the whole world apart. Who is who and who does what? Who to trust? These are the main questions that they have to ask at some point or another. The answers are not so easy to come by, and when they do they are just as hard to comprehend.
In this book we once again read a story about some ordinary people, who find themselves in extraordinary situations and who somehow discover within them the necessary wealth of psychological stamina to endure all the ill fortune that life throws at them. The second half of the book is so fast-paced that it leaves the reader almost breathless, something that adds some points to the overall affect of the narration. If there’s a weak point in this book I’d say it’s the similes. The author obviously loves them a lot, but the reader maybe not so much. However, one should never forget that this is the author’s first book, and as such it comes very close to genre perfection. 9/10.
David Perry has practiced pharmacy in both community and hospital settings. He draws on that experience to craft his fast-paced stories. His first novel, The Cyclops Conspiracy reached best-seller status shortly after its release and was nominated for Library of Virginia Literary Award. Perry lives in Virginia.
I especially enjoy reading a book set in my hometown. My church reading group chose this book because it is set in and around Yorktown. Mr. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Kathy Michaels
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I live in Newport News, VA and that made it even more enjoyable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wanda J Ballou
Very exciting kept my interest couldnt put it down riveting at every twist and turn enjoyed this action mystery tremendouslyPublished 5 months ago by dawn
Great story that draws you in from the first page. Well developed characters. This book is impossible to put down!Published 6 months ago by Joette Winberry
I live in Newport News and my husband was also a pharmacist. It had a very good storyline and certainly did not drag. It was also interesting to areas that I am familiar wit. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charlie
If David hadn't used so much foul language I would have given the story a 5 star rating. I think good stories can be told without the dirty language, others have done it.Published 12 months ago by Shirley Faison
I bought this book directly from the author at the Farmer's Market in Smithfield VA. I like supporting local merchants and the plot seemed to be right up my alley so I took a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Darren L Kincaid
Kept my attention, read it in 1 1/2 days. I liked the descriptions of people and places. Definitely recommend this one!Published 19 months ago by wanda blalcok
Great story, twists and turns, never sure where it will end up. I really loved it because it took place where I live and know the landmarks named by author. Such fun. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ltw