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"Staggeringly smart ... Hanberg's expertly honed storytelling is sleek and fast ... [an] entertaining tale." -- Kirkus Reviews

"One of the best for the new year!" -- Book N Tech

"The Lead Cloak delivers an engaging story, an exciting plot, and an author to watch." -- Timothy Thomas McNeely, Post Defiance


"This sci-fi novel is a page turner: The year is 2081 and people are living experiences, hearing thoughts and seeing sights through the eyes of others ...

While the novel is of the sci-fi genre, you need not be a geek to enjoy it. Hanberg doesn't overload the reader with science fiction mumbo jumbo, and as a matter of fact, the future laid out seems a perfectly logical one.

... The end leaves you hungry for the next installment." -- Jackie Casella, Weekly Volcano

About the Author

Erik Hanberg lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife Mary and two children. In addition to writing, he was elected to the Metro Parks Board of Tacoma in 2011. Find him at ErikHanberg.com or on Twitter: @erikhanberg.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492360562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492360568
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,515,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Erik Hanberg has been a writer all his life. Novels, screenplays, plays, even a stray poem or two. He lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife Mary and two children. In addition to writing novels, he was elected in 2011 as a park commissioner on the park board of Tacoma.

His most recent novel, The Lead Cloak, is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

Arthur Beautyman Mysteries

The Saints Go Dying (2010), The Marinara Murders (2011), and The Con Before Christmas (2012) are about Arthur Beautyman, a computer hacker turned detective. All three books can be easily enjoyed as stand-alone mysteries.


Helping Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits

Based on his years of nonprofit fundraising and leadership, Hanberg published The Little Book of Gold, a fundraising guide for small (and very small) nonprofits.

When he was just 23, Erik Hanberg was hired to run a non-profit arts organization with an annual budget just over $600,000. Two years later, he had increased the budget to $800,000, and increasing fundraising more than 400%.

Since then he has worked in development at multi-million dollar non-profit, and has volunteered on many boards.

He was most recently the Executive Director of a small civic non-profit and currently sits on the distribution committee for a foundation that gives away more than $200,000 a year.

In 2013 he published The Little Book of Likes, a social media guide for small and (and very small) nonprofits based on his social media and marketing experience for nonprofits, small businesses, and his own election to public office in 2011.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carly Bates on October 28, 2013
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It's hard to believe this is Hanberg's first attempt at sci-fi. The world he creates is thoroughly developed and completely believable, drawing upon the utterly current theme of privacy. But, you don't have to like sci-fi to get gripped by the suspenseful plot, which left me stunned by its unexpected twists. I finished the book a few days ago and still can't stop thinking about how it unfolded. My only criticism is that the next installment in the trilogy isn't written yet. I will be waiting eagerly for the next book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave on December 28, 2013
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Brilliant. Hanberg has created a gripping storyline that is entirely possible in our rapidly developing Information Age. Byron Shaw's character development is engaging...you become torn with the decisions he has to make along the way. There is NO end to the foresight and creativity that Hanberg brings to this novel. This is a wonderfully written Sci-Fi story that has me wishing the second installment was already available. You would be remiss to pass on this book. You will love it from the moment you get through the first page. Looking forward to Part II !!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Fender on December 24, 2013
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Hanberg's The Lead Cloak is a fabulous read that may leave a reader deep in thought about the future of social media and privacy. The characters involved in the telling of this riveting tale are relatable and though it's technically of sci fi genre one need not be a sci fi fan to delve into the unfolding of events. There's action, clever dialogue and connections made between past, present and potential future interwoven throughout. A compelling read that left me as a reader waiting eagerly for what's to happen next.
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In today's world, we have embraced technology with an addictive vengeance: Personal computers, smart phones, smart tablets, the Internet, and Wi-Fi have all become integral parts of our lives; so integral we have trouble remembering what life was like before the Internet.

Eric Hanberg richly imagines a plausible late 21st century world addicted to the Next Big Thing: "the Lattice". The Lattice is exponentially greater than the Internet: it allows its users to "jump" to ANY point in time, PAST OR PRESENT, to view an event through the eyes of a participant. Jumping is all the rage, a worldwide phenomenon not likely to become obsolete. Most everybody jumps when they can afford to, because an experience like that does not come cheaply. Nevertheless, there are those out there who do not jump and who are committed to destroying the Lattice.

Colonel Byron Shaw is head of security at the Lattice facility. We learn in Chapter One that many have tried - but none have succeeded - to destroy the Lattice. However, Chapter One also unveils the most complex attempt yet to destroy the Lattice, an attempt thwarted by Col. Shaw with 1.8 seconds to spare, an attempt that nearly killed him, but turned him into an international hero instead. You won't believe what happens next!

I can hardly wait to read part two of this trilogy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kreuser on October 15, 2013
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Like any genre, sci-fi has its standard tropes, characters, plots, ideas, and twists, which can start to feel stale or derivative in the hands of an uninspired author. Which makes it all the more pleasing to read a book like The Lead Cloak, which takes classic sci-fi elements and executes them in an original and thoughtful story. You want a big technology hook? Try the Lattice, a device that allows anyone to see the past and present from anyone's point of view, including their thoughts and emotions. You want social commentary? It doesn't get better than this-a logical extrapolation of the current privacy climate, taken to the extreme by this technology that essentially eliminates. Anyone, anywhere can go back and watch your entire life, assuming they have the time and the desire to do so-Mr. Hanberg deftly explores this idea by weaving it in the very fabric of the world he creates. You want mystery? A secret conspiracy, dedicated to the destruction of the Lattice, has somehow figured out how to hide their identities and actions from the rest of the world.

Mr. Hanberg creates a fully realized world, recognizable and relatable, and populates it with real people (the calling card from his earlier Beautyman mysteries), starting with Colonel Byron Shaw, the protagonist tasked with finding the people who are trying to destroy the Lattice, but extending even to the most minor characters. This is an excellent story built like all the best sci-fi: recognizable humanity dealing with the implications of fantastical technology. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Gaudiello on March 12, 2014
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At first, I didn't know if I was going to like this book or not. However, the further I got into the book, the better it was and then it became a page turner. On the whole, I really liked it a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent Hartinger on April 12, 2014
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This reads like a classic sci-story -- fast paced, lots of action, good characters -- but with a particularly interesting central concept. Looking forward to the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Par Boman on June 29, 2014
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But a friend recommended this and I'm very glad he did. A suspenseful story with many twists and an exciting world. Thought provoking and entertaining, we'll worth your time!
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