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A Blood Conspiracy: A Jackson Guild Short Story (The Jackson Guild Saga) Paperback – August 11, 2013
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Paperback, August 11, 2013
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About the Author
Jeff Shear is the author of The Keys to the Kingdom which was an investigation into a weapons deal between the US and Japan (the FSX), published by Doubleday in 1994. He’s been a Fellow at The Center for Public Integrity, in Washington, where he contributed to the book The Buying of the Congress, published by Avon in 1998. Before that he served as staff correspondent for National Journal, covering fiscal policy, with regular venues at the White House, Congress and Treasury. His magazine writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and other national publications. He writes TV scripts for the National Geographic Channel, Discovery, and The History Channel. He’s completed a serial novel, The Six-Degree Conspiracy, and continues work on a digital biography about an American woman who spied for the British during World War II, which is being serialized on the History News Network, a project of the Ron Rosenzweig Center for History and the New Media at George Mason University. The sequel to his first book in the Jackson Guild series will appear at the end of May 2013, The Kuleshov Conspiracy.
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I have not read any of Shear's other works, so I'm not familiar with Jackson Guild. I think that would have added to my understanding of this story, and perhaps the resolution as well, but isn't necessary. The story can stand on it's own. What Shear did best was voice. This work was narrative and fluid, but with style. I never got bored, and it reads very quickly.
He brought in a character named Ellen that I really enjoyed. His descriptions were well done without exaggeration, but I felt like her personality came out best in her conversation. The view point of the narrator was strong and well told.
It speaks to a future America after a nuclear bomb obliterates DC. He speaks about this, but doesn't remain on it, so while I know the event took place and had the particulars i needed, it wasn't a boring highlight. This book largely focuses on the characters, which is part of why it was so strong. They are believable as well, and came across as extremely human in a very difficult circumstance.
Because of this short story, I plan to read more of Shear's work.