- Series: The Hidden Truth (Book 3)
- Paperback: 407 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (October 15, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1728722748
- ISBN-13: 978-1728722740
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Brave and the Bold: Book 3 of The Hidden Truth Paperback – October 15, 2018
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"Picture Robert A. Heinlein writing The Da Vinci Code. Great technothriller combining current trends with secret history in a gripping tale."
- C.J. Carella, author of the Warp Marine Corps series.
"The Brave and the Bold is the most intricately crafted conspiracy story I've read since Illuminatus, and it's entirely grounded in real events or plausible ones in its alternative universe, as opposed to Robert Anton Wilson's zany tale."
- John Walker, Co-founder of Autodesk, Inc., author of The Hacker's Diet, operator of Fourmilab.ch and Ratburger.org.
"Reads like the best of Michael Crichton's or Neal Stephenson's sci-fi thrillers. I couldn't put it down."
-Russell Newquist, author of the supernatural thriller War Demons.
"Schantz cranks up the tension in an alt-history thriller that masterfully blends high science and conspiracy theory."
- Daniel Humphreys, Dragon-nominated author of the Z-Day series of post-apocalyptic sci-fi thrillers and the Paxton Locke urban fantasy series.
About the Author
Inventor, entrepreneur, scientist, and science fiction author, Hans G. Schantz, lives up to his fans' high expectations with another science fiction techno-thriller as provocative and informative as it is entertaining.
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The Brave and the Bold is not just an excellent continuation, it represents a big step in the evolution of the story, and the author. I won’t summarize the previous episodes here, but as there, The Brave and the Bold is packed with action, adventure, science and engineering and tough moral choices and life decisions, all laid out in a natural progression that smoothly takes us through a series of most extraordinary events. Our hero, Peter Burdell, is a now more a grown man than a youth transitioning to adulthood. In this third volume he operates more independently, much of the time without his friend/sidekick Amit, his mentors or his Uncle Rob to advise him. Deep in the enemy camp, he must negotiate with ambiguous allies and make big decisions on his own. The maturing of his character is deftly and subtly handled, and is one of the delights of the book.
The other delight for me was the growing writing chops of the author. While I thought his first two novels were very good to excellent, The Brave and the Bold is beautifully crafted, bigger and longer than the first two, but a smoothly unified whole. All of us would hope that we would grow as writers over time, by putting in the work. Schantz has grown and developed as a writer, even as his character Pete Burdell has matured. They’re a growing force in the science fiction and alternate history genres, and I strongly recommend this series to anyone who wants to be excellently entertained, with a good dash of science, engineering and a humorous skewering of the sacred cows of our time thrown in for good measure.
The present volume begins in the summer after the pair’s freshman year. Both Pete and Amit are planning, along different paths, to infiltrate back-to-back meetings of the Civic Circle’s Social Justice Leadership Forum on Jekyll Island, Georgia (the scene of notable conspiratorial skullduggery in the early 20th century) and the G-8 summit of world leaders on nearby Sea Island. Master of Game Amit has maneuvered himself into an internship with the Civic Circle and an invitation to the Forum as a promising candidate for the cause. Pete wasn’t so fortunate (or persuasive), and used family connections to land a job with a company contracted to install computer infrastructure for the Civic Circle conference. The latest apparent “social justice” goal was to involve the developed world in a costly and useless war in Iraq, and Pete and Amit hoped to do what they could to derail those plans while collecting information on the plotters from inside.
Working in a loose and uneasy alliance with others they’ve encountered in the earlier books, they uncover information which suggests a bold strike at the very heart of the conspiracy might be possible, and they set their plans in motion. They learn that the Civic Circle is even more ancient, pervasive in its malign influence, and formidable than they had imagined.
This is one of the most intricately crafted conspiracy tales I’ve read since the Illuminatus! trilogy, yet entirely grounded in real events or plausible ones in its story line, as opposed to Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson’s zany tale. The alternative universe in which it is set is artfully grounded in our own, and readers will delight in how events they recall and those with which they may not be familiar are woven into the story. There is delightful skewering of the social justice agenda and those who espouse its absurd but destructive nostrums. The forbidden science aspect of the story is advanced as well, imaginatively stirring the de Broglie-Bohm “pilot wave” interpretation of quantum mechanics and the history of FM broadcasting into the mix.
The story builds to a conclusion which is both shocking and satisfying and confronts the pair with an even greater challenge for their next adventure. This book continues the Hidden Truth saga in the best tradition of Golden Age science fiction and, like the work of the grandmasters of yore, both entertains and leaves the reader eager to find out what happens next. You should read the books in order; if you jump in the middle, you’ll miss a great deal of back story and character development essential to enjoying the adventure.