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The Hidden Truth: A Science Fiction Techno-Thriller (Volume 1) Paperback – May 12, 2016
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As a small business owner, successful inventor, and scientist, I reduce theory to practice, I figure out and show how things work, and I apply science to solve real-world problems. I bring this background to my fiction writing. I appreciate fiction that shows how ordinary people with extraordinary courage and determination can change the world. That's why I wrote my science fiction techno-thriller, The Hidden Truth.
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Additional fun if you are already familiar with some of the history and heroes of physics. Even more with a free market, limited government orientation. Actual books, places, events are incorporated; references to real villains like Paul Ehrlich and real heroes like Julian Simon and Norman Borlaug; pointers to websites like wattsupwiththat and instapundit; technology like Linux, TOR, and Pringle cans. (Unfortunately, I cannot find an actual hookuplanding site.)
An eclectic range of things are woven in to flesh out the culture and drama: importance of Heaviside’s work, insight into hypnotism, literary significance of 1924, dishonesty in science, Project Gutenberg, DuckDuckGo, Homeland Security, Common Core, the TVA, the Oak Ridge Lab, FDRs confiscation of gold, and much more. So much that it is worth reading twice. Even has EVIL minions.
As common with a first novel, the writing is somewhat stilted (if that is the word). Perhaps, should have 4 stars, but truly deserves the attention of 5 stars on several levels.
Minimalist alternative history in the 21st century has a President Gore killed in the 9/11 attack, but his legacy lives on in a Gore Tax on energy. The government’s dream comes true with an Internet monopoly, Omnitia. Good news, the Firefly TV show gets a second season.
Additional book sections, About The Hidden Truth and About The Author, are interesting as well. Schantz recommends a number of related and coming-of-age sci-fi works. Gives me the excuse to add Moon’s "Trading in Danger," with an especially strong commercial aspect, plus "Once A Hero;" and Kirstein’s "Steerswoman," a science mystery quest of a different nature; and Crichton’s "State of Fear," tackling environmentalism and government, where the appendix is equally worthy.
My second impression was a little troublesome. I am old enough to have lived through some history that I now see reflected, funhouse mirror style, in the mainstream media. What a younger me recognized as distortion and propaganda during the Cold War is now the grist of history documentaries--and no less distorted by the passage of time. Thus the central thesis of the book eerily mirrors my own recollection of days past.
I was particularly pleased to see Easter eggs placed throughout the text that made me think that the author reads all the right blogs. I laughed aloud when the protagonist loses a high school debate when his female opponent catches him unawares with a spirited denial of women's suffrage!
If you believe the state should shepherd you through life from cradle to grave. You'll hate this book. If you think that deplorable people ought not rule themselves, read something else. Conversely, if you think along more Jeffersonian lines, you'll find this book a refreshing tonic. I certainly did.