Semi-finalist, 2014 Kindle Book Review Awards
"A sadistically good writer." - The Kindle Book Review
"Russell Blake writes with a brisk intensity and pulse-pounding power. Jump in and hang on for a nonstop thrill ride." - Scott Nicholson, Liquid Fear
"Blake at his best!" - Steven Konkoly, Black Flagged Redux, Black Flagged, The Jakarta Pandemic
From the Author
No, in point of fact, none of it has been. All that's happened is that the pharmaceutical companies and the American government have had their bought-and-paid-for experts mount a public relations campaign that assures the citizenry that any lab origin speculation is conspiracy theory lunacy. A common tactic of governments throughout history when confronted with evidence of their malfeasance. They can't deny the data, so they argue that to consider the data is unworthy of the population's time, or alternatively, that if the data raises troubling questions about the government's actions, it's the work of disgruntled troublemakers. They especially like establishing "scientific consensus" where they hand pick those who are going to, like a papal convention, agree on what reality actually is, and what the official story that shall never be questioned, will be.
The problem, of course, is that the data is still there, somewhere, for all to see, no matter how many assurances are broadcast that everything's fine, and to move along. So it's necessary to pretend the data isn't valid, or has already been refuted adequately. By repeating over and over that it has been, most will believe it must have been. It's a nice rhetorical sleight of hand that depends on three things: that people are stupid and apathetic, that they can't reason for themselves, and that they have short memories and will eventually buy into whatever the official explanation is.
Science is supposed to be based upon empirical evidence. But a conspicuous number of events in relatively recent American history glibly defy the laws of physics, logic, and science. The official explanations fall apart with any serious scrutiny and are obviously bogus, but everyone nods along, fearing ridicule if they think critically for themselves. It's a sad day when you can shame a population into believing just about anything. That day is here.
We know governments lie. Early and often. They always have. And yet, throughout it all, they always insist they aren't lying. Or that we should forget the past and focus on the future. Recent revelations about the NSA violating countless international laws and spying on literally everybody, everywhere, should come as no surprise, nor should news about Benghazi, or countless other abuses of trust, and yet, repeatedly, the population believes its government is different than all others - that it's composed of honest men doing God's work, not shifty weasels working on behalf of the powerful special interests that pay for their elections.
If you believe life is fair, that governments are honest, and that bad men don't exist, then Upon A Pale Horse isn't for you. You won't enjoy it. Perhaps something more saccharine, that toes the line and reinforces your comfortable beliefs, and confirms the official explanations of everything, would be more appealing. Because Upon A Pale Horse is disturbing to any thinking person. As it should be. Because the world is not a safe place with nerf edges and prayers being answered and the good standing triumphant in the end - it never has been. It's a jungle, and the biggest predators in it are men.
If you do decide to read Upon A Pale Horse, I hope you enjoy it, and that it makes you think.