Matthew Tremain is a freelance blogger dedicated to promoting truth and exposing scams, and begins an investigation of a forthcoming program known as Project CleanSweep, set to be implemented in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The mastermind of CleanSweep is billionaire Charles Claussen, who wishes to rid Toronto of undesirables that include street dwellers and others that don’t fit his specifics. In conjunction with top-ranking government officials, Claussen seeks to incite rioting in Toronto in order to con its law-abiding citizens into sacrificing their civil liberties for a supposedly safer society that Project CleanSweep hypothetically promises.
The mysterious death of one of his sources convinces Matt to stand up against Project CleanSweep, and although he is tardy in preventing the aforementioned riots, he does find allies in a Toronto police detective and a local television reporter covering the program, although whether they are wholly trustworthy is very much up in the air. Should he fail, Matt will become a victim of Project CleanSweep, and Toronto will descend into an oppressive city-state. One early detail that makes Matt a sympathetic protagonist is his disability of having one leg shorter than another that makes him limp.
Even in the beginning, Matt is on the run from the officials behind Operation CleanSweep, which accounts for a thrilling narrative that grips readers until the very end, with occasional twists and turns, with short chapters that move the story at a brisk pace. The only major complaint this reviewer levies against the book is the similarly-named characters Carl Remington and Detective Wallace Carling, which can prove slightly confusing since the former is referred to by his first name and the latter by his last. Regardless, this reviewer has very little issue recommending this action-packed novel to the average consumer.
Born in Iowa, Chuck Waldron lived in Ontario, Canada, before relocating to Florida’s Treasure Coast. Over the years, he’s held many jobs. The ones he can mention in print include US Army soldier, truck driver, office manager, mailman, real estate salesman, social worker, hardware store clerk, and shuttle driver.
Fate played a crucial role when he walked into his first writing class, and he still honors the memory of the teacher, Henrietta. She gave him permission to write. That—along with countless writing groups, classes, seminars, and much sweat—has resulted in over fifty short stories and four novels.
Waldron often likes to pretend interest, lacks perseverance, and could generally use a good talking to—until it comes to his writing, that is. He and his wife Suzanne reside in Port St. Lucie, Florida. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and Burmese pythons, he’s busy writing his next novel