Stronger than Blood by Allan Mason is a
complex thriller, devised with considerable imagination, and cleverly written.
The author has a firm grasp of the world of electronic manipulation that we
live in and a wonderfully warped sense of humour. He has used these skills to morph
the present American political system into a new order all too believably.
USA, 2055. Albert Woods lives
in Washington in a world of absolute government control. His personal life is
overseen by Victor, the interactive technology installed in his apartment, and
he works as a programmer in historical revisionism, changing recorded history
to allegedly rid America of prejudice and the hate crimes that target
vulnerable minorities. The definition of a hate crime, however, ‘is open to
interpretation but, ever since the government designated itself the moral
compass of the nation, it essentially means doing or saying anything against
the policies or laws of the government’. That government is the Party, a merger
of the Democrats and the Republicans.
When Albert answers a covert
request to meet his ex-wife, he discovers that she is a member of the
Resistance that wants to return America to the days when diversity of thought
and opinion were not persecuted by ‘the first government not only to control
the present and future, but also to control the past.’ The group asks Albert to
find them ‘proof that the government is lying to everyone’ by locating any
hardcopy in a digital world that could disprove the historical revisions at
which Albert is so skilled.
and find this anywhere online. If you can, I’m lying. If you can’t, the Party
But cabinet member Bob Ritzen
has other plans. Megalomaniacs, watch out. Nothing is what it seems. As the
intrigue grows, Albert discovers that the Party is aware of the Resistance, and
is pursuing and deceiving him every step of his journey.
Mason’s insights into power,
control and the manipulation of the public are illuminating. Anyone scratching
their heads at contemporary Western politics will enjoy this book.
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