Published by Edward G. Talbot on 2011-02-15
Genres: political, thrillers
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from the back cover...
From the back cover..."The planet was smoking" With the first four words, New World Orders gives a brief, yet terrifying vision of one possible future. In the nineteen-sixties, a group of wealthy men concludes that it's already too late to stop global warming from destroying the planet. But they have a plan to save themselves. Twenty years later, Jack Crowley and Jim Patterson stumble onto the conspiracy, and every answer they find is accompanied by more questions - and more deaths. Jack is a former idealist, turned cynical by his years working as a New York tabloid editor. But his enthusiasm returns as he looks into the work of a NASA scientist who tells Jack about cover-ups at the space agency. Jim is a detective with little patience for conspiracy nuts. But he hates loose ends, and is unable to let go of the inconsistencies in another suspicious NASA death. Soon, his investigation leads him to Jack, and they join forces. As Jack and Jim dig deeper, they are targeted by the type of killers that don't usually miss. From Washington to Las Vegas to the Middle East, they manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers in a race to expose the truth, and maybe, just maybe, save the world.
New World Orders is the first novel from the writing duo, a science fiction meets political intrigue meets possible alternative history and future. This book was really more of an epic tale as it spanned decades, using real events in history but alternate explanations for those events. As with Alive From New York, conspiracy theories were often used as integral parts of the story, providing a whole new twist to events in history. One of the things I like most about this book was that the heroes weren’t always who you assumed they were going to be. There is a certain formula to most books in that the heroes always survive, always win, and good always wins out. There were many times throughout the book that this wasn’t necessarily true and that made for a far more interesting read.
Real characters mixed with ficticious characters to create a story of intrigue, suspense, and nonstop action. Real characters were placed in the context of true events but a back story was often created for them that changed the entire meaning of the events in which they were involved. Conspiracy theories usually annoy me, my personal feeling being that they often create more fear and division than is necessary. But using them in the framework of a novel like this was fascinating and frequently thought-provoking.
I definately recommend picking this book up and giving it a read!