Review: The Collective – Maxwell Cynn
What if someone knew your every move? Who you talked to? What you did on the Internet? What if they could brainwash you and make you do what they wanted?
What would you do? Would you tell someone? Would you keep it quiet and pray that they’d leave you be? Or would you demand answers and try to figure out what’s going?
Dr. John Peterson, a psychologist at a correctional facility, is intent on helping heal those under his care. He’s a discovered a virus – one that’s affecting his patients. Truth be told, he’s not exactly sure what it is. Nor does he know what its true purpose is. This fact does not deter him from finding out exactly what that is.
Digging a little deeper, he discovers that this virus is embedded deep into his computer. And it’s not just his own, but that of the entire world. It can’t be deleted. Nor can it be removed. A firewall can’t block it either.
Everything a person does, everything they say – it’s all recorded. Privacy has been thrown out the window, allowing the group behind it to infiltrate a person’s home, even their minds, without anyone being none-the-wiser. John can only guess as to what The Collective wants. Yet he knows that they must be stopped. People’s lives are in peril, as is the way of life as they know it.
Attempting to destroy this unknown society, he sets off a chain reaction that threatens to bring him down as well as those around him and those he loves dearly. He refuses to stand by and allow them to gain the upper hand. Racing against time, he does his best to thwart The Collective’s attempts, even if it means that he gets caught in the process. Yet one thing is clear – the group must be stopped. No matter the cost!
I totally enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, it enthralled me so much that I didn’t stop till I got to the very last page. Max’s story, while fiction, does give us food for thought and is quite provoking, to say the least. What if something like this were to ever happen? Who would you turn to? What would you do?
Synopsis: Imagine… You have a virus on your computer. It’s tracking everything you do and sending that information to the Collective. It can’t be detected by any virus scan or blocked by any firewall. If you have a microphone, they are listening. If you have a webcam, they are watching you. But they aren’t just watching. Flashes of light from your monitor are communicating with your subconscious. You are being brainwashed.
Dr. John Peterson discovers the virus and embarks on a mind altering search for the origins of the infection driving his patients mad. He discovers the Collective, and they discover him. A battle rages between the Nemesis virus and the ArchAngel network with the fate of mankind in the balance. Will man succumb to Nemesis and become drones of the Collective or rise as billions of individual archangels to light the world with freedom? One man, one woman, and a network of hackers hold the key.
Maxwell Cynn is a novelist, freelance writer, amateur coder, webmaster, and Indie publisher who writes deliciously romantic speculative fiction and blogs book reviews on a wide range of genres. His website, with links to all of his social media connections, can be found at MaxwellCynn.com
In Max’s own words:
I’m a pragmatic dreamer, a poet, a philosopher, and a construction worker. I enjoy fine art, literature, and classical music as well as Monty Python, dime novels, and hard rock. I prefer cheap beer to fine wine and a good play to professional sports. My interests include theoretical physics, classical history, technology, science fiction, psychology, philosophy, mythology, and the paranormal. I tend to be shy, but I love people. So look me up on your favorite social network, leave a comment on my blog, or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.
Other books by the author:
CybrGrrl – available on Kindle, Nook, and a variety of formats at Smashwords.
Created to be a sexy desktop companion program, Marie emerges into a life of her own. She leads her users, Adrian and Haley, through an erotic adventure as she processes what it is to be alive. The search leads her onto the Internet, and a virtual-world community where she can live an independent existence unfettered by the limits of her server – alive in the cloud – then back into the real world as a sexy robot. Along the way she teaches Adrian and Haley what it means to live and love beyond the confines of the merely physical and liberates her sister programs from their dull desktop existence.