A provocative and timely debut political thriller.
In this novel, an apparently grassroots movement (cryptically called DOA) calls for honesty and transparency in government and demands that corrupt politicians resign to make way for a Congress dedicated to the people’s needs. A computer genius, known only as Pierce (single name identities abound in this story), lies at the center of DOA. A worldwide coterie of experienced hackers assists him, and mysterious sources provide seemingly endless funding. DOA’s message, delivered through social media and flyers and promotional kits, is simple: “Urge Corrupt Senators To Resign.” However, a secret, copycat organization, also calling itself DOA, begins delivering a far more threatening message: “Resign or Die.” Soon, corrupt members of government are being assassinated. As Pierce and his closest cohorts work together with FBI agent Spears to uncover the source of the shadow DOA, they find themselves the targets of a bloody government conspiracy. Many of the characters here are essentially two-dimensional—good guys trying to save the country, bad guys trying to hold on to power and wealth—and readers may often find themselves wondering who’s who. Overall, the novel would have benefited from tighter editing; the lack of dialogue attribution to specific characters at times can be distracting and may cause confusion. However, the novel will appeal to avid conspiracy theorists and readers looking for nonstop action. Tamblo definitely has his finger on the pulse of today’s political temperament, and the story, although a bit over-the-top, isn’t all that far from the subject matter of political debates across the cable-channel spectrum.
A fast-paced, if flawed, political thriller.