Published January 30, 2021
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A future where offline privacy is illegal. A lethal plot permanently deleting people in power. One determined genius caught in an assassin’s sights.
2037 Dr. Cole Westbay is proud of having helped eliminate crime. Groomed to take over the company that makes the surveillance chip everyone is required by law to have, he’s alarmed by a series of suspicious deaths the hardware caused. And after launching an investigation, the brilliant scientist panics when he awakes with his mandatory neural link ripped out and his recently recorded memories erased…
Arrested for the federal crime of failing to have his life fully documented, Cole struggles to get back online and clear his name. And as his paranoia grows while the bodies continue to pile up, he fears government enforcers, friends, and even his fiancée may be in on the scheme to set him up for a deadly fall.
Can the embattled scientist crack the conspiracy before his enemies hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on his life?
Effacement is a gripping standalone science fiction technothriller. If you like gifted but flawed heroes, deep-state intrigue, and relentless villains, then you’ll love Hieronymus Hawkes’s dystopian vision.
Read Effacement for a hard reboot today!
What a timely listen for me as conspiracy theories abound about tracking people. This is a dystopian thriller about the good and bad of technology. Cole lives in a time when a chip in your neck tracks everything you do including your location and finances. When he is attacked and his chip is removed without any memory of the incident, he is forced to figure out what has happened, who to trust and what to do.
I really like how the world we live in feels like it could take us to this futuristic time. The author nailed the plot and the surroundings. They seem so believable. It was slightly terrifying and entertaining at the same time. What starts out at a slow pace increases in both pace and tension as the story progresses. I liked the cast of characters and how the good ones could be bad with the opposite being true too.
I listened to the audiobook version and couldn’t have expected better narrators. Henry W Kramer and Jenna Doulong brought the story to life.
So often with sci-fi books I fall in love with the premise of the book and then find I’m disappointed with the story or at least how it plays out. I can say I fell in love with the premise and was just as happy when I finished listening. And honestly you don’t need to be a fan of sci-fi to enjoy this book. It really focuses on the suspense of what happened to Cole and why.
Hieronymus retired in 2018 after flying jets for the Air Force. He has a B.S. in Economics from the US Air Force Academy, and in 2015, he completed an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, which inspired him to publish his debut novel, a sci-fi thriller that explores futuristic technology and nuanced personal relationships. Hawkes has broken the sound barrier, won poker tournaments, and owns several guitars that he can’t play. Now he instructs young pilots in the art of flying, writes fiction and poetry, and sings badly in his car.