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Review of ‘The Cause’

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The Cause by Roderick Vincent will disturb most readers, but it’s the kind of disturbance that’s good for the soul. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.

In The Cause we meet Isse Corvus, who has risen from the ghetto to become first an LAPD cop, and is then accepted by the CIA. Soon after joining the Company, Corvus is invited to attend training at the Abattoir, where he meets the mysterious Seee and is exposed to a regimen of training and a train of thought that shakes him to his very core. Against the backdrop of increased government intrusion into the private lives of individuals, and the increased militarization of elements such as local police, we’re treated to a chilling story of individual growth and self-awareness and the often distorted views of what constitutes patriotism.

Your blood will alternate between chills and boiling as Corvus discovers how far he is able and willing to go for a Cause – a Cause that the reader is left to wonder if he truly understands. Although this story is set in the 2020s, it mirrors the headlines in our media today, and you’ll come away from it wondering how much was real and how much fiction.

A must-read for thriller fans – dystopian fiction at its best. I give it four stars.