Monday, 20 June 2016

The Cleansweep Conspiracy [Review, Tour & Giveaway]

Hello there!

Title: The Cleansweep Conspiracy
Author: Chuck Waldon
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 8th March 2016
Rating: 3 stars

*Thank you to the iReadTours for the review copy*


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Matt Tremain publishes Verité, a modest blog dedicated to writing about the truth and exposing scams. Currently, he’s following up on rumors concerning something called CleanSweep, a mysterious project in Toronto, Canada.
Matt gets his break when a whistleblower connects CleanSweep to billionaire Charles Claussen. Claussen plans to rid Toronto of undesirables, beginning with street people and extending to any citizens who don’t match Claussen’s restrictive screening matrix.
With the help of a high-ranking government official, Claussen plans to incite riots and violent unrest, conning Torontonians into sacrificing privacy and civil liberties for illusionary security and safety. Toronto will be reduced to a repressive city-state.
The information overwhelms Matt, who doubts he has the courage, skill, or readership to take on CleanSweep. But the murder of his source convinces the blogger to take a stand—although he’s too late to prevent chaos from gripping Toronto’s streets.
To get the word out, Matt’s going to need allies. He may have found some in a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter pursuing the same story—presuming they aren’t allied with Claussen. If they are, Matt’s going to become yet another victim of CleanSweep, and the truth will be buried forever.
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Review: The Cleansweep Conspiracy was one that managed to catch my attention because I have been in the mood to read a lot of thrillers lately. This one did not fail to fit the bill. This book had a lot of ties to history, which is a subject I really like and appreciate. The Cleansweep idea is that all the people who don't fit with the image of an ideal person are removed in order for society to be the safest and the best it could be. Sound familiar? Yep, it's almost like the ideologies spread by the Nazis in WWII. Knowing that, I was really curious to know how all of this would be going down. 

As for the thriller side of things, this novel doesn't disappoint in the slightest. I was kept turning pages and on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. The climax of this novel was incredibly well built up to. So much so that I didn't stop reading until the end of the book where everything was sorted out. Throughout the whole novel there are a small group of characters who know the truth and want to share it with the public - but of course the villain (the mind behind the whole concept) is after them. They are never safe and of course, that only adds to the suspense. 



At the end of the book there was a plot twist which I won't spoil, but it was a pleasant surprise. At that point in the novel I had thought that everything was set in stone and the book would have a certain ending... almost too certain of it! Because in the end the plot twist shocked me and I'm pretty excited to read more of this author because it suggests there may be a sequel.

I really liked the main characters as well. There are a lot of characters featured here - primarily four of them. And what bothered me a little is that two of these main characters are called Carl and Carling... which is a little too similar for my liking and got confusing at times. But I ended up feeling a certain affinity for each of them and wanted them all to push through and survive. Maybe a little more depth into their characters would have been appreciated, but otherwise it good. 



Also, you see two points of view. Not only are we following the 'gang' of four good guys, but also we follow the villain and his head of security. Now even though some of the characters were on the 'bad' side of things, you get to know their story and I admit I ended up rooting for one or two of them too! I wanted everyone to have a happy ending but that just doesn't happen in these kind of novels. Which made it a little heartbreaking for me!



At times this novel got a little info dumpy in the beginning and it was a little rough getting started and keeping me hooked. But once I got into it, I really was addicted to this thriller and wanted to see how it all ended. A promising read!

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Giveaway! Open to USA & Canada only. Enter to win: 

1. Grand prize: Kindle Fire with 7” display from Amazon + copy of CleanSweep (1 winner)
2. 4 copies of CleanSweep (4 winners)
3. 5 copies of author’s previous titles (5 winners)
4. 2 X $15 Amazon GC + copy of CleanSweep (2 winners)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Links: Amazon and Goodreads!

Olivia's Question: Have you ever done any charity work? Do you want to?

Olivia-Savannah x

38 comments:

  1. Ooh this book sounds really interesting!! I love books that also follow the 'bad guys' of the story since you get to see what's going on in their heads. I adore thrilling novels so I might have to add this one to my TBR 😄

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    1. Yes! I always love when I get to see both sides of the story. Hope you can enjoy this one if you do choose to pick it up x

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  2. Thanks for the review. I really appreciated your comments. Stay tuned, their just might be a sequel.

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    1. It was my pleasure to review for you. Maybe you'd enjoy watching my youtube video review as well? I'll be looking out for the sequel!

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  3. Sounds good, Olivia. I will keep it in my mind when I'm in the mood for thrillers. Lovely review!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Joy :)

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  4. I've been getting really into thrillers lately. I don't know what that means, but I'll hopefully read The Clean Sweep Conspiracy :) Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

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    1. If you have been, then this is definitely one to keep a close eye on!

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  5. Open to Canada and US only. Now I feel bad. :P

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  6. I'm very picky with my thrillers and although I don't think this is for me, at least you enjoyed it :)

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    1. Yes, I really loved the historical elements. :)

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  7. The history ties sounds well done in this one, and good to hear that it fit the thriller bill well

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    1. Yes, it was a really enjoyable read :D

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  8. Sounds like a great book, Olivia! I love conspiracy theory thrillers. And my mind goes to that Nazi place when I look at *ahem* certain of the candidates for the US President. *UGH*

    Anyway, you asked about charity work. Well, I've helped run rummage sales for a church group, been a docent at the local zoo, volunteered at a literacy center, packed hygiene packs and helped make quilts for tornado victims. I think that's it. Most of it was a while ago, though, I need to get back into that.

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    1. Hehe then I am sure you will be able to love this one! And yeah... I know what you mean about the relation to real life stories today as well.

      You've done quite a lot for charity work though! It's so good of you to do all of this and help contribute to society through that in order to make the world a better place. I hope if you're looking for it, you'll be able to find more that you can do <3

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  9. I love books like this, but I wouldn't want to read it right now. I'm too heated with all the political mess going on right now. Great review!

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    1. Oh yes, this definitely made me think of the political mess happening at the moment :P

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  10. Hi, Olivia - Great review! Yes, I think we all need to be careful that no country ever returns to try to fit society with any sort of 'ideal people', just like what happened during WWII in Nazi Germany.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Glad you could really enjoy this review! And yes, we should definitely try to keep the world away from being like this.

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  11. The books looks very exciting and interesting to me!

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    1. I'm glad ^.^ Hope you enjoy it if you choose to pick it up ^.^

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  12. Sounds very intriguing, but in an easy-read way. Lately (OK for the past decade) I haven't been able to pick up books that are not easy to read. I need my reads to not make me have to think too much, but in a pleasant way keep my mind busy. This sounds perfect!

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    1. It wasn't hard to read it all, and read very smoothly. I know what you mean about needing the balance between thoughtful but then not too heavy at the same time.

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  13. Sounds interesting!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  14. I love a great plot twist. Might check this one out!

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  15. Thanks for the in depth review. You made it sound so interesting that I put it on my TBR list.

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    1. I hope you'll be able to enjoy it when you do get around reading it! :D

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  16. Sounds interesting. Glad you enjoyed this and it definitely sounds like something I want to read.

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    1. I'm glad you can tell it is suited to you ;)

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  17. Sounds like a great read. I agree with you.. lately I have been in the thriller mood, maybe it's because it is summertime? Not sure!

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    1. Whatever it is, embrace it! This is a thriller you won't want to miss ;)

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  18. I have quite a soft spot for self-published books, so I'm definitely interested in this giveaway! The cover art looks awesome and eye-catching, too!

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    1. I always feel like self-published authors should have a little hand in reaching their readers <3

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