Inspiration for Lion’s Head Deception
By Chuck Walden
In a recent interview I was asked about the inspiration for my novel Lion’s Head Deception.
Imagine if you will, forming an emergency police force of over 10,000 additional uniformed officers from surrounding police services. Add 1,000 security officers and several military units. It was all in preparation for a conference of global leaders in your city. Imagine the government drawing lines on a map to outline an area with checkpoints to monitor who enters and leaves. People would be issued identity cards to determine who belonged.
What if you learned that before it was over more than a billion dollars would be spent to head off rioting and trouble makers, and in spite of those preparations, destructive rioting took place when troublemakers infiltrated crowds of peaceful protesters? When the police finally waded into the mobs they were wearing black tape over their shields to prevent identification.
That couldn’t happen, you say, only to learn that the news story above described actual events that occurred in a major North American city? The G-20 economic conference describedtook place in a Canadian city in 2010 but could it happen in any city?
The seed for the story line of Lion’s Head Deception was planted as I read about the planning, the riots, and the follow-up of that event.
My novel looks at the motives of a group of men who took it upon themselves to create a matrix, a way of determining those who somehow didn’t fit in. Wouldn’t the city be a better place if the undesirable people were made to ‘disappear?’
It’s a story as old as social engineering, even before we knew to call it that.
If the conspirators could only organize another conference, similar to the real one described above, infiltrate the city witha small army of thugs, causing panic and destruction, people would do anything to feel safe again.
Lion’s Head Deception is about ordinary people who have to make a choice. When they hear the true nature of the evil they face, will they be able to act?
I was told by a reader the story had him on the edge of his seat. I hope you will experience the same feeling as you meet investigative blogger Matt Tremain and let him tell you the story.
ABOUT LION’S HEAD DECEPTION
In the prologue, the backdrop for Lion’s Head Deception is set, amongst rioting and unrest in a destabilized city.
Matt Tremain is a shy, private person who discovers a passion for writing blogs—a mission that propels him into investigative reporting. A tipster warns him of a diabolical scheme Matt simply can’t ignore. After the tipster is killed, Matt honors his memory by going forward to investigate the truth behind the conspiracy. He meets a television reporter and a cameraman also investigating the intrigue. Are they potential partners or rivals? A detective offers his assistance, but Matt is unsure of his true motivation. He is equally unsure of the allegiance of those in the top administration of police services. Matt Tremain and his friends are forced to go on the run, evading the newly-formed security teams. They must expose the truth before they are discovered, arrested and perhaps exterminated themselves…
The reader is introduced to Matt Tremain when a test message warns him of impending arrest. The first part of the novel provides an understanding of how he learns about a conspiracy, and the person behind it. A television journalist is investigating the same treachery. Will they be able to join forces? The end of part one introduces a police detective. Will he be friend or foe?
Part two takes place at a private retreat. The antagonist, the scheme’s architect, unveils the complete details of his plan and gets the backing of his three co-conspirators. The location is the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. It takes place at Lion’s Head and gives the novel the working name.
In an action-packed run to the finish line, will Matt and his partners be able to face the challenges it will take to expose the lies and treachery behind Operation CleanSweep?
ABOUT CHUCK WALDRONChuck Waldron’s latest novel, Lion’s Head Deception, is a dystopian story about an investigative blogger who uncovers more than he ever imagines…and has no idea what to do with his discovery.
An investigative blogger uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire’s plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive.
“I grew up,” Chuck said, “listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James’ gang. It didn’t matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels.”
Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, his stories tell about the human condition – the good, the bad and the ugly.
As Chuck tells it, “stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professional career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I fill in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to meet.”
His literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario. He and his wife, Suzanne, are now warmed by the sun on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
His latest book is Lion’s Head Deception.
Visit his website at www.WriteByMeBooks.com.
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