Book Review: Death of Secrets

3 Jul

DeathofSecrets-Facebook-187x300What if our government went beyond monitoring e-mail and phone traffic? What if the surveillance state exceeded anything we’ve imagined so far? What if there were no secrets at all?

Death of Secrets is a thriller about a terrifying new technology that could end the right to privacy forever. Kathy Kelver is a young woman who becomes a witness to a murder. Michael Vincent is a Congressman with a crucial vote on government surveillance. The two of them will find themselves running for their lives, trying to decipher a mysterious computer file before its secret kills them. If they fail, it will mean the Death of Secrets.


Bowen_Greenwood_2014-e1398136021277-283x300Bowen Greenwood has worked in politics and lived in Washington D.C., but his home and his heart will always be in Montana. He’s a former newspaper reporter, a backpacker and hiker, and of course a writer.

My Impressions:

Take the NSA scandal, add a bit of cloak and dagger and a healthy dose of conspiracy theories, then mix in some high-tech gadgets and you get Death of Secrets, the first novel by Bowen Greenwood. A fast-paced, plot-driven novel, Death of Secrets will appeal to those who like political thrillers. It is a bit edgy; not your typical Christian book. But I enjoyed it and would read another by this new author.

Kathy Kelvar is a performance arts student at Georgetown University. On her way home from a late night stint at her job as a cocktail waitress, she discovers a fatally injured man who gives her a puzzling message and a flash drive. Unfortunately the body disappears, and the police think she made up the encounter. But someone is taking the situation very seriously as she is tracked by killers determined to get back what they lost. Along the way Kathy picks up an admiring young Congressman, her tech-skilled roommate and Jon the bouncer from her club. They succeed in dodging bullets, escaping from life and death situations and getting to the bottom of the mysterious flash drive.

Death of Secrets is definitely plot-driven fiction. There is a great emphasis on the mysterious flash drive, evil corporate types, secretive computer hackers and the NSA. Characters are interesting, but not the main focus of this book. They are, though, very resourceful in getting out of dangerous situations. Their escapes tend to strain credibility — how does one run 10 miles after a severe beating resulting in several broken ribs? But once you put that disbelief aside, the story takes over. The reader is also kept guessing at just who can be trusted; it’s hard to tell the bad guys from the good. As stated this is not your normal Christian fiction — there is some profanity, the main character works in a bar, and characters drink alcohol. But the main character also is a professing Christian, and that faith keeps her on the straight and narrow morally and keeps her seeking God for protection in the many snares and traps the bad guys throw at her.

The plot revolves around a gadget that is able to read one’s thoughts, putting a new twist to the privacy debate. Is it fact or fiction or a possibility in the future? I don’t know, but it is something to make you think. So, if you like a political thriller with a good bit of conspiracy thrown in, check out Death of Secrets.

(Thanks to the author for an ebook for review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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