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The Cause

The second American Revolution will be a fire lit from an internal spark.

“In The Cause, Vincent extrapolates our current social and political milieu into a smart, muscular thriller set in the not-too-distant future, with prose that cracks like lightning and reads just as fast.” —Robert Barclay, author of Melal

The year is 2022. America is on the verge of economic and social collapse. The government has made liberty its enemy. African American hacker Isse Corvus enters a black-ops training camp. He discovers the leaders are revolutionaries seeking to return the U.S. back to its Constitutional roots. He learns that if he doesn’t join The Cause and help them hack the NSA’s servers, it could mean his life.

A novel of juxtaposition, The Cause also tells the tale of NSA Director General Titus Montgomery. The President has told him that rule of law must be maintained at all costs. But something is wrong with the heartbeat of America. What will he do when Martial law meets revolution?

Behind the Book

George Orwell wrote about the fully evolved totalitarian state in 1984. My intention was to write something futuristic and dystopian that was pre-Orwellian where the shape of a totalitarian state was still forming (only a few years into the future). I wanted the story to have topical elements to it, intriguing characters, and finally to show both sides of the story through a shattered mirror. Many of the technologies and NSA codenames used throughout the novel are in existence today. Simple Google searches on terms used will uncover a plethora of information. In this way, I wanted to place the reader on the fringe of our world today by taking a step farther into the future to ask the question, “How far away are we?” Other influences behind The Cause were Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and James Bamford’s The Shadow Factory.

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