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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 novel set in the not-too-distant future, with prose that cracks like lightning and reads just as fast.” —Robert Barclay, author of Melal

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. 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.

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Book Club Guide

  • When the book opens, what are the L.A. rioters protesting against?
  • What does the Underworld represent in this book?
  • What is Isse Corvus’s MMA record? Why did he get into mixed martial arts?
  • What is the meaning of Seee’s name? Why has he abandoned his state name?
  • Why is Isse Corvus the perfect candidate for The Abattoir?
  • Why has Isse been banished from his job in the Silicon Valley?
  • What happens to the three recruits that go missing?
  • Why do the recruits at The Abattoir speak in Yoncalla beyond the fact that it is a dead language?
  • Who is Uriah really? What is he a symbol of in the book?
  • Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor? Was Claus von Stauffenberg (a German army officer who tried to assassinate Hitler in 1944 known as Operation Valkyrie) a traitor or patriot from the German perspective? When does a government become a traitor to its people? Who are the patriots and traitors in this book?
  • It isn’t explicitly mentioned in the book, but it can be extrapolated. Who was behind the failed assassination attempts on NSA Director Titus Montgomery? What was the purpose?
  • What do the three heads of Cerberus represent?

Spoiler Questions

  • Why are other recruits (Zach Dionne, John Hammond, Joseph Downs) not accepted at the hangar?
  • How is The Abattoir being funded?
  • Why does Isse Corvus abandon an order to assassinate Seee?
  • How did the Cannibal Crew get their name?
  • Who shot Bassim Hassani and why?
  • Why does Seee take off his mask in front of the cameras in the hostage takeover?