Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.
She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction—Spring into Summer, Fall into Winter, and Hot Flash.
In June 2014, she released her first novel outside the erotica genre—a psychological mystery/thriller with a sexy twist called Stranger at Sunset. A synopsis and more information can be found on her website.
Pilate's Cross has a bit of everything—action, romance and spine-chilling suspense. Mr. Greenwood has a very strong voice for mystery storytelling. His style is to tease and draw you in, and that’s exactly what happened when I read his book. Now I must wait patiently for his next one to be further thrilled by the adventures of John Pilate.
***Big 2 Thumbs Up***
*** ORIGINALLY reviewed Oct 17, 2011 and posted at http://edenbaylee.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/review-the-collective-by-maxwell-cynn/ ***
As a former banker and fraud consultant, I know how susceptible we are to cyber crime. Sophisticated and organized, computer criminals steal your money and identity without your knowledge. Maxwell Cynn’s newest novel builds on this reality and increases the fear factor.
The tagline, ”If they control your computer, they control your mind,” provides a hint of how vulnerable we all are to The Collective.
The story begins with Dr. John Peterson (aka CG), a clinical psychologist who works at a state correctional facility. He has stumbled upon a computer virus and its devastating effects on his patients. In one instance, a perfectly stable businessman has killed his entire family and has no memory of it.
The Collective refers to an underground organization whose goal is to infiltrate society’s collective unconscious to move it to a “higher level.” They’ve unleashed a virus named Nemesis to carry out their plan and the Internet is its conduit. Despite the trail of fatalities, those working on the Nemesis project consider their cause to be a noble one.
CG attempts to destroy the highly adaptable Nemesis virus, but he’s had to go into hiding to do so. Having developed an anti-virus called ArchAngel, he has come to the attention of the Collective and is now considered a threat. While on the run, CG discovers he’s become a cult figure amongst hackers, and with the help of a feisty, sexy female named Sear, he strives to stop the Collective.
Set against the backdrop of New York, New Orleans, and Zurich, The Collective reads like a cross between George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity. Like the protagonists of those books (Winston Smith and Jason Bourne), CG is a highly intelligent man who has suffered mind control. Does he have the mental strength to hold on to his identity and fight for his beliefs, or will he become indoctrinated by the Collective?
Maxwell Cynn has written a novel that seamlessly blends technology with psychology. It’s a story that seduces us into peeling back its layers to uncover the elements of a great thriller—conspiracy theory, intrigue, and suspense.
The Collective is certain to become a modern-day classic. Don’t miss it!
The protagonist, Jim Fosse is not unlike some men I've met in corporate life. What makes this story truly humorous is his candor and irreverent behavior.
An enjoyable introduction to Mr. Dolan's writing.