Effacement Book Tour & Giveaway

I’m so excited to be taking part in the Effacement Book Tour, hosted by The Book Review Crew. Check out my review and Q&A with Hieronymus below, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Effacement

By Hieronymus Hawkes

Science Fiction

401 Pages

Published January 30, 2021‎

Independently Published

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More than Five Hundred 5 Star Reviews on Goodreads!

A future where offline privacy is illegal. A lethal plot permanently deleting people in power. One determined genius caught in an assassin’s sights.

2037.

Dr. Cole Westbay is proud of having helped eliminate crime. Groomed to take over the company that makes the surveillance chip everyone is required by law to have, he’s alarmed by a series of suspicious deaths the hardware caused. And after launching an investigation, the brilliant scientist panics when he awakes with his mandatory neural link ripped out and his recently recorded memories erased…

Arrested for the federal crime of failing to have his life fully documented, Cole struggles to get back online and clear his name. And as his paranoia grows while the bodies continue to pile up, he fears government enforcers, friends, and even his fiancée may be in on the scheme to set him up for a deadly fall.

Can the embattled scientist crack the conspiracy before his enemies hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on his life?

Effacement is a gripping standalone science fiction techno-thriller. If you like gifted but flawed heroes, deep-state intrigue, and relentless villains, then you’ll love Hieronymus Hawkes’s dystopian vision.

Read Effacement for a hard reboot today!

My Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

When I read the synopsis for this book my first thought was “The mark of the Beast” from the Bible. I believe that this scenario can very well play out in the future. We already see a bit of it in smart watches, fitness trackers, etc. Image a life where everything you do is recorded and accessable to the “government” – that is pretty much what lifelogging is.

Cole is a very intelligent man and one of the scientists behind the creation of the microchip. When he starts questioning deaths related to the chip, his world is upended. He wakes up with no chip and no memory after an attack. He’s now on the run and trying to find out the truth behind the company. Will he succeed?

A fast paced book that hits so close to home. I can totally believe that one day a scenario such as the microchip implantation will come to fruition. Let’s hope it’s problems in the book don’t come along with it.

A brilliantly written book that will grab you from page one and never let go. The pacing is fast and the plot was just {chef’s kiss}. I loved the characters, especially the strong women – I’m a bit biased that way lol. I can’t wait until his next books come out, I’m definitely a fan. If you are looking for a futuristic sci-fi dystopian thriller then look no further, you’ve found the perfect book!

Q&A With Author

1. When I read the synopsis I instantly thought of “The Mark of the Beast” from the Bible – was that by chance part of your inspiration for writing Effacement?

It wasn’t. It’s purely based off of a remark that I read a piece by Charlie Stross, he is a Scottish science fiction writer, who was speaking at a futurism event in Boston many years ago, predicting what things will look like in the future. He talked about lifelogging and how even now we have the bandwidth to stream it continuously, and I took that and ran with it. A lifelog is when a person records their daily life and activities, comprehensively, through the use of wearable tech or smart phone usage or something that can record stuff.

2. Can you describe your “perfect dream” writing space?

I love the idea of using one of those “she shed” spaces to set up an office. Lots of windows and light.

3. Do you ever get writers block? If so, how do you remedy it?

The hardest thing for me is avoiding social media and the internet. I sit down to write and often find a thousand other things to do. I think true writer’s block is probably a sign that there is something else going on in your life that you need to deal with. If I’m struggling with writing a particular passage, I take a shower or go for a walk and let my brain sort it out on its own. I find that the shower is a great place to think.

4. What is the next book in the works?

I am working on a space opera trilogy…vampires in space! I’ve finished the first book and am currently writing the second one. I plan to release them all close together. The working title for the first book is Vim Dicaré.

5. Who was your favorite character and why?

One of my favorites is a woman named Kasia, who runs a halfway house for the less fortunate. She is sure of herself, compassionate, straight forward, and badass. She speaks her mind and damn the torpedoes. She doesn’t like how society has given up so much freedom in her world.

6. On Goodreads Effacement is also titled Only A Little Blood – was that the original? Why the change?

Good eye! It was the original title. I sent it to a friend of mine who is a professional reviewer and he called after reading it. He was complementary, but thought the title and cover sent the wrong message for the genre. So I reworked both into the current form.

7. Who’s your favorite author? Book? Genre?

It’s a toss up between William Gibson and CJ Cherryh. I love both of their work so much they really influenced my writing. I love CJ’s Alliance/Union novels and almost anything by Gibson. I loved Neuromancer and the Blue Ant Trilogy. If you haven’t figured it out, science fiction is my jam.

About The Author

Hieronymus retired in 2018 after flying jets for the Air Force. He has a B.S. in Economics from the US Air Force Academy, and in 2015, he completed an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, which inspired him to publish his debut novel, a sci-fi thriller that explores futuristic technology and nuanced personal relationships. Hawkes has broken the sound barrier, won poker tournaments, and owns several guitars that he can’t play. Now he instructs young pilots in the art of flying, writes fiction and poetry, and sings badly in his car.

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Huge thanks to Hieronymus and The Book Review Crew for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This is a book you are going to want to read!

For everyone joining me today, you have my deepest gratitude for you continued support, have a great day!

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