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The Silent Pool (Erasmus Jones series Book 1) by [Kurthausen, Phil]
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The Silent Pool (Erasmus Jones series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1781 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (15 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HAJG0HG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Silent Pool is an excellent thriller. The hero, the wonderfully-named Erasmus Jones, is complex and interesting. The plot features mystery, murder, action, violence, religion, money and politics, what more could you want?!

I would definitely recommend this.

Note to readers (and Amazon!) - when you first view this (at least on my Android Kindle app) it automatically opens up at Chapter One. Beware - there is an action-packed Prologue you need to read first!
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Although this was a crime story, for me the more interesting aspect of this book was the Lightspeed Intracom sub-plot.
The company agrees to finance an election if they are allowed to influence the curriculum in schools. Intracom has produced the search engine software Lightspeed, which is already installed on nearly 70% of existing laptops/computers. The search engine regulates what the searcher sees, ergo defining and controlling their information gathering and the results of their info requests.
In this case it has been designed to eliminate and distort info searches on evolution.
This is a fictional company but the way they determine how people or what people read when they use a search engine is equivalent to our very own Google.
The company Intracom is part of a large religious group/cult, who do not believe in the theory of evolution. Intracom is also the publisher of school books in certain areas of the curriculum. The content in those books has also been changed in regards to the teaching of evolution.
Again this is reminiscent of Google's almost all encompassing tentacles in every area and the school book publishing sub-plot is arrow shot straight at Texas. They also want to eradicate certain scientific aspects of our learning and replace them with religious beliefs. They are well-known for having a stronghold over content in US school textbooks and are responsible for the publication of the majority of textbooks.
The censorship of information flow and the manipulation of the masses via global technology and media giants is something which is already upon us in a big way.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2014
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Erasmus Jones returned from Afghanistan haunted by demons which caused his marriage to Miranda to collapse. When she moved to Liverpool with his six year old daughter, Abby, he felt he had no choice but to follow them. Erasmus is attempting to retrain as a lawyer, but the much needed training contract to complete his studies is proving elusive and so he is currently working partly as a P.I. When he is asked by his friend Dan Trent to look into the disappearance of a man called Stephen Francis, whose wife Jenna has reported him missing, he is not keen on taking on what looks to be a routine job. However, before long he begins to feel that there is more to the case than it first appears.

The Liverpool that Erasmus Jones is living in is a depressed and near-ruined city, suffering a financial crisis. Abby's school, along with most in the city, is suffering strikes as staff cannot be paid. Mayor Lynch has no idea how he can keep the city afloat, until a lifeline is thrown from an unlikely source. Kirk Bovind is a software billionaire who was born in Liverpool before leaving to make his fortune in America. Now he has returned to his birthplace and is offering to fund the city's school system - but there is a price to pay. Bovind is a believer of the Third Wave, and Stephen Francis was also a follower. His software, which will be installed in every school, offers a religious message which denies the scientific, such as the theory of evolution, in favour of answers based solely on faith and superstition.

Meanwhile, Erasmus Jones finds that reporter Rachel Harrop, from the Liverpool Echo, is also interested in the story of Kirk Bovind and the missing man.
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Very well written thriller which had me enthralled from the off. The characters are engaging, the setting a wonderfully familiar and yet very different Liverpool and the story scarily believable with a number of sub plots woven in. It is not just the sins of the past that haunt and are sought to be hidden, thethreat of religious fanaticism and the ability of money to buy power and influence are added to the mix in a very thought provoking way.

In short, a fantastic book I found difficult to put down. Erasmus is a hero I look forward to encountering again.

Just to echo an earlier reviewer, the kindle opens the book at chapter 1 and you have to access the menu to get to the prologue.
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New novel which careens through Liverpool like a Southern Gothic classic. The plot is excellent with dark brooding characters and violent scenes, which propel the story on through a vivid portrait of a city in thrall to money and salvation. In fact the city becomes a key character, giving the novel a point of reference in this alternative present. Erasmus is a thoughtfully observed character who certainly deserves a second outing. I always enjoy a hero who can't help saying whats on his mind even though it will cause him great pain. Both Erasmus and the criminal characters of the story have a vibrant cinematic quality reminiscent of film noir (actually I would love to see someone make this into a film). The book is a real page turner and i can't give it higher praise than that.
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