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Moral Panic


Moral Panic by KM Ecke

If anything can be hacked, nothing can be trusted.

Tanner Moore is at the top of his game in the high stakes world of big technology. As chief technology officer of Paragon, the largest corporation in the world, he is about to release the greatest convenience innovation in the history of commerce: drone delivery service to every inch of the globe.

But when an interview with journalist Amy Noral is secretly recorded and published by the clickbait media, Tanner’s fall from grace is swift and brutal.

Tanner is fired, publicly condemned as a terrorist for comments he never made, and kidnapped by a mysterious vigilante group who use surveillance data to track and kill their enemies. Tanner must navigate their underground world full of violent zealots and mental manipulation to find his way to freedom, or see his drone technology used as the most advanced assassination tool ever devised.

Moral Panic explores the collision of the most extreme elements of politics, ideology and technological media manipulation. It navigates through a maze of modern surveillance with a skeptical eye on the data-driven world we live in, to bring an awareness of the possibility of such a story coming true in the real world.

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Author’s Bio

Hailing from the original birthplace of the atomic bomb, K.M. Ecke is an organic, free-range, preservative-free, philosopher-poet using universal truth to battle cultural insanity. Ecke, which is German for ‘corner’, is the child of a physicist and musician and grew up at the corner of creativity and logic. After ten years of existential exploration and creative experimentation, he releases his debut novel Moral Panic, along with an album of lyrically-focused songs, Change of Mind via his independent creative collective The Dream Flow®.

Ecke strives to deliver a strong story with inherent value to his readers. The author is well-versed in writing, including essays, songs and poetry, the last of which the author finds the most efficient form of expression, and thus, the best way to improve his writing practice.
Initially intending for law school, a business law class changed his direction, and Ecke chose to pursue writing, soul-searching and creative projects.

After several years of odd jobs learning about different pieces of the world, he began his own private music teaching business and attended Colorado Film School for a year and a half to study filmmaking. After 18-months in his program, he veered to his own path and established Dream Flow Media, the home to all of his creative endeavors;; publishing, music and all additional branches of the many-faceted visionary. Along with his own creations, he strives to bring other artists into the fold to develop a storytelling collective for a variety of multimedia projects.

Ecke also works as a filmmaker for local non-profits and bands, and hopes one day to see Moral Panic on the big screen. The author lives in Denver, Colorado and hosts a storytelling micro-podcast Myths, Metaphors, and Morality.


My Review

5 stars

Tanner Moore works for Paragon and is interviewed for the next big technology release from the company. But his interview is manipulated and things he never said gets him fired. If this wasn’t bad enough, Tanner has come to the attention of the vigilante group Social Justice. This group was originally created to fight sex traffickers. But the leader has changed the way things are done since it seems the justice system failed to take care of these scum bags that they were catching. They have evolved into eliminating the problem from the start and now Tanner must navigate the group to get out alive.

This is an interesting story on technology’s affects on our world, media manipulation, and morals. This world has more technology but could easily be just a couple years down the road from present day. The question is if we really need all of it.

Then you have media manipulation, something that has become more and more common in this world. But the Social Justice group is a great example of vigilantes. They feel not enough is being done to these people and decide to start a group to take care of the problem and the go about it with a good goal. But then when the justice seems to be failing them they take matters into their own hands.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. There is so much more happening in it than I originally thought from the book blurb. I think it’s a great read and that everyone would enjoy it especially with how it fits the world we live in today.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sami at Roger Charlie for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anton Marks

When a secret world of ancient alien kingdoms and evil corporation’s clashes with adolescents, school, and homework. You won’t be able to put down this wild adventure of discovery, friendship, and coming of age!

What would you do if you discovered you were descended from ancient alien African royalty and you could hold the key to save your friends, family, and the world from evil destructive forces?
Joshua N’Gon seemed like an ordinary boy. Raised in a loving foster home in north London and a gifted student at the St Augustine private school. But as he grew older, a thirst for meaning and true purpose began to grow greater and greater…

With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility

On Joshua’s tenth birthday he received mysterious packages from his birth parents. Parents who had left him as a baby under mysterious circumstances. Opening the packages, he would find gifts that would forever change him both mentally and physically. Magical technology unlike anything he had ever seen and the best part, only he could use it. But his secrets would not stay that way for long. Evil forces were gathering and they would stop at nothing to acquire the powerful science behind his amazing inventions

With the help of his two best friends, Brick and Mina, Joshua sets out to develop his abilities, find his real parents and stop the Technology Billionaire Kanu Umbekwi from subjugating the planet.

Buckle up and get ready to go on an exciting thrill ride, full of suspense, mystery, and alien technology with Joshua N’Gon:The Last Prince of Alkebulahn.

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Author Bio

Anton Marks is a self-published author based in London.  His self-styled Urban Fantastic genre is speculative fiction using crime, action adventure, horror, sword and soul and sci-fi to highlight the black experience through the lens of the extraordinary. At present, he has eight books in the Amazon Kindle store, Dancehall, Bushman, Bad II the Bone, In the Days of Dread, 69, Messiah, Chauffeur and a Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel called Joshua N’Gon: The Last Prince of Alkebulahn written as Anthony Hewitt. The second in his Bad II the Bone Series Good II be Bad is due in 2018.

Join him on his journey at http://www.urban-fantastic.com.

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My Review

4 stars

Joshua N’Gon is an African foster child living in London. He is in a loving home and a great kid, but that is the furthest from the truth. When he turned ten, he received some very advance technological gifts from his real parents. This technology helps him be aware of threats and helps him become the person he is meant to be as he navigates St. Augustine Academy.

But with the good comes the bad. There are people that know about his technology and want to get their hands on it. Josh’s friends are there to help him learn about his heritage and technology while helping him stay one step ahead of those that want to harm him.

This was a good scifi story for mid-grade readers. Josh and his friends are great kids and are very loyal to each other. Of course you have the mystery of who Josh is, who his parents are, and where he comes from.

Of course this is the first in the series so you will find a cliff hanger at the end and not a lot of information on Josh’s parents and such. But overall it’s a good read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.


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