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Updated on May 15, 2016

The Patriot Threat

Thoughts about conspiracy theories

Like the main character in this review, I don't believe in conspiracy theories although I do have many friends that do. A good conspiracy theory has the same components as a good story, a protagonist and an enemy, threat or some type of danger. You, the citizen are the protagonist and the enemy is the government. The threat or danger is usually the loss of our rights.

While some of the conspiracy theories I believe are outrageous, for example, that the U.S. government staged the 9/11 attacks (I cannot believe that our government purposefully and willfully killed innocent Americans) the people that believe these theories are not necessarily stupid. My friends that tell me and believe these theories are educated professionals. Some of these theories are reasonable, for example, the conspiracy theories about drug companies, doctors, and the money made from treating illnesses as opposed to preventing them has some truth in it. However, I do believe that drug companies are withholding cures for cancer are false. Granted, treating cancer is a billion dollar industry but I have problems believing that the industry as a whole, would let people die to allow them to continue making billions. I could see a few greedy people doing this, but not the complete industry. However, I believe that most conspiracy theories don't make sense.

Conspiracy theories are powerful. Misinformation, especially with the power of the Internet, is an effective way to sway people to your cause. Hitler knew this.

In times of a weak economy or when people see society decaying, conspiracy theories come into play. I think we see this now in the United States with the challenges that face us and with the fears that confront us.

Whether you believe in conspiracy theories or not, they are a great device to create an interesting story or novel as the following review discusses.

Book Review

"It's about the government's right to impose an income tax. It may be illegal." smiled Joe.

"I hope you don't plan on not paying your income tax. The IRS won't accept a conspiracy theory as a reason for not paying."

"I know." smiled Joe. "I'm discussing this great novel I'm reading. It's The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry. The story begins with an interesting conversation between Franklin Roosevelt and Andrew Mellon. It then shifts to the present time with a suspenseful scene filled with action that gets you into the mind of the main character, Cotton Malone. He's a retired member of an elite intelligence division."

"Sounds interesting."

"I thought you didn't believe in conspiracy theories?"

"I don't. But that doesn't mean that I don't like reading a good story that involves a conspiracy theory."

"Kim Yong Jin, the brother of North Korea's dictator is also a main character. The Patriot Threat is quite a story. It takes place in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Venice, and Croatia."

"Sounds like a good read."

"It is."


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