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2012: A Conspiracy Tale
Bryan Collier
Troubador Publishing, 244 pages

Bryan Collier
Bryan Collier was an Electronic Engineer for twenty years, before completing an MBA at Bristol Business School in 2003, when he became a self-employed Business Consultant. In the past, he has worked on Military Electronics at Ferranti, Marconi and BSI. He spent five years at Motorola, in the UK, US and China, working on Mobile Telecommunication Systems before taking voluntary redundancy to concentrate on his business degree. Since gaining his MBA, he has worked as a Business Consultant/Programme Manager for a number of Financial Organisations. He currently lives in the UK with his wife and two cats.

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A review by John Enzinas

2012: A Conspiracy Tale Bryan Collier's first novel, 2012: A Conspiracy Tale details a conspiracy to return some aliens to their former god king status with the help of their human underlings who have been maintaining and managing their master's agenda for millennia. Normally I would be loathe to include such a spoiler in my review, but not only is this theory detailed by one of the main characters in chapter 6 (of 52), but it is confirmed from point view of one of the aliens in the next chapter. This technique of having the characters discover a plot point and then having it validated by a member of the conspiracy was repeated frequently throughout the book.

This and other aspects of his writing style made the book read very much like the novelization of a TV show pilot: The sets were all lovingly described down to the position of the never-used Laser Printers, The characters were from central casting including The Conspiracy Nut, The Engineer, The Entrepreneur and The Troubled Young Woman (and those were the protagonists), the majority of the book was spent getting the characters into position for their roles in the continuing drama, and it even ends on a cliffhanger setting up a secret war (for the series).

The subtitle "A Conspiracy Tale" is very accurate as the main character of the book ends up being the conspiracy itself as it's the only one that seems to live and evolve as the story progresses.

Perhaps for the next novel instead of self publishing, Mr. Collier will allow an editor to criticize his work.

Copyright © 2008 John Enzinas

John Enzinas reads frequently and passionately. In his spare time he plays with swords.

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