A Rambling Wreck – Book 2 of The Hidden Truth Series – A Science Fiction Book Review

Hans G. Schantz is the author of the “The Hidden Truth” series and based on the bio at the end of the book some sort of a genius.  He’s a PhD in theoretical physics and a high-tech inventor of radio frequency gadgets (e.g., near field electromagnetic ranging).   Suffice it to say he doesn’t need to use a macguffin in any of his stories to fake a scientific plot line.  So, it’s kind of ironic that the first chapter is named “Whatever Happened to Angus MacGuffin.”

I picked up this second volume of the series without having read the first because the premise caught my fancy.  The protagonist, Peter is a college freshman at Georgia Tech who is digging up information on a shadowy organization called the Civic Circle which seems like some kind of combination of the Illuminati and villains from a Bond movie.  They murdered his parents for getting in the way of an operation being carried out to hide the Civic Circle’s involvement in an assassination campaign.  This campaign was meant to prevent the leading minds in electromagnetic field theory from discovering a secret that would give its wielder enormous power.

Now imagine that plot line embedded in a story that includes a freshman pick-up artist, social justice warriors on campus, a Chinese demigod, a 17th century nuclear energy program and a freshman trying to keep his grade point average high enough to keep his scholarship money intact.

It’s sort of like what might happen if one of Heinlein’s juvenile heroes (say Kip from Have Spacesuit Will Travel) was thrust into the modern era and was forced to use “SJWs Always Lie” as his freshman orientation guide while battling the Black Hats.

The book combines an elaborate puzzle involving an ancient Chinese philosophical text that seems also to be a clue to the secret knowledge that the Civic Circle is protecting.  There’s a rationale involving historical figures from the early days of electromagnetic field theory to explain how this secret hasn’t been discovered by the physicists of today.  There are all kinds of geeky fun throughout the plot.

One other interesting note.  This is an alternate history world where President Gore was killed in the 9-11-2001 terror attacks.  So, they must have completely missed out on the joys of climate change.

The action moves along and the various plot elements reach their crescendo in a nicely coordinated climax.  Secrets are revealed.  The damsel in distress is saved and the hero moves up the ladder of experience and prepares for his next foray against the powers of darkness.

I thought the book was good.  I should probably go back now and read the first volume (but once you cheat it’s always tough to do that).  But I look forward to next installment.  Hopefully in it Donald Trump will be given super powers and a license to kill.

4 thoughts on “A Rambling Wreck – Book 2 of The Hidden Truth Series – A Science Fiction Book Review

  • September 18, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I thought the book was good. I should probably go back now and read the first volume (but once you cheat it’s always tough to do that). But I look forward to next installment. Hopefully in it Donald Trump will be given super powers and a license to kill.

    I am pre ordering NOW if that is the case :>)

    • September 18, 2017 at 5:40 am

      Just kidding of course. I wouldn’t want to tell the author how to write his story. Just thinking of the possibilities.

  • September 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    The final draft for Book 3 of the Hidden Truth is now done. If you can overlook a few typos the copy editors haven’t gone over yet, I’d be happy to send you a copy to review in advance of the release at the end of October.

    Here’s a blurb:

    Where we go one, we go all!

    When the Civic Circle tries to embroil the U.S. in a senseless war, Pete must leverage his summer intern position to infiltrate their Jekyll Island Meeting, and disrupt their plans. The danger – and the opportunity – are far greater than he imagines. Deep within the conspiracy’s stronghold Pete discovers not only the secrets by which they retain their power, but also a crucial vulnerability that could cripple the Cabal with one decisive blow.

    The sinister power behind the Cabal – a power that aims to reshape society, destroy our civilization, and cast humanity into bondage – tolerates no rivals. With his plans in jeopardy and his life at risk, Pete must forge an unlikely alliance of rivals, turn the Civic Circle against itself, expose their secrets, and end their threat once and for all. The ultimate struggle for the ultimate stakes hinges on one simple question:

    Will fortune favor the brave and the bold?

    Let me know if you’re interested. Thanks for the great review!

    • September 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      I’d be honored to read and review it. Just let me know what I have to do. My e-mail is orionscoldfireatcharter.net


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