Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
248 Pages
Reviewed on 03/12/2021
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Author Biography

“Reality” was written because I thought it was a fascinating concept for someone in Africa to be alone in the vast Sahara Desert or grassy savannah, and completely vulnerable to the sun’s heat and wild animals.

From the start, I wanted to combine that premise with my interest in the debate about mass surveillance, conspiracy theories regarding 9/11 and the New World Order, and to create a biting satire of the public’s thirst for reality entertainment.

I felt the story needed to address racism and slavery in the past and present and its direct association with the tragic history of European colonialism in Africa and Australia, and show The Syndicate representing the absolute pinnacle of class warfare and power.

Ultimately, the essence of the book is anti-war, and my own personal view of the conflicts, terror, and paranoia that have gripped the planet at the dawn of this new century, giving rise to a nightmarish feeling of being in an unreal state of reality.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Reality by DC Wince, The Game is about to begin, a game where there can be only one winner, and the losers' fates will be in the hands of the Watchers. In the searing heat of the Sahara desert and the African savannah, four men battle for survival. British ex-journalist Charlie Grimer, investment bankers Ernst Jaeger and Dale Crumb, and a young Aborigine, Blaze Mullins, have all been kidnapped when they discovered a plan by a secret organization called The Syndicate to carry out the biggest terrorism plot in US history. If their plot is successful, the entire world will face certain destruction. The men are forced to compete in a warped and bloodthirsty game of survival, watched by only the chosen few. If they perish, they will be unable to stop The Syndicate's horrifying plan and civilization will be plunged into chaos and war.

Reality by DC Wince ticks every box for me. The plot is intriguing, thought-provoking, and compelling. The author's descriptive narrative transports you immediately into the world of the characters. My favorite characters were Blaze and Charlie and I loved the development of their relationship. The mixture of action and tension was perfect and the areas of conflict were truly the strength of this novel. There are many shocking layers to the plot and these were gradually revealed as the story progressed. There are many conspiracy theories covered such as the New World Order, corrupt financial organizations, governments, and intelligence agencies with secret and dangerous agendas that place humanity's safety in jeopardy. I also found the manipulation of the truth by the media truly worrying: ‘Who controls the world controls reality.' The methods the elites used to manipulate and control the truth were not only disturbing but highly relevant in today's society. I found each character's personality had been carefully considered and the backstories to each person gave me a helpful insight into their thought processes. The dialogue exchanges were amazing and, at times, powerfully emotional. The story never lagged and I was completely gripped until the very end. The ending was explosive, especially the final scenes between Dale and Charlie, and really left you wanting more from these characters. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

K.C. Finn

Reality is a work of fiction in the conspiracy, thriller and science fiction adventure sub genres, and was penned by author D. C. Wince. The work is intended for the mature reading audience, and contains scenes of graphic violence and the use of explicit language throughout. Set in the year 2001, this fascinating novel sets us up with protagonist Charlie Grimer, an ex-journalist who stumbles upon a terrifying conspiracy by a rich and powerful group who want to dominate the world. Along with three other men who have stumbled into the web of The Syndicate, Charlie is taken and forced to compete in Reality, a deadly survival contest for the amusement of their captors.

Author D. C. Wince has crafted a high stakes, all action work of fiction with plenty of thrills, chills and battles of wits to offer its readers. I was amazed by how much plot this novel packs into every punch, offering both a race-against-time battle to end the conspiracy and a clever no-holds-barred survival story in one. The male-centric casts presents a highly descriptive and action-led story, and I really enjoyed the way the plot developed around these four very different men as it progressed. Another feature which I really enjoyed was the descriptive quality of the settings (especially the deadly heat of the Sahara) and the characters, which engendered a cinematic feel that was easy to imagine. The technical plot work in the world-domination storyline was also intelligently played out and not cliched or overdone. Overall, I would certainly recommend Reality to fans of clever thriller drama, Battle Royale-styled action and for science fiction fans everywhere.

Grant Leishman

Reality by DC Wince takes us deep inside the world of conspiracy theories, one-world government, and the New World Order. It is the end of the twentieth century and whilst most of the world is panicking about Y2K, a German investment banker, Ernst Jaeger, and his girlfriend Anna are terrified by an inadvertent discovery Ernst made at work. This hints at a sinister plot to overthrow the entire world and control humanity with a shadowy cabal of extraordinarily wealthy and powerful people, collectively known as The Syndicate. In desperation, Ernst and his girlfriend turn to well-known British exposé and investigative journalist Charlie Grimer to expose this evil plot to the world and stop what seems to be the inevitable success of the syndicate. What the pair has uncovered includes a massive range of behind-the-scenes plots intended to destabilize nations and the entire system of government all across the world. Racing against time to let the world know of a plot to crash airliners into buildings, sometime toward the end of 2001, they find themselves kidnapped by the Syndicate and set down in the African desert in a strange race for survival, called Reality. Watched by a pay-per-view audience, Ernst, Charlie, and two other men are in a battle for their lives to survive the harsh desert and each other as they seek the ultimate prize, some 1,000 miles away – wealth and an antidote to the poison all four men have been injected with.

Reality is a fast-paced, high-octane adventure that carries the reader along on a roller-coaster of emotions and connection. Author DC Wince, by setting the novel at the start of the twenty-first century, was cleverly able to weave many events that we have seen come to pass in the last twenty years into his conspiracy theory organization of The Syndicate, which made the entire narrative seem realistic, possible, and almost a retelling of history. The whole conspiracy theory and survival race to the death have, of course, been done before but the author still manages to make this tale fresh and exciting. I particularly enjoyed the character of Blaze, inadvertently dragged into the entire mess and race to the death, merely by association with Ernst’s girlfriend, Anna. His aboriginal myths and beliefs added much depth to the entire narrative and lifted it above others of this genre. The stories of the Dreamtime that Blaze brought to the tale added interest and color to the adventure. The author has left an avenue for a sequel and that bodes well for the future. This is not a book that breaks particularly new ground but the ability to link current and recent events to the conspiracy theories makes for an interesting and stimulating read. I can recommend this tale to adventure lovers.