The Seed of Corruption


Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
456 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2022
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Author Biography

A.I. Fabler is the pen name of a New Zealand-born author who has spent a large part of his working life in London, New York and Sydney, initially in journalism and advertising, holding senior international corporate roles before turning to writing full time. His political satire, “Agenda 2060: The Future as It Happens” was published in 2021, described by Kirkus Reviews as ‘A laser-focused, irresistible lampoon of woke culture’. It was the winner of the 2022 Indie Reader Discovery Award for Popular Fiction. His new book, "The Seed of Corruption”, set in Vietnam during the 2004 SARS epidemic in that country is a suspenseful romantic thriller focused on Big Pharma and state corruption. He is the recipient of a number of screenwriting awards, including the NY Empire Award for Drama in 2017 and the 2017 Cannes Drama Award.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Seed of Corruption: A Novel by A.I. Fabler is an action-packed conspiracy thriller with two powerful protagonists. Anton Faraday is a British wildlife painter who loves nature and wants to capture and beautify it in his art. However, things turn bad when someone makes a copy of one of his best paintings and makes money from it. Angry and desperate for answers, Anton packs his bags and travels to Vietnam to find the culprit. There he meets the pretty and fierce Caroline Brinkley, a freelance journalist on the hunt for her adoptive brother and a breakthrough story. They decide to travel together without knowing the SARS epidemic is ready to strike and make life hell for everyone in the country. Now, Anton and Caroline have to find what they are looking for, survive the epidemic, and come out of this ordeal in one piece. Seems impossible, right?

The suspense is alive in The Seed of Corruption. Author A.I. Fabler is a magician with words and storytelling. Some twists and turns make the story more entertaining, the dialogues are refreshing, and the character development is on point. There is not a moment where the reader is confused. The plot is intricate, intense, and packed full of action. You can feel when Anton is lost and feeling the pressure of being overwhelmed by his surroundings. The descriptions are evocative and vivid enough to make you feel like you are right next to Caroline and Anton. The two work together very well and make the perfect sleuth duo. The themes of art theft and missing family members run in the background as Anton and Caroline grow and develop. You can tell Fabler did a lot of research on the SARS epidemic in Vietnam and its surrounding countries and that enhances the reading experience. Loved it!

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Seed of Corruption by A.I. Fabler is a conspiracy thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Anton Faraday is a wildlife painter in Vietnam to hunt down the person forging his work. Caroline Brinkley is a freelance journalist, working at a hotel in Vietnam while she searches for her adopted brother. The day they meet is the day it all begins. Attracted to one another, they decide to travel to the Northern Highlands together, unprepared for what they are about to face. It’s 2004 and SARS is rife in the remote region, fueling fear and death. As they journey, their pasts collide, pushing them forward as they stumble over a conspiracy they cannot comprehend. Drug companies and corrupt charities clash in a thrilling story of morality and ethics. Can love truly conquer all?

The Seed of Corruption by A. I. Fabler is a fantastic story that will hold your attention all the way through. Set against a backdrop of Vietnamese history and culture, this story will draw you in from the start, taking you on a journey from the stifling Mekong Delta to the remote outreaches, from fishing for Snakehead fish to trying to survive an epidemic while facing down corruption of the highest order. With action on every page, this is about more than just a simple romance. This is about searching for the truth, whatever that may be, about morals and ethics and you will feel every emotion as it plays out on the pages in front of you. If you want something different to read, something that will stay with you long after you have read it, this is the book for you.

K.C. Finn

The Seed of Corruption is a work of fiction in the thriller, conspiracy, and action subgenres. It is intended for the adult reading audience and was penned by author A. I. Fabler. Set in 2004, the plot sees two disparate figures come together in Vietnam for an unlikely alliance after dallying with the idea of romance. As one searches for her adoptive Vietnamese brother and the other hunts down a forger who is plagiarising his work as a wildlife painter, the pair discovers the history, culture, and strength of the nation of Vietnam as the Northern Highlands of Vietnam region is suddenly plagued by an outbreak of the deadly SARS virus. So begins a journey of corruption and destruction that could be a young journalist’s scoop of a lifetime.

Author A. I. Fabler does a spectacular job of delivering a gorgeously layered, rich, and exciting work that will appeal to fans of many different genres because of its different but highly compatible influences. I particularly enjoyed the cinematic atmosphere of the prose, which served to bring the sights, scents, sounds, and emotions of Vietnam to life during some very trying times indeed. With the current state of the world, setting this novel during a virus outbreak made it a very apt and relatable read indeed, and I also enjoyed how the central protagonists were put to the test, with such bizarre circumstances and being caught so far from what they usually know. Overall, The Seed of Corruption is an absolutely thrilling read that I would certainly recommend to readers one and all.