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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Blinded Authority by Chad Boles is a political and financial thriller that delves into the dark underbelly and machinisms of corruption in a fictional Florida county's economic affairs, where transparency is as elusive as the truth, and the truth can be just about anything, depending on who's doing the talking. Orthus County is the primary setting of Bole's intelligent narrative and it follows the strategic maneuvering of money from the point of view of several well developed characters. When a series of intricate, nefarious transactions are manufactured, the county and those involved struggle to prevent an imminent financial collapse and the fallout of all those with even a hint of association.
Chad Boles has written a deeply gripping and eerily familiar story line in Blinded Authority. I had a genuine love/hate relationship with the characters and was intrigued by their motives, relationships, and cataclysmic failings. While at first glance I worried that the theme might be a bit too complex, that concern was alleviated within the first few pages. Boles writes with authority in a narrative that can be fresh and often even funny while maintaining the plot's grim tone. There is a humanity to the players despite words and actions that irritate long after the book has been finished. Ultimately, it is people who orchestrate demise...and their humanizing required a skilled hand, one which Boles clearly possesses. I feel like this is one of those books that would play out well on the screen and believe this story will find a wide and captivated readership as the frailty of America's economic system is exposed.