EMMA

Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
290 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2013
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Author Biography

To date, Michael has written four novels. His first, Hampton Road, is a psychological thriller for young adults. His second, In Deep, and his third, Cupiditas, are political thrillers. Evil's Root is a compilation of In Deep and Cupiditas. His latest novel, EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists, is a crime/tech thriller.
Apart from writing novels, Michael has also published three non-fiction works: A Critical Look at John Gardner's Grendel; Teaching Literature and Writing in the Secondary Classroom; and Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson with Introduction, Notes, and Lessons by Michael Segedy. He has also published numerous academic articles about literature and writing.
Gwendolyn Brooks, former poet laureate of Illinois, presented him with Virginia English Bulletin's first place writing award.
Most of his adult life, Michael has lived overseas. He has spent over two decades living in Peru, Morocco, Israel, and Taiwan.
He and his family currently live in Lima, Peru, and with his family's support and encouragement, he hopes to start work on his next novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite

"EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists" by Michael Segedy is every bit as exciting as you’d expect a novel by this talented author to be. A group of political anarchists - in the true sense of the word as meaning a political philosophy that holds the state to be unnecessary at best and harmful at worst - use the Web as a tool to achieve what they see as improvements in society. However, within the ranks are some extremists who will only be happy if corporate figures they see as evil are removed permanently. The key figure in the action is Brent Cossack, a CIA operative who is forced to resign after becoming disillusioned at discovering some grim truths in his work. Events conspire to keep him on the edge. Another somewhat disillusioned man, FBI agent Rick Clark, is trying to forget tough personal circumstances and becomes involved in the action. He turns to his psychologist for support and help comes from another quarter too.

The book has everything a modern high-tech thriller needs: computers, terrorists groups, reference to recent actual figures and events, corporate baddies, fanatics driven too far and troubled but competent strong, moral investigators. There is breathless tension by the truckload and plenty of high emotion, but it also has pathos and genuinely moving moments. Segedy always creates complex, convincing characters with enough emotional baggage to make them interesting but not crippled. He plunges these rounded individuals into thoroughly researched and imaginative yet disturbingly realistic and plausible scenarios to keep his readers glued to the pages. Even the chapter headings show the thought that this author puts into his work and help keep every word he uses charged with energy and interest. If you haven’t already realized from this review, let me tell you that this book is frankly brilliant and you really should read it.

Eduardo Aduna

Michael Segedy’s "EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists" is a gritty look at modern day vigilantism using technology to right wrongs on a global scale. Ex-government bagman Brent Cossack now works for EMMA, an organization that doesn't let their sense of morality stop them from doing what they think is right. Rick Clark, FBI CID operative, is on the other end of the spectrum, a straight-laced cop who finds himself questioning his role in the current status quo. These two players live in a world where online information can lead to real world assassinations. Circumstances have made their professional and personal lives cross, resulting in a fast-paced adventure in the underbelly of the underground techno-anarchist movement.

Michael Segedy’s "EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists" can be seen by some as an incisive commentary on the foreign policy of today’s superpowers. Characters live so deep in the gray zone that black and white fade, and right and wrong become inevitably obscured. The book presents a relevant what-if scenario: what if hacktivism is not enough? What if the people who use technology to right wrongs themselves fall prey to the lure of absolute dominion over their chosen battleground? Michael Segedy’s talent for creating multi-faceted characters with comprehensive back stories again manifests itself. The way he weaves the stories of his characters into one compelling narrative is simply masterful. I had goose bumps while reading several of the twists and turns that the novel has. The thriller has enough action and suspense to keep readers hooked, though perhaps the main thing that drew me in is the intellectual foundation that serves as the novel’s framework. "EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists" is a thriller that deals with relevant issues which are sure to keep readers wondering long after the last page is turned.

Maria Beltran

Mark Bernstein, an oil magnate who financed death squads in Nigeria is assassinated. Next on the list is Ken Farrow, the CEO of AAT Corporation, who has supplied rebels in the Congo with genocidal weapons. This is how the novel EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists, an action thriller about a disillusioned black-ops CIA operative, unfolds. When CIA agent Brent Cossack uncovers an anomaly in American foreign policy, he immediately leaves the service. He returns home and falls in love with Sabrina, an attractive political activist. Eventually, they join Anonymous, a clandestine group involved in hacking.

Michael Segedy's novel is an action-packed thriller. Using the Internet as a weapon, a group of political activists start hacking websites to effect social change. Believing that this is not enough, EMMA, a break away group, brings it to the next level, assassinating corporate heads who they believe are guilty of crimes against humanity. What sends a chill through my spine is the possibility of this story becoming a reality. The story is told in such a way that the reader is gripped by the urgency of the protagonist's situation. This is because the reader sympathizes with the main characters. A compelling plot and sympathetic characters are two elements of that make this narrative difficult to put down. It is a compelling read, from start to finish. In fact, this is one of those novels that will linger in the subconscious long after the reader has finished reading the story.