Gillette's Conquest of
Paradise is a complex,
engaging thriller. Completely ignorant of nano-technology, this
reviewer found himself searching the net to learn more. The things
learned at sites where research is well underway confirmed the
frightening reality I learned in the book.
The tragic events
of September 11 terrorist attacks are unleashed in the novel,
focusing on the plane that crashes into the Pentagon. A plan is
presented to the president known as The White Horse Plan. It sets
forth the policy to and outline to begin the newest arms race. It
involves a revolutionary technology known as nanotechnology. The
first nation to possess what is known as an assembler, will
essentially be protected from any type of terrorist attack.
"The maturation of assembler-based nanotechnology will
shower tremendous benefits on Americas humanity, but those benefits
come with a price. Serious dangers lurk around the corner…Whoever
breaks out with the assembler lead, whether it's a several hour lead
or several year lead--that state will have the rest of world at it's
In a contest to be the first with an assembler, it
is important to construct a way to defend against an attack should
America not win the race.
At the same time Raphael Vicente
is on a quest of his own, as the new president Europe he has the
power to follow through on a life-long mission. He is working to
eliminate disease, poverty and oppressive power.
relevant passages from the Bible quoted at the beginning of each
chapter, it is clear that things cannot work as smoothly as planned.
With power come all things associated with it. Raphael, as well as
other leaders, learn that they must act and react to events that
With explosive narrative, fast-paced scenes, and
an intense plot, Conquest of Paradise is as troubling a thriller as you can expect to read. The
plot is very comparable to a Tom Clancy novel; the writing,
parallel. The characters are deep, rich and well defined. The
likelihood of the fiction of nanotechnology becoming true, all too
September 11, 2001 marks the
beginning of a world-wide war on terror. Unbeknownst to the citizens
of the Western Powers, their governments are working on a modern-day
Manhattan Project to create a weapon so potent, it will defeat the
terrorists of the world once and for all. In an era when the very
survival of liberty and the global economic system are daily
threatened by weapons of mass destruction, the Western democracies
ardently push the limits of the known universe to unleash a weapon
of unrivaled omnipotence--a self-replicating assembler.
Amidst these troubled times, a god-like figure rises to
power. As leader of the newly integrated European Union, Raphael
Vicente sets out on a bold quest to exterminate disease, eliminate
poverty, and destroy the world's oppressors. The ascendance of this
new breakthrough technology sets the stage for realizing his
dream--a world entrenched in democratic social justice for all
peoples of the world.
But in Raphael's world of black and
white, the dream of eradicating injustice proves to be a formidable
task, and in the end, man's elusive pursuit of perfection drives him
to the edge of never-before imagined consequences. In a struggle to
provide adequate security, while preserving liberty, quick decisions
must be made, and they leave the world teetering on the brink of
REVIEWED BY PHILLIP TOMASSO
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Tomasso III is the award-winning author of Adverse Impact, Johnny Blade, Third Ring, Tenth House and Mind Play.
He works full time as an employment law paralegal, freelances for a
community newspaper and writes regular book reviews for Futures
Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Best Reviews and Curled Up With A
Good Book. Tomasso also writes middle grade novels under the pen
name, Grant R. Philips. King Gauthier and the Little Dragon Slayer will be released by Port Town
Publishing, September 2003; Sounds of Silence in the Fall of 2004 by Star Bright Books. Living in
Rochester, New York with his wife and three children. Tomasso is
currently at work on his next mystery and middle grade novels.