Verdict: Easteridge deftly handles the cat-and-mouse chase sequences and his conspiracy idea is an interesting twist on terrorist plots. To his credit, the author ties up all the loose story lines at the book’s conclusion and every single character is accounted for.
Jason Park, alias Tom Drake, has no memory. It’s 2028 and he’s scrambling around in Manhattan—now known as the Abandoned City—chased by men he doesn’t know and for reasons he can’t fathom.
The men chasing Jason work for a company named Geosearch, which let it be known that New York City and its vicinity are on the verge of a Megaquake. To substantiate this claim, they cause a small quake as a precursor, causing millions of people from Manhattan and New Jersey suburbs to be evacuated.
The idea is to create a New Boston and to funnel all the business and new construction up there, creating an enormous profit for those behind the fraud. Jason works for his father’s company, Parksoft, and was one of a select few to be invited to a meeting explaining this plot, a meeting held eleven years prior.
A unique idea sits at the center of an enormous conspiracy involving real estate value. The concept concerns overpriced New York properties and how and why other areas suffer in comparison. The book is told in flashback, starting from Jason’s high school years, through college at Yale, a position in his father’s company, and the espionage aftermath, where he is being sought as a traitor to Geosearch.
An FBI friend, Jimmy, helps Jason change his identity to one Tom Drake. Early on in the story, Jason believes his Tom Drake persona is a dream. Which is his real life, Park or Drake? In truth, he has been given a drug to wipe out his memory.
The Oxbury Proposal includes crooked FBI agents, evil men with money and power, henchmen, a character who returns from the dead to save the day, and lots of action. Jason knows hand-to-hand combat and does serious damage in various fights.
The Oxbury Proposal could have been a tighter, more readable book had the author focused more on the conspiracy and trimmed parts revolving around Jason’s personal life. It takes the reader away from the main story arc and hurts momentum. However Easteridge deftly handles the cat-and-mouse chase sequences and his conspiracy idea is an interesting twist on terrorist plots. To his credit, the author ties up all the loose story lines at the book’s conclusion and every single character is accounted for.
Reviewed by Joe DelPriore for IndieReader
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