A political activist is mysteriously murdered, and a major publisher faces ruin as a powerful, yet unknown force threatens his industry. A TV preacher discovers a movement inside his own religion to remove God, and a high school teacher is told he can no longer teach facts in his classroom. By night, a graffiti artist splashes paint on the sides of government buildings and people feel a shiver of trepidation, wondering what his cryptic messages mean.
Five heroes wonder why these seemingly separate occurrences are happening, and whether they might be connected. Is it the failed policies of a popular, yet weak president causing them, or might there be a sinister force hiding in the darkness controlling it all? Can the events be stopped before it brings down the nation? A mysterious document rumored to be hidden in the dark corners of the Internet might have the clues, but will they be able to find it in time?
ERASE is a thrill ride of twists and turns as each clue is discovered through a maze of murder, mayhem and intrigue, and villains and heroes push against each other as they race to a surprising finish.
“I think ERASE maybe the most important political novel since 1984, Atlas Shrugged, Brave New World and State of Fear.”
- Jay Lehr, Ph.D. The Heartland Institute
Richard Viguerie’s Conservative Headquarters wrote:
Must Read Book: Tom DeWeese’s ERASE Like Atlas Shrugged and the Left Behind series Tom DeWeese's ERASE presents a fictional path through a dystopian future. However, in ERASE every single policy presented in the book, from the use of technology to change our culture; to the use of the public school classrooms to eliminate true knowledge; to the destruction of Christianity in a drive to meld all religions into one powerful tool for government, is all true and happening at this very moment.
"Once in a while you read a book and say this is truly timely. ERASE is that book for today. It is believable. And it should be because much of what is in it has actually happened or is currently happening across the country."
- Kathleen Marquardt, author of the best selling book, Animal Scam.
"Tom DeWeese has mastered the art of story-telling and sounding the alarm in such a way, that while we are being entertained, we are also being enlightened. This is not only a suspenseful political thriller … this is the warning bell."
- Debbie Barth host of On The Grid Internet Talk Radio/ author of The Promise Book; Tell Someone
Here’s what other readers have said:
“I am reading Tom DeWeese’s new novel ERASE which has all the flavor of the late Michael Crichton's State Of Fear and Rand's Atlas Shrugged.”
“ERASE… in my opinion, is a 21st century version of George Orwell’s 1984.”
“DeWeese ties the Global Agenda into a fictional, fast moving, interesting story that would make anyone understand what is happening to our Country, even if they'd not been paying attention for the past 20 to 30 years. This will be a best seller shortly.”
“Murder, greed, tyranny, Agenda 21, and New World Order, all tied up in a package of deceit ... and lying at the front door of the White House. You are going to love this one.”
“It is eye opening, it is necessary, it is suspenseful, it is just well written. The characters are faced with the same fears, the same trying to stop it, the same helplessness, that many of us are facing daily as we fight to stop such a dark demon from destroying our real lives”
“I think the author did an excellent job in tying in all aspects of the world we live in today. Everyone should read it. It is in story form for the benefit of those who can not wrap their minds around the world today. Factfiction I guess you would call it.”
“ERASE gives me hope, that everything wrong will be corrected, that good triumphs over evil.”
“Erase is so incredibly believable; I guess that is because most of the things in it really happened or are happening now in America. It is so good to have it in a novel..”
“You are a terrific writer. It really flows…”
“It is eye opening, it is necessary, it is suspenseful, it is just well written.”
“I highly recommend the book, both as an excellent suspense novel and maybe one that will open some eyes to a real threat.”
“We finished Erase. WOW!! We really enjoyed it!"
“I'm working on Erase - great so far.”
“I finished your book and it really had me thinking, that's the point right!”
“I am also enjoying your book.”
“Oh it's good.”
“Exciting read! Each chapter makes you look forward to the next. Relevant to today's America.”
“I didn’t want to finish it because I didn’t want it to end!”
Tom DeWeese passionately believes in the rights of the individual over a powerful, tyrannical, collective society, and is also author of the non-fiction policy book “Now Tell Me I Was Wrong.” To promote his strongly held philosophy of free enterprise, national sovereignty and limited government, he travels extensively across the nation speaking out as a passionate advocate of private property rights, personal privacy protection and opposition to government education policy. Recognized internationally as an expert in these fields, Tom DeWeese has been quoted in such national publications as the New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal while making regular appearances on a large list of national and local radio and television programs including Fox News.
I think ERASE may be the most important political novel since 1984, Atlas Shrugged, Brave New World and State of Fear.
By Tom DeWeese
Reviewed by Jay Lehr, The Heartland Institute
It has been many years since any writer has attempted to take on the downward spiral of our government in a fictional story that tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth with names chosen to protect the innocent and deprive the guilty of the ability to sue for slander.
Perhaps it started with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, then George Orwell's 1984, followed by Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and most recently Michael Crichton's State of Fear. Tom DeWeese may not go down entirely in the company of the aforementioned authors, but he has written a delightful easy to read novel that accomplishes the very same things these four icons did. His advantage is that he has written a "historical novel" when the period of history he is dealing with is "today".
His book ERASE has all the ingredients of a mystery thriller including murder, mayhem and intrigue, villains, heroes and heroines, but all placed in a framework of today's reality only slightly exaggerated for impact.
It is often said among writers that there are only 13 original plots and that every one creates a variation on one of those themes. DeWeese borrows from all four of the great dystopian scenarios mentioned above. If you have not read any or all you might put them on your reading list as they are truly classics.
Atlas Shrugged has a mysterious hero whose name is written all over in graffiti "who is John Galt". In DeWeese’s ERASE the mystery hero is just known as "H" and his messages are potently described in graffiti all over government buildings in Washington, DC. In "1984" the government rewrites all of history in a language called "newspeak". DeWeese's nefarious government is able to rewrite everything when books disappear and all information comes through a government controlled iPad in everyone's hands. In Brave New World the populace is controlled by a daily dose of a simple little "soma" pill. In ERASE control is implemented through a federally controlled school system with a "Common Core" like curriculum. State of Fear keeps the public in a state of alarm through fraudulent environmental scares. DeWeese does the same herding the population into cities in order to “protect the environment.”
The exciting difference in DeWeese’s book is his development of the evil doers personalities and how they managed to take over society. But the book is far scarier than its predecessors. It has no hint of futuristic science fiction dystopia, instead it describes "today" with every detail in the book involving actual existing public policy with much of the dialog taken verbatim from recent events. Our nation is being changed before our eyes in much the way ERASE describes. And, just as DeWeese depicts, there are dedicated patriots racing to stop it. In ERASE the ultimate heroes do indeed succeed.
In California, a year ago 1500 farmers were deprived of their irrigation water to insure that smelt, a river fish, had adequate water. In ERASE a team from the Army Corps of Engineers systematically destroy irrigation systems eliminating water flowing from the Mississippi River to adjacent farms. In addition, dams throughout the country are dismantled flooding homes where families are reassigned to cities.
The plot expands to Churches as their pastors are encouraged, in order to maintain their positions, to tell their parishioners that Man is the lowest life form on earth and he must be removed from most of it in order to preserve the earth. Private property is to be eliminated so as not to enslave the land. The new leaders declare that capitalism is destroying the earth.
DeWeese quotes the Czech born French writer Milan Kundera at the end of ERASE, from the "Book of Laughter and Forgetting" which may have been influenced by his colleague Milan Hubl: "The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, and its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was. The world around it will forget even faster." That is the basic plot of ERASE.
To preserve freedom, DeWeese intones, it is the duty of every American to learn and understand these dangers. That is why true education, in particular, the teaching of history, economics and philosophy are so vital to preserving a free society. These are the very things The Heartland Institute stands for.