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Pendulum Series # 3
BY Adam Hamdy

Dec 2019/ ISBN 9781472253972

Reviewed by Elise Cooper


Aftershock by Adam Hamdy brings to a conclusion his Pendulum series. Throughout the series, the deep state is exposed, showing how those in business, the military, government, and religious leaders have their own agenda in an attempt to take over in Britain and America.

The author noted, “I drew upon my own personal experience after rescuing my twelve-year-old nephew from a cult. This put me in a lot of contact with people who have dealt with cults. I’ve interviewed victims of cults, psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, and many others who specialize in the field. I’ve met with people who lead cults as well as figures within the alternative spiritual community. I’ve had readings from psychics, fortune tellers, and learned the basics of cold reading from experts in the field. This book, in particular, examines how easy it is for someone with the right skills to manipulate people. My nephew was told he was going to be a leader of an army of faithful. Thankfully, he is fine now, and out of the cult.”

The main heroes of the book are English detective Patrick Bailey, the leader of the Metropolitan Police task force, FBI Agent Christine Ash, and photographer, John Wallace. They work together to destroy this far-reaching organization known as The Foundation. It is important to read the previous books to understand the journey that the heroes are on. Throughout the story, there is a cat and mouse game played between the protagonists and antagonists that include Arno Kale, a cult leader, and Ash’s evil father. Knowing that there are very few people, they can trust Bailey, Ash, and Wallace work together with their underworld contacts rather than their colleagues to bring down this horrific organization.

What Hamdy wants readers to get out of the story, “I hope it was entertaining. I hope they understand just how vulnerable we all are and how people prey on our weaknesses. There is an instinctive reaction where people are forced to make a choice. Politicians, actors, musicians, those in the FBI are now able to further their agenda. I am quite surprised how politically active everyone has become. Confirmation bias leads us to seek out information that validates our political, social, or economic worldview, rarely challenging the integrity of the data or the motivation of the source if it backs our pre-established understanding. We should follow the rule and not talk about politics, religion, and money.”

The tension is ratcheted up as the book progresses, creating a fast-paced thriller with very complex characters. Readers who like a good conspiracy story sprinkled with some mystery, and mayhem will enjoy this book.

Reviewed 2020