Book Review: The Syndicate

The Syndicate: Operation Valiant ExodusThe Syndicate: Operation Valiant Exodus by E. Clay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clay is devastated that his wife is leaving him, especially now that it looks like his father is dying. On top of that, race relations in his small town of Blythe, TX, are simmering after the recent riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, and they have never been particularly progressive to begin with. When the local police chief starts to actually notice race issues because his son is caught up in the national events, will things change?

The Syndicate is a story of race, starting in the 60s with a black preacher in a mostly white town, all the way through today. It imagines a not so unlikely future and weaves a story of conspiracy and drama centered on this unlikely Texas small town. I really enjoyed the realistic set and dialogue, although I think I would have liked to delve more into the inner workings and backstory of the actual conspiracy story, or perhaps more of an explanation of the parties involved. I thought the actual crime drama took a backseat to the story of Clay, and I would have liked to see more of it. However it was still a good read, and very interesting for anyone wondering what race relations might look like in the near future.

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