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"Lytes’ series launch is part-Westworld in its depiction of deadly technology and part–Black Mirror in its reflections on the power that technology has over our lives. ...the story has a propulsive energy and some neat turns of phrase." - Kirkus Reviews. The debut thriller Publishers Weekly, The BookLife Prize calls, "Engaging...." Police officer Peggy Whitfield receives a s "Lytes’ series launch is part-Westworld in its depiction of deadly technology and part–Black Mirror in its reflections on the power that technology has over our lives. ...the story has a propulsive energy and some neat turns of phrase." - Kirkus Reviews. The debut thriller Publishers Weekly, The BookLife Prize calls, "Engaging...." Police officer Peggy Whitfield receives a series of social media messages that instruct her to commit murder or she herself could be killed. As she investigates the mysterious messages, Peggy learns of a computer program named Clean that uses online activity to target those deemed unworthy. The ramifications of the program become clear as the bodies pile up, and Peggy questions the motives of those closest to her. When she decides to fake her own death, is it a brilliant plan that will thwart Clean? Or has she made it easier for someone to kill her without facing the consequences?


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"Lytes’ series launch is part-Westworld in its depiction of deadly technology and part–Black Mirror in its reflections on the power that technology has over our lives. ...the story has a propulsive energy and some neat turns of phrase." - Kirkus Reviews. The debut thriller Publishers Weekly, The BookLife Prize calls, "Engaging...." Police officer Peggy Whitfield receives a s "Lytes’ series launch is part-Westworld in its depiction of deadly technology and part–Black Mirror in its reflections on the power that technology has over our lives. ...the story has a propulsive energy and some neat turns of phrase." - Kirkus Reviews. The debut thriller Publishers Weekly, The BookLife Prize calls, "Engaging...." Police officer Peggy Whitfield receives a series of social media messages that instruct her to commit murder or she herself could be killed. As she investigates the mysterious messages, Peggy learns of a computer program named Clean that uses online activity to target those deemed unworthy. The ramifications of the program become clear as the bodies pile up, and Peggy questions the motives of those closest to her. When she decides to fake her own death, is it a brilliant plan that will thwart Clean? Or has she made it easier for someone to kill her without facing the consequences?

51 review for Clean: A Conspiracy Thriller

  1. 4 out of 5

    January Gray

    Boring and slow. I did not finish. Choppy writing style and I did not enjoy the plot. It did not gain not hold my interest.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angel White

    I just could not get into this book. This is not a thriller. It's more a mystery. The writing was really flat and I had a hard time even wanting to finish this. I do appreciate the author offering this on Goodreads, and was happy to win and review. I just could not get into this book. This is not a thriller. It's more a mystery. The writing was really flat and I had a hard time even wanting to finish this. I do appreciate the author offering this on Goodreads, and was happy to win and review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    *thank you to Netgalley and Tom Lytes for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 2 stars. So..this wasn't for me. I really wanted to enjoy this! It has been one I have been wanting to get to get to for quite a while now. It sounds so so good! But I found it to be so slow and uninteresting. There were moments that were good and spiked my interest, but not enough to make it worth while. I also found that I kept mixing up the characters because I didn't form a connection with them whic *thank you to Netgalley and Tom Lytes for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 2 stars. So..this wasn't for me. I really wanted to enjoy this! It has been one I have been wanting to get to get to for quite a while now. It sounds so so good! But I found it to be so slow and uninteresting. There were moments that were good and spiked my interest, but not enough to make it worth while. I also found that I kept mixing up the characters because I didn't form a connection with them which made me have to re-read parts and it made it unnecessary confusing. It's unfortunate that thismdidnt work out for me but I do hope that it does for others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I won this book in a giveaway. The premise in interesting. A super-intelligent computer program, creatively named Clean, monitors all digital information and seeks to weed out the riff-raff of society by blackmailing unsuspecting humans into murdering each other one by one. Of course, carrying out such an act when required, or choosing not to do so, may also land an unsuspecting human on Clean's naughty list as a target for someone else who is being blackmailed by Clean. Oh, and Clean is also ab I won this book in a giveaway. The premise in interesting. A super-intelligent computer program, creatively named Clean, monitors all digital information and seeks to weed out the riff-raff of society by blackmailing unsuspecting humans into murdering each other one by one. Of course, carrying out such an act when required, or choosing not to do so, may also land an unsuspecting human on Clean's naughty list as a target for someone else who is being blackmailed by Clean. Oh, and Clean is also able to move itself onto any servers it wants to that are online, so it can't be turned off. Not even by the genius who supposedly wrote it. It's all very chaotic, which seems to be the intent of the author, but I just had a hard time buying it. First of all, as a computer programmer myself, there are too many technical hurdles that simply aren't called out or addressed at all. Ignoring that, the book goes on and on, and then the resolution at the end is absent. There is a big, fat "continued in book 2" message instead, but for me that isn't convincing enough. After making it all the way through book 1 I just don't care enough to keep reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rosina Ayling

    Asked to review by the author. A computer program designed to 'get rid' off people in the country who are not 'worthy'. So anyone that comes into contact with the computer program, CLEAN will never be free of it again. But, when people are getting murdered, who is to blame?! Clever plot and very relevant to society today! It uses snapchat, social media references and is designed to make you think 'could this really be happening?' Which I found very interesting. There are lots of characters to ke Asked to review by the author. A computer program designed to 'get rid' off people in the country who are not 'worthy'. So anyone that comes into contact with the computer program, CLEAN will never be free of it again. But, when people are getting murdered, who is to blame?! Clever plot and very relevant to society today! It uses snapchat, social media references and is designed to make you think 'could this really be happening?' Which I found very interesting. There are lots of characters to keep up with, but Tom manages to keep you interested in them all and writes about each one in a clear and compelling way. A very good read, I just found it a little lengthy but I enjoyed it and thank you for the free copy!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Ashbrook

    Interesting idea, but this book just didn't do it for me. Interesting idea, but this book just didn't do it for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janice Lombardo

    Leonard was not a sociable person. However, he knew computers. (Maybe too well). He devised a program called CLEAN wherein anyone the computer comes to know online, they are never free of CLEAN, again. These people will be slated to die in various ways. Yet, CLEAN will be behind these deaths. Of course, computers are only as good as what goes into them. Also, WHO is putting information into them. When lives depend on this kind of information, once the act is carried out - there are no "do-overs" Leonard was not a sociable person. However, he knew computers. (Maybe too well). He devised a program called CLEAN wherein anyone the computer comes to know online, they are never free of CLEAN, again. These people will be slated to die in various ways. Yet, CLEAN will be behind these deaths. Of course, computers are only as good as what goes into them. Also, WHO is putting information into them. When lives depend on this kind of information, once the act is carried out - there are no "do-overs". Leonard is the genius behind CLEAN and has been solid about no one ever using the program except himself. What people input on THEIR computers feeds into Leonard's. If a combination/set of words does not sound harmful, Leonard catches it and alters the program. We hope. An exciting, yet somewhat lengthy, look into what the internet can/will be able to do in a futuristic/sci-fi way. The characters are great! The plotline does waver a bit but the premise is quite good. (I did detect a bit of dry humor in there, as well). Not a bad book - Suspense/Thriller/SciFi Many Thanks to IBPA, Tom Lytes and NetGalley for a good read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marion Jones

    A new computer program called CLEAN has been developed and turned loose. It’s job: to clean up society. If your name appears on the list, the program uses algorithms to determine if you are a viable part of society. If it determines that you are not, you are found guilty and placed on the list for termination. The program then uses the data that it knows about you and reaches out to those close to you and threatens them to terminate you. This is not a perfect system, however. And when someone ad A new computer program called CLEAN has been developed and turned loose. It’s job: to clean up society. If your name appears on the list, the program uses algorithms to determine if you are a viable part of society. If it determines that you are not, you are found guilty and placed on the list for termination. The program then uses the data that it knows about you and reaches out to those close to you and threatens them to terminate you. This is not a perfect system, however. And when someone adds a name to the list manually, it causes all sorts of mayhem for those involved. This includes Peggy, a cop, her kind of, sort of boyfriend, an FBI agent, a “friend” and member of the local criminal element, as well as the programmer himself. There is a great deal of suspense and mystery as they work together to stop the program before it takes them out. This book is an excellent example of what can happen if too much control and trust is placed in technology. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tam Sesto

    A programmer, a cop, an FBI agent, a criminal, a politician, and the fallout from a computer program that “cleans” up the country by killing people the program thinks is unfit to live. What I loved about this book was the concept of a computer program being able to control who lives or dies. The story started off with a bang, literally, but went down hill after the first couple of chapters. What I hated about this book was the fact that the author did not write with any suspense or unexpected mom A programmer, a cop, an FBI agent, a criminal, a politician, and the fallout from a computer program that “cleans” up the country by killing people the program thinks is unfit to live. What I loved about this book was the concept of a computer program being able to control who lives or dies. The story started off with a bang, literally, but went down hill after the first couple of chapters. What I hated about this book was the fact that the author did not write with any suspense or unexpected moments where you just went whoa. The plot didn’t flow well, and there were several times when I was reading that I felt like I had missed something. Occasionally the story didn’t make sense. An example is when he has the main character, Peggy, spill intimate secrets about her life to a complete stranger. Huh? The book overall was a big disappointment. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this 2 star novel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sari

    I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book just really wasn't for me. I felt like it took too long to to really get started, and even when the book finally felt like it was starting.. I just couldn’t get invested. I will say, the book had a very interesting plot behind it so it kept me reading until the end. The story itself seemed to really drag on and on. I feel I would have enjoyed it more had it been split up into maybe two books. I I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book just really wasn't for me. I felt like it took too long to to really get started, and even when the book finally felt like it was starting.. I just couldn’t get invested. I will say, the book had a very interesting plot behind it so it kept me reading until the end. The story itself seemed to really drag on and on. I feel I would have enjoyed it more had it been split up into maybe two books. I usually really enjoy those books that could actually happen in real life. Overall it was an okay book. It is a solid hacker inspired novel but the book seemed to ramble on a little more than I would have liked myself. Thank you Tom Lytes, NetGalley, and IPBA for allowing me to review this title.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    Goodreads Kindle Copy Win A police officer gets ominous social media messages to commit murder or become a victim. She will investigate as it will lead her to a computer program that uses online activity to rate worthiness of people. Soon there is a pile of dead bodies as she questions the people close to her. She sets out a plan to fake her death but will it mean that it will be easier for the people in charge to kill her without consequences? An interesting read in this modern day of technology. Goodreads Kindle Copy Win A police officer gets ominous social media messages to commit murder or become a victim. She will investigate as it will lead her to a computer program that uses online activity to rate worthiness of people. Soon there is a pile of dead bodies as she questions the people close to her. She sets out a plan to fake her death but will it mean that it will be easier for the people in charge to kill her without consequences? An interesting read in this modern day of technology.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebeca Núñez

    ** Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review ** Es el tipo de trama interesante para estos tiempos, donde estamos tan vinculados con las redes sociales y la tecnología. La historia esta llena de sorpresas, lo que es interesante, a pesar de que el estilo de escritura es algo cortado, y que el ritmo del libro es algo lento. No lo disfrute tanto como esperaba.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Belle

    DNF - Really odd. I recommend this book to people who like their books weird. Fascinating premise that sucked me in, but unfortunately the execution isn't what I was hoping for. It just feels odd. I haven't been able to build a connection with any of the characters. Everyone's behaviour - It's just a bit too out of left field for me. *Free e-copy received in exchange for an honest review DNF - Really odd. I recommend this book to people who like their books weird. Fascinating premise that sucked me in, but unfortunately the execution isn't what I was hoping for. It just feels odd. I haven't been able to build a connection with any of the characters. Everyone's behaviour - It's just a bit too out of left field for me. *Free e-copy received in exchange for an honest review

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Schindler

    Decent read. It was fast paced and exciting. Something so everyday, social media and it's attraction and ability to be included in every single part of your life makes this story all the more real. Though it is fiction, readers can see things like this actually happening and that draws you into the story more. Would most definitely recommend. Decent read. It was fast paced and exciting. Something so everyday, social media and it's attraction and ability to be included in every single part of your life makes this story all the more real. Though it is fiction, readers can see things like this actually happening and that draws you into the story more. Would most definitely recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kaili (Owl Book World)

    I wanted to enjoy this book because it had a good premise. The story is a little slow and constantly changes POV without any warning. You don't really get to know the characters because of that and often found myself mixing up the characters. I wanted to enjoy this book because it had a good premise. The story is a little slow and constantly changes POV without any warning. You don't really get to know the characters because of that and often found myself mixing up the characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn McMillan

    A bit different from my usual reads but good, different strands of the story keep track of .

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Haven't received it yet.Hopefully I will soon. Haven't received it yet.Hopefully I will soon.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kay Mcleer

    I love when authors use things that could happen in real-life, the book is really well done and a suspenseful read. It really made a great mystery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adeline

    Awesome read! Highly recommend! Easy to read and fun character development with an intriguing plot. Can’t wait to see how it ends!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bertha

    Great beach read with many surprising twists and turns!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Pretty good This book was a pretty good read. I liked it was long but good. I enjoyed it none the less.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sonya

    Surprises at every turn! Writing style a bit choppy yet layered with sophisticated thought delivered in simple easy-to-read language. Love it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I liked the idea of the book and was something I can totally see happening in the future if one were so sadistic. It started off a bit slow and choppy in some parts but it did really pick up towards the end. Definitely something different from what I usually read but still pretty good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jud Hanson

    In this modern age, technology is becoming more influential in how we make decisions. From hiring algorithms to matchmaking, the human element is becoming less and less important in how we live our lives. Clean by Tom Lytes posits a world in which a computer program decides who is productive enough to remain alive and who isn’t. The problem is, it’s not a perfect system and it operates primarily by way of threats, i.e., you must kill a given individual or you yourself will pay a heavy price. Thi In this modern age, technology is becoming more influential in how we make decisions. From hiring algorithms to matchmaking, the human element is becoming less and less important in how we live our lives. Clean by Tom Lytes posits a world in which a computer program decides who is productive enough to remain alive and who isn’t. The problem is, it’s not a perfect system and it operates primarily by way of threats, i.e., you must kill a given individual or you yourself will pay a heavy price. This book is an excellent examination in what can happen if technology is allowed too much control. I particularly enjoy books of this nature and give this book 4/5 stars. *A copy of this ebook is only compensation received in exchange for this review. *

  25. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    This book had me hooked from cover to cover! Truly a masterpiece!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lila B.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tom Lytes

  31. 4 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  33. 5 out of 5

    Kim Ellis

  34. 5 out of 5

    Christa Bengtsson

  35. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Pollan

  36. 5 out of 5

    lou brown

  37. 4 out of 5

    John

  38. 4 out of 5

    Jean Felty

  39. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Tilton

  40. 5 out of 5

    Charissa Rate

  41. 4 out of 5

    DivaColumbus

  42. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  43. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Lee Smith

  44. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  45. 4 out of 5

    Luna

  46. 4 out of 5

    Di Negrete

  47. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Jaroski

  48. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  49. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Hartford

  50. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Zeiner

  51. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Lowers

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