A conspiracy. That is the subtitle that appears on the book cover of my ebook spy thriller, Aeron. Why is it there?
When I started writing the book I had a concern that information made available to ordinary people was filtered to achieve certain objectives. This of course is the classical argument on which conspiracy theory is based.
The medium I chose was the misty half-world of spies where conspiracy is both the way of life and the raison d’être for those involved. A world where all truths are half truths, and half truths are not true at all.
There is one character, Erin Maguire, whose hobby and indeed whose life beliefs are the conspiracy theory. His view of conspiracy theory turn the whole thing upside down. For him, the term conspiracy theory was not invented by right thinking people with an enhanced perception that those with power deliberately mislead those over whom they want to exert power.
Instead Erin claims those in power invented the conspiracy theory with the specific purpose of ridiculing anyone who then believed in it.
Erin is up to date with all the latest biochemistry as it applies to the way the brain functions. He is aware that there are centres in the brain that are affected whenever a person exercises power over another person. The exercise of power results in two events:
- an increase in the rate of release of the hormone testosterone from the testes or ovaries of the person exercising power
- and a feeling of well being created by that part of the brain that makes you “feel good”.
The chemical that does all of this, that is released when a person exercises power over another, is dopamine.
What the character Erin is not aware of is that this dopamine driven mechanism is very old in an entomological way. Which means that many types of animals more primitive than homo sapiens or the chimps and monkeys, exhibit the same mechanism. A fact that suggests that the mechanism is important in preservation of the species.
In this case its importance perhaps lies in the area of selecting out the more powerful. This works in nature because higher levels of testosterone in either the male or the female increase the animal equivalent of libido.
Conspiracy, it turns out, is everywhere. We all enjoy exerting power over something, and we all act to preserve out ability to do just that. By any means available, including hiding certain aspects of the truth.
All of that lies in the background in the ebook Aeron.
In the foreground there is a good yarn, a fast moving, page turning tale with all the elements you might expect in a spy thriller.
Enjoy the read.