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The development of the neurochip requires everyone to record every aspect of their life into a lifelog. You can't get insurance, open a bank account, or hold a job without one. Surveillance has become a way of life in the US and the government continues to crack down. Dr. Cole Westbay has been a driving force for BioNarratus, maker of the neurochip that revolutionized the ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 29th 2021 by Independently Published (first published January 25th 2021)
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Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Effacement” by Hieronymus Hawkes is a highly intelligent futuristic techno/dystopian thriller, that showcases the downside of relying on technology a tad to much. In society were everyone is chipped everything depends on the recordings of your lifelog; whether you need insurance, health care, any kind financial transfer (including home, job or a back account) or just want to be part of society, your chip will enable to, until it doesn’t. BioNarratus, the developer of the Vitasync neurochip that ...more
Donna Munro
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hieronymus Hawks has developed a world that is a kin to our own, with the inevitable immersion of screens and technology taking over most of our lives. People wear virtual disguises, interface with the doors and elevators through chips, and have their lives recorded on lifelogs. Cole is a gifted man working in a powerful corporation at the cutting edge of the chip's design and programming and he's discovered something very wrong in the programming. Something deadly.

I enjoyed this book, though it
Stacy McKitrick
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paper-book, sci-fi
Interesting story. I received this book free from the author. I had read an earlier version of this story back when I was the author’s critique partner (way back before I was published), and he mentions me in the acknowledgements (awwww!). If you like futuristic stories, give this one a try.
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Brilliantly plotted and skillfully written, Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes is a great book that will fill you with unease. In this story, everyone must be outfitted with a microchip; much of life is impossible without it. You are not allowed to open a bank account without one, and other basic necessities of life are much more challenging. Dr. Cole Westbay must figure out what has happened to him after one morning he wakes up bloody and out of it. His chip has apparently been removed. This forms ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it

Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes is the kind of science fiction that feels too close to home at times. Cole Westbay knows the importance of neurochip that syncs everything and everyone together, his company makes them. When he digs into what is causing inexpiable deaths, he is suddenly the target. Going outside the protection and watchful eye of the government is scary and a necessity in order to find out what is going on behind the scenes.

I found Effacement a maze of complex events leading to an
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Effacement is a well-written and carefully plotted sci-fi thriller. Everyone in this novel must be outfitted with a chip, and without one, you are not able to get certain things, like a bank account or insurance. When Dr. Cole Westbay wakes up one morning, he is disoriented and bloody, and he discovers that his chip has been removed. His Lifelock-or what records all of his activities-has been disabled, and this is the crime of Effacement. Cole can't remember anything that happened in the precedi ...more
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
‘To this we’re coming…?’ – A brilliant debut novel!

West Virginia author Hieronymus Hawkes earned his BS in Economics from the Air Force Academy and his MFA in writing poplar fiction from Seton Hill University. Retired from the Air Force and Air Force Reserves as an expert pilot with thirty-two years experience, he now turns his attention to writing fiction and poetry. EFFACEMENT is his debut novel publication. His stories are also available in the anthology THE SECRETS OF HARROWGATE VALLEY.

Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always a fun ride when you start a book that grabs you from the get-go and doesn't let up until the end. Throw in some funny and engaging characters with a sexy game of Scrabble and I'm ready for book #2! H. Hawkes has written a fast-paced, technology-driven, futuristic, thriller. For a first novel, this is excellent pickings! Imagine a world where social media is not only all-encompassing - but required by law. This is the world where we find Cole Westbay, an engineer who developed the Vit ...more
Christina Forster
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Effacement by Hieronymus Hawks is a fast paced futuristic science fiction novel. In this story everyone’s every move is recorded and they all have a neurochip in them. Life as it used to be is no more. This chip is needed in order to open doors, elevators, even open a bank account and every move is recorded. Cole is a smart man and partly behind the development of this neurochip and starts to question some recent deaths. He doesn’t get too far into his investigation as to what is happening befor ...more
Grymm Gevierre
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a frightening take on surveillance! I don’t know what stands out more, the concept and technology in this great piece of fiction, or the fact that it’s entirely plausible that we are heading in this direction as a nation. Hawkes takes a Black Mirror-esque concept and pulls it into a whole novel that embodies the sci-fi thriller.

We’re one technological leap from this book being our reality. Things are safer in this novel. The universe created has traded privacy for security, which has made
Doreen Vallie
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I decided to give this science fiction book a read as one of my close friends highly recommended it. It isn’t my usual genre but I did really enjoy it! it wasn’t too over-the-top with complex terminology, which for me was good. It was actually funny at times and the characters really were engaging. Although it was fast-paced it was easy to get to grips with and not confusing as I find some sci-fi books, and this is another reason I enjoyed it. The plot I found to be well planned out and interest ...more
Janalyn Prude
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
In a world with a chip that determines whether you’re valid or not, whether you can get a loan ATC what else can I do? Call realizes the company he works for and believes in killing people and he wants to know why. Unfortunately he’ll still want to know that and much much more. His chip is invalid his memory is spotty but his determination is strong. With new friends and non-trusting old ones he is on a mission to figure it out and gain his sanity back this book with what I think is great charac ...more
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Hieronymus spent 32 years flying jets for the Air Force and retired in 2018. He has a B.S. in Economics from the US Air Force Academy, and in June of 2015 he finished an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

His genre of choice is science fiction, but also dabbles in mystery, epic fantasy, and paranormal genres.

When not writing, you might find him playing Eve Online or surfing

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