- Sales Rank:373,400
- Format:Kindle eBook
- Language:English (Published)
- Media:Kindle Edition
- Publication Date:December 13, 2012
The shootouts and car crashes notwithstanding, Cultus Maximus is an intimate book. The reader is brought deep into the conflict through exposure to private communications and discussions between the members of the team trying to stop the Cultus Maximus.
A long-forgotten destructive cult has resurfaced and is wreaking havoc in California. This problem is compounded by the uncertain whereabouts and readiness of the intelligence unit that was originally assigned to combat this group two decades earlier.
In the early Twenties, a controversial American silent film director tries to convince his studio's executives to adopt emerging sound technology in order to secure a place in cinematic history. The director's attempt is unsuccessful, and both his career and his turbulent life come to a premature end after the release of his last and most outrageous movie. The director is Gustav Olifanz, and the film is Cultus Maximus.
After Olifanz' death, rumors begin to surface in regard to the existence of a dangerous group referring to themselves as the Cultus Maximus. This cult reportedly stages elaborate, deadly public displays of violence to honor this wrongfully treated film icon. Lack of definitive proof of this cult as well as ambivalence from law enforcement relegates them to "urban legend" status for the next six decades.
Utilizing the internet and other modern methods of communication, the Cultus Maximus has strengthened to a point to where they are finally recognized as a threat to national security. Their diabolical actions and messages can now be transmitted globally in minutes by competitive media outlets as well as private citizens wielding cell phones. Recent violent episodes are indicating that a significant "demonstration" is being planned by them to occur in either San Francisco or Los Angeles.
Paul Essan, the leader of the obsolete Cultus Maximus Division (the "CMXD"), is suddenly a "person of interest" to both his government as well as to his enemies. No one except for a few dedicated members of his original unit knows what he has been up to for the past fourteen years since the CMXD was liquidated. Has the reclusive Essan been whiling away these past years as a committed private citizen, or has he been studiously tracking and planning the ultimate demise of this cult?
After experiencing the work of this cult firsthand, Essan agrees to work for the American government again. As part of this agreement, he adds Grace Auzaray, a new young operative, to his covert team. Auzaray is there to act as a liaison between the CMXD and the Feds, but she seems to fit in better with Essan's eccentric circle of friends and readjusts her role accordingly.
Cultus Maximus is a thriller that also takes a hard, satirical look at our "connected", data-soaked, 24-hour news cycle dominated culture.
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