The GreenSeed Conspiracy by Philip Benz gets to the heart of government corruption, as seen through the eyes of government contract-killer Duncan Jones. He’s done the dirty work for government agencies and then gets the job of his life. This time he’s not sure sure he’s getting rid of people who deserve it, and instead may be in the middle of a massive cover-up of human genetic experiments, and he may now be a new target.
Though the novel focuses on Stone, the story is told from several characters’ point of view, which works both for and against the book. The main trouble is that Stone is the most interesting character in the novel, so the other sequences feel somewhat like biding time before Stone makes another appearance. Additionally, each chapter doesn’t seamlessly service the story, and at times feels like a series of introductions to the overall plot.
The good news is that Benz is sharp observer of both character and place, so the detail he provides is engaging on its own. The conspiracy at the heart of the novel is exciting and unique, with a high body count, and the action scenes are particularly well-drawn. The book just needs some tightening as some chapters are long, while others are very short, making for a slightly choppy read. Overall, the book works for the strength of Stone, and the intricacies of the conspiracy, blowing the lid off of government corruption in a realistic way. The GreenSeed Conspiracy is a multi-faceted conspiracy thriller with a gruff but likable action hero at the center.