If everything can be hacked, nothing can be trusted.
It’s 2025. Tanner Moore is at the top of his game in the high-stakes world of big technology.
As C.T.O. of Paragon, the largest corporation in the world, Tanner is about to release the greatest convenience innovation in the history of eCommerce: drone delivery services to every inch of the globe.
But when an interview with journalist Amy Noral is secretly recorded and published by the clickbait media, Tanner’s fall from grace is swift and brutal.
He is fired, publicly condemned as a terrorist for comments he never made, and kidnapped by a mysterious vigilante group using surveillance data to track and kill their enemies. Tanner must navigate their underground headquarters full of violent zealots and hedonist hackers to find his way to freedom, or see his drone technology used as the most advanced assassination tool ever devised.
Above ground, Amy, the only person who doubts Tanner’s guilt, delves into the string of mysterious circumstances surrounding Tanner’s disappearance. Risking her own well-being to find the truth, she meets a mysterious conspiracy theorist on the internet offering to help her uncover the vigilante group’s malicious purpose.
Moral Panic explores the collision of the most extreme elements of politics, ideology, and technological media manipulation. It wanders through the maze of modern surveillance with a skeptical eye on the data-driven world we live in, hoping an awareness of the possibility of such a story prevents it from coming true in the real world.
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Author’s thoughts behind book:
Tanner Moore is at the top of his game in the high-stakes world of big technology. As CTO of the largest corporation in the world, he is about to release the greatest convenience innovation in the history of commerce: drone delivery service to every inch of the globe. But when an interview with journalist Amy Noral is secretly recorded and published by the clickbait media, Tanner’s fall from grace is swift and brutal. Kidnapped by a mysterious vigilante secret police with unknown intentions, Tanner must navigate an underground world of violent zealots and mental manipulation to find the truth within a cage of distortion.
“I wanted to explore the collision of the most extreme political, ideological and technological elements of the modern world,” says Ecke. “The story is designed to lead the reader through moral ambiguity. The vigilante group’s goal is to do something they believe is good, but as the story unfolds, we see how those intentions become twisted by the flawed individuals operating it.”
Although parts of the book focus on what happens to people publicly shamed or fired, Ecke spent generous time on his research of human trafficking, digital surveillance and social engineering to bring his story to life. To push the reader’s thought even further, the author and poet has also compiled Change of Mind, a full collection of modern folk songs. “The lyrics are the focus of the album. The first track, Reason and Rhyme is intended to jar you from whatever complacent state of mind you’re in before the rest of the album soothes you with truth.”
About the Author:
Hailing from the original birthplace of the atomic bomb, K.M. Ecke is an organic, free-range, preservative-free, philosopher-poet using universal truth to battle cultural insanity. Ecke, which is German for ‘corner’, is the child of a physicist and musician and grew up at the corner of creativity and logic. After ten years of existential exploration and creative experimentation, he releases his debut novel Moral Panic, along with an album of lyrically-focused songs, Change of Mind via his independent creative collective The Dream Flow®.
Ecke strives to deliver a strong story with inherent value to his readers. The author is well-versed in writing, including essays, songs and poetry, the last of which the author finds the most efficient form of expression, and thus, the best way to improve his writing practice.
Initially intending for law school, a business law class changed his direction, and Ecke chose to pursue writing, soul-searching and creative projects.
After several years of odd jobs learning about different pieces of the world, he began his own private music teaching business and attended Colorado Film School for a year and a half to study filmmaking. After 18-months in his program, he veered to his own path and established Dream Flow Media, the home to all of his creative endeavors;; publishing, music and all additional branches of the many-faceted visionary. Along with his own creations, he strives to bring other artists into the fold to develop a storytelling collective for a variety of multimedia projects.
Ecke also works as a filmmaker for local non-profits and bands, and hopes one day to see Moral Panic on the big screen. The author lives in Denver, Colorado and hosts a storytelling micro-podcast Myths, Metaphors, and Morality. For more info, visit the author online at TheDreamFlow.com.
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