The Trojan Project: A technological fantasy set amid today's political realities as men with opposing visions of America clash over its future by Edmund Contoski. Quality softcover, cover design by Paul Kielb, $17.95, 1997, 254 pages, ISBN 0965500756.
What can one man do when he finds himself up against the most dangerous men in America? His only weapons are intellectual: a keen analytical mind and rational morality. His opponents have vast resources of money and power--and no moral limitations on their use.
The tale begins with a series of puzzling events. Cars are being moved mysteriously at night without anyone knowing who moves them or why, and food is disappearing. One man discovers what causes these strange happenings, but he doesn't know the full story. When he finally does, he learns that his own life is in danger--and so is the future of the nation! His solution for saving the United States will be of interest to everyone concerned about the current direction of this country.
One man's vision of America, from The Trojan Project :
"In a free society people would have a right to make their pursuit of happiness the standard for all their decisions in the exercise of their rights. The individual, not the government, would be the sole judge of that standard, and there would be no appeal beyond the voluntary consent of other people's minds....There would be none of the 'tyranny over the minds of men' that we have by the federal government overseeing all our economic decisions and threatening us with fines and jail sentences to enforce that tyranny....[The individual] has a right to make all economic choices without any government interference because it's his life...."
"I don't like to think of [my children] being yoked together with their contemporaries like beasts of burden pulling a $5 trillion debt down the highway of life....I'd like to think of them....[being] free to fulfill their own dreams....pursue their own happiness instead of being shackled to pull the collective load of everyone else's shortcomings, failures, mistakes, inabilities, 'needs', and 'inequalities.' It used to be said that this was a country where people could rise as high as their abilities would take them. We never hear that any more. That was the America where individual rights--man's natural rights--were paramount, where people were free to use their abilities for themselves. They were free to be unequal. Now we hear only about everything that's wrong and 'unequal' in society and how government must take away more and more of everyone's money and freedom for collective solutions--in the 'public interest'--in order to level society rather than allow people to reach heights. This is the America where government has invented phony 'rights' to displace man's natural rights, where 'rights' are made deliberately unequal in order to try to level life."
"Jefferson said: 'The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.' It's not the purpose of government to protect people from actions injurious to themselves. When you try to protect people from their own bad decisions, you're protecting them from life itself....You're depriving them of the right to the pursuit of happiness. You're condemning them to a less than human existence on the grounds they're incompetent to live a truly human one....you treat the citizens of this country as though they're all hopelessly senile or as children who can never be regarded as grown up enough to make decisions for themselves and be responsible for them."
“Ever wonder where authors like Michael Crichton and Stephen King get their ideas? Well, Edmund Contoski's The Trojan Project could well have been the inspiration for both Crichton's State of Fear and King's The Cell.
“Contoski builds his book around a tale of an unscrupulous politician allying with a techno-wizard who develops a way to manipulate mass-populations through computer-generated phone network frequencies. With this as his framework he then lays out a strong political vision of how America's principles have been corrupted by politicians and through the courts and presents a strong argument for making changes to return us to the principles laid down by the Founding Fathers. While the political discussion is far more dominant than in Crichton's "State of Fear," Contoski avoids the trap that Ayn Rand fell into in Atlas Shrugged. Rather than going for hundreds of pages of preachy monologue, he arranges his main political presentation as a lively dialogue between the main antagonist and protagonist and keeps it to a size that most readers will find quite digestible.
“The background "science-fiction" aspect of the book isn't strong enough to carry it into mainstream science fiction literature, but it's strong enough to provide a human connection that elevates the book beyond the standard political philosophy genre and overall it succeeds wonderfully in presenting some fairly complex ideas in a way that makes for a very comfortable reading.
“The Trojan Project provides an excellent introduction to a well-articulated Conservative/Libertarian philosophy and presented in a clear and enjoyable format that should serve to disturb many Americans who have little to no idea how deeply our fundamental American principles of government have been corrupted over the years.” -- Michael J. McFadden, Mid-Atlantic Director, Citizens Freedom Alliance, Inc.
"An intriguing and absorbing novel, The Trojan Project is set squarely in the middle of today's political climate. [It] can be classified as both fiction and nonfiction. Taking current events and realities, Contoski has woven a masterful tale of technological horror, finishing with an uncommon and totally unanticipated ending. Your attention is held until the very last period -- and beyond." -- Writer's Choice Literary Journal
"There is a conversation in The Trojan Project that is better than any history lesson, or class or professor that you could ever imagine. Reading through this dialogue--which is powerful and provocative steeped-in-truth fiction--transformed me. I felt that my American heritage was rehabilitated. Listen up, America! This book contains relevant and necessary information for every individual in this country today. It's that powerful." --Lori Crever, host of TV show "30 Minutes with the Author."
"This reviewer rarely reads fiction books, but was so impressed with Contoski's nonfiction title, MAKERS AND TAKERS, that I ordered THE TROJAN PROJECT, a novel about one man's discovery of a computer "virus" that affects people as it spreads through the nation's telephone network. He tries to warn people, but no one believes him. [The author] keeps you in suspense from the outset.... Once the plot thickens, the "virus" enters, and a lady is introduced, it becomes even more engrossing....THE TROJAN PROJECT is a gripping tale of intrigue. Should [the hero] expose the secret project [to manipulate the virus to take control of the U.S. government] at the risk of their lives and his family's lives, or should he collaborate...to use the virus to reform America? That is the question. Contoski here takes advantage of his environmental, investment and economics expertise, incorporating vast information into how America could be reformed, by including real problems of the government today--laws, facts and experiences of real people. The story has a surprise ending and is a lesson in moral action as well. While THE TROJAN PROJECT is touted as a novel of intrigue, it can also be classified as a "factional" book."--A. Heath Jarrett, editor JARRETT'S JOURNAL
"THE TROJAN PROJECT is a high-tech mystery set in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. It has everything: suspense, violence and sex. Don't worry. You can even let your ten or eleven-year old read it. Even my Christian Conservative friends would find it morally enlightening for their children.... Summed up simply, it is an engrossing novel about one man's effort to protect himself and his family while helping society in general and as a consequence.... There is plenty of suspense and mystery to keep the reader involved and libertarian philosophy is sprinkled liberally throughout. Upon finishing THE TROJAN PROJECT the reader has been through an intriguing novel and a short course in how our government started and how we got where we are.... Put a few copies on the gift list for your friends who are apologists for big government. This is one libertarian book they will read and perhaps it will cause them to think." --Rich Osness in MINNESOTA LIBERTARIAN
"THE TROJAN PROJECT is entertaining, informative, and engaging. Easy to pick up, and hard to put down, THE TROJAN PROJECT grips the reader from page one and won't let go!" --MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"THE TROJAN PROJECT is an exciting technological thriller.... The story begins with a series of puzzling events.... The cause is discovered to be a computer virus that is spread through the telephone network and is capable of affecting people. There is a plot to manipulate the virus to take control of the government, a plot that includes murder. One man stands against the dire conspiracy while he is compelled to make the difficult choices that could lead to salvation or ruin for our Constitution-based system of governance. THE TROJAN PROJECT plays out significant political arguments in a fictional format that often makes their points and states their positions more clearly than many a dusty tome of political science." --Diane Donovan (former book review editor for the Chicago Tribune) in REVIEWER'S BOOKWATCH
"[This book] is a technological fantasy set amid today's political realities as one man discovers a computer 'virus' that affects people and is spread through the telephone network. He defeats the plan of a cynical US Senator to use the virus to infect voters with the idea of electing him president. During the pivotal conversation with the senator, which forms the core of the book, the protagonist details his vision of a libertarian society and economy run under the principles of the Constitution." --Jeanne Bojarski in SHOW ME FREEDOM