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Advocate of the truth

amsterdampublishers_advocate_of_the_truth_adriaan_bos_coverAdvocate of the truth by Adriaan Bos

When Thomas, a former partner of a prestigious law firm, promises his best friend Sam to keep his groundbreaking Spider technology away from mankind, he has no clue what awaits him.

A chilling scenario unfolds when Thomas is plunged into a web of greed, corporate espionage, organized crime and murder. As he finds signs pointing to a high-level conspiracy, a mysterious and deadly virus originating in Europe sweeps across the earth. Frightened politicians take advantage of the panic, with populism hitting fear buttons worldwide. A pandemic is looming, and so is anarchy.

Suddenly Sam’s Spider technology has life-saving potential, raising profound ethical questions:

  • Do we allow fear, greed and status to overrule the natural bonds between people?
  • Should the privacy of individuals be sacrificed to the illusion of safety?
  • How do we prevent technology from casting a dark shadow over the future?
  • And ultimately: is mankind nearing its expiration date?

His tense search for the truth leads Thomas to the medieval Italian city Assisi, oppressive boardrooms, back alleys, dimly-lit churches and a former monastery overlooking the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, he has two women vying for his heart: Sophia, a sensitive violinist who cared for his father in the final days of life, and Juliëtte, an alluring and intriguing Parisian he meets by chance in Tuscany.

Advocate of the truth is a thriller about the digital dragon that feeds on our privacy and the serious implications of nanochips registering and managing human behavior. On a more personal level, it is a deeply moving novel about friendship, love and the compassion Francis of Assisi stands for. This fast-paced literary thriller prompts you to reflect on wisdom from the past and ethics for the future. It is an intense struggle between good and evil that hits home in today’s society.

This gripping technothriller paints a grim picture of what the future may have in store for us. In this day and age when populism is rampant and people see technology merely as a convenience rather than giving it a second thought, Advocate of the truth is particularly relevant.

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Bookpresentation of Advocate of the Truth at the European Parliament in Brussels

On 12 January 2017 Author Adriaan Bos presented Advocate of the Truth to Sophie in ’t Veld at the Europarliament in Brussels. Sophie in ’t Veld, senior Member of the European Parliament, is well known for her unwithering dedication to protect the privacy of the individual and of human rights in general. They discussed .. yes, you guessed it: privacy risks in today’s society dominated by technology. See press release.

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Advocate of the truth is available on Amazon as paperback and Kindle ebook.

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The Dutch edition Advocaat van de waarheid was received very well by the Dutch press and reviewers alike. Since all reviews are in Dutch we have translated one to give you an impression:

With ‘Advocate of the truth’ Adriaan Bos shows that he masters the art of writing and that he has the potential to be successful in the world of suspenseful novels. We compare his debut with the works of Michael Crichton, Joel C. Rosenberg en Joseph Finder, each leading writers in their thriller segments.  Crime Zone

If I had to choose one word to sum up my experience of reading this book, I’d choose the word: “thrilling”. There is no better way to put it, I simply loved this book. There is a twist lurking behind every corner and at no point in the novel could I catch my breath. I have to admit it is quite a long book, but the engaging story line makes it seem like a breeze. There were times I could barely put it down (I finished it in 3 sittings). When it comes to its language it is very well written. The author uses profound language that is pleasant to read, yet fairly easy to understand. Furthermore, the author presents an array of intertextual references that make the story even more believable, even more real. Overall, this book (to me) is the kind of book that is best read with a cup of tea, curled up in a cosy chair. A perfect (Christmas) present. Johanna Kaszti – review on Goodreads 1 December 2016.

The Dutch professor B. Feringa won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 for his work with molecular machines. Advocate of the truth explains in a beautiful way the negative side effects of nanotechnology, shows what short time political decisions will and can do to mankind.
The story is really very interesting and keeps me thinking about the future of my children. In what kind of controlled world they have to live, without any privacy. Everything in life becomes digital, and look what is happening on Twitter or WhatsApp chats without any form of companionship or passion for leadership. We as adults have to think about these things. Which path do we pave for our children? I really recommend everybody to read this novel. Amazon Customer 5 December 2016

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About Adriaan Bos

Adriaan Bos was a partner at a big law firm and served on various boards. Nowadays he combines his work as corporate mediator with his passion for writing. The author lives in the Netherlands.

In Advocate of the truth, Adriaan Bos, whose choice to trade in his legal briefs for extended stays in monasteries and nature, has added a semi-autobiographical element to the protagonist. He has crafted a suspenseful story that addresses universal values and philosophical issues.

His personal commitment to defending the privacy of the individual and to stimulating compassionate social leadership, shines through in his novel. Fans of corporate, technological and spiritual thrillers will not want to miss what this author has to contribute in this impressive debut. See for more information: www.advocateofthetruth.com

Adriaan Bos received a grant from Privacy First for the translation of the book.

Safari to Hell

safari_to_hell_nemon-amsterdam-publishersIn December 2014 Amsterdam Publishers released Safari to Hell by Nemon, nom de plume of the renowned Dutch lawyer Bob van der Goen. The book is available as eBook and paperback on Amazon.

The thriller reached the status of #1 bestseller in the category Psychological Thriller on Amazon on 25 January 2015, one month after publication, and received more than twenty positive reviews.

Safari to Hell is a blood-curdling literary thriller of a different Africa than the one we know, a place where you only come out as a billionaire or a body.

A young, inexperienced Dutch lawyer applies for a job at a renowned law firm. With his poor credentials chances are slim he will ever get the job. Much to his surprise, he is hired at a generous salary. The law firm immediately whisks him off to deepest, darkest Africa, on an important assignment, with next to no instructions. What begins as a promising business trip, appears to be his one-way ticket to hell.

Caught up in a true horror story, the young lawyer is powerless to escape the nightmare. This safari to hell lands him in the middle of illegal transactions and money laundering by corrupt politicians. He even gets lured into the bed of the wife of the most ruthless politician of the country..

With innocent people dying under suspicious circumstances all around him, his life is always hanging by a very thin thread, as he learns when he is invited to sign his own death certificate. He has no way out of the country, and when he rings his firm no one seems to know him.

The author, a leading international lawyer himself, has wonderfully crafted the character of the young lawyer with a great eye for detail and the workings of the human mind.

If you love a fast-paced literary thriller with a plot that keeps you guessing, this book is definitely for you. The action and psychological terror will keep you turning pages until the end.

Literary thriller about the power of evil set against the background of a terrifying reality

Praise for Safari to Hell

Bone-chilling. Everyone needs to read this” – Prof. Dr. Bob Smalhout

“Exciting build-up from exposition to shocking conclusion”. Truly a literary thriller – Jacques van Ek

“I’ve read ten thousand books, and this is one of the most fascinating. Literary masterpiece of the highest order” – Martin Ros, publisher

Wow, what an amazing ride! Full of fast paced suspense, political escapades and shear fear, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.” – Amazon reviewer Nicole – December 2014

Truly a great read for those that enjoy international intrigue. From the prologue to the end I found myself constantly trying to second guess the ending. I never saw it coming! We get wrapped up in the life (and terror) of the life of a first timer to Africa> As I read the well developed characters’ stories it was almost as if I were there. I found myself wanting to take notes at points because it very much seemed as if this came from a real life experience. If you like the international suspense genre, you will love this one! Well done!” – Amazon reviewer Dr Mark Smith January 2015

About the author

Nemon is the nom de plume of Bob van der Goen (Amsterdam 1940), a former attorney, now author living in Amsterdam. As a practicing attorney he and his firm handled many cases that made international headlines.

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