The Lafayette Campaign: a Tale of Deception and Elections written by Andrew Updegrove is an eye-opening novel surrounding American politics which prove Republican hopeful Donald Trump could indeed become the next president of the United States of America. The book takes a satirical approach to voter fraud and the election process while revealing to the reader things many will wish they never found out. With a combination of technical accuracy, satire and drama The Lafayette Campaign is a nonstop page-turner.
Voter fraud has been an issue throughout America’s history. Many historians agree that men have made it to the Oval Office and other areas of politics due to the compromise of ballot boxes. As the country prepares to endure another presidential election, it is believable that voter fraud would be much easier to pull off with the rise in technology than ever before. In the book, the author delivers a timely story given the current hype toward the U.S. elections. The Lafayette Campaign is highly informative, entertaining, and outright scary as it reveals how increasingly vulnerable the nation is when it comes to cybersecurity.
As the country prepares for the upcoming 2016 election, many believe, although entertaining, Trump would never really be voted in as the next president. This action thriller proves the contrary is quite possible, even more than many realize. As a sequel to Updegrove’s first book, The Alexandria Project, this novel vividly shows, regardless of the voting ballots, how a cybersecurity disaster could prove otherwise. It leaves readers wondering if cyber hacking could really steal an election from the American people. When speaking about the book, Updegrove revealed a sad truth when he said:
I’ve just been updating my research on voting machine security, and the scary thing is that stealing an election would still be far, far easier than I portray it in the book. And much, much, much cheaper than winning the hard way.
Some argue that voter fraud is widespread while others believe it is non-existent. However, this illegal interference with the election process has a long and unfortunate history in the United States, according to The Heritage foundation. An article written by John Fund on the National Review website claims proof that voter fraud is easy to pull off at the polls.
Reportedly, the Department of Investigations (DOI), New York City’s watchdog, rendered evidence of fraud that was nearly undetectable. Uncover agents of the DOI showed up at 63 voting localities and pretended to be voters who should have immediately been turned away by election officials. The agents used names of people who were imprisoned, dead or had relocated to another state. In 97 percent of the instances, these “test voters” were allowed to cast their vote. Instead of owning the problem and seeking a resolution, election officials attacked the agents who exposed them.
The Lafayette Campaign reveals how the enhancement of technology makes voter fraud even easier. In a story which eerily mirrors the 2016 Presidential campaign, the book opens with America rushing headlong into another election year. However, something is not right because the polls fail to match reality. The plot follows the lead character named Frank Adversego, a cyber security super sleuth, as he works feverishly to find and stop the Black Hats who are attempting to hack the upcoming election. Readers will meet a fray of presidential candidates who would not be taken seriously anywhere other than an American election.
Although written over the past several years, readers will find that the fictional primary season it describes is uncannily similar to the one now unfolding. Hopefully, the real poll numbers reflect actual voter preferences rather than the efforts of black hats. Author Andrew Updegrove has done it again. His latest project, The Lafayette Campaign: a Tale of Deception and Elections, while written as a fast-paced action thriller, proves Trump could indeed become the next president of the USA.
Review by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
Andrew Updegrove: The Lafayette Campaign: a Tale of Deception and Elections
National Review: Voter Fraud: We’ve Got Proof It’s Easy
Top and Inline Images Courtesy of Andrew “Andy” Updegrove
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Note: Donald Trump is not mentioned in the book nor a direct reflection of the author’s political view
About the Author: Andrew Updegrove, an attorney, has been representing technology companies for more than thirty years and works with many of the organizations seeking to thwart cyber-attacks before they occur. A graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.