Eerily, recent headlines continue to reinforce the themes in TAKEDOWN. Dan Decker, the villain in TAKEDOWN, was always a metaphor for the clustermuck spewed on the American people by the Wall Street banksters, but the parallel gets stronger with each passing day.
Everything in my book is based on real events. The SEC blocking investigations of Ponzi schemers? Yes, it happens. Check this out:
"A former Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement official who has been accused of repeatedly blocking efforts to investigate R. Allen Stanford, the Houston financier charged with running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, is the subject of a federal criminal inquiry for having done legal work for Mr. Stanford after leaving the S.E.C., government officials said Friday."
Oh, the use of a chatroom the authorities would never look on to hunt down criminal messages? Yeah, that's also in TAKEDOWN; it turns out terrorists use the same strategy.