Author: Greg M. Sarwa
The following review was contributed by: Paul Lappen: CLICK TO VIEW Paul Lappen's Reviews
As part of the Real ID Act of 2005, the National Identification System is
created for American citizens as an anti-terrorism measure. The government goes
into overdrive, collecting personal information to be stored in a highly secured
database. Another part of the law mandates the injection of a RFID (radio
frequency identification) chip in all American citizens, and all visitors to
America, where that information will be stored. There are all sorts of
safeguards in place to prevent misuse of the system, headquartered in a secure
portion of O'Hare Airport in Chicago.
The system also has a much more evil, and extremely Classified, purpose, one
which is accidentally discovered by mid-level systems analyst Brian Warburton.
He copies the information on to a CD-ROM, and manages to get rid of it, just
before he dies of a "stroke." This happens on the day before the law, and the
mandatory RFID injection, is supposed to take effect. It falls into the hands of
Jacob Reed, local TV reporter. Along with Anna Tabor, a young woman who flew in
that day from Poland, and into whose luggage Warburton put the CD-ROM, he keeps
one step ahead of police and federal agents looking for them. Can Jacob and Anna
get this information on TV to warn the American people in time?
This book certainly gives new meaning to the phrase "ripped from today's
headlines." It's a very spooky, and very well-done, story that will give the
reader plenty to think about. It is recommended for everyone, but especially for
those who think that implanting people with RFIDs, as an anti-terrorism measure,
or as the next step in personal information storage, is a good thing.