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Author: Ron Wilk
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Would you risk your life
to find out who killed someone you never met? Michael Squire and
Calder McMonagle never met in person. Both were super-hackers whose
skills were employed by Recton Industries for one purpose: to create
computer viruses. Using emails that were encrypted these two men
communicated daily in order to provide Recton Industries the viruses.
Why? For profit, what else! Recton Industries manufactured a problem
and miraculously created its solution, which is why Michael and
Calder were hired as independent programmers by Arthur Grove the CEO
of Recton and Morgan Fiske his partner. But, when Michael hacked into
a location and a specific website that he was not supposed to see,
the incriminating data would cost those involved too much and the
need for his elimination became apparent. So, why does Calder risk
everything and come to the U.S. in order to get learn the fate of his
hacking partner? Calder considers him a friend. Creating a problem
along with its solution was brilliant and productive but for how
long? Tightening the distance between legal and illegal, right from
wrong these two men entered into a dangerous alliance that would cost
them and many others dearly.
Added into this web of intrigue, and manipulation is Aspen Aerospace a government funded organization parading as a public company run by Gavin McCloud, the CEO of the company. What is their real purpose? What is the government funding? What are metamaterials and why would this company want to create a way to make objects invisible to the naked eye? This project is classified and a secret, but before all is said and done, lives will be lost, deceptions will unfold and careers will be ruined. The maze of deceit, deception and lies has just begun.
the head of Aspen Space, Gavin Mcloud and General Fogg form an unholy
bond in order to carry out their plan before the walls come tumbling
down on them. Just think of the ramifications of such a project and
what will happen if they succeed? Four powerful men collectively
known as the Colloquium, joined forces to make sure that success is
imminent at all costs. Howard Barker, Renato Ottani, Gavin McCloud
and Abraham Gaudet, each powerful in his own right, but one more
deadly than the rest. But, which one? Added to this someone
penetrated into their non-classified computer files compromising them
causing grave concern and adding more pressure on McCloud and his
partner General Fogg to find a solution, someone to blame for the
breach of security and deal with it.
Under the guise of
needing a job, Calder infiltrates Recton, with the aide of an
unlikely accomplice, to learn who is behind the conspiracy and
murder. Asked to hack into the World Bank as a test of his skills,
Calder and his accomplice, Brenda, Michael’s wacky girlfriend,
learn more than they bargain for when they find a code linking the
Vatican and a powerful man to the cover-up and more. Why would the
Vatican need Recton’s services? Why would they want to hack into
the World’s Computers? What is really behind the motives of the man
in charge? The maze is still unfinished and all of the dots have not
When Calder and Brenda get too close they become captives of General Fogg and the military witnessing some unspeakable methods used to find out the answers to their questions and preventing one man from telling anyone about the invisibility design project. Brenda’s outstanding hacking skills combined with Calder’s will hopefully help them learn the real purpose behind Fogg’s involvement, the invisibility project, and who killed Michael their freedom.
When Renato Ottani receives a visit from his connection in the Vatican he realizes that the information hidden behind the wall of the warehouse of his company must be protected regardless of who or what has to be sacrificed. With distrust brewing among the members of the Colloquium, the spotlight is shined on Renato and what is his real connection to al of this and can he be stopped before more is revealed? But, panic sets in and Renato rushes over to his company’s warehouse to secure the information hidden behind a brick wall that would cause a major upheaval in the stature of the Holy See and more if it came to light.
A cast of characters so clearly defined in their roles of deception and deceit and a plot filled with twists, turns and surprises, keeps the reader on edge until the end. With nowhere to turn and their faith in each other, Calder and Brenda learn the naked truth, but will that keep them safe from harm in the future? Ron Wilk definitely has written a great thriller that will give the reader pause for much thought and hoping for more.
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