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The New York Times bestselling author of such “high-tech dystopian thriller[s]”* as Neuromancer and Zero History presents his first novel since 2010.
Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she’s trying to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Administration, for neurological damage suffered in the Marines’ elite Haptic Recon unit. Flynne earns what she can by assembling product at the local 3D printshop. She made more as a combat scout in an online game, playing for a rich man, but she’s had to let the shooter games go.
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The U.S. is being subjected to a cyber attack. The country’s infrastructure is crumbling. Air, rail, gas and electric services have ground to a halt. With banks unable to operate, ATMs out of money and store shelves bare of food, people are starting to loot and commit even more serious crimes. The U.S. is just days away from anarchy. A wealthy industrialist in China, Lee Han, has turned on hidden “logic bombs”, which have broken all internet connections between and among the public and private sectors in the U.S. Han is planning to draw the Chinese Government into war by sinking his own fleet of fishing ships within the territorial waters of South Korea, Taiwan, and The Philippines. Han’s next step is to cut off the U.S. military internet, halting any U.S. response. China needs only a narrow window of opportunity to secure their gains. At stake are billions of dollars in oil and gas hidden under the disputed islands. With the help of an imprisoned computer hacker, a rogue CIA agent, and Lee Han’s mistress, Paul Decker slices a path through Han’s organization. But can he get to the saboteur in time to stop the invasion?
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The story follows players involved in a conspiracy to silence and extract a world-renown whistleblower who has been under house-arrest at the Ecuadorean embassy in London for five years. Publishing classified information via his website PortalLeaks, Paddy Leith has been playing a dangerous game for nearly a decade, flaunting his secure ‘submission platform' to those brave enough to submit sensitive documents of wrongdoing and crimes in an effort to achieve transparency. This however, has come at a cost. And now the powerful governments negatively affected by his whistleblowing activities want him silenced. PortalLeaks follows the real-life events that unfolded during the week of October 15th to 22nd, 2016. Written as a work of fiction, the reader will be amazed at the unveiling of facts that has led to an end of an era of Internet freedom.