Infowar. Cybercombat. Digital security and techno-terror. Itâs how nations and networks secretly battle, now and into the future. And for Derek âVanâ Vandeveer, pioneering computer wizard, a new cyberwarrior career begins on the fateful date of September 11, 2001.
Happily married with a new baby, pulling down mind-blowing money as a VP of research and development for a booming Internet company, Van has been living extralarge. Then the devastating attacks on America change everything. And Van must decide if heâs willing to use the talents that built his perfect world in order to defend it.
âItâs our networks versus their death cult,â says the government operative who recruits Van as the key member of an ultraelite federal computer-security team. In a matter of days, Van has traded his cushy life inside the dot-com bubble for the labyrinthine trenches of the Washington intelligence communityâwhere rival agencies must grudgingly abandon decades of distrust and infighting to join forces against chilling new threats. Vanâs special genius is needed to make the countryâs defense systems hacker-proof. And if he makes headway there, heâll find himself troubleshooting ultrasecret spy satellites.
Americaâs most powerful and crucial âeye in the sky,â the KH-13 satelliteâcapable of detecting terrorist hotbeds worldwide with pinpoint accuracyâis perilously close to becoming an orbiting billion-dollar boondoggle, unless Van can debug the glitch thatâs knocked it out of commission. Little does he suspect that the problem has nothing at all to do with software . . . and that whatâs really wrong with the KH-13 will force Van to make the unlikely leap from scientist to spy, team up with a ruthlessly resourceful exâSpecial Forces commando, and root out an unknown enemy . . . one with access to an undreamed of weapon of untold destructive power.
About: Derek Vandeveer, a computer wizard, becomes part of a ultraelite computer team and must protect the country's defense systems from an unseen and undetectable cyber enemy with access to a secret weapon.
About: In a tale by the author of Tomorrow Now, top cyber-security theorist Derek Vanderveer finds his life permanently disrupted by the events of September 11, after which he accepts a job with a new national security agency to determine who is attacking a top-secret U.
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