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Death By Tech
     

Death By Tech

by Urno Barthel, Art Chester
 

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A totally secure meeting, in a totally secure laboratory, every attendee cleared and confirmed. How did two unknown gunmen suddenly appear, threatening twenty people with a powerful laser beam and viciously attacking the chief engineer? Evan Olsson hears the screams of victims and smells burning flesh as he pursues the criminals from the room only to stumble over his

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A totally secure meeting, in a totally secure laboratory, every attendee cleared and confirmed. How did two unknown gunmen suddenly appear, threatening twenty people with a powerful laser beam and viciously attacking the chief engineer? Evan Olsson hears the screams of victims and smells burning flesh as he pursues the criminals from the room only to stumble over his favorite security guard, dead in a pool of her own blood.

The mysterious crime is revealed as part of a larger plot when a powerful laser is stolen by high-tech means. Evan and his FBI partner Matt discover an international conspiracy to attack L.A. infrastructure and murder global leaders. They reach the heart of the plot but find themselves trapped deep underground by the criminals as the conspiracy reaches its deadly conclusion.

Death By Tech plunges Evan and Matt into a whirlpool of liaisons and betrayals as they seek bits of truth that can be trusted. Their work is undercut and placed in jeopardy by even their closest allies, who seem to have sinister agendas of their own. Evan’s problems are compounded by shocking developments in his love life. He will need all his skill and luck to get through this case and regain his optimistic faith in the future.

URNO BARTHEL is the pen name of ART CHESTER, a technologist and mystery writer. This book continues the story of Evan Olsson that was begun in Death By Probability. Art hosts a website that reports work in science that affects our everyday lives:

http://artchester.net

Art’s fiction is set in and around Malibu, California, his home for many years. He now lives in Michigan, New York state and Hawaii.

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Computer scientist Evan Olsson returns to help track down the people who stole a high-tech laser before they can use it in Barthel's (Death by Probability, 2014) techno-thriller. A laser demo at the Halstead Aeronautic Laboratory for customer Enterprise AeroSystems turns deadly when two gunmen emerge from the audience and attack. The armed men steal documents and data disks, and Evan and FBI colleague Matt Emerson suspect industrial espionage as a motive. The laser, however, mysteriously vanishes during its shipment to EAS, and the stakes immediately soar. Circumstances become personal when someone sabotages Evan's bike. The agent also believes an old enemy is trailing him—one who may not be quite as dead as Evan had hoped. In the second installment of Barthel's series, Evan shines a little brighter. While he's initially approached by Matt to help the bureau understand the technological jargon, he eventually displays his skills in surveillance, scrutinizing the whereabouts of dubious people like an artist who uses lasers in his art. Evan's artificial intelligence, Al, offers only a modicum of assistance, but he does act as a sounding board. Their conversations are a highlight and resemble online chats. The prose is surprisingly light considering the story's sober content, but it helps keep the plot moving. Al even provides comic relief, using alternating avatars to accommodate each particular situation, including a sagelike grandmotherly figure and the more overt Sigmund Freud. A second plot, detailing Evan's affair with his girlfriend's sister, Holly, who's married, occasionally competes with the main plotline, but overall, it's an effective counterbalance. Evan, for example, must struggle to keep sex and work separate, which isn't an easy task when Holly (and her hubby, George) are HAL employees.
A focused, precise thriller; an improvement over the first installment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781478744818
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/14/2014
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

URNO BARTHEL is the pen name of Art Chester, a technologist and mystery writer. This book continues the story of Evan Olsson that was begun in Death By Probability. Art hosts a website that reports work in science that affects our everyday lives:

http://artchester.net

Art's fiction is set in and around Malibu, California, his home for many years. He now lives in Michigan, New York state and Hawaii.

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