Dormant Curse

Dormant Curse

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by John Ellis
     
 

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Based on current geopolitical upheavals and coming technological advancements, Dormant Curse is a cyberterrorism-conspiracy thriller that steers the reader through the twisted mind and actions of aChinese-cult leader hell-bent on pay-back. Dormant Curse is the mission; retribution for past atrocities, seizure of ever-scarce natural resources, and restoration of China…  See more details below

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Based on current geopolitical upheavals and coming technological advancements, Dormant Curse is a cyberterrorism-conspiracy thriller that steers the reader through the twisted mind and actions of aChinese-cult leader hell-bent on pay-back. Dormant Curse is the mission; retribution for past atrocities, seizure of ever-scarce natural resources, and restoration of China to her former glory, are its goals.

An overlooked security flaw in smartphone and tablet assembly allows the cult leader, a tormented victim of the Rape of Nanjing, to implant killer Trojan chips. Always-on and ever-present social networks provide the chip’s activation path. Nothing is what it seems as strategic attacks manipulate the US public, mislead the press, and divert attention from the cult’s true objectives—all while forcing the US military to back down.

Greg Cannon, a young engineer with the NTSB, uncovers the cyberterrorists’attack method but an overzealous reporter exposes Greg’s investigation before he can identify the source. Now alerted, the cult leader activates a sleeper assassin—the seductive and psychotic, Shelly Chambers—totake out Greg before he can avert Dormant Curse.

It’s an intense, high-stakes game as Greg, Shelly, and the cult are set on a collision course. Meanwhile, the Chinese, US, and Middle East governments are pulled into a momentous battle toward an unpredictable yet credible shift in global strata.

Editorial Reviews

Deborah Clarke
The story grabbed me at the beginning… The characters are engaging, intense, well-written, and flawed, even the villains are written with empathy. The heroes are smart and intuitive without being written over the top. I found the book almost impossible to put down... The author seemed to leave room for a sequel, so here's hoping he graces us with one!
Martha Inglehart
Dormant Curse is a must read for all conscientious souls. Ellis does a brilliant job capturing our attention and opening our minds to tragic possibilities that could erupt in our world of high-technology. We are able to see, feel, and hear the action that's played out in this gripping story that has us turning page after page. While it is highly entertaining, reading Dormant Curse is an eye-opening experience.
Tom Baum
I am a 25+ year veteran engineer and product manager in the semiconductor industry and can tell you without a doubt that the technology revealed in this awesome "fictional story" is possible… John Ellis' real life experiences and global geo- and politico-economic insights lend significant credence to the book's underlying cyber threat. This book for me was not only a hugely intriguing and entertaining novel but one that is timely and needed...
David Lammers
When John Ellis discovered a security flaw and got a less-than-prompt response to his warnings, he decided to write a novel about it. The result is Ellis’s first thriller, Dormant Curse...the scenario is plausible enough in the real world. In the hands of a creative story teller, it serves as the platform for a page-turning cyberterrorism novel. ...A great plot supporting a fast-paced action story seems destined to make it to Hollywood and the silver screen someday.
Martha Bowles
Intense drama, political upheavals and romance await...in the deadly path of Dormant Curse. Heros are made. Hearts are changed and personalities switch...as the entanglements of passion and intrigue become fatally intertwined. Dormant Curse is a fast-action, fast-read, tumultuously moving from plot point to surprising twist at an exciting pace while still allowing the characters to fully develop and show their intricate layers. Dormant Curse is a wild ride, and one you cannot afford to miss.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983636014
Publisher:
Neodigm Press
Publication date:
07/14/2011
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

With years of experience in semiconductors, national security, and weapons development, John’s background has provided him with the knowledge and experience in technology and geopolitics to write Dormant Curse.

Born in Kansas and raised in Nebraska, John moved to Texas to attend graduate school at The University of Texas in Austin. John then went on to work at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico before eventually coming back to Austin to work for SEMI, a global, semiconductor trade association. While at Sandia, his experience working on research and development project for the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Institute of Standards, and other agencies, have given him a unique perspective on technology and global events. His years at SEMI provided further insight into macro-trends in technology and geopolitics.

John lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Jennifer, and has 4 children, and two dogs.

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