Ghost Dancer
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Ghost Dancer

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by John Case
     
 

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From The Genesis Code to The Murder Artist, John Case has established himself as the master of unrelenting suspense. Now Case choreographs his most diabolically chilling novel to date, as the very fabric of civilization threatens to come apart in the hands of a brilliantly vengeful madman.

Photojournalist Mike Burke carried his camera into every war zone and

Overview

From The Genesis Code to The Murder Artist, John Case has established himself as the master of unrelenting suspense. Now Case choreographs his most diabolically chilling novel to date, as the very fabric of civilization threatens to come apart in the hands of a brilliantly vengeful madman.

Photojournalist Mike Burke carried his camera into every war zone and hellhole on earth–and came back with the pictures (and battle scars) to prove it. He was flying high until, quite suddenly, he wasn’t. When Burke’s helicopter crashed and burned in Africa, he came away with his life but lost his heart to the beautiful woman who saved him. That’s when he decided it was time to stop dancing with the devil. But a wicked twist of fate puts an end to Burke’s dreams, leaving him adrift in Dublin with bittersweet memories . . . and no appetite for danger. But the devil isn’t done with him yet.

An ocean away, Jack Wilson leaves prison burning for revenge. Like Burke, Wilson has had something taken from him. And he, too, dreams of starting over. Only Wilson’s dream is the rest of the world’s nightmare. Driven by his obsession with a Native American visionary, and guided by the secret notebooks of Nikola Tesla, the man who is said to have “invented the twentieth century,” Wilson dreams of the Apocalypse–and plans to make it happen.

As a terrifying worldwide chain reaction is set in motion, Burke alone grasps the impending horror of Wilson’s malevolent plan. With nothing left to lose, Burke pursues an American terrorist–a twisted genius who journeys from a lawless weapons arsenal in the Transdneister to the diamond fields of the Congo . . . to an isolated Nevada ranch. It is here, in a climactic showdown, that a determined Mike Burke faces a nemesis who knows no fear.

John Case is the bestselling author of The Genesis Code, The First Horseman, The Syndrome, The Eighth Day, and The Murder Artist.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR JOHN CASE

The Murder Artist

“Riveting . . . a wonderfully disturbing tale.”
–Entertainment Weekly

The Eighth Day

“Deliciously sinister . . . a breakneck yarn of good vs. evil.”
–People (Page-turner of the Week)

The Syndrome

“Fascinating . . . The Manchurian Candidate on steroids.”
–Baltimore Sun

The Genesis Code

“[A] taut thriller . . . razor-sharp dialogue, Byzantine story twists, and several harrowing encounters.”
–Chicago Tribune

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The Barnes & Noble Review
International terrorism, arcane scientific breakthroughs, Ayn Rand, and Native American mysticism collide in Ghost Dancer by John Case. When a brilliant scientist with a justifiable grudge against the United States uncovers the secrets to create a potential doomsday device from the notebooks of legendary Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla, his mission is crystal clear: "to stop the motor of the world."

Jack Wilson has been an outsider from the day he was born. The orphaned offspring of a Caucasian and Native American, Jack was literally found on a Nevada doorstep. Named after the Northern Paiute spiritual leader who founded the Ghost Dance movement, Wilson grew up to be a virtuoso mathematician. But when he tried to patent a groundbreaking invention, the U.S. government not only claimed eminent domain but also set him up and threw him in jail for conspiracy to commit murder. Now free -- and allied with an al-Qaeda offshoot -- Wilson has traveled to Slovenia and, after much research, uncovered secrets from Tesla's notebooks to create a harmonic resonance device with enough power to destroy entire cities. (In 1908, Tesla allegedly tested the imperfect electromagnetic pulse beam with disastrous results: hundreds of square miles in Siberia obliterated.) Now, with an operational doomsday device in his hands, the vengeance-obsessed ex-con sets his sights on America. With the U.S. government too busy -- or too inept -- to properly monitor Wilson, the only person that can stop him is an Irish-American photojournalist who has no idea just how dangerous he is…

Although the full history of the real Jack Wilson and his Ghost Dance movement isn't fully explored, fans of Native American–fueled mysteries by authors like Tony Hillerman and James D. Doss should thoroughly enjoy Case's thriller. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Case (The Genesis Code) offers a gripping contemporary thriller with an intriguing concept-that terrorists would seek to use the secrets of famed inventor Nikolai Tesla to develop a weapon to cripple the U.S. The prime plotter, Jack Wilson, who's recently released from prison, harbors a consuming hatred against America, stemming from both losing a patent idea to eminent domain and the country's oppression of his Native American ancestors. Allying himself with an al-Qaeda offshoot, Wilson assembles technology to duplicate what he believes was a harmonic resonance weapon used by the dead genius to cause the legendary Tunguska crater in Siberia in 1908. Since the U.S. intelligence services are riven by incompetence and wrangling, a businessman who may have helped Wilson to launder money winds up in charge of trying to foil Wilson's plot. High quality prose helps offset an improbable detour at the end leading to an unconvincing resolution. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Photojournalist Mike Burke is all that stands in the way of ex-convict Jack Wilson and his apocalyptic vision in the latest from Case (The Murder Artist). Simultaneous Ballantine hardcover. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345464743
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
884,079
Product dimensions:
4.27(w) x 6.83(h) x 1.15(d)

Meet the Author

John Case is the bestselling author of The Genesis Code, The First Horseman, The Syndrome, The Eighth Day, and The Murder Artist.

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Ghost Dancer 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nine years in the Allenwood Penitentiary has festered Jack Wilson¿s hatred of America. The published mathematical genius vows revenge against the country that was stolen from his Native Americana ancestors and recently stole his patent. --- Jack finds a terrorist group willing to fund the project of THE GHOST DANCER as he calls himself. He plans to replicate his hero renowned inventor Nikola Testa¿s alleged greatest invention, a harmonic resonance device that Jack feels changed over 1200 square miles of Siberian forest into the Tunguska crater in 1908 by altering the molecular infrastructure. Once he completes the gadget, unlike Testa who tested his device in isolated Siberia, Jack plans to experiment with Washington DC as his epicenter. Though aware of Jack¿s activities, the Feds argue over jurisdiction as if 9-11 and the Patriot Act never occurred meanwhile Jack is on the brink of conducting the trial run. --- This mesmerizing thriller grabs readers¿ attention from the moment they know Jack and maintains the audience¿s interest throughout. The only hope to stop THE GHOST DANCER is a former cohort with a shady laundering past, Mike Burke as the Feds are tied up in knots over command and control. The fascinating use of Testa provides a grounding into reality in which the technology to create the harmonic resonance device seems plausible. Thriller fans will want to read this terrific tense tale. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. That was bad. It took far too long to really get into nitty-gritty of the story. The author could have cut out all of the Al Qaeda junk, as it really had nothing to do with what was going on and stay more with the Tesla motif. Once the plot really got going, I was intrigued, but then the big let down of a quick, neatly wrapped ending smacked me in the face. This is NOT John Case's best work.
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Kentucky_reader More than 1 year ago
I like the history of Tesla woven into this story. This is intricately plotted and intellectual - definitely not a fluff piece. Still, I like some of the earlier John Case novels better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As with several of Cases' books, the author (or authors, as Case is a husband and wife's pseudonym)introduces some facinating, historical backstory that eclipses a long and winding road of a plot. The story itself wasn't worth the read but the little known information about Tesla was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a rare book that I can't bring myself to finish and this was one of them. I had great expectations for it and it was a horrible dissapointment. I got about halfway through it and decided I didn't care about any of the character's much less have any clue what was going on or why things were happening. Case can write better than this and he has.