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R. J. Pineiro's aptly titled Havoc is a no-holds-barred technothriller about the potentially apocalyptic dangers of nanotechnology, and it's sure to leave readers both breathless and terrified.
When some highly advanced hardware is inexplicably stolen from a U.S.government-sponsored consortium specializing in the development of nanoweapons, disgraced CIA operative Tom Grant -- now living in a flea-infested trailer in El Salvador -- is brought back into the fold to track down the thieves, who could quite possibly include Grant's old mentor, a wily CIA spook who was reported dead for than a year earlier. Among the missing machines is a nanoassembler, a contraption with the ability to create limitless secondary versions of itself. The highly intelligent nanoassembler is supposed to play an integral role in helping a German high-tech tycoon achieve world domination for his nation (and for himself); but what he and his posse of spies, scientists, and sadistic terrorists don't anticipate is the rogue nanoassembler's mission: the elimination of humankind to ensure the survival of its species.
Havoc succeeds as both an edge-of-your-seat technothriller and a chilling cautionary tale, in large part because of Pineiro's expertise in the high-tech world. A longtime engineer specializing in cutting-edge microprocessors at Advanced Micro Devices in Austin, Texas, Pineiro unquestionably knows his way around computer operating systems. He also understands the intricacies involved in writing an accurate and realistic end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it novel. You want a heaping helping of Armageddon? Come and get it! Paul Goat Allen