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DARPA's bad-boy genius, Trevor Lennox, has built the U.S. government a top-secret supercomputer that can read lies and hidden secrets right off your face. But Trevor has no problem lying to his bosses, or using his invention to help his seven-year-old daughter when she faces a serious problem in school.

After brilliant, beautiful Cassie Winnemucca is assigned to Trevor's project, he suspects she's his replacement. But a series of gruesome murders rocks their secret government ...

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Overview

DARPA's bad-boy genius, Trevor Lennox, has built the U.S. government a top-secret supercomputer that can read lies and hidden secrets right off your face. But Trevor has no problem lying to his bosses, or using his invention to help his seven-year-old daughter when she faces a serious problem in school.

After brilliant, beautiful Cassie Winnemucca is assigned to Trevor's project, he suspects she's his replacement. But a series of gruesome murders rocks their secret government laboratory, and soon Trevor finds himself fighting to protect everyone and everything he cares about.

Shadowy forces have their own hidden plans for his face-reading technology... and there is no one they won't kill for it.

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2014-01-20
A sci-fi thriller in which a scientist struggles to protect his supercomputer while people at a Nevada facility are being killed. Dr. Trevor Lennox is happy to get more funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for his computer lie detector known as MADRID, which stands for Machine-Aided Deception Recognition and Intent Detection. But when he's assigned a co-lead named Cassie, he believes that DARPA has aspirations to boot him from the Pyramid Lake compound. And this is only the start: Scientists are murdered, his colleagues may be spying on him, and Trevor breaks protocol by using the artificial intelligence of his supercomputer, Frankenstein, to help his 7-year-old daughter, Amy, whose school fears that she may be troubled psychologically. After his ecological thriller (New Year Island, 2013), Draker has based his new novel in sci-fi, but he dabbles in multiple genres, including action and espionage, as even Trevor tiptoes around the facility at night and surreptitiously peruses others' hard drives. Trevor is an alluring protagonist, both a genius with a doctoral degree and a physically adept fighter, most noticeably displayed when a man at a bar gives him grief for his apparent "geek" status; the man is a bloody mess after Trevor is finished with him. The murders unfold in the style of a whodunit as Trevor acquires a growing distrust of fellow scientists Blake, Kate and Roger, each with his or her own project. His relationships are deliciously complicated: He initiates a romance with Cassie but clearly still loves his ex-wife, Jen, and he verbally debases Roger, whom he considers a friend. Frankenstein progressively becomes more humanlike while retaining his automaton qualities—Trevor gets updates via his customized iPhone, which eventually sound like telephonic conversations, complete with Frankenstein's whirring server fans' eerie resemblance to a person breathing. The story ultimately hits recognizable terrain, and a few readers may predict its route, but the author's voice is fresh, and numerous scenes, like a hilarious parody of the 1931 film Frankenstein, when Trevor sets himself up with Internet access during a storm, are welcomely outlandish. A familiar sci-fi tale but one that Draker paints in his own profound and original colors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940511061
  • Publisher: Mayhem Press LLC
  • Publication date: 12/13/2013
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 1,101,586
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Draker writes tightly-plotted, gritty modern thrillers that combine a well-crafted mystery whodunit with gripping psychology and relentless suspense. Each novel is an immersive roller coaster thrill ride, filled with twists that keep the reader guessing, right up until the last page.

Writing and storytelling are nothing new for Paul. In sixth grade, when he was nine, a classmate liked a story he wrote, and took it home. The horrified parents called the school and demanded that whoever wrote it be sent to see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist asked Paul if he could keep a copy of the story... and then asked Paul to sign it for him.

Paul currently lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and three daughters. An avid scuba diver, he has spent much time underwater in Palau, Yap, Honduras, Thailand, Hawaii, the Florida Keys, the cenote caverns of the Yucatan, the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands, Caicos, and the "Red Triangle" off California's coast. He also enjoys skiing, swimming, and windsurfing, and has had extensive tactical training in firearms. After one too many high-speed motorcycle crashes, he is no longer allowed to own open-class sportbikes, which is probably a good thing for him and everyone else.

Paul has worked in the aerospace/defense industry on a variety of classified and unclassified programs for the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and DARPA, ranging from strategic national missile systems to technology augmentation for small-team tactical infantry units. He has also led a Silicon Valley technology startup delivering massively-scalable custom Internet software to Fortune 500 clients, and headed a leading videogame studio developing mobile games for top-tier publishers such as EA, Disney/Pixar, Sega, Warner Brothers, THQ, and Glu. He holds advanced degrees in electrical and aerospace engineering from MIT, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley. This broad-ranging engineering expertise lends impeccable technical authenticity to his stories.

For news and details about upcoming books, or to sign up for email alerts about new Paul Draker releases, visit PaulDraker.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Book No. 2 & he just keeps on getting better. Surprised the

    Book No. 2 & he just keeps on getting better. Surprised the heck out of me, had no idea what was coming (& I DO like to be surprised!). A very fast read & now am counting the days until his next book will be available (going to be some REALLY long days, ugh). You want a book to keep you hanging in there, Paul Draker is your man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Bad Hero

    I loved Pauls last book, about a reality game on an island but not this one. This story is about one of the most unlikeable, mean people I have ever read about. If you cant stand the hero what do you have? You dislike Trevor from the start and 500 pages later that dosnt change. What a big waste of time. Sorry Paul I kept hanging in there, through way too much tech talk, hopeing Trevor would show me he was an OK guy after all. But allas he was unable to.

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