Overview

The Programmer, a work of fiction, depicts the struggle between two equally brilliant but driven men: Dr. Stanley Kwan, goaded by an ego that seeks perfection in all he does and control over all he creates; and Jeremy Franklin, who, at 17, is goaded by a sense of justice that will not let him rest until he avenges his father's death, caused by a machine that cannot make mistakes.

On the day Dr. Kwan throws a switch in New York to inaugurate ...
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The Programmer

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Overview

The Programmer, a work of fiction, depicts the struggle between two equally brilliant but driven men: Dr. Stanley Kwan, goaded by an ego that seeks perfection in all he does and control over all he creates; and Jeremy Franklin, who, at 17, is goaded by a sense of justice that will not let him rest until he avenges his father's death, caused by a machine that cannot make mistakes.

On the day Dr. Kwan throws a switch in New York to inaugurate his greatest dream and ambition, Jeremy Franklin, in Los Angeles, gains access to it, causing the machine--and Kwan's poise--to falter, if only for a second.
For Kwan, the brief intrusion may show that his machine is flawed, but not beyond repair. For Jeremy, a second is all he needs to replace the master program with his own.

While Kwan does not sleep that night, Jeremy does. After waiting for years, the sleep of vindication brings a sweet contentment and renewed resolve. Jeremy now knows he can finish what he began so long ago.

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In an ever-shifting contest of power, greed, fear and courage, The Programmer depicts a modern-day Prometheus who, in the form of the brilliant scientist, Kwan, and his creation, HYBROW, views the world as a thing to be conquered or destroyed, while Jeremy views the world as a thing too long spinning out of control.

When he was fifteen, Jeremy discovers the truth behind his father's death. Of all his talents, he is imbued with a patience matching his determination; a patience to wait, a determination to write the perfect program which cannot be tested and which can be used only once.

Over the next few years, while Kwan's empire grows to encompass the world in a net of satellites controlling banking, stock markets, oil, gold, shipping, drugs and armaments, Jeremy's world shrinks to the size of a garage where a small computer waits to receive his program.

Kwan is content with only one thing: the power he wields over his hand-picked Consortium which, as far as he is concerned, can do anything it wants with the force he places in their hands--as long as he controls the force.

Kwan's obsession for power is matched, then exceeded, by Jeremy's obsession for revenge. The world is far too small to hold them both. Inevitably, they will meet and clash. One might win; both might lose. Whatever the outcome, Kwan and Jeremy separately agree that they both cannot win.

* * *

Through its two principal adversaries, The Programmer explores both the sinister and nobler sides of human nature and the unpredictable attraction they hold for each other.

For some, power can induce a sense of mission to do good; for others, it can become an end in itself, magnifying its own importance, distorting the power-wielder's view of the world--and himself.

For Kwan, if power is shared, it is diminished and ultimately lost.

For Jeremy, power is a means to an end, if only to be used to wrest it from another.

For Kwan, power is the end in itself: self-justifying, self-proving, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For Jeremy and Kwan, an unspoken creed of power emerges: what is vital for one might be fatal for the other. Only to those who know how to use it--and keep it--is power given. Only from those who fail to use it properly is it taken away.

What Jeremy thought was the end of his quest--controlling HYBROW and humiliating Kwan--was only the beginning of a greater one. Confronted by the truth of his obsession and where it was impelling him to go, Jeremy comes to see himself, and Kwan, in a new light. Up until the day he had taken control of HYBROW, he knew he had only been playing games; games he knew he would win.

Now, even with Kwan and his machine out of the way, Jeremy still faced an adversary he might never overcome: an adversary more powerful than HYBROW, more insidious than Kwan. For the first time in his life, Jeremy was to face the truth.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013545939
  • Publisher: Strohlein Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 278 KB

Meet the Author

I began writing in earnest (and in grammar school) and won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature (fiction & fantasy) for the sentence you've just read!

Seriously, I did begin at an early age and have continued to write complete sentences (such as this one you've just read).

Beyond that, I was a contributing editor for Biomedical Communications (NY) which published "The Management of 35-mm Medical Slides". One hundred short stories followed along with four novels: "The Angel of Amsterdam," "The Programmer," "It's a Bungle Out There!" and "The Valley of Tears." All of these have been based on real-life experiences which have allowed me to vent on such topics as the Nazi Occupation of Holland, computer crime, bureaucracies and an inglorious attempt to subdue Nature which didn't want to be subdued.

I'd write more but I don't have much time while sitting in front of the mail box waiting for my Pulitzer notice.
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