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Virus: A Novel
     

Virus: A Novel

by Bill Buchanan
 
Buchanan unleashes a disaster scenario of nightmare proportions. When the powerful lasers of Americas space-based missile defense system begin knocking commercial airliners out of the sky, the world is suddenly a prisoner. Stealth technology is useless & breaking the virus is impossible. Humanitys future will come down to one womans daring ride to beat the machine. A

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Buchanan unleashes a disaster scenario of nightmare proportions. When the powerful lasers of Americas space-based missile defense system begin knocking commercial airliners out of the sky, the world is suddenly a prisoner. Stealth technology is useless & breaking the virus is impossible. Humanitys future will come down to one womans daring ride to beat the machine. A new breed of thriller based on brilliant-class weapons, controlled by artificially intelligent computers, including a virtually unstoppable breed of computer supervirus.

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In 2014, Iraq's president makes plans to occupy Kuwait by Christmas. The president in this case is Hussein Kamal al-Tikriti, the son-in-law of the aging Saddam Hussein (or, as Buchanan spells it for inexplicable reasons, "Hessian"). With the aid of a mole with "copper skin and oily hair" at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the Iraqis have developed a computer virus that both endlessly reproduces itself and can identify and combat any attempts to annihilate it. The aim is to destroy Allied aircraft; and Major Linda Scott, piloting "the fastest aerospace plane ever built," is assigned to save the West. The personalities of Buchanan's stereotypical characters are conveyed by having them watch CNN, plan Disneyland vacations, drive Hondas and attach sensitive listening equipment with Juicy Fruit gum. The reader is presumed to know (or to want to) a great deal of aerospace and weaponry jargon. Also, Buchanan could have given some background on the Iraqi ruling family (a much more terrifying thriller than this could ever be) to avoid inevitable reader confusion between his character Hessian Kamal and the son-in-law Hussein Kamal who was bumped off in March. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515120110
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.16(d)

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