Rick Chesler holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and has had a life-long interest in the ocean and its creatures. When not at work as a research project manager, he can be found scuba diving or traveling to research his next thriller idea. Author of kiDNApped and Wired Kingdom, he currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, son and some fish.
Wired Kingdomby Rick Chesler
When a blue whale tagged with a web-cam designed with stolen defense technology broadcasts a brutal murder at sea as part of a television nature program, Special Agent Tara Shores finds herself navigating an ocean of manipulation and deceit in a deadly race to reach the 100-ton creature roaming the Pacific before an unknown killer can destroy the digital evidence it carries.
As Shores dives deeper into the case, what she initially dismisses as a publicity stunt for the glitzy reality series soon sweeps her out to sea in a riptide of greed, intrigue, and high-tech crime.
- Variance Publishing, LLC
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- 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 17 Years
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I took the book with me, when I traveled from Edinburgh to Montreal. I read it during the whole flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam. During my five hour stop in Amsterdam, I sat in a coffeeshop and read the book. I only put it down for the check in for the flight. During the eight hour flight to Montreal, I didn't put the book down ONCE. I was so zoned in that the time passed that I didnt even noticed we were landing, until the stewardess told me we are landing. It was just that good. Wired Kingdom by Rick Chesler shouldn't be missing in ANY library. I am now reading it for the second time.
Wired Kingdom is the first in the Tara Shores series that is written by Rick Chesler. Wired Kingdom is a live internet feed that comes from some electronics that has been planted on a blue whale. Not only does it broadcast a live feed of everywhere and everything the whale sees, it also broadcasts its GPS coordinates, and saves that data, along with the video and a bunch of other scientific data on a waterproof hard drive that is included in the electronics. The idea for this venture comes from a scientist and her father who owns TV stations, with the help of an electronic genius. The father’s company is making a ton of money on this venture due to a weekly contest based on the whale’s broadcast. One day, while swimming around minding its own business, the whale cam picks up a murder. The murder is captured and broadcast. The problem is that it isn’t clear who was murdered and who was the murderer. Tara Shores is put on the case to investigate. She’s a go-getter, tough as nails, almost fearless FBI agent. The FBI isn’t the only organization after the video though and it’s a fast-paced race against time to get the drive off of the whale. I liked this book a lot. It is well written and entertaining. Tara Shores is brash and reckless, but effective. The other main characters are the scientist, her father, and the electronics expert. All the characters are believable. This is a great story for those who like FBI thrillers, water adventures, and murder mysteries. Adults, as well as young adults, will enjoy this story.
Great book. Very suspenseful and very well written. I was captivated by the story within the first couple pages wondering where this story was going. The story is very well paced and kept my heart racing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys thriller novels.
I read the first two chapters of Rick Chesler's Wired Kingdom in a pre-release sneak preview and knew I had to read the entire book. I ordered it immediately and actually received it four days prior to its release date. In spite of a heavy workload, I read this book in one week. Although there are several characters in the story, Mr. Chesler does such a good job of defining each one that I never once had to check back to an earlier page, wondering, "Who is this, again?" Each character has their own 'story' but each story is perfectly entwined to the entire book. The main character of the story is actually a Blue Whale, to which an attached web cam allows internet and television viewers access to the seas. Even if the reader does not have a marine background, Chesler gives such perfect definition of the massive mammal and its environs, it is easy to imagine oneself in the water watching the story unfold. In a world in which murder has become all too commonplace, Wired Kingdom brings a new angle to solving the crime, a murder at sea caught by the web cam. The research done by the author was obviously extensive as every bit of technology is described so well, the reader has no problem understanding just how it works. The story's end, while surprising, makes perfect sense retrospectively. Given the characters, I can't imagine it any other way! Personally, I look forward to more novels by Rick Chesler. His first is so enthralling, I have already purchased several more to give as gifts. This book was the perfect way to start my summer reading!