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Breakthrough
     

Breakthrough

by R. J. Pineiro
 

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Jake Thomas Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Technologies Inc., and his team have made an astounding breakthrough: bio-chips. these computer chips, based on bio-technology, use proteins to process information and provide enough processing power to put the world's fastest computer on every desktop. Fischer Technologies' new chips will revolutionize the

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Jake Thomas Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Technologies Inc., and his team have made an astounding breakthrough: bio-chips. these computer chips, based on bio-technology, use proteins to process information and provide enough processing power to put the world's fastest computer on every desktop. Fischer Technologies' new chips will revolutionize the computer industry.

In the aftermath of the Cold War, nuclear secrets are cheap, but technology secrets are worth millions. Fischer and his team find themselves at the center of an international conflict to control their technology—a conflict that will end many of their lives. From the halls of power in Berlin to secret basement war rooms at the CIA and FBI, to the streets of Paris, the powers that be will do anything to control this new technology. And Jake Fischer will find that he will risk anything to stop them.

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"A rough-and-tumble entertainment...and plot twists aplenty."—Kirkus Reviews

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Pineiro is one of America's best thriller writers and deserves a much wider audience. His books are smooth, smart, and suspenseful all the way. Breakthrough is the ultimate novel of industrial espionage: A German spy master hires an assassin (an eerie, chilling villain) to destroy (and plunder) an American company that has created a computer chip that will revolutionize the use of bio-chips. Breakneck suspense and intriguing characters make for a first-rate international thriller.

—Ed Gorman

Library Journal
Adams Morgan's intense narration amplifies the suspense in Pineiro's (Retribution, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/96) tale of murder and espionage. Jake Fischer, a bold, young entrepreneur, has produced a computer chip that promises to revolutionize the computer industry. German government officials desperate to remain competitive in the high-tech market hire a spy, renowned for his bloodthirsty actions as an agent for the KGB during the Cold War, to steal Fischer's invention. Despite the audiobook's slow start in which the listener must endure a lengthy description of the computer technology involved in manufacturing the prized computer chip, public libraries might want to consider this fast-paced thriller as an additional purchase.--Mark P. Tierney, Charles Cty. P.L., Waldorf, MD
Kirkus Reviews
The development of a revolutionary new computer chip by a Silicon Valley scientist puts him and his colleagues in mortal peril from the US and German governments—in a suspenseful, transnational thriller from Pineiro (Exposure, 1996, etc.).

After four years of effort, Jake Fischer's fledgling firm (Fischer Technology, Inc.) fabricates a reproducible molecular memory device (built from bacterial proteins) whose speed and processing power could make obsolete conventional semiconductors. Mindful the BND has a man inside FTI, the FBI keeps the company under surveillance as well. Whereas Berlin wants to purloin the breakthrough to jump-start a united Germany's flagging economy, Washington plans to delay its market introduction by a decade or more to ensure an orderly programmed transition that would salvage the investments of domestic circuit suppliers. Meanwhile, the Germans recruit Vladimir Titov-Escobar (a.k.a. "Kardinal"), a Stasi veteran who moves fast, burning FTI's California lab to the ground, kidnapping Sergei Lyevenski (the company's chief technical officer), and making off with a computer tape detailing the protein chip's technology. Although special agent Sonya Wüttenberg (also an old Stasi hand) is powerless to stop this raid, the FBI tracks the terrorist to Paris, where he's to collect his fee in return for Sergei and the tape. The feds stage an 11th-hour ambush, and the Russian émigré (a former KGB officer) escapes in the confusion—with the payoff ( million in securities as well as cash) and the tape. While Sergei dodges his erstwhile captors in the back alleys of Montmartre, Sonya browbeats Jake into letting her use him as bait. Once in the City of Lights, Jake proves himself a good man under fire. With a little help from hardnosed Sonya, the amateur operative leads the increasingly desperate Kardinal and his murderous crew a merry chase, as does the resourceful Sergei (with whom he's linked up). The threesome eventually survives a climactic confrontation in the Bois de Boulogne.

A rough-and-tumble entertainment with violent action and plot twists aplenty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812543902
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
02/15/1999
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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His writing has the force and polish of a veteran suspense novelist.

Meet the Author

R. J. Pineiro is a computer engineer working on leading-edge microprocessors at Advanced Micro Devices. He is the author of Retribution, Ultimatum, Conspiracy.Com, and Firewall. Pineiro lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Lory Anne and his son, Cameron.

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