Breakthroughby R. J. Pineiro
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
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 technologya 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.
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 confusionwith 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.
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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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