The Children's Game: A Thriller

The Children's Game: A Thriller

by Max Karpov

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ISBN-13: 9781510734821
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 999
Sales rank: 4,359
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Max Karpov is the nom de plume of James Lilliefors, whose past fiction writing includes two critically acclaimed geopolitical thrillers, The Leviathan Effect and Viral, as well as the Bowers and Hunter Mystery Series.
Max Karpov is a Washington-based novelist and investigative journalist. A longtime Russia-watcher, Max spent several years researching and writing The Children’s Game, a geo-political thriller novel about current-day U.S.-Russia relations. He has written features for The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and elsewhere. He lives in Naples, Florida.

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Children's Game: A Thriller 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Children's Game by Max Karpov is a highly recommended geo-political thriller, both timely and insightful, involving a Russian cyberattack on America. Intelligence has learned that a cyberattack is imminent - perhaps already started. The attack is code-named the "Children’s Game," which is a chess strategy that results in a checkmate in four moves. The attack itself has been in the making for a long time and was the plan of Andrei Turov, a Russian billionaire and former FBS officer. He recruited operative Ivan Delkoff to organize the "game." In it public opinion will be manipulated by informants spreading misinformation and fake news about a breaking news event, which will be followed by hackers and a cyberattack. This propaganda attack, via Russian hacker "science farms," will allow the Kremlin to take advantage of the freedom our republic gives the media and citizens, and use it to twist the truth in an effort to destroy us while restoring Russia's greatness. Success is not a forgone conclusion, because the USA has a team to counteract the attack. Christopher Niles is called back to work on the case immediately. Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, is on vacation in Greece with Anna Carpenter, a US senator and his significant other, when he is called away to talk to an informant in London. He ends up returning back to work from retirement Niles joins forces with Jon, his journalist half-brother who is also a special forces operative, and Anna, who has her own inside connections in the intelligence community, in order to uncover Turov's plot. This is a well-written, fast paced, and timely thriller that explores the relationship between the USA and Russia. I would point out to casual readers that The Children's Game is really for fans of geo-political espionage thrillers. Karpov (a pseudonym for James Lilliefors) spent years researching US-Russian relationships while writing this thriller, and the research and attention to details shines through. What is especially relevant and chillingly plausible is the whole concept of using a cyberattack to spread misinformation and fake news. Hello... During this time as the media twists things to suit their agenda already, how carefully do people check facts before spreading misinformation? How often do you pass on a meme or quick blurb before checking the validity of the information? If you are honest, not much... not much at all. And how susceptible are we to a similar attack of fake news happening and running out of control. Frighteningly, alarmingly close. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Arcade Publishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner that reads at times like a non-fiction account of a secret war between Russia and the United States. What if a fake news story got loose and ended up changing the world? Food for thought.
JJMiller49 More than 1 year ago
A scarily realistic story about what could be just a few chess moves away. The parts about the downing of the president's plane were especially good and plausible, considering what actually did happen in Ukraine. And the scenes with Putin were fun but also frightening. Is this where we're headed? I liked the characters of Christopher Niles and Jake Briggs and hope to see more of them, and I liked the descriptions of the different locations. It was a good book that also made me think.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Excellent read, LeCarre like.
Thebookdevourer 8 months ago
An incredible story of the cold war or today, depending on how you look at it. I would say a bit of both. While the beginning was very difficult, it is necessary to understand the rest of the story. I was engrossed in this because it is so believable. It might've happened, it could happen. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the Children’s Game very realistic and well written. In many ways, flavors of current events run thru the story What’s the follow up I wonder?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. This is more or less where we are now with Russia.
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OlgaR78 More than 1 year ago
The best parts are the scenes set in Ukraine, especially those that are obviously based on real events, such as the shooting down of the Malaysian plane. Those really came to life for me. Ukraine is the wedge, although this is basically a Russia versus United States cyber spy novel set in the present day. The story is told through a varied cast of characters and it was amusing, but also sadly authentic, to see the same events interpreted so differently by the Russians and Americans. As someone who knows both Russia and Ukraine, I was interested in seeing the conflict there incorporated into a thriller formal. This was a thoughtful and very relevant read. I give it four and half stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, timely spy thriller. The parallel scenarios with Russian and US intelligence plots worked nicely.
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