Unknown to Mack until deep into this rapid-paced twisting plot, a counter-cyberterrorism team led by professed Christian Ethan Hamilton investigates GeneSys's subversive and clandestine experiments for private clients. Arab fanatics led by a wealthy businessman motivated by revenge have ordered the development of a deadly botulism mutation. Hamilton's team is composed of rivaling government agencies whose combined expertise, if cooperation can be maintained, is democracy's best bulwark against cataclysmic terrorist projects. A political power play temporarily unravels Hamilton's efforts until he turns spy and penetrates GeneSys's remote island citadel and cyber lockout codes. A computer war turns bloody as faith in a God-foreordained victory pits Hamilton and Mack against a seemingly invincible terrorist force during a tumultuous hurricane. With the help of Hamilton's son Jordan, this otherwise adult cast of rescuers plans a multi-site penetration of GeneSys's operations that include a raid of its secret Indiana base.
For hair-splitting adventure in a hard SF thriller, appealing to computer-wise teens who can follow a rapid chain of cyber and actual events, this is a challenging and gripping read. The world view may be Christian and full of biblical references, but this viewpoint revs the action and satisfies ethical concerns.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad gener