America’s worst nightmare has come true: a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” attack by unknown terrorists has crippled the nation’s power grid—and brought the land of the free to its knees. As widespread panic and violence ravage the country, its ruthless captors issue their ultimatums…and vow an apocalyptic reckoning.
A defenseless nation scrambles to fight an invisible invasion. Chief among America’s last line of defense is Lana Elkins, head of a major cyber-security company—and former top NSA operative—who returns to her roots to spearhead the Agency’s frantic efforts to combat the enemy’s onslaught on its own terms. While she and her superiors take action to infiltrate a terrorist hotbed overseas, much closer to home ruthless jihadists with a nuclear bomb hijack a busload of schoolchildren—including Lana’s daughter—and race toward a rendezvous with Armageddon in America’s greatest city.
With Lethal Code, Thomas Waite raises the international techno-thriller to dangerously exciting levels—introducing a valiant new action heroine, and initiating a series that brings a harrowing new edge of realism to sensational speculative fiction.
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About the Author
Thomas Waite was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His debut novel, Terminal Value, was critically praised and reached #1 Paid in the Kindle Store, #1 in Contemporary Books, #1 in Contemporary Fiction, and #1 in Kindle Store Suspense at Amazon. Lethal Code is his first in a series of cyber-thrillers. Waite is the board director of, and an advisor to, technology companies in the online security, media, data analytics, cloud computing, mobile, social intelligence, and information technology businesses. His nonfiction work has been published in a number of publications, including the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. Waite received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was selected by the English department to participate in an international study program at the University of Oxford. He now lives in Boston.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Will the next attack on humanity come from cyberspace? Can one unidentified terrorist group bring the United States to its knees, take over the control of its nuclear weaponry, the airwaves and create enough panic to crush the foundation and fabric of this country? With a few brilliantly executed keystrokes, it has happened and it’s up to a small group of government power players, a civilian forced into a dangerous game of spy vs spy, a brilliant female computer warrior and a young teenaged girl to help save the precious lives of innocent U. S. citizens, before destruction rains down. While chaos reigns supreme, unlikely heroes emerge, a mother and daughter learn the value of love and a country is brought to a screeching halt as both the best and worst in mankind comes out in the darkest of times. From the Middle East to the Western United States, a global search is on to discover who has achieved the unthinkable and why. The usual suspects appear innocent, but someone has become a deadly force among hackers. The bulk of the country’s hopes rests on the shoulders of one woman and her ability to break in, break down and cripple the Lethal Code in time to stop Armageddon. Face it, who doesn’t wonder about the ability of an enemy to break into one of the most secure systems in the world and slice the legs off the U.S.? Thomas Waite lays out the plot, fills in the details and provides the reader with a completely plausible scenario that is chilling to the core. From the actions of Americans on the streets to the bravery of the soldiers called upon to tread in hostile territory while risking life and limb, there is no sugar coating in Thomas Waite’s tale. He dissects each scene with brilliant detail, emotion and a sense of urgency that had my heart racing as my mind envisioned each action. If you like a taut and bold tale of contemporary terrorism that will rock your foundations of security, as you white-knuckle your way through each page, I highly recommend Lethal Code.
This novel is for all those people who think there is no such thing as a computer virus, unleashing all the internet scaremongering in one go. Yes this might be fiction but if you have suffered a minor virus attack, ID theft or even web fraud, then this will hit home with devastating reality. Lana Elkins is the foremost expert in cyber security, and when they come under attack from an unknown group bent on the destruction of the USA, Lana is quickly drafted in to work with the security services, to locate and neutralise the attackers before they destroy America. The author Thomas Waite has crafted a storyline worthy of the best Hollywood blockbuster thrillers, including plenty of action and twist and turns of the plot to keep you riveted to the book. The pace is fast except for a section in the middle, my only reason for not awarding full marks. One of the hallmarks of a good thriller is when afterwards your mind is full of what ifs, what would I do if, what would the government do if. Would I be able to perform like some of the unlikely heroes of the book? . Excellent.
Very well written. I like the way he intertwined multiple parallel stories. Definitely kept me wanting to see what happens next. On the other hand, the ending was disappointing. It also never discussed how the breach occurred.