Net Impact

Net Impact

by Donald J. Bingle

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Dick Thornby is not Hollywood's idea of a spy.

In his rough and tumble job there are no tailored Italian suits, no bimbos eager to please, and no massive underground fortresses built by evil overlords seeking world domination--just an endless series of sinister threats to the safety and security of the billions of mundane citizens of the planet. Sure, Dick's tough and he knows a few tricks to help him get out of a tight spot, even if his boss accuses him of over-reliance on an abundance of explosives. But he's also got a mortgage, a wife upset by his frequent absences on "business" trips, and an increasingly alienated teen-age son who spends way too much time playing in gaming worlds on the computer.

When a mission to bust up an arms exchange in New Zealand goes spectacularly bad, Dick is forced to partner with an espionage neophyte to battle evil on multiple fronts, leading to a final confrontation that incorporates real-world conspiracy theories and cutting-edge technology.

In the end, Dick can save his partner, save his marriage, save his son, or save the world, but he can't do it all.

Says Game Knight Reviews about Net Impact: "This is a spy novel that intersects with the world of MMORPGs and combines a set of topics I haven't seen before. It is a bit of The DaVinci Code with some James Bond and a modern virtual reality spin ... I won't spoil it for you, but there is some international and corporate espionage-style intrigue, family strife, and a fun bit of conspiracy theory. Plus, it's very well written book and a fun, fast read."

Says about Net Impact: "Net Impact was a great read and has completely changed my perspective on spy thrillers."

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After taking personal revenge on the criminal behind both his son's injuries and the continued disintegration of his marriage, Dick Thornby is teamed with Acacia ("Ace") Zyreb, a young, female agent from the East European office of the Subsidiary, to deal with the mystery behind coordinated hacking of the braking systems of several car models.

Doing his best to maintain his vows to his wife, Dick struggles to deal with the inexperience and provocative attitude of Ace on her first non-European mission. Their somewhat combative investigation takes a left turn by uncovering a much more sinister threat to the world and to Dick's family. He's willing to risk his job, his partner, and his life to eliminate the threat, but the clock is ticking.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159086198
Publisher: 54-40 Orphyte Inc
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Series: A Dick Thornby Thriller , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 75,435
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Donald J. Bingle is the author of six books (Forced Conversion, GREENSWORD, Frame Shop, The Love-Haight Case Files, Net Impact, and Wet Work) and more than fifty shorter stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, steampunk, mystery, romance, and comedy genres, including many tales in DAW anthologies and sanctioned stories in the Dragonlance, Transformer, and BattleTech universes. He is also an editor and ghostwriter. He is a full member of the International Thriller Writers, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and Origins Game Fair Library.

Don was the world's top-ranked player of classic role-playing games (like Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) for fifteen years, playing more than 600 different characters in more than 450 (sometimes multi-round) tournaments (winning more than half the tournaments he has ever played) and has written gaming tournaments, adventures, or source material for TSR, West End, and other game companies in the Forgotten Realms, Paranoia, Chill, and Timemaster game worlds, among others.

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Net Impact 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting at a non-stop pace!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed this action-packed thriller. Having been a U.S. Army paratrooper, police officer, and Federal law enforcement agent, I was impressed with the realism. Dick Thornby is the perfect protagonist, but written as a real person- not a movie version of a super spy. Action and plot twists were terrific. Overall writing was stellar. a timely subject with cyber crime being the latest rage among terrorists and criminals. Don Bingle has a real winner here. I want to see more of Dick Thornby. Tom Weber
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the prologue, you probably will not want to stop. Dramatic, compelling, informative, characterized the book for me, and I think that someone will surely make a movie out of it. When finished, be sure and read the afterward. Randall Martin
Paul_Genesse More than 1 year ago
Net Impact by Donald J. Bingle is not your dad's spy novel. This is a modern spy thriller about a realistic agent working for a shadow company, The Subsidiary, affiliated with several different sovereign nations. The details are crisp and main character is a fully drawn man with an exciting career in espionage, but a terrible life at home, as he rarely sees his wife and son, who are becoming more and more upset with his always gone lifestyle. His marriage is in serious trouble as he is sent on a mission to New Zealand to stop the transfer of unmanned drone plans and goes from there as our he uncovers the truth about a very diabolical plot apropos for our modern internet age. The most fascinating thing about the novel is the inclusion of the fictional virtual world of Reality 2 Be, think Second Life, where a lot of secret and illegal activity happens-which is not fiction. I had no idea, but in the virtual worlds of the internet money is transferred, criminals conduct clandestine meetings, and rebels and terrorists get together right under the nose of the world governments who have no idea of how to monitor and police the virtual worlds. Sure, we've seen spies infiltrate the lairs of the bad guys, but I hadn't seen one infiltrate a virtual world before, and it was cool to see how the plot brought the virtual and real world together in a very fascinating twist. The strength of the book is the accurate main character, who is so good at what he does, but not in a sort of silly James Bond way. This is more of a Jason Bourne crossed with that cool uncle of yours who was a lineman in football, then army ranger, and a cop before he became a private consultant. He's a realistic spy, who uses his keen intellect and pragmatic philosophy to get the job done-and he's known for causing mass destruction, but he gets the mission accomplished no matter what. Sure, there are a few gunfights, fires, computer hacking moments, and big explosions, but OMG, the ending is pretty amazing and I didn't see that one coming. I'm pretty certain no spy has ever used what this guy used to accomplish the mission at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as well as Bingle's other novels, Forced Conversion and Greensword. His short fiction has always entertained me as well, and I look forward to his next project. Net Impact is a short, punchy, realistic spy thriller for the modern age, and once you read this, you'll never look at the internet the same way again. Paul Genesse, author and editor
RobbBS More than 1 year ago
The phrase "Can't put down this book" is overused, but that is what in fact happened, although it was my E-Reader I couldn't put down while author Don Bingle's Net Impact was on the screen. First, it is important to point out that Mr. Bingle, in crafting Net Impact, has used his noted black-belt-level expertise in the gaming world as well as factual research of well-known structures, such as Denver International Airport, to create a superlative blend of virtual reality and real reality, with separate story lines that come together seamlessly by the end of the novel. This research and expertise above all else demonstrate Mr. Bingle's respect for himself as a writer, as well as for the reader. The end result is a novel in which I found myself wanting to find out what happens next from chapter to chapter, and page to page. Main charzcter, Dick Thornby, goes beyond the cliche'd super spy. He's good at what he does, to be sure, but he has real world concerns and limits, with consequences, for not only himself but for his family. Good versus evil also lands in an interesting gray area and Thornby knows this, having to deal with some evil tasks he must pull off for the sake of the overall good. Driving this all is a story in which we care about the characters even in a plot-driven spy thriller, a plot that itself holds its share of twists and turns even as the action moves dynamically forward. There is plenty of summer left, and Net Impact is a must-read for summer thriller reading lists. And it shouldn't be a stranger when cold weather arrives again too. Net Impact certainly ought to impress all those interested in Gaming as well as virtual world action. But for those who are steeped in neither, and I am steeped in neither, Net Impact will work for you as well, and fascinate you in just how well reality and virtual reality can combine together to create, as a bottom line, a story that you will care about along with the thrills. As a final note, Mr. Bingle's acknowledgments section contains a nifty explanation of some of his research - so if you go snooping around Denver International Airport, please don't say Mr. Bingle didn't warn you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was fast paced and definitely held my interest.  There was the added benefit of learning more about spy craft techniques and the world of virtual reality and Second Life.  I would have liked to see the family relationships fleshed out more.
KellySwails More than 1 year ago
Net Impact by Don Bingle is a fast-paced spy thriller with a geeky twist. Dick Thornby is a spy for the Subsidiary, a secret multi-national agency whose mission is to stop worldwide threats to humanity. Dick's been with the Subsidiary for years, and as a result his marriage has crumbled, his son is a stranger, and he can destroy the Dunedin port without blinking an eye. When he stumbles upon a massive conspiracy that includes the Chinese government, an underground facility, and an online game called Reality 2 Be, he knows he has to be on top of his game to save everything he holds dear. Net Impact is like the movies True Lies and Mission Impossible meets Ready Player One with a dash of Vince Flynn's books thrown in for seasoning. While it does start off a bit slow--we're given a lot of information at the beginning--once the action starts it rocks and rolls until the end. There's death, mayhem, humor, technology, gaming, and intrigue all rolled up into one satisfying read. If you're looking for something to keep you up late on Wednesday night, Bingle's book should do the trick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago