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.

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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: 681,971
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, 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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