In a future when resource shortages, terrorism, climate change and debt are crippling world economies, and where crime and corruption are the growth industries, someone is giving terrorists technology to bring down stealth bombers and turn drones and cruise missiles against their users. General Ramirez devises a plan to locate the source of this technology leak by ordering Lt Colonel John Maxwell to pretend to be a rogue soldier gone terrorist.
Meanwhile, after rescuing a young mother and child from terror-thieves and then receiving a minor flesh wound from a sniper, Garry Sutherland is invited to join Carole Laborde to carry out undersea exploration at Kerguelen. What Garry does not understand is why a sniper who can hit a small section of half-inch pipe gave him only a minor wound, and why shortly after three new submersibles had to be built the three old nuclear-powered submersibles were stolen.
Maxwell begins to suspect that something much deeper is being played out, in which some unknown person is manoeuvring both government forces and terrorists for some unknown purpose. Critical to that purpose are the two young scientists carrying out a search for undersea mineral deposits at Kerguelen. Maxwell must protect a young woman who is supposed to be a burglar from terrorists, avoid being killed by terrorists, avoid soldiers sent by Ramirez to kill his alter ego, deal with a corrupt immediate commanding officer and uncover this unknown person. When he does, he is faced with one of the most difficult decisions of his life.
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About the Author
Ian J Miller was born 7th August 1942 to the son of a policeman sent to Hokitika (New Zealand) to fill vacancies due to the mass murderer Stanley Graham. Secondary education was at Ashburton High School, thence to University of Canterbury (BSc Hons1, PhD), followed by post-docs at Calgary, Southampton and Armidale. I returned to New Zealand to Chemistry Division, DSIR, to work first on lignin chemistry, then recycling, seaweed research, then hydrothermal wood liquefaction. In 1986 I left DSIR to set up Carina Chemical Laboratories Ltd, to carry out research to support the private half of a joint venture to make pyromellitates, the basis of high temperature resistant plastics. (When called to a TV program to discuss the danger of foam plastics in fires, I aimed a gas torch at the palm of my hand, protected only by a piece of foam plastic I had made shortly before. Fortunately, it worked, it glowed yellow hot, but held the heat for about half a minute.) This venture, and an associated seaweed processing venture collapsed during the late 1980s financial crisis, mostly for financial reasons. Current projects include the development of Nemidon gels (www.nemidon.co.nz/) and fuels and chemicals through the hydrothermal treatment of microalgae (www.aquaflowgroup.com/). I have written about 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, about 35 other articles, and I was on the Editorial Board of Botanica Marina between about 1998-2008. In my first year University, following an argument with some Arts students, I was challenged to write a fictional book. I did in spare time: Gemina. I subsequently self-published a revised version, only to find publicity was forbidden as a condition of getting my finance for the pyromellitates project. Since then, I have written a few more science in fiction thriller-type novels that don't fit nicely in any category. These form a "future history", and Puppeteer is the first of one entry point.