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Terminal Connection
     

Terminal Connection

4.8 5
by Dan Needles
 
In a setting reminiscent of THE MATRIX and in the man-verses-science spirit of JURASSIC PARK, the players in this mystery and suspense techno thriller novel move between reality and virtuality, finding danger, death, and betrayal in both worlds.

What if a terrorist were a computer virus, its weapon a defect, and its target the U.S. military�? Welcome to the

Overview

In a setting reminiscent of THE MATRIX and in the man-verses-science spirit of JURASSIC PARK, the players in this mystery and suspense techno thriller novel move between reality and virtuality, finding danger, death, and betrayal in both worlds.

What if a terrorist were a computer virus, its weapon a defect, and its target the U.S. military�? Welcome to the present, where the lines are blurred between terrorists and governments, virtual worlds and reality. In a war of information, everyone is on the frontline.

Steve Donovan, founder of NEXUS Corp, has developed a virtual technology that could help his daughter walk again. Riddled with guilt over the accident that crippled Brooke, Donovan buries himself in developing the Nexus. But when a young girl dies using the Nexus and a defect is discovered, NEXUS CEO Austin Wheeler decides lawsuits are cheaper than a recall. Exploiting the defect that triggers fatal seizures, a hacker introduces a deadly virus in the form of a virtual serial killer. Torn between his conscious and his invention, and distracted by a sexy federal investigator and a bottle of scotch, Donovan chases the killer through uncharted virtual worlds, where nothing is as it seems. He discovers a conspiracy that threatens U. S. security and Brooke�s life. As two superpowers face off in global confrontation, Donovan realizes that in order to stop the killer, he must break the TERMINAL CONNECTION.

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Tamara Shoemaker
I'll just start this out by stating the obvious. Dan Needles is brilliant, a mind seducer.

Terminal Connection plays out almost like a movie. Needles takes about four or five completely different story lines and pulls them together into a pulse-pumping-erratic-heartbeat-I-needed-to-go-use-the-bathroom-three-hours-ago-but-I-can't-put-the-book-down-or-I'll-miss-something kind of way.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.
Goodreads - John Bowers
Terminal Connection is different. This is a tale that, at some point in our future, could actually become reality (sure, the internet stuff is a little ways out there, but look where we've come in just 20 years; the rest is so genuinely possible that it terrifies me). The first time I read Terminal Connection, when it was still a manuscript, I was so gripped by it that I thought of nothing else for days (and I write this stuff, too). Not only will you love it, you�ll never forget it.
Goodreads - Jackson Coppley
Tom Clancey meets Inception in this page turner by Dan Needles. The book combines the dreamlike world of virtual reality ultimately with the action of modern air and sea battle. There are plenty of the did-not-see-that-coming surprises to pull you in along the way.
Goodreads - Don Muchow
Damn you, Dan needles. Before this I pulled the sheets up and the monsters went away. Now I realize that it is we who are hiding in the bedroom closet and THEY who control the living world.

Fantastic book. Just fantastic.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940150597068
Publisher:
Route 11 Publications
Publication date:
09/14/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
412
File size:
686 KB

Meet the Author

Dan Needles is a master of storytelling in the science fiction and urban fantasy genres; but his stories aren't all fiction. His professional experience as an early enabler of the information age at the dawn of the dot com boom and his continued work with fortune 500 companies, government agencies and secret military projects means that Needles places his characters in situations that read like fiction, but often exist in the reality of some of today's top technological, and often secret, corporate and government projects.

Needles' stories draw from the complex tapestry of his career and personal life. As a developer in the early 1990s at Oracle and VISA, Needles was at the forefront of development in the infancy of the information age. He quickly learned that building the complexity necessary in such hi-tech environments required working with people, culture clashes, hidden agendas and the drama of the human condition. His writing reflects this complexity, weaving the inexplicable wonders of new age technology with the relationships and conflicts of the people involved.

On a personal level, Needles has faced similar complex challenges. Having lived with undiagnosed autism since childhood, Needles describes his interactions as one of "decoding" the human condition and everyday situations. As a father and husband he has challenged the medical establishment and sought alternative treatments for his wife's terminal illness and his son's diagnosed autism. His efforts have been rewarded in that his wife's illness has been cured, and the "curable" aspects his son's autism have been successfully treated.

This personal journey mirrored his professional experiences. The ability to break through denial, accept reality, and take responsibility and maintain independent thought regardless of others' pedigrees and accolades is exactly what is required in the information age and modern global economy. At a personal level he discovered his need to ground in reality, face the truth, however ugly, and stand up for the greater good. This personal philosophy was rooted in his own undiagnosed autism and to what he attributes his personal and professional success.

Needles is a consultant for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and secret military projects. He weaves people, process, knowledge and technology into complex solutions to solve the pressing problems of the Internet age.

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Terminal Connection 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TomGossard More than 1 year ago
A neighbor who is a writer and illustrator suggested I read Terminal Connection. He knows, while I like “classic” Sci Fi, that I am more into modern mysteries, Sue Grafton, P. D. James. I am glad I took his suggestion. Terminal Connection has that one element of all great Sci Fi. Needles book takes one element of fiction in the real world of science and technology. He then lets that one element drive the plot to its logical conclusion, carrying the characters, and you, along the story line. Needles combines that one element with the best of modern mysteries: believable characters struggling to make sense of an unsolved crime. Even though nobody will ever kill you on line, you feel the palpably danger of those in the story. Terminal Connection reads as real as any current news story on line, on air, or in a headline. Behind that story is a depth of understanding that one only finds in Current Affairs or a special in the Economist. Current readers will find Terminal Connection an informative read about the early 21st century, and in the years to come, so will their children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a "reading for fun" type of person as I am a college student and have to read a lot as it is. Alas, this book is really well written and it kept my interest all the way through. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys SciFi or has worked on computers. I can't wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m one of those SciFi fans that never got hooked on Cyber Punk, and here’s why: the tortured excuses for why the victims (there are ALWAYS victims) can’t just rip the units off their heads and get out of harm’s way always sounded phony to me. Even the screen version of Matrix failed to impress me (I had hopes). C’mon! You gotta find a telephone booth???? What is this? Superman needs to change his undies? So, you can imagine what frame of mind I was in when I picked up Terminal Connection. What the hell, it was being offered for free and I’m cheap. What a difference! The explanations make sense! Not only that, but the uses of the device(s) aren’t limited to a bunch of pimple-faced losers playing online games. People are effectively telecommuting using these things. So, along comes the “bad guy” (heavy music playing in the background) and starts “offing” people — again in a manner than I can believe. And the chase starts there. It’s a romp both through cyber space as well as the real world (the characters have to actually go somewhere in person to chase after the bad guy with the strange name. Okay, that was enough to keep me reading and the plot got nastier and more convoluted as it went along (good mystery within the “gee-whiz” stuff). And the ending blew me away! (And that’s all I’m gonna say about that, reading it is up to you and I wouldn’t want to spoil it.) If you like cyber-punk, you’ll love this! If you like mysteries, spy stuff, and/or science fiction, you’ll at least like it.
BornNovelist More than 1 year ago
One of the problems with most science fiction is that it's so fantastic it isn't realistic. Star Wars, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and 99% of all sf novels over the years--great stuff, but totally unbelievable. In other words, no matter how incredible and imaginative such stories are, they are so unrealistic they almost classify as fantasy. They could never really happen. Terminal Connection is different. This is a tale that, at some point in our future, could actually become reality (sure, the internet stuff is a little ways out there, but look where we've come in just 20 years; the rest is so genuinely possible that it terrifies me). The first time I read Terminal Connection, when it was still a manuscript, I was so gripped by it that I thought of nothing else for days (and I write this stuff, too). I even told my 16 year-old son about it and he was equally intrigued. Dan Needles writes with an authority that can only come from someone close to current events; his knowledge of government agencies and projects lends a credibility to the story that few novelists can achieve. If Tom Clancy had been a science fiction writer, Terminal Connection could as easily have been written by him. It’s that good. Read this book. Not only will you love it, you’ll never forget it. I promise.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Dan Needles in his new book "Terminal Connection” published by Route 11 Publications takes us into the life of Steve Donovan. From the back cover: In a setting reminiscent of THE MATRIX and in the man-verses-science spirit of JURASSIC PARK, the players in this techno thriller novel move between reality and virtuality, finding danger, death, and betrayal in both worlds. What if a terrorist were a computer virus, its weapon a defect, and its target the U.S. military’? Welcome to the present, where the lines are blurred between terrorists and governments, virtual worlds and reality. In a war of information, everyone is on the frontline. Steve Donovan, founder of NEXUS Corp, has developed a virtual technology that could help his daughter walk again. Riddled with guilt over the accident that crippled Brooke, Donovan buries himself in developing the Nexus. But when a young girl dies using the Nexus and a defect is discovered, NEXUS CEO Austin Wheeler decides lawsuits are cheaper than a recall. Exploiting the defect that triggers fatal seizures, a hacker introduces a deadly virus in the form of a virtual serial killer. Torn between his conscious and his invention, and distracted by a sexy federal investigator and a bottle of scotch, Donovan chases the killer through uncharted virtual worlds, where nothing is as it seems. He discovers a conspiracy that threatens U. S. security and Brooke’s life. As two superpowers face off in global confrontation, Donovan realizes that in order to stop the killer, he must break the TERMINAL CONNECTION. Michael Crichton would look at the advancements in technology and something would bother or frighten him and then he would write a book that bothered or frightened us. Worked out really well that way. Problem is Mr. Crichton died and there was really no one to take his place. That is until now. Here comes Dan Needles and he looked at Virtual Reality differently than any of us and realized the potential danger and came up with this humdinger of a techno thriller. The action starts on page one and not only keeps going it goes faster. There are bad guys that are really evil and only one man, Steve Donovan, who can stop them. However they want to stop him as well so the chase is on! I haven't even begun to talk about the technology that Mr. Needles brings to our attention it does have its frightening aspects but it is presented in a manner that we can understand. Dan Needles has truly given us a winner with "Terminal Connection". Get ready there are politics, escapes, liaisons, schemes and conniving that will make your head spin. And the characters. Mr. Needles has given us great characters who live and breathe on the pages and draw us into their lives so that we root for the good guys and do not want the bad guys to win. "Terminal Connection" is great fun. It is cutting edge technology, a thriller, adventure and a romance all rolled up in an extremely entertaining ball. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”