The Leviathan Effect

The Leviathan Effect

by James Lilliefors
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The Leviathan Effect by James Lilliefors

Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a frightening communication from a hacker identified only by the pseudonym "Janus": three recent natural disasters around the world were correctly predicted—in fact, they were manufactured, not natural at all. And, says the email, unless she does exactly as Janus instructs, more disasters are coming—and they will destroy the United States.
Unaware of the crisis in Washington, investigative journalist Jon Mallory stumbles on a list of seven prominent scientists who have been murdered in recent months. When the person who had given him the list goes missing herself, Jon realizes he has unwittingly become part of a deadly chain of events. He contacts his brother, ex-CIA agent Charles, looking for help. Meanwhile, Catherine Blaine has also come to Charles for help to track down the hacker Janus and learn what frightening science is threatening the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781616952501
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 426,075
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

James Lilliefors is an award-winning journalist who has written for The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun and elsewhere. He was educated at the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fiction Writing Fellow. He currently lives in Florida.

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The Leviathan Effect 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JaneC1 More than 1 year ago
Very cool book. The weather is the antagonist in this thriller that is both suspenseful and educational.
JonnMnz More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute page turner. The mystery grows with each chapter, keeping the reader glued to the book. Like in Viral, the first book, Lilliefors manages to create an innovative and realistic thriller. In Viral, the danger was biological warfare, now we’re introduced to the concept of weather mitigation (the idea of weather manipulation as a type of warfare).  There is a range of secondary characters, but the author manages to weave their plots together wonderfully. Lilliefors also manages to add a good dose of romance toward the final act. My only complaint is that there is barely (and I do mean barely) any interaction between Jon and Charles Mallory, our returning characters from Viral. We know Charles cares for his brother, but it’s hard to understand why considering they’ve been estranged for years and have almost zero interaction in the book. Also, Jon is basically absent from the majority of the story. I hoped the author would introduce a stronger brotherly bond between the two, or at the least explore the intricacies of their relationship. However, the plot of the story is strong enough to keep you interested. Given the ending, I’m positive that a third book is surely to be written.  
MrRaymond More than 1 year ago
Good read. Weather mitigation is a fascinating topic that isn't exactly on the international radar these days.