The Zeus Payload

The Zeus Payload

by Steven G. Jackson

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Nick King is a computer programmer and the lead technologist at his grandfather's company, Gordon Defense Technology. When he's not developing sophisticated security software for private and government clients, Nick and his friend and roommate, Dean Wright, travel to the Middle East in search of the terrorist responsible for the 1983 Beirut embassy bombing that killed Nick's parents. Nick has promised his grandfather, Anthony Gordon, a former CIA operative, that he will find and kill the terrorist, Saleh, before his grandfather dies from heart failure and dementia.

When Nick is approached by CIA agents to complete his work on a cyberweapon that can infiltrate any computer system without being detected, he does so with the understanding that the technology will be used to protect the United States from future cyber-attacks. While completing the computer worm, King uncovers evidence of espionage and conspiracy within the CIA, with a trail that leads back to the Nazi Party. King, not knowing who to trust, and realizing the unstoppable power his product would bring to whoever controls it, commits treason, and removes the worm from the classified facility.

As the consequences of his creation are revealed to Nick, he goes on the run with Dean and a NSA agent, Tanya Rose, who originally accused Nick of being involved with the terrorist organization that killed her brother in Benghazi.

Saleh has been orchestrating the cyber weapon's development for his own purposes, and plans to use it to attack the United States. Saleh lures King to Beirut, where their drama began thirty years earlier, and King must fight off Saleh, al-Qaeda, the CIA, the NSA, a white supremacist group, rogue agents, and assassins, to keep the ultimate cyber weapon out of the wrong hands, and keep the promise he made to his grandfather.

As if there are any right hands.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151445696
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date: 05/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 375
File size: 240 KB

About the Author

Award winning novelist Steven G. Jackson holds a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California, and lives with his wife and yellow lab “Bear” in Southern California. He also serves as Vice President of the Southern California Writers Association.

I spent my first career as an engineering and technology director in the defense business. I learned about the defense and intelligence businesses, and believed they made for fascinating reading.

Now I write full-time. I write thriller novels, one-act stage plays, and short-short stories, the latter two mostly comedies. I wrote a screenplay adaptation of one of my novels. But I spend most of my time writing thrillers, because that’s what I enjoy reading most. My book collection features those authors I admire and hope to remind readers of - Robert Ludlum, Dan Simmons, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Isaac Asimov, Nelson DeMille, T. Jefferson Parker, and Tom Clancy.

I live with my exceptional family in Laguna Niguel, California. My wife and I are big fans of fine dining and preparing gourmet meals, and keep fans aware of the best restaurants and vacation spots in the world on my website at, where you can also find entertaining writing tidbits.

This book is dedicated to my wife Yann. Without your unconditional love and support, this dream would not have come true.

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