Trojan: The Enemy Within

Trojan: The Enemy Within

by David L Wallace


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“Victor, who is comparable to an extremely patriotic Jason Bourne, is an intriguing hero.” - Clarion Review

Victor Walker, White House Nuclear Defense Systems Manager, expected his co-workers within the sacred halls of the west wing to be above reproach, but on August 6th, it became evident someone there was anything but that. Suddenly and without warning, all the nuclear armament and defense systems for which he was responsible crashed – a completed meltdown. Star Wars, Air Force One, Doomsday Briefcase and Guidance Systems launch and protection capabilities were all rendered useless. Exposed, America was brutally attacked, major cities bombed.

During the race to resolve the issue and bring the systems back online, Victor found indicators that pointed to an infiltrator, to a mole buried deep among the white house staff. The president, the joint chiefs and DoD’s top technical minds had a different read on things – they all believed the clues painted Victor as the culprit.

Forced to be a fugitive on the run until he could clear his name, Victor must hack into and breach the systems he once protected to smoke out the culprit and avert an indefensible nuclear strike on US soil. With the clock ticking and the government mole making things difficult and deadly for him at every turn, his only recourse to uncover a critical piece of intel is to reach out to his wife Helen. The only caveat is that reaching out to her could lead to a dirt nap – for both of them.

“Fans of the genre will be delighted with the book's well-crafted characters, excellent pacing, and plot.” - Publisher’s Weekly

If you love gripping thrillers with a whodunit puzzle that keeps you guessing until the end, then this story that customer say reads like a Tom Clancy feature film is for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997225709
Publisher: David L Wallace
Publication date: 02/22/2016
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Before publishing my debut novel, I served over 27 years as an information technology professional working initially for the US Navy, and then the Department of the Navy and various fortune companies. I'm a UCLA Writing Program alumnus, who writes mystery thrillers and children stories. After years of crafting and fine-tuning my story telling ability, 2016 is the year of the launch of my debut novel titled Trojan, which is based on a "what if" scenario I envisioned years ago while attending the Naval & Marine Corps Computer Science School at Quantico. My vow to my readers is to capture your imagination and keep you engaged, from the beginning of each story to its riveting conclusion.

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Trojan: The Enemy Within 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts right off into the action with the murder of the vice president and keeps going with the action.Victor Walker, a White House cyber tech, is immediately embroiled in the action as it is discovered the vice presidents laptop has been breached. After the vice president is murdered Star Wars, Air Force One and Doomsday Briefcase are all tampered with and become unusable. Who is behind all this? Is it an individual working along side them ? Is it a group? Victor pursues the thought that this is an inside job, a trojan. Will the enemy be found before it is too late? This thrilling book is full of excitement. I liked this book because it was exciting to read and I did not get bogged down in a lot of technical talk. It will keep you reading to find out what happens. You will not be disappointed.
mrmeeka More than 1 year ago
Trojan, The Enemy Within Victor is the manager of the White House Computer Defense Armament Systems. First the VP is killed. Then all of their defense systems in both the White House and the Pentagon crash at the same time. While the DoD and NSA are trying to discover and repair the problem bombs are being set off across D.C. And Victor becomes the primary suspect. His family is kidnapped, his daughter is hurt and he is on the run. All the while trying to convince the President that he’s not responsible for the country being defenseless and for killing people. He must protect his family, avenge for his daughter’s injuries, prove his innocence, uncover the mole, and stop a nuclear attack. Very well written book. Mystery, espionage readers will definitely enjoy this one. The book contains lots of action while maintaining a realistic “real life” feature to it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great...caught my interest right away. Couldn't put it down. wanted to know more asap.
Bookish_Picks More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a good political thriller, then add Trojan by David L Wallace to your reading list. As a terrorist/espionage style thriller, the plot was frightening in its plausibility. It is not a novel for the faint hearted, as some of the violence was brutal, and the language was choice at time. But, I believe the novel needed these elements for the novel to keep its great authentic feel – in extreme situation, extreme actions and reactions are the norm. And Victor Walker's situation is certainly extreme. Trojan is a really great novel about revenge and deception, with a great cast of characters and gripping plot, brought to life by an extremely capable author. Definitely a novel that has more relevance now, with all the recent, real-life changes in American Government and the White House. It is a scary world we live in, and David Wallace has really captured that.
BookItUp More than 1 year ago
Victor Wallace is about to have a very bad week at the office. When it comes to the security of the US Government and the security of the country as a whole, there is no one higher than him. That is a lot of responsibility to have. When a high profile figure is assassinated, closely followed by a complete breach of the online security systems, the finger of suspicion falls firmly on Victor. It isn't just his high ranking position that is in jeopardy, his life, and his country are at risk too. He is convinced there is a mole within the White House, working for an unscrupulous enemy.. He has limited time and limited resources, but has to find the 'Trojan' before it is too late. What follows is a pacey thriller, that is an accessible read, despite taking on some complicated themes like espionage and cyber security. Victor is a great protagonist, and I had an empathetic connection with him, despite always wondering if there was more to him than met the eye. Can any of these characters be trusted and they flirt with shady operations every day? Very well written, very believable and highly recommended.
Monika_Landers More than 1 year ago
Prepare to be blown away by a cracking espionage thriller, full of action, intrigue, tragedy and tension. 'Trojan' by David L Wallace was a novel that not only makes you think, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat whilst doing so. You barely get a chance to breathe before you are sucked into the plot and dragged along at breakneck speed to an utterly thrilling conclusion. Victor loves his country and his life service has been about protecting it. But, someone wants him out of the way for good. There is a Trojan in the White House and they are determined to see Victor blamed for the heinous actions they put in place. On the run for crimes he didn't commit, Victor must find the party responsible, before the unthinkable happens. A corker of a debut novel, so easy to read in a single sitting, and even easier to enjoy. I'm looking forward to what else David L Wallace can produce in the future.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I have somewhat mixed feelings on this novel, “Trojan: The Enemy Within” by David L. Wallace. On one hand it is powerfully written with some of the most interesting and compelling characters and storylines I’ve read in a long time, and I liked how each of them had their own unique set of circumstances and I loved the ‘bad’ characters the most (they were just so interesting!!). But on the other, at times I felt almost like this book was too much at once, and seemed to lose focus of the arc and kept going off in different directions. I would have preferred to have less characters who were more thoroughly developed and more than just ‘names’ to feel more intimately connected to the storyline. Because some parts were just so rushed over it seemed to not deliver the emotional impact that it could have. (Several places I noticed this, but the ending in particular). But a great tale of what a worst case scenario could be, with dramatic and catastrophic consequences worthy of a big screen Hollywood blockbuster. An entertaining thrill ride with highs and lows but a memorable experience.
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
I admit I had no real expectations when starting this book by David L. Wallace seeing as how I’d never read the author before and the description felt a bit generic to me. But I ended up enjoying it more than I expected. I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect. A lesser author would have glossed over some of these pivotal scenes that Mr. Wallace carefully and masterfully brought to life in a memorable way. And the characters… Loved them all! (even the ones I didn’t like!) Felt like a got a great dose of harsh reality and the darker side of life and human nature, and how different beliefs, ideologies can clash in ways that are detrimental to the safety of everyone, and thought Mr. Wallace did a great job of weaving it into a believable, well-written storyline. Interesting and complex with social commentary that is not for the easily offended or faint of heart. Very easy to read, with great pacing and editing. Recommend for adults.
Jay_t_Munson More than 1 year ago
Just days after a high-ranking politician is assassinated, net securities of the United State's comes to a dramatic halt. The nation as a whole sits defenseless, and Victor Walker head of the Nation's on-line defense system, must clear his name, defend his wife and daughter, and attempt not to be killed, who can Victor Trust. Detailed examples of an IT guru, author David L. Wallace writes computer tech, action, adventure, romance, and even ninja's, into a political thriller, to which you won't want to put down. But fear, not the IT talk is balanced perfectly.
Fiction__Fanatic More than 1 year ago
I was amazed to discover Trojan was the debut novel by David L. Wallace, as it was a really classy, accomplished and credible spy/political thriller. It is clear that Wallace drew on his own personal experience in IT to make this novel believable and therefore all the more terrifying. You are drawn into the novel immediately with intrigue, the introduction of a shady killer preparing to do the unthinkable. From that moment on, I was hooked. The plot developed smoothly and organically and the characters were built up really well. Such skill full writing gave the novel an effortless flow; parts of it were so fast-paced and urgent, it was just impossible to put down. It wasn't only an addictive read, but it also really makes you wonder what does go on in the upper echelons of government. It seems like the higher you are the harder your fall. An amazing five star read.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
"Trojan: The Enemy Within” is wonderful book in which David L. Wallace sweeps the reader away into a multitude of unforgettable experiences and high stakes ‘cat and mouse’ games on a large, international scale, and with deadly results. He also has the ability to keep the reader totally engaged throughout the entire story, and that is no small feat considering the various of multi layered plotlines, diverse set of characters that come and go, and wildly fluctuating scenery and events and even character povs. You want to keep reading it but at the same time you have to stop to think about it all and let it sink in as it is incredibly intense and disturbing in the subject matter at certain points, and heartwarming and charming at other times, and downright shocking in others. The ending is nice – a bit quick, almost rushed it seemed. I did notice some minor editing things, but nothing that ruined the book for me. Although I was sad when it was all over, I’d love to read more from Mr. Wallace someday, and I’m happy to see he has another similar book coming out. Great characters… great writing… great storylines. Fantastic!
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This was an explosive, action-packed whirlwind that I was not expecting! Love these characters (esp Victor Walker and his family) and even though it did take me some time to feel really invested, by about 25% of the way in I was pretty hooked. There is a wide supporting cast and I enjoyed watching the relationships develop (and dissolve) along the way, and see how it all is connected, even in ways that we don’t initially suspect. There are several interweaving plotlines always at play here, from political assassinations, sabotage, to kidnapping, terrorism and romance, and it definitely kept me interested to see it through to the end. Fast paced with a tight narrative prose and riveting action that was unpredictable and downright shocking at times. Recommend for mature readers due to some adult subject matter.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
"Trojan: The Enemy Within” by David L. Wallace is a great piece of action-political-suspense-thriller fiction no one should miss reading if they are looking for an adventurous, entertaining read that has high tension and an unpredictable, yet believable, plot… If you're looking for a work that is completely original and lacking in cliché then I must say that you might have a bone to pick with this, as there were many ‘familiar’ elements that made me almost feel at times that I had read it before (I haven’t). But I believe the author's job is not to be completely original (for is there such a thing as true originality, especially in the political adventure game?) here but rather to tell a powerful, authentic story that stays with you. For I believe that the true future for the genre lies not in becoming ‘newer’ but rather by taking old tropes and telling them better. This is done nicely here and I am impressed with the way that David Wallace can tell a story in his own way with characters that we love, or love to hate. I looked forward to my reading time each evening and was a bit disappointed when it was over. This appears to be a standalone novel, but I also enjoyed the sample of Wallace’s next book and I will be interested in checking that one out as well.
Bookie__Wookie More than 1 year ago
David L. Wallace may not be a well-known author, but he certainly deserves to be. His debut novel 'Trojan' is probably one of the best political thriller novels I have ever read. There is action by the bucket load, with assassins, ninjas and a mole determined to bring down US defences. Victor Walker is on the first line of defence against terrorists,but when he is accused of being one, he faces the almost impossible task of clearing his name, whilst the entire US government hunts him down. The scene setting was brilliant, making the novel a real immersive experience; and the plot was to twisting and turning, with a completely unpredictable conclusion. An awesome read I will be recommending.
George_Elliott More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you found yourself blamed for leaving your country defenceless against foreign enemies? Would you run, or would you fight to get to the truth? And probably most importantly, who can you trust, when it seems that the whole of the US government is against you? These are questions that Victor Walker must figure out when he is framed with the sabotage of America's online defence systems. It is imperative that Victor finds out who is responsible as it isn't his own life that is at risk, but also the lives of his family. What I really loved about Wallace's protagonist, was that he didn't develop super spy powers as soon as he was in danger. He still had fears, and weaknesses, which made him so much more 'real' and relatable. Plus I definitely became invested in his fate; I felt like I was with him throughout his predicament, right there for the ride. If you like thriller, then this utterly compelling and convincing novel should be added to your bookshelf immediately. It is so well-written, well-paced and definitely one that will give Tom Clancey a run for his money.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
I personally think that “Trojan: The Enemy Within” would make an excellent book club choice as there are just so many topics we can talk about and dissect deeper. There are so many different political/social and personal angles and subjects to talk about, and not even mentioning the dynamic characters who bring the book to life in a believable way. I liked that we are able to really able to delve deeper onto the different characters perspectives and their various backgrounds and motivations for doing what they do – even the bad ones have a real ‘human’ quality to them which is crucial in developing a believable storyline. Everyone has reasons for doing what they do. At times it seems so crazy and dramatic, other times so ‘downhome’ and relatable…Like even though we’d never be in Victor’s position, we really feel his love for his family and feel their suffering. And who hasn’t been betrayed before? I love discovering new authors, and David L Wallace will certainly be one to watch! A great choice for fans of political thrillers and suspense.
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
I thought “Trojan: The Enemy Within” by David Wallace to be very good—excellent writing and a compelling, realistic, frightening plot set against a familiar background. I like the fact that it is a fully-realized political thriller, action adventure without all the bloat that can sometimes weigh down a complex book like this one. Wallace fills you in as we go without getting bogged down in describing every last thing, but still maintains great character and plot integrity. The story moves forward and you can't help but get sucked into Wallace’s strong narrative, and liked the way the dialogue sounded authentic and natural. And I haven't even begun to talk about the characters, which were fully fleshed out and move the story forward nicely. Some similar themes and motifs found in political thriller/suspense lore, but Wallace does a fantastic job of putting his own unique spin on them. Recommend for mature fans of action/thrillers with a political/cyber angle.
ValeryElias16 More than 1 year ago
Victor Walker, senior manager of White House defense armament systems, is the compelling protagonist in Trojan: The Enemy Within by David L. Wallace. A political thriller at it's core, this novel also touches on the concept of revenge. With intricate detail that describes computer security matters at the highest government levels, complicated personal relationships and power struggles, this novel propels the reader along a taut, exciting journey. From the opening pages with a vicious murder, a potential N. Korea incident and the assassination of the Vice President, Wallace has crafted an extraordinary debut political thriller. A suspenseful novel that will engage the reader until the solid if abrupt ending. I look forward to reading more from this author and highly recommend this debut.
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
I’m not sure how to even describe this book by David L Wallace as SO much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects fans of the genre will be thrilled with. Smooth pacing, plenty of action, and amazing characters/personalities, along with true, real life issues and political/terrorist drama (even if it’s fiction) makes this a definite winner in my eyes. The conversations with the characters were natural and flowed well, But there is definitely more to this book than just meets the eye… had a lot more depth than I was expecting, I think that you need to take your time while reading it to really grasp everything the author is saying, as it will require some deeper thought and reasoning, and might even change your perspective on some things. I also thought these were some of the more fascinating characters I’ve encountered lately. Very easy reading, (even for covering heavy and brutal subject matter at times) and I would certainly recommend to fans of thrillers/ action fiction.
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed David L. Wallace’s book, “Trojan: The Enemy Within” He has captured several slices of what feels like a raw, realistic life (for better or worse) with wonderful, well-researched details and unforgettable, high stakes drama starring some really incredible characters. But what I loved most about the book was seeing what they do in moments of great challenge or adversity. Do they rise to the occasion or fail? Are they heroes or cowards? Are they loyal to the people they love most or do they betray them? You never quite know exactly who to trust or what is going on – almost feels like the rug can be slipped out from beneath you at any time, and believe me it does! The characters are all unique and interesting, with great depth and development along the way as well. Mr. Wallace tells this enticing story with finesse and great passion and you can tell he knows his characters and subjects well. It’s hard to read through to the end and remain unaffected in some way, as it seems like these are things that could really happen in the ‘real world’. A definite recommended read, and I eagerly look forward to the next one from David Wallace!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
there is much to be said about a novel that just reads well. I've mentioned this before in other reviews I’ve written, but a book that keeps you reading long after you plan on putting it down ranks high for me. Not only is it entertaining, but you look forward to getting back into the book each and every time you pick it up, if you have the self-control to ever put it down. That is what reading this book “Trojan: The Enemy Within” has done for me. Typical of much of the suspense/thriller fiction I’ve read, it has much in the way of grittiness and high-stakes political maneuverings, yet it remains inventive. With twists and turns, you won't know who… or what… to believe and trust. The plot moved quickly and even though some traditional thriller archetypes show up, it is not in the usual way, which is refreshing. There only a few parts where I was confused but really nothing that hindered my enjoyment any. A very strong effort by David L. Wallace, and I will be looking forward to reading more from him in the future. His next effort, “Preordained” looks to be just as entertaining. Recommend for readers of terrorist-thrillers/action/adventure.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
I definitely enjoyed this book. I’m not exactly sure how you would describe it (Suspense? Action? Thriller? Drama? All the above??), but it was very good. I won’t rehash the plot, but in my opinion this is one of those books that really is so much more than what the description or a short review can convey. It was surprisingly complex and visionary and managed to keep me complete hooked from the beginning to the end which is rare for me these days! I appreciated that Wallace avoided the common mistake of “telling” instead of “showing” which was a huge relief --especially in this genre where authors so often feel the need to ‘describe’ everything to death-- and I felt a part of the action the entire time, starting with the opening pages where we get right to it. He wastes no time setting the tone for the rest of the book with believable narrative and dialogue with the characters. In addition, Wallace does an amazing job with the credible world-building and for the most part the pacing was spot on and kept me engaged throughout. Was surprised at a few things, and the ending was perfect, and fortunately no cliffhanger! Recommend to readers of thrillers, action and drama. Has some adult content and themes.
CJ2277 More than 1 year ago
trust me when I say you’ve never read anything like this before! It will take you through whole new experiences that you’ve never thought of before, even if you are a big reader of the genre. Great blend of high stakes political maneuverings, ‘behind the scenes’ drama, cyber terrorism, personal relationships and turmoil, and I felt a connection with each of these characters that I didn’t expect. I thought Wallace’s narrative prose was great, and the attention to the personalities and the scenes details that gave this story genuine authenticity as well as telling a complex and riveting story that was both unpredictable and entertaining and intelligently constructed. I must say that even though I’m not exactly a huge ‘computer’ or ‘tech’ person, Wallace did a great job of clearly explaining the various elements so that even a layperson like me understood it all. I hope that Wallace continues writing with these characters as Walker is a great hero to root for, but I also was surprised at how complex and layered the overall storyline was. Recommend for readers of political thrillers & suspense.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
I love to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “Trojan: The Enemy Within” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. It reads almost like a sweeping poli/terrorist thriller with carefully executed drama that feels ripped from real life, but in an almost unbelievable way. The events that happen are shocking, yet believable, and the characters are drawn in such a way, warts and all, that their humanity comes through and we sympathize, even when they are not so nice, right up to the shocking climatic conclusion. A must read. Adults only.
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars When I read books, usually I either like the plot, but the narrative seems flat (or too telling and long-winded) or the prose is good, but the storylines (or characters) seem contrived and stale. But I loved how seamlessly everything flowed in “Trojan: The Enemy Within” by David L. Wallace with the nice balance between the two as this made it feel authentic and well- paced, making it hard to stop reading at any one particular point. It had it all, and was more intelligent with a deeper world-view and encompassing many elements and subjects from military computer technology to political maneuvering (well-researched I might add) than I expected, but also definitely raw and real and gritty…. Wallace did a terrific job of taking us on an unforgettable and shocking rollercoaster ride on several characters’ lives that I won’t soon forget, and I am genuinely glad I read this book. It wasn’t perfect, but it was very good! And the next one “Preordained” looks awesome too!