The Leviathan Effect

The Leviathan Effect

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Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a frightening communication from a hacker identified only by the pseudonym Janus. The message is the latest in a series correctly predicting natural disasters around the world—disasters that, Janus claims, were manufactured, not natural at all. And, according to the email, unless the United States does as Janus instructs, another disaster is coming—a Category 5 hurricane that will hit the Eastern Seaboard and destroy the lives of tens of millions of people.

Unaware of the crisis in Washington, investigative journalist Jon Mallory stumbles on a list of seven prominent scientists who have been murdered over the past dozen years. When the person who gave him the list disappears herself, Jon realizes he has unwittingly become part of a deadly chain of events and contacts his brother, private intelligence contractor Charles, for help. Meanwhile, Catherine Blaine has also come to Charles for help tracking down the hacker Janus and uncovering the frightening new weather technology that threatens the world.

Baker & Taylor
Receiving a communication from an anonymous hacker who has triggered disasters designed to look like natural events, Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine must comply with the hacker's instructions or risk nation-destroying events.

& Taylor

Receiving a frightening communication from an anonymous hacker who has triggered numerous disasters designed to look like natural events, Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine is threatened to comply with the hacker's instructions or risk nation-destroying events, a situation that involves a journalist pawn and a former CIA agent.

Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781616952495
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 12, 2015

Weather modification can be very, very dangerous.

Nov 08, 2013

29/09 - This is even better than Lilliefors' first book Viral. I'm enjoying his writing more and I've always been a big fan of weather related disaster stories (two of my favourite movies are Twister and The Day After Tomorrow) and this is a great example of that genre. This book focuses more on Charles than Jon and you get to see a softer, more relatable side of him than you did in Viral, which focussed on Jon. I like Charles a lot more, but it seems that Lilliefors can't give both brothers personalities at the same time, it has to be one or the other, and so Jon's personality seems to have disappeared and I don't really care about him like I did in Viral - which is weird, because I always like reading a sequel that continues the story of characters from the first book (check out my complaints, in other reviews, regarding reading books that are part of a series out of reading order). If this series is going to continue I really hope Charles and Catherine stay together as I was really disappointed at the beginning of the book to find out that Charles and Anna Vostrak had gone their seperate ways because Anna didn't like the quiet life that Charles now wanted after living the life of a CIA operative - country hopping, always looking over his shoulder for enemies and never letting anyone get close to him in case his enemies try to use them against him - it was kind of like a depressing end to the book, at the beginning. To be continued... 30/09 - I was a little disappointed with the ending as they only managed to catch one bad guy, and when I say catch I mean a sniper bullet in the head - so there was no interrogating of that guy. The next guy up in the chain, Easton, had a weak motive that no one ever got to question him about because he was taken out by a poison implant from the bad guys, obviously he did have some incriminating information on Volkov, Zorn or Petrenko (I think that's the right spelling) or they wouldn't have bothered. Inside the back cover it says that Lilliefors is working on the next Mallory Brothers book, I hope that's where we'll learn the real reason behind the weather terrorism, because all the motivations given were weak and unrealistic, and who Janus really is. I also wonder whether that thing with the weather plane pilot, Dr. Wu and Blaine all seeing faces in the clouds is going to be 'something' in the next book, because if not it just seems like a completely unnecessary distraction from the main story *shrugs shoulders*, we'll see.


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