BreakpointLarge Print - 2007
The global village-an intricately intertwined network of technology that binds together the world's economies, governments, and communication systems. So large, so vital-and so fragile. Now a sophisticated group is seeking to disconnect the globe-destroying computer grids, communications satellites, Internet cable centers, biotech firms. Hard to do? If only that were so.
Quickly, a dedicated team of men and women assembles to try to track the group down, searching through right-wing militias and Russian organized crime, Jihadist terrorists and enemy nation-states. But the attacks are coming more swiftly now, and growing in destructiveness. Soon, they will reach the breakpoint- and then there may be nothing anybody can do.
Reviewers everywhere praised the suspense and pace of The Scorpion's Gate, the vivid depictions of war, espionage, and bureaucracy, but most of all they hailed its authenticity. Unlike most novelists, the man has been there and done that, said The New York Times Book Review. Some of us, added The Washington Post, have learned to listen when Richard A. Clarke has something to say. And we'd better hope they're listening now.
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Having spent over 15 years working in the high tech industry and also having had a background in science and biochemistry I agree with Richard. Much of the technologies and plans for them are already in progress and developing fast. It is not unheard of that someone could hack our whole power system and kill thousands of people. Imagine taking out all of Candas power in the middle of February or during an ice-storm - hospitals, clinics, safety systems....
The book is very well written, was predictive in a few places such as the Pancake House bombing and standard US predjuices there - bomber was thought to be Pakastani but the ending was not quite as I had expected.
The story was also fast paced, with less descriptive fill-in or repeat of information that you see so often in this genre.
I enjoyed the read and will try more of Richard's books
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