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Cyberterror Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 2004

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Prolific technothrillster Pineiro addresses the vulnerability of present cybernetic systems, large and small, to terrorism. Superterrorist Kulzak jiggers the controls to the gas lines in the San Antonio area, spreading death and devastation far and wide. Expert counterterrorist operative Tom Graham, cowboy FBI agent Karen Frost (hubba hubba!), and computer whiz Michael Patrick Ryan form one of those special teams that are always more effective in thrillers than in real life. They and their spear-carrying colleagues take their lumps but eventually prevail. Pineiro has always subordinated characterization to hardware and action, and he has frequently played to his readers' paranoia. That said, remember that readers with voracious appetites for fast action and hardware exist in droves, and that is how they will come for this book. Moreover, after 9/11, is any terrorist act that is physically possible too improbable to be envisioned in a novel? Roland Green
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"An author equally at ease with complex software and superior storytelling."-Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Traitor
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765343045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765343048
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,203,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Cuba and raised in Central America, R.J. Pineiro spent his early years in the midst of civil wars before he migrated to the United States in the late 1970s, first to Florida before settling in Louisiana.

R.J. earned a degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in 1983 and joined the high-tech industry in Austin Texas, where he worked in computer chip design, test, and manufacturing, before retiring in 2011 to focus full time on his books.

In addition to his high-tech work, R.J. is also an instrument rated private pilot, holds a black belt in martial arts, is a firearms enthusiast, and enjoys the privileges of his Open Water SCUBA certification.
In the late 1980s RJ began studying to become a novelist. As he read every chance he had, from classical literature to contemporary novels, RJ's love of storytelling became uncontrollable. Using an aging personal computer, he decided to start his writing career. Once he began typing, he never stopped.

R.J.'s first novel, centered around guerilla warfare in Cuba and Central America, was good enough to earn him representation but not publication. But with his agent's guidance, he wrote Siege of Lightning, a novel about a sabotaged space shuttle, which sold to the Berkley Publishing Group on first submission. Over the following 25 years, R.J. wrote fourteen additional novels, published by Tom Doherty Associates in New York City.

His latest novel, The Fall, published by Thomas Dunne Books, is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2015.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Sullivan on January 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was horrible. Technical jargon was thrown around to make things seem accurate, but was horribly abused. People familiar with TRON will recognize the idea of throwing around viruses as though they were balls.

The writing style was childish and often full of word abuse, as has been noted by other reviewers. The characters are undeveloped and all the good guys think and act exactly the same: buck the establishment investigators who make lots of really good guesses. Deus ex machina to the extreme.

The amount of belief that must be suspended, especially by someone remotely familiar with modern computers, goes far beyond my tolerance for something that is supposed to take place within the decade.

If you want to read some high-tech fiction, read Neal Stephenson. He requires suspension of some belief, but writes much better and has characters with depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Blanc on July 2, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book takes what made Neuromancer unique and turns it into cheap suspense. Its technical information is inaccurate, and by trying to stylize "cyberspace," it creates a mess of illusion and reality intertwined around a predictable logical path. For all of its bluster about warning us of the dangers of cyberterror, it gives a simplistic view of the situation. As a suspense novel, it is not terrible, with a reasonably compelling character, but between the plot holes and predictability, it is about as suspenseful as reading The Congressional Record. Read Neuromancer instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on March 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
R.J. Pineiro has written another exciting book.I have yet to read a boring book from R.J. Pineiro.In this book you have the ultimate villain in Ares Kulzak. He is being pursued by three
good guys,Tom Graham,Michael Ryan,and Karen Frost.Kulzak begins the book by leveling San Antonio due to a gas leak caused by computer interference by Kulzak.Kulzak is trying to obtain four computer passwords that would give him control over the nuclear launch codes.During the course of this book Kulzak causes wide scale tragedy in Melbourne,Florida,Austin,New Orleans, Los Angeles and finally San Francisco.The three agents combat the efforts of Kulzak all over the country.They battle him in the cyberworld and every place that he attempts to strike.This book
is another winner from R.J. Pineiro.I enjoyed this book and you will too.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In San Antonio, terrorists access the computer program that regulates the flow of natural gas. They dramatically increase the pressure on the system resulting in uncountable leaks into private homes and other buildings, which in turn leads to numerous explosions throughout the area. Thousands die and The Alamo City turns into a prison cemetery reminiscent of the fire bombings of World War II. More than just the United States is in a panic as much of the developed world wonders if their home will be part of the next assault.
Two decades of experience as a counterterrorist fails to prepare Tom Graham for the type and magnitude of this attack. He knows the old rules are gone and he needs outside the societal crypt type thinkers and a software Einstein to prevent future rapes via the American cyber-infrastructure. Tom mobilizes FBI Special Agent Karen Frost and obtains the services of computer guru Michael Patrick Ryan. The war is engaged as the threesome supported by the Federal Counter Cyberterrorism Team try to follow back the hacking path that led to the San Antonio wasteland.
As President Bush claimed Bin Laden the threat after 9/11 and Hussein as the threat in 2002, R.J. Pineiro provides a cautionary tale that describes the seemingly real threat is through cyberspace. The theme of CYBERTERROR is protection to the computer-managed infrastructure is weak and subject to hacking. Though the characters serve more as good guys vs. bad guys stereotypes, this action-packed thriller will haunt the audience with its message of no escape for the innocent if the cyber weaknesses of our support systems is not fixed yesterday.
Harriet Klausner
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In our endless search for popular fiction authors who deal seriously with the Internet and whose works might further our understanding of its impact, we were bound to encounter R. J. Pineiro. Our search, however, does not end with this book... In general, Tor Books, the imprint for Pineiro's works, appears to keep publication costs very low---hence the lack of adequate editorial supervision---and perhaps seeks a less literate audience than do many publishers. Of course, this audience is a vast one, and Pineiro very successful at reaching it... Pineiro's credentials are good ones, and the details of these varied fields in his work are accurate. We feel that he probably has a really good book in him for those of us interested in the impact of the Internet, but sadly, CyberTerror isn't it...

For a full review see Interface, Volume 4, Issue 3.
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By R. Artle on August 27, 2013
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Well written and spell binding.
A real page turner. This book is up to Pineiro's quality
writting. I will be reading more of his creations.
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