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Esquelle and the Tesla Protocol: Book I [Kindle Edition]

Joe Dacy II
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Book Description

"Since knowledge is but sorrow's spy, it is not safe to know." -- Sir William Davenant, English poet and playwright (1606-1668)

Meet French technologist Esquelle. Terrorists are watching her. NSA agents are monitoring her every move. And no less than five national intelligence services are about to disrupt her quiet life.

Esquelle and her brother Bernard, a reclusive genius, have just been deemed a threat to the global economic and political order. Their enemies will stop at nothing to prevent Bernard from developing his world-changing breakthrough. Swept up in a storm of intrigue and violence, Esquelle must elude a shadowy group of government actors equipped with all the advances in information technology, global communications, medicine, surveillance and military hardware that this future world can provide.

Fortunately, Esquelle has a few tricks of her own. But it will take more than her data-mining skills to defeat the Pandora Working Group and its Tesla Protocol. It will take determination, passion and a little help from Chaos Theory.

The first in a developing series, this book is a high-octane, hard-science thriller set in a near-future world where knowledge embraces both power and peril.

Editorial Reviews


*** "This was one epic tale that I couldn't put down!" (5*). Kaylee Stevens
*** "This played out like a spectacular thriller on the highest levels!" (5*). Anabella Johnson
*** "A must read for computer/techie/sci-fi fans." (5*). Claire Middleton
*** "(D)efinitely one of the more different books I've read." (4*) Sam Ryan
*** "Great writing, great action, great characters, great plot... Recommended." (4-5*) Karen Matthews
*** "It is so brilliantly original and combines great characters and an intelligent plot." (4.5*) Stacy Decker
*** "Nothing about this narrative is conventional; but it could be speaking chilling truths about the future society faces". Piece of Cake
*** "An exceptional high tech thriller which demands your attention...recommended without reservation" BookViral

From the Author

Esquelle is a strong-willed woman, who, through her own efforts, begins to discover the lengths to which this group will go to destroy her talented family. Although protected by some powerful allies, her actions drive the story. She is constantly underestimated by both her friends and her enemies as she fights to retain her freedom - and her life.

Underlying the technological action are some critical themes not generally found in "standard" science-fiction.

One of those themes is Chaos Theory, the idea that the initial conditions of an event can portend unpredictable, far-flung and often catastrophic results. The characters' actions and decisions create a tightly-woven matrix of cause and effect.

Another is the idea that the past always presages the future. The chapter lead-ins often bear this out.  (As an example:  I was surprised to learn that the common axiom "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" dates back to 1697!) Those lead-ins often form a sort of "picture frame" for the chapters they introduce.

Another goal of the work was realism.  Every location, almost every business, every motto and every technological description is real (at least in 2014). And every piece of "advanced" technology is also real, or at least has its roots in actual technology today. The work includes a large number of maps and other graphics.

Along the way, we also find a bit of romance, some irony, some humor and a good deal of insight into how technology affects the human experience.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5017 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Publisher: Joe Dacy II (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Captivating. A wee bit frustrating. November 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I am so conflicted about this book. Let's get one thing out of the way: Joe Dacy II is freaking brilliant! He knows everything there is to know about computers, or convinced me that he does, which is what matters. OK, and another thing: Joe Dacy II is ambitious. This is no paint by numbers entry in the technothriller category, but an exploration of the cutting edge of communications technology, wrapped up in a high-speed chase plot that never feels cliched. The unique multi-viewpoint style makes shootouts and helicopter escapes dramatic all over again. And--this is one of the things I really loved about this book--the characters are just flat-out endearing. Even the supporting characters feel real, and Esquelle, the titular kick-ass female geek, is satisfyingly human, with human flaws.

I also loved [MILD SPOILER] the international dimension, in that our heroes are French, and their adversaries are American government forces! Now that's something you rarely see in this genre.

On the other hand, I had trouble with the book on a textual level. To put it mildly, there is an infodump problem. Other readers may not consider this a problem, if they want to learn everything there is to know about SQL, ammunition, the US patent system, and much much more besides (with bullet points yet). But I often found myself thumbing my Kindle impatiently, eager to get back to the story.

Also, the author should revisit the formatting. My copy had blank lines between the paragraphs, which did negatively affect my reading experience.
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Wow. I've read a few technological thrillers but none have created such a realistic and interesting world. Set 25 years in the future, the US is a very different place because of bad decisions made in the early part of the century (current time). I was fascinated from the beginning and eager to read every chance I got. And the best's long! So you get a lot of book for your money. Definitely recommended. ;-)
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This skillfully crafted story has it all. Non-stop action, intrigue, dry wit and humor, incredible detail, and a nearly invisible line between science fiction and fact that yielded tremendous credibility. While at least one other reviewer compared it to Clancy, it reminded me more of Robert Ludlum's Bourne series except in this case it's a sociopathic NSA director as opposed to the CIA.

The author broke numerous fiction writing conventions yet this contributed to the book's credibility, originality and appeal. For one thing, numerous readers of this genre are self-admitted techies and nerds who thrive on the technical side. I know because I'm one of them. I saw an article not long ago which as I recall was written by Stephen King who advised authors to keep their research material invisible in their stories. To the contrary, Dacy plastered his extensive research throughout the story like excerpts from a technical paper or dissertation and I loved it. He even included various illustrations, which further added to the story's imagery, depth and interest. Whether it was the nuts and bolts of advanced technology, covert ops, or the chapter numbers in binary code, it was apparent he knew what he was talking about. Nonetheless, there were sections where his dry wit practically had me rolling on the floor or his ability to build suspense had me perched on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. While it may be considered incorrect to drop into the omniscient viewpoint from time to time, in this case it worked.

The story is about two genius level adult French siblings, Esquelle and her brother, Bernard, who possess a technology that permits communicating across the time barrier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Dacy is a natural heir of Tom Clancy October 15, 2014
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Joe Dacy is a natural heir of Tom Clancy and if you're looking for someone to fill the void left by the departure of the man who gave us The Hunt for Red October or Patriot Games (my two favorites from his oeuvre), then the hour and the book are met. (You geeks have already bought Esquelle and are busy scanning the pages for any mistakes in the SQL.)

OK, before I even start this review, I have a few questions I'd like to ask you, the reader. Here goes:

Do you know what relational database technology is?
Have you ever been, or are you now, a DBMS programmer or administrator?
Have you ever heard of SQL? Do you know what it stands for? Can you code in it?
Have you ever heard of Oracle corporation? DB/2? Postgres? Ansa? Borland?
Have you ever heard of dBase II? III? Most infamously IV? Have you ever heard of a company called Ashton-Tate?
Do you know who Edgar Frank Codd is? Have you ever read his 13 commandments for relational database management systems?
Does it make you feel good to know that you know the difference between a tuple and a domain?

If you can answer YES to any of the above, then stop reading this review right now and go buy Esquelle and the Tesla Protocol by Joe Dacy. To help you grasp the point, go back to the top of this page and look at the cover. Closely.

All done? I'm sure that after reexamining the cover, you understood precisely why you should buy this book. And you know that I've just brought a little extra sunshine and joy to your life and you'll be thanking me years from now. No need to weep for gratitude or send gifts. I did this just because I'm that type of guy.

And you figured out that "Esquelle" is a Franconization of "SQL," right? I mean, how cool is that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant technothriller, packed with action and cool tech
Being a scientist myself, I get really annoyed when I read books with "made-up" science. This was NOT the case with
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Published 1 day ago by Vince
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story with a lot of tech
I think that maybe this story, while good, was too heavy on the tech side of things. I did enjoy this book, and would gladly read another by the author, but if it had a bit more... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Michael Aferton
4.0 out of 5 stars but I do love a good conspiracy thriller and this seemed like it ...
I have to admit that the description of the book almost scared me off, because I'm not a real techy kind of guy, but I do love a good conspiracy thriller and this seemed like it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Demarcus Hendrix
4.0 out of 5 stars Technothriller
Esquelle is a unique story and I think some people will not enjoy it for how it is written, but I also think that most people will. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brice Anders
5.0 out of 5 stars Very smart and clever book.
"There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those that understand binary, and those that don't. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keyon Arnez
4.0 out of 5 stars Overcomplicated in parts, but a very good story.
This is certainly a very detailed book, and I think that maybe it could have used less details in places. More so in the techy areas of the story than anything. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Morgan Esque
4.0 out of 5 stars The beautiful Esquelle is one tough computer nerd
The beautiful Esquelle is one tough computer nerd! ‘Esquelle and the Tesla Protocol’ offers hard sf buffs a sobering vision of where the world of electronics may take us in a few... Read more
Published 2 months ago by gary Tibbetts
5.0 out of 5 stars Details
Excellent technology thriller. Loved all the details and explanations.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great blend of James Bond ( she) and Da Vinci code thrillers...
"The Newest technologies came to the edge of an invisible World ..."

Esquelle Tesla by Joe Dacy II is a "high-class" quality writing, the master piece in the Hard SF... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jacklyn A. Lo
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex science fiction thriller
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Published 3 months ago by Kenneth J. Teicher
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A former reporter and editor, I hold a Bachelor of Journalism degree with High Honors from The University of Texas. After about six years in journalism and eight years selling real estate, I entered the field of law enforcement and served as a patrolman and detention officer for four years.

For the next 18 years I worked in computer software training, holding various positions in the fields of sales force automation, telecom, web development and business intelligence.

At the end of 2013, I retired from the rat-race, giving me time to concentrate on my role as an author.

My life-long passion is good science-fiction! Having grown up with the greats, I am determined to become one.

I love cats, landscaping and reading good books.

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- Joe Dacy II


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