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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 Esquelle (Es - Cue - El´) Données, a beautiful French information technologist having a leisurely cup of coffee at her favorite cafe in Versailles twenty-five years in the future. Two terrorists, intent on kidnapping, are watching her. Two NSA agents are monitoring her every move. And no less than five national intelligences services are about to disrupt her quiet life.

And all because of her older brother Bernard, a reclusive genius of an engineer whose inventions have been deemed a threat to the national security of the United States. His quantum encryption system has already been slammed with a Secrecy Order, and now his new communications device threatens economic and political devastation. His enemies will stop at nothing to prevent him from developing his world-changing breakthrough.

And they have the means to do so. In the fields of information technology, global communications, medicine, surveillance and military hardware, technology in development today has been realized. To protect its power and its secrets, a shadowy group within the US government will bring that technology to bear as they once again invoke the Telsa Protocol against Esquelle and her brother.

The first in a developing series, this book is a high-octane, hard-science thriller: an intricate dance of cause-and-effect where the axioms of the past drive the decisions of the future in a world where knowledge is both power and peril.

-- Joe Dacy II (http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IAC6W16)


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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: 3068 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Joe Dacy II (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LADPBBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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 part...it's long! So you get a lot of book for your money. Definitely recommended. ;-)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Captivating. A wee bit frustrating. November 19, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful themes are explored... October 26, 2014
By bruno
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My mind is officially blown. Give me a minute, I need to pick up the pieces.

Ok. Done. Now we can talk about Esquelle.

Please note this is going to be my first five-star review. The reasons it deserves this are simple:

1. This has been said before but I can confirm that there’s a strong scent of Clancy in this book. Tom Clancy is an old-time favorite of mine, I've been needing that kind of fix for a while without knowing it;

2. The style of writing flows well and it allowed me to plow into the story with ease. It’s been a quite a while since an independently-published book had done this for me;

3. Important themes were explored, mostly about the technological future and a certain government’s efforts to hide key discoveries. These are powerful themes that have caught my imagination;

But, mostly, I can say that I’ve just finished reading a story which has meshed plot and characters together in a grand melee. The research put into Esquelle must have been a nightmare, but it was well worth the trouble! We all have our particular dislikes; mine is a great story ruined by lack of proper effort.

Esquelle was more than worth my time and, as a testament to this, I am writing this review at 01:45AM. Tomorrow (today) is my first working day in two weeks and I’ve lost my beauty sleep to finish this great read!

Kudos to the author!
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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.

Visit my website at http://www.dacy.com.

- Joe Dacy II

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