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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345464737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345464736
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Case (The Genesis Code) offers a gripping contemporary thriller with an intriguing concept—that terrorists would seek to use the secrets of famed inventor Nikolai Tesla to develop a weapon to cripple the U.S. The prime plotter, Jack Wilson, who's recently released from prison, harbors a consuming hatred against America, stemming from both losing a patent idea to eminent domain and the country's oppression of his Native American ancestors. Allying himself with an al-Qaeda offshoot, Wilson assembles technology to duplicate what he believes was a harmonic resonance weapon used by the dead genius to cause the legendary Tunguska crater in Siberia in 1908. Since the U.S. intelligence services are riven by incompetence and wrangling, a businessman who may have helped Wilson to launder money winds up in charge of trying to foil Wilson's plot. High quality prose helps offset an improbable detour at the end leading to an unconvincing resolution. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

The evils of genius are explored in this latest offering from Case, a pseudonym for husband-and-wife writing team of Jim and Carolyn Hougan. The novel begins and ends with Mike Burke, an American photojournalist living in Ireland, who becomes an unwitting accomplice in a terrorist plot orchestrated by deranged mathematician and ex-con Jack Wilson. The first 200 pages recount, in vivid detail, the drugs-for-arms-for-diamonds deal that funds Wilson's doomsday mission. It's not nearly as interesting as the second half, which illuminates Wilson's plan, inspired by the late Croatian inventor Nikola Tesla. (The elegant eccentric claimed, among many other things, an ability to manipulate electromagnetic energy.) Case (The Murder Artist, 2004) pens breathless conspiracy yarns that marry politics, history, and technology. Here, he delivers a swift plot and a cast of nefarious characters, from peevish government bureaucrats to shadowy operatives with connections to al-Qaeda. It's a chiller of a thriller that seems all too feasible in a post-9/11 world. Allison Block
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Mostly however I was disappointed with the ending.
Eric
He weaves a wonderful tale through a tapestry of suspense and intrigue.
R. J. Smith
It is, in my humble opinion, the best book by John Case to date.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Douglas S. Wood on September 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
John Case (Genesis Code, First Horseman) is a master of the thriller and Ghost Dancer does not disappoint. Jack Wilson is an alienated and angry man, a follower of Ayn Rand with a deep interest in the work of Nikola Tesla - and he's the Ghost Dancer (the name Jack Wilson has historical significance for Native Americans as the originator of the ghost dance). The book is worth reading just for the exploration of Tesla's history and ideas. One of the scientific geniuses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Tesla invented the radio and AC electricity. Why did the FBI seize his lab records upon his death? Did his `teleforce' device accidentally cause the 1908 Tunguska incident?

Could evil genius Jack Wilson refine Tesla's designs? And why would he want to? Well, he does hate the US government and that long stretch he did in the Supermax may just have sent him around the bend.

Wilson needs money to complete his plot and does business with Arab terrorists, Russian mobsters, and African strongmen to get the cash. But he makes some enemies and picks up a loving Ukrainian bride along the way.

Can former photojournalist and bereaved husband Mike Burke stop him? First he has to overcome the indifference and bullying arrogance of an FBI agent before time runs out. He's gonna need some help.

Highly recommended for fans of thrillers everywhere. Sweet twist at the end. Fans of John Case will not be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. A Pasha on September 30, 2006
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What an excellent thriller! John Case has written an itriguing novel with enough twists and turns that the ending comes as a true surprse. Although one of the main characters, Jack Wilson, becomes a "terrorist" who commits unspeakable acts of inhumanity, the reader eventually comes to understand the underlying reasons for Wilson's transformation from brilliant young graduate student to American terrorist. The other main character, Mike Burke, must deal with incompetent government officials and red tape as he is driven to find Wilson and stop him from completing his destructive plan. The plot centers around Wilson's search for Nicola Tesla's notes on manipulating energy and his own plans for revenge. John Case's thorough research and inclusion of both historical and technological information helps the reader to understand the basic premise of Tesla's work.

All in all, this is a riveting thriller that keeps the reader interested to the very end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Stewart VINE VOICE on May 17, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, the latest by John Case (aka the husband and wife writing team, Jim and Carolyn Hougan), is a little out of the ordinary compared to the previous 5 offerings. Only 1 of the 6 books by John Case has disappointed me (The Eighth Day; it was not nearly as good as the others). Their books are, or up to now have been, mystery/thriller/suspense type books with great stories based mainly in science or medicine.

This book is based in science, specifically, the facts and mysteries surrounding Tesla (no not the band), the Serbian inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla. Tesla created, discovered, pioneered and/or patented many wonderful engineering marvels, including alternating current A/C (as opposed to Edison's D/C) electric power and wireless communication. He also advanced the studies of nuclear and theoretical physics and ballistics. Basically, the man was a friggin' genius, the likes of which we don't see very often. Many scientists and researchers now refer to him as "the man who invented the twentieth century".

An ex-convict, Wilson, who is wildly intelligent, plans to use Tesla's notes to create a device that will bring about the end of the world as we know it; a device that will stop anything with moving parts, electrically powered, or computerized. He wants to knock the world back to the dark ages, and he has the brains, gets the money and has the capability to build the device.
A former photographer, Burke, who works for a company that forms companies is unknowingly involved in Wilson's plan for international terrorism.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on September 27, 2006
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This is one of Case's best - But I must tell you this book starts out very slowly. BUT when the characters and their situations are all laid out, boy, the action starts. We all have read about Nicolai Tesla, and his brilliant ideas/inventions, but Jack Wilson puts his theories into a revenge against the USA, because of an unapproved patent, and his feelings of the American Indian oppression, (Wilson's Indian name is Ghost Dancer). Mike Burke, a former photojournalist, gets on Wilson's trail when his father-in-law's business is shut down by the govenment due to Wilson's setting up offshore bank accounts.

What follows is a fast paced wild ride.

As a fan of Case, since I first read The Genesis Code, he continues to WOW with his work. Thought The Murder Artist was his best work since Genesis, but Ghost Dancer ranks right up there with it.

Just get through the introductions of characters in Dancer, and hang on!
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