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Pyramid Lake [Kindle Edition]

Paul Draker
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Book Description

*** #1 Amazon Bestseller in Science Fiction, Technothrillers, Psychological Thrillers, and Suspense Horror - Jan. 2014 ***

Maverick genius Trevor Lennox has built the government a perfect lie detector: his talking supercomputer, Frankenstein, can read your hidden secrets right off your face. But when he illegally uses it to help his troubled seven-year-old daughter and his DARPA coworkers start dying in gruesome murders, Trevor finds himself fighting to protect everyone and everything he cares about.

"Original and profound. Deliciously complicated... Trevor is an alluring protagonist." --Kirkus Reviews

What Top Reviewers Say...

"Pyramid Lake is a thriller, through and through. The writing is tight, the characters are compelling, and the tech is simply fascinating. Daniel Suarez needs to watch out - there's a new techno thriller writer in town!" --OutlawPoet, Top-1000 Amazon Reviewer

"We may have a Stephen King-style of writer in the making." --Marcus Lewis, Amazon Reviewer

"If you love plenty of action, mystery, and a touch of romance, don't miss Pyramid Lake. I read it almost straight through in a day and a half. It was that good." --digsblues, Top-500 Amazon Reviewer

"Meticulous world building, in-depth character development--Draker brings all these elements to this tale, ties them together in one big non-stop rollercoaster of a read, and left me wanting more." --Cheryl Stout, Top-1000 Amazon Reviewer

"Paul Draker writes with authority and intelligence... an exciting suspense story that keeps you guessing until the very end. I can't wait to read his next novel." --Robin Landry, Top-500 Amazon Reviewer

"Everything that happens is just so PERSONAL for the characters... Draker's stories affect me in a very visceral way. I LOVE IT. When an author can do that, it's amazing." --MKH, Amazon Reviewer

"I'd recommend Pyramid Lake to anyone. It's fast paced and delivers a TON of story. ...I could not put it down. Paul Draker is proving to be an author who can really deliver a surprise twist." --Catfish Kozmo, Amazon Reviewer

"The intensity picked up with every chapter right up to one of the best endings I have ever read." --Noelle Zumoff, Amazon Reviewer

"Paul Draker is one of the top story tellers out there." --William Breckenridge, Amazon Reviewer

"...clear your calendar because you won't want to put this book down." --S. Wilkins, Amazon Reviewer

Editorial Reviews


"Original and profound. Deliciously complicated... Trevor is an alluring protagonist." --Kirkus Reviews

From the Back Cover

Maverick computer scientist Trevor Lennox is the most brilliant programmer of his generation. He's also equally talented at making enemies. Exiled to a Top Secret government lab hidden in the heart of Nevada's Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, twenty-eight year old Trevor has spent the last four years working 24/7, leading a classified DARPA project which uses high-speed cameras and a supercomputer's limitless processing power to interpret human facial microexpressions with absolute precision.

Frankenstein, Trevor's custom-built hundred-million-dollar supercomputer, can detect lies or concealed emotions with infallible accuracy. It can read hidden intentions right off a person's face. Trevor has his own plans for the groundbreaking technology he has created--an agenda which might be very different from what the government has in mind. Increasingly at odds with the other three DARPA scientists who lead Pyramid Lake's advanced-robotics projects, Trevor is assigned a new and unwanted project co-lead. Cassie Winnemucca, the descendant of Paiute tribal chiefs, is a gifted computer-science prodigy like Trevor himself. But is she his future replacement?

Trevor prepares to struggle to retain control of his own project. But first, he must find a way to help his equally brilliant but troubled seven-year-old daughter Amy, whose problems threaten to condemn her to a terrifying future.

When a series of grisly murders sows chaos throughout the DARPA facility, Trevor realizes he's not the only one with a hidden agenda. Luckily, Trevor's no stranger to conflict. To win, he'll fight whomever he has to, however he has to. He'll use every tool at his disposal to get to the truth and to help his daughter. But this time, he's fighting to protect everyone and everything he cares about. Unknown forces have their own plans for his face-reading technology, and they are willing to kill for it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1994 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mayhem Press; 1 edition (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Thriller February 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book contains a little bit of everything – mystery, thriller, science fiction, and a little bit of romance. I think the author does a good job of getting you quickly immersed in the story, and the science fiction aspects of the novel are something the average Joe can understand. There are times where you will be racing through the novel as the action picks up but, without having a spoiler, the ending seemed a little rushed: there did seem to be an opening for a sequel, and it could be interesting to see what happens should the storyline continue.

I originally picked this up for 99 cents vs. its normal price of $3.99; if you like a good thriller with a little bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure, I’d recommend you giving this one a try.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! January 16, 2014
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Wow. This is a captivating and very thought provoking novel. A modern twist on the classic Frankenstein story, it turns all expectations upside down. Paul Draker's protagonist, Trevor, is so flawed yet so very compelling. A genius computer scientist, working for a government lab, he must climb out of his own primordial ooze when the computer he creates begins to do the same. Witnessing his self knowledge expand as his life and everything around him begins to implode, is one of the best journeys I have ever taken as a reader. No scene in this story is wasted. Pyramid Lake has elements of classic literature, Greek mythology, Native American history, modern psychology as well as fascinating views into the world of computer program design and secret government research. The pace is fast, yet the characters are very well imagined. This story works. This is one author to watch!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's alive, alive!" January 2, 2014
Six months ago I didn't even know who Paul Draker was. Since that time I have read both of his published novels: the reality-show thriller "New Year Island" and his latest "Pyramid Lake." This is a young writer that you most definitely want to keep your eye on. Dare I say it? We may have a Stephen King-style of writer in the making. But enough well deserved high praise, and onto my review of "Pyramid Lake."

Mr. Draker draws heavily on two classics in "Pyramid Lake": Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." And I'm sure somewhere Shelley and Kubrick are rolling over in their respective graves. Everything the young Mary Shelley warned readers about in her novel, come to fruition at Pyramid Lake. Social issues like technology falling into the wrong hands, personal responsibility, and the relationships between parents and their "offspring." But even more than that, Trevor Bennett is like Victor Frankenstein on steroids. Like Victor, Bennett aspires to something that will benefit all of mankind, but instead leads to the most horrific of consequences. I can honestly say that Trevor Bennett may be the most despicable protagonist I have ever encountered in fiction. He is the ultimate anti-hero in much the same way that the monster is in John Gardner's "Grendel." You will really dislike this guy, but like a train wreck that's about to happen, you won't be able to look away.

Bennett's creation is a towering computer he names "Frankenstein." That bothered me at first, but my fears were put to rest at a key moment in the plot when the creature turns on its creator. Frankenstein is Kubrick's HAL9000 reincarnated. For me the best parts of the book are dialogue between Bennett and Frankenstein.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I am a bumbling fangirl of author Draker's first book New Year Island and was a bit apprehensive about reading his second offering. I was afraid it wouldn't live up to the first book. I needn't have worried.

"Pyramid Lake" takes us to a top secret DARPA facility located in the Nevada desert on a Paiute reservation. Enter Trevor Lennox, the thoroughly unlikable, brilliant, captivating creator of FRANKENSTEIN, a beyond high-tech supercomputer that can read people's expressions and tell what they are feeling. In other words FRANKENSTEIN is a humongous lie detector.

Trevor has a problem playing well with others so another brilliant computer nerd is brought in to co-lead his project with him - Cassie - Paiute, emo and brilliant in her own right.

Trevor has a wee bit of a problem with authority figures (and others) in his life but the one person he doesn't have a problem with is his seven year old daughter, Amy. He would do anything for her. And this story tells us the lengths Trevor would actually go to for Amy.

Meticulous world building, in-depth character development, a thoroughly jaded view of the world of government research - Draker brings all these elements to this tale, ties them together in one big non-stop rollercoaster of a read, and left me wanting more.

And I understand he is working on a Trevor Lennox sequel called "Mount Terror." I can hardly wait to find out what extraordinary circumstances Trevor gets dumped into in this next offering.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy?? And Murder December 27, 2013
By BarbA
Format:Kindle Edition
A man created a super smart computer that had access to all the information in the world. He named it Frankenstein. When his young daughter is diagnosed with a mental illness, he asks the computer to try to find a cure, and the problems and killings escalate. Until the end of the book, you don't know who the murderer is. Is it the computer causing all the horror? And can his daughter be cured? I won't spoil it for you. The book starts slowly, and sometimes bogs down with technical descriptions but if you stay with it, the story develops into a thought provoking and interesting read. Makes you wonder if a machine like this could be possible in our future. The thought is chilling. I also read this author's book entitled New Year Island, and rated IT 5 stars. It was an excellent story of survival.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kindle Bestseller. Fast, Furious, Excellent!
Great story, fast paced, plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting. Outside the box writing.
Published 6 days ago by K. Tinto
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a thrill ride!
Supercomputer technology, top secret military shenanigans, psychological mysteries, a complex main character.... what's not to like??? I am ready for the sequel...
Published 6 days ago by Maria Van Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I've never read a Paul Dealer book until now and I can see I've missed a lot. His style of writing is so descriptive that I can see the printed words come to life like a movie in... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Glenna Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal ...
A phenomenal read! I'm off in search of other titles by this author!
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Great characters, plot full of interesting twists and turns. Good read.
Published 13 days ago by K. J. Loach
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! loved this book!
Great job, Paul! Everyone else, just read it. Great characters and story line. I didn't want it to end, and can't wait for the sequel!
Published 22 days ago by Teckyfile
3.0 out of 5 stars Was fun to read about the different machines
Was fun to read about the different machines, good and bad. The "hero" seemed to overcome injuries way beyond believable. Read more
Published 23 days ago by MLR
2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed story and twists but too bloody for me
Be fore warned this is a gory book. Lots of blood and guts spilled every where. The hero (I guess he is one) is not afraid to take a beating. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Too violent,but a compelling read
Taut, well written, and scary. The hero is too violent and anti-social for me, but I couldn't stop reading. I recommend this for the excellent storytelling.
Published 28 days ago by calsax
5.0 out of 5 stars Pyramid lake by Paul draker
Very exciting and heart pounding. I'm soo glad I found this author and look forward to reading more of his books.
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More About the Author

Paul Draker writes tightly-plotted, gritty modern thrillers that combine a well-crafted mystery whodunit with gripping psychology and relentless suspense. Each novel is an immersive roller coaster thrill ride, filled with twists that keep the reader guessing, right up until the last page.

In sixth grade, when Paul was nine, a classmate liked a story he wrote and took it home. The horrified parents called the school and demanded that whoever wrote it be sent to see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist asked Paul if he could keep a copy of the story... and then asked Paul to sign it for him.

Paul lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and three daughters. An avid scuba diver, he has spent much time underwater in Palau, Yap, Honduras, Thailand, Hawaii, the Florida Keys, the cenote caverns of the Yucatan, the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands, Caicos, and the "Red Triangle" off California's coast. He also enjoys skiing, swimming, and windsurfing, and has had extensive tactical training in firearms. After one too many high-speed motorcycle crashes, he is no longer allowed to own open-class sportbikes, which is probably a good thing for him and everyone else.

Paul has worked in the aerospace/defense industry on a variety of classified and unclassified programs for DARPA, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps, ranging from strategic national missile systems to technology augmentation for small-team tactical infantry units. He has also led a Silicon Valley technology startup delivering massively-scalable custom Internet software to Fortune 500 clients including Hewlett Packard and Robert Half International, and headed a leading videogame studio developing mobile games for top-tier publishers such as EA, Disney/Pixar, Sega, Warner Brothers, and THQ. He holds advanced degrees in electrical and aerospace engineering from MIT, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley. This broad-ranging engineering expertise lends impeccable technical authenticity to his stories.

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