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RATS [Kindle Edition]

Joe Klingler
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“A nuanced techno-thriller with both brains and brawn.”—Kirkus Reviews

One man on a decades old mission. A woman who hunts him. And the bullet they share.

Joe Klingler’s acclaimed debut novel explodes from the remnants of a war long past to headlines of Washington secrets masquerading as corporate incompetence when two modern-day warriors face off. Both skilled at violence. And deception. Both accustomed to winning.

Summer greets the land of the midnight sun as a lone rider races across the last American wilderness, delivering on a promise he made long ago. He has many names, but the world only knows a shadow called the Demon.

Claire Ferreti, an Army sniper soon to be drawn into a black-ops mission, sips sake in Washington D.C. with her lover, a young, ambitious General whose geosecurity specialty remains classified. When a boy finds a small machine, Claire and the Demon embark on a collision course that leads to a test of skill, a clash of ideologies, and Claire’s unconscious body lying in a typhoon-ravaged jungle. In that instant she becomes the hunted, the Demon’s tool for survival, and an unforeseen threat. As the General pursues them into a labyrinth of cyber-secrets, political necessity and financial reality collide like a fireball piercing steel pipe.

“Klingler’s debut offers a deep logistical jungle sure to entertain buffs and newcomers to the techno-thriller genre. Throughout, he displays fierce writing chops. Short chapters balance action and subterfuge with political thought targeted keenly at modern drone warfare.”—Kirkus Reviews



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About the Author

Joe Klingler spent a decade in medical imaging research after completing an engineering PhD, during which he met his first computer. Another decade developing software for editing and special effects drew him to Silicon Valley and the art of storytelling. Along the way he became intrigued with the intricate interplay of people and the technology they choose to allow into their lives. RATS, his first novel, was inspired by the story of a young boy injured by leftover war ordnance. He currently resides in California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1040 KB
  • Print Length: 455 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cartosi LLC; 1 edition (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CAUSSZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great techno thriller page-turner! November 4, 2013
By Larry
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Don't start this book if you have to be somewhere in 15 minutes. You'll be late! I was immediately drawn in by the story and the characters, and was always kept wondering what would happen next. I found the characters to be believable, and with multiple restive personalities, I found myself being taken on a vicarious ride that for people of my risk level is best done from the sofa! The use of technology was educational and believable, even if the programming skills of one of the characters is well beyond anything I've seen in my career! Finally, the social message of interfering with the affairs of another sovereign state, and not cleaning up the mess you made, is one that never gets stale. Highly recommended!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! April 21, 2013
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The author provides an intricately designed story meant for those who enjoy books that are "fiction" woven with scientific information that could absolutely be "truth". I loved the book from the very first sentence. The story pulls you across continents and into the minds of young and old, experiencing a range of innocence and evil, benevolence and malevolence. You won't be able to put it down!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and fun, intriguing read. December 9, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. The plot had me from the beginning. I like techno/ spy/intrigue stories and this had everything. It was fast paced, and not to technical but enough to know what was going on. I also liked it for what it didn't do. There were no gratuitous love scenes that did not move the plot along, or long history's of Vietnam or Alaska that drag the story. It was all about the characters and the plot. It presented an interesting moral dilemma. It made me question right and wrong when it comes to war and how to deal with it afterwards. It is a thought provoking plot.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of RATS May 22, 2014
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Rats is an exciting political thriller. The story flows fast, smooth and will keep the reader engrossed and on the edge of their seat page after page. It is about small robot bombs that blow up the Alaska pipeline and works into the horrors of landmines and the deadly destruction they still cause long after the Vietnam War. One of the RATS do not detonate and a 12 year old boy finds it. The boy takes it home to his room, but his mother finds it and calls the authorities. The RAT eventually detonates away from the boy and his family. The boy is then taken to a school where the authorities said he would be safe and told him not to say anything, which leads him not to talk at all. Three army personnel, Cam, Wu and Claire set off to find the one behind the sabotage of the pipeline and are led to assissnate the wrong person. When they ride across into Vietnam to meet at the pick up location to be airlifted out. They are met by a drone with a missile that is launched to kill them. Claire is the only one left alive and is found by Damon. Damon takes her to a small hospital and is nursed back to health. Damon and Claire set out to stop General Billy Williams before he can kill anyone else. They also have evidence they use so the landmines that lay forgotten but still deadly in Vietnam will be cleared out. I very highly recommend RATS. If you don't usually read political thrillers, I am confident you will love this book as much as I have. Five Stars for RATS by Joe Klinger!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read March 31, 2014
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Pretty good story, but has some weird gaps. On the pro side, there are no glaring typos or grammar problems so you're never thrown out of the story that way. But one star us reduced for writing a twelve-year-old boy as if he's five (which does throw you out of the story every single time, reducing the reader's ability to suspend disbelief on the things where it's needed), and one star is reduced for the holes in the story that are just left open for no reason.

Still, a couple of good twists and an interesting premise make it mostly a fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read August 6, 2013
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This book was good, fun read. Nice character development and good twists and turns. There is some suspension of belief in parts of the book but overall acceptable in the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 27, 2014
By D-Ro
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I liked this. The narrative tends to ramble a bit, and I kept praying that it would tie together at the end (which it did). What kept me involved was that I was genuinely interested in the characters. Overall a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RATS - it's a good thing. January 29, 2014
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All in all - a really good read. Having two characters with the same name can be confusing. Good storyline.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Darn good.
Lots of curve balls. Justice is nice. And, as usual, politics and politicians show no regard for anything but getting elected.
Published 1 day ago by Jane West
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed the story!
Published 4 days ago by Norman Keith Pavey
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
didn't finish why bother
Published 4 days ago by cathy
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much suspension of belief.
I forced myself through this. The author, I think, dislikes the military and wanted to use an over ambious general as the bad guy which is a line of thinking you might see in... Read more
Published 4 days ago by markrine
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not bad. Just not really my cup of tea.
Published 4 days ago by Mary Ellen Lykins
5.0 out of 5 stars should be a movie
Good action and nice plot twists. Characters could have had a bit more development, but had to keep intrigue up.
Published 6 days ago by Kathleen Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine (fast) page-turner
As a motorcycle enthusiast, the story grabbed me right from the beginning. And the plot held my attention throughout. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Gus Philpott
4.0 out of 5 stars Rats wasn't what I expected.
This was a pretty good read although not what I expected at all. The title was "Rats" and I thought it would be about rodents but it definetly wasn't. Read more
Published 7 days ago by steinet2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 9 days ago by NanC
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! Well worth the price and time!
This book was a great read - couldn't put it down. It had a believable, interesting plot with lots of twists and turns. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Birdy
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More About the Author

Joe Klingler became fascinated with the power of computing while completing an engineering degree, after which he spent a decade computer-analyzing medical images and writing academic papers. He founded a software company to bring special effects to desktop machines that took him to Silicon Valley and the art of storytelling. The interplay of people and the technology they build their lives around continues to intrigue him. RATS, his debut novel, was inspired by the story of a young boy injured by leftover war ordnance. The idea for Mash Up was planted when a colleague wore a Napster T-shirt to the office in the days of the Metallica lawsuit.

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