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Length: 455 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"A nuanced techno-thriller with both brains and brawn." -- Kirkus Reviews (Kirkus Recommended List)

"As a thriller, mystery, and military-industrial adventure story, RATS succeeds thoroughly." -- San Francisco Book Review (4 of 5 stars) 

High-tech gadgets and a thrilling motorcycle rescue highlight this explosive plot. -- Foreward Clarion Review (4 of 5 stars)

"Klingler's debut offers a deep logistical jungle sure to entertain buffs and newcomers to the techno-thriller genre...targeted keenly at modern drone warfare." -- Kirkus Reviews (Feature of the Month 2014)

"[RATS] is, first and foremost, a fun read. The novel is exciting and fast-paced, the mystery of the motorcyclist is compelling...and the main characters invite further reading." -- San Francisco Book Review (4 of 5 stars) 

"[Klingler's] characters are fully fleshed out and the backdrop the novel takes place in is completely tangible... and not once does it lose any of that kinetic energy so artfully harnessed in the first chapter." -- Literature Typeface

[RATS] is a fun romp-and-motorcycle-ride through intrigue, explosions, action, betrayal, politics, and victory. Non-military readers will thoroughly enjoy it, and military readers will too. -- San Francisco Book Review (4 of 5 stars) 

"Even during the summertime in Alaska, the sparseness of the environment is detailed, as opposed to the lush jungle scenes in Vietnam. This gives the book a well-rounded feel as the intensity ratchets up...Fans of international thrillers and espionage books will enjoy this novel." -- Foreword Clarion Reviews (4 of 5 stars)

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: 1239 KB
  • Print Length: 455 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cartosi LLC; 1 edition (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CAUSSZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joe Klingler is a programmer and musician whose first thoughts of writing were sparked by reading The God Machine by Martin Caidin as a boy. The thrills painted by words competed with dreams of the future of digital computing. Computing won out for a time and he became a computer scientist, pursued medical-imaging research, wrote papers, founded a software startup, and received patents and design awards. Eventually he landed in Silicon Valley where he was engulfed by the powers of corporate America. Throughout he continued to be fascinated with the art of storytelling, particularly the interplay of people and the technology they build their lives around. He writes techno-thrillers that intertwine digital technology and his passions for music and motion. Joe currently resides in California with an iMac and a handful of motorcycles.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Larry on November 4, 2013
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Diane A. Mccormick on 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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Karen L Gould on 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Pratt on February 11, 2015
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I was hesitant to get this book because I am typically not into the military and political books. The "rats" captured my attention though and I am glad they did. I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting concept. I got to the point in this where it was very hard to put down. I gave it 4 stars because it kind of rushed the ending a bit and I felt like some of the characters and situations were unnecessary to the story. They may have fit better if they had been explained a little better. All in all a very captivating story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ABDBalou on 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 By D-Ro on March 27, 2014
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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 By Laura Johnson on August 31, 2014
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the main storyline was good-using really obtainable parts to create havoc on a global scale. and the bad guy was indeed a BAD guy. had a nice conversion from alleged bad too good for another. would've liked to see more character development in the female, like how she was drawn to strong men-less slutty. have to admit the Munch character contributed almost nothing like the writer couldn't find any other way to connect dots, then throwing in at the end, like an afterthought. easy read.
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