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RATS [Kindle Edition]

Joe Klingler
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 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: 1239 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 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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24 of 27 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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23 of 26 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of RATS May 22, 2014
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not believable August 8, 2014
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This novel was a Waste of time. The characters had little depth. Actions of characters had no foundation. Ending made it seem that author just got tired of writing.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeding expectations
I do not use this appellation normally. This book surprised me. I like political thrillers and this one is super.
Published 4 days ago by Judy Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars I almost stopped reading but glad I didn't
Started out slow, I almost stopped reading but glad I didn't. After the slow start the rest of the book had me hooked and I couldn't put it down.
Published 16 days ago by Robert L. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading RATS
Enjoyed having a female in the lead role. Good reading , entertaining and made me think what may be out there.
Published 17 days ago by linda wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Politics as usual
Just how far will people go? Assassination,treason,terrorism and maintaining the status quo combine to keep you turning the pages. Couldn't put it down.
Published 19 days ago by Skip
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a fun read. Sort of like watching the monster movies ...
It was a fun read. Sort of like watching the monster movies from the 50's.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what it sounds like!
The "rats" are not mammal. This is an action thriller with an interesting twist. I enjoyed it. The plot is fun and different.
Published 1 month ago by C. C. Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars By the end of the book it picked up and the story ended up pretty...
Started off very slow.By the end of the book it picked up and the story ended up pretty good.
Published 1 month ago by Donald DeLong
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Good characters
Good story
Strong moral reminder of what wars cause and those left behind for generations who must deal with it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by patricia lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I really enjoyed this book!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me going
So much fun! This book sent you in one direction, and then as quick as a whip sent you off in another direction. The characters were well developed and the plot robust. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue Joyce
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More About the Author

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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