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The Pattern [Kindle Edition]

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Second Edition (additional background on wrecks in the 80s, editing, and a different ending)

Has one programming error killed hundreds of people in airplane crashes? A handful of west coast computer geeks know the answer. After reading The Pattern, you will too. Follow auto-pilot programmer Craig Walsh and his beautiful engineer girlfriend Stacey "Jack" Horner as they create, and then confront, a malicious computer virus that seems destined to destroy air travel as we know it...

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June 19, 1994
Chantilly Virginia
Assembled From News Wire Reports

     A chartered executive Lear Jet inbound from Mexico City crashed today in heavy fog during final approach to Dulles National Airport in Washington D.C.  Ten passengers and two crew members were killed instantly.  There were no Americans on the flight and there were no survivors.  Although the airplane had the latest electronics, it had aborted one landing due to the fog and was in the process of lining up for a second attempt when the accident occurred.  The black box flight recorder has been recovered from the wreckage and the bodies have been identified.  The last transmission from the cockpit was, "There seems to be something wrong with the electronics.  Going around."  The plane disappeared from radar less than ten seconds later.

June 20, 1994
San Francisco, California
     Thin clouds drifted high above the city by the Bay.  Craig and Stacey sat behind the APSoft building on the large cedar deck.  A gentle breeze caressed Stacey's long, summer golden hair.  Craig was having a very hard time concentrating on the report in his hands.
     "Do you want to hear something weird?" Stacey asked.
     "I don't know.  Do I?" Craig answered.
     "Yes.  You do," Stacey said.
     "Okay.  Let's have it," Craig said.
     "We're three for three this year," Stacey said.
     "I don't get it," Craig said.
      "On airplane crashes.  We're three for three."
      "I still don't get it," Craig said.
      "Listen.  First you know that guy in Turkey where the Blackhawks got shot down.  Second, we both know Rakesh who's been in Hong Kong where the plane that crashed in Nagoya originated.  Third, my friend in Mexico works for that company that chartered that plane that crashed in Virginia the other day.  We're three for three."
      "Better call the National Enquirer," Craig said.
      "Jerk," Stacey said.
      "We know somebody at almost every airline or aircraft manufacturer in the world Stacey.  It'd be a miracle if we didn't know someone somehow related to every crash," Craig said.
      "You're still a jerk," Stacey said.
      "Yeah I know.  It's part of my charm," he replied.
      Stacey made a face at him and rolled her eyes.
      "Please," she said.
      "But you know what?  You've piqued my curiosity.  I'm going to do some research and see how many wrecks there have been in the last year.  It does seem like there's been an unusual amount doesn't it?" Craig asked.
      "Nice try," Stacey said.
      "No.  I'm totally serious.  Now that you've pointed it out, I really am curious."
      "Um huh," she said dismissively.
      "Ready to throw it some more," Stacey asked, dangling Craig's birthday Frisbee on the end of a long slender finger.
      "Not right now," Craig said.  I better get started on that research.

About the Author

JT Kalnay is an attorney and an author.  He has been an athlete, a soldier, a professor, a programmer, an Ironman, and mountain climber.  JT now divides his time between being an attorney, being an author, and helping out with seven children. 
     JT was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.  Growing up literally steps from the Bay of Quinte, water, ice, fishing, swimming, boating, and drowning  were very early influences and appear frequently in his work.
     Educated at the Royal Military College, the University of Ottawa, the University of Dayton, and Case Western Reserve University, JT has spent countless hours studying a wide range of subjects including math, English, computer science, physics, and law.  
     JT is a certified rock climbing guide and can often be found atop crags in West Virginia, Kentucky, New Mexico, California, Mexico, and Italy.  Rock climbing appears frequently in his writing. 
     JT has witnessed firsthand many traumatic events including the World Trade Center Bombing, the Long Island Railroad Shooting, a bear attack, a plane crash, and numerous fatalities, in the mountains and elsewhere. 
     Disasters, loss, and confronting personal fear are common themes in his writing.  

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are we all talking about the same book? June 21, 2012
By pepper
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I got this book because of all the positive reviews it had. I was very very disappointed.

I struggled to get to the end of the story and now I wish I hadn't wasted my time.

Yes its frightening to think that a software might be causing plane crashes but that doesn't come across in the book. There is no sense of urgency or impending doom; nothing that makes your heart skip a beat. The characters were uninteresting, I didn't care what happened to any of them. When you get round to learning about the pattern/virus and its origin, you don't get the AHA moment. You probably saw it coming a mile away.

The reaction of the characters to situations are unreal. The romance is unbelievable.

Dont waste your time on this one.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breathless thriller! December 19, 2011
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The Pattern by J.T Kalnay is a spellbinding thriller. It starts in suspense with a possible programming error responsible for hundreds of people dying in airplane crashes, and follows programmer Craig Walsh and his hilarious and beautiful girlfriend and engineer Stacey into the roles of problem solvers against a virus bent on terrorizing air travel! A line out of "The Pattern"- The veterans knew he talked to himself all the time. On his good days, they said he was multi-tasking. On his bad days they said he was schizophrenic...If you want a book that has it all, read The Pattern by J.T. Kalnay!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, but the writing was terrible July 13, 2012
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I rarely write negative reviews because -- at the risk of sounding pollyanna -- I always try to find some positive in every book, and I can appreciate how difficult it must be for an author to write a good book. This one just missed the mark though. So many times I wanted to give up on this book, but stuck with it because the premise of the story was intriguing, and I really wanted the characters to develop and the writing to get better.

Unfortunatley, the writing was either too technical to understand, or too amateuerish to believe. I found myself wondering if this was a high school writing project. I couldn't relate to any of the characters, and there were moments in the book that should have been either suspenseful or poignant, and I felt nothing. The only suspense was whether the next chapter would bring it all together and make me glad I stuck with it. Sadly, it didn't.

Unfortunatley, the only positive I can give this book is the price -- I got it for free.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written September 7, 2012
By Kitana
I have to say, this was a very entertaining read.I was very pleased
with this book - it had everything! There was intrigue and love story
and non-stop action all the way to the end. It is really scare that
such seems fantastic story can easily happens in real live.Well worth
your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What do you do when your worst nightmare comes true? December 6, 2011
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The Pattern begins with an intriguing, frightening premise. Airplanes keep crashing killing many people. What if you were to stumble upon the true cause of the plane's demise, but realize that knowing the cause brings you no closer to fixing the problem?

That is essentially the hook of this technothriller. I was impressed with author Kalnay's masterful grasp of techno-jargon. The small cast of characters features Craig and Stacey who are dating and the techies trying to unravel the software mystery. There is Stan, the boss, overseeing the project...and other colleagues. But the real conflict doesn't come from without. It comes from the software itself which is almost an antagonist in its own right. Anyone who's battled with a virus on their computer or whose email has been hacked will understand. The ghost in the machine. The novel is punctuated well by jarring, terse press releases which tell the reader of yet another plane that has fallen from the sky.

There are times when I wanted Craig to be more active in solving the tech issues, and I thought his boss could have had a stronger response to the screw-ups at work. But overall the author made me root for a solution to this airline nightmare. And he made me care about the relationship of Craig and Stacey in a way I didn't expect. (A frisbee played a part.) And there is a small moment when a cop passing in the night says something ironic and touching to Craig. He's trying to be encouraging, but fails miserably. This is a book that is a perfect reflection of the digital era we live in. Heaven help us all.

Dwight Okita
Author of The Prospect of My Arrival (2nd Edition)
which is about a human embryo that's allowed to preview the world before deciding whether to be born.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept, but not believable June 25, 2012
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Craig Walsh is a top programmer for an autopilot software firm. He's also addicted to the Marauder video game. When airplanes inexplicably start plunging to earth, he comes to suspect that Marauder is making it happen and that he's the one who spread the virus.

Craig and his friend Tim Ford, who was once as influential in the computer world as Jobs, Gates or Wozniak, along with a couple of other characters, create a "miracle" program to track down Marauder and "immunize" the infected systems that are causing planes to drop out of the sky.

A big problem is that some of the science is iffy. For instance, at one point, during testing, Tim remarks jubilantly: "Right now there's some undergrad named Harry Turner at UCSB who has no idea why Marauder just reformatted his hard drive." This is bewildering. First, that's not what Marauder has been doing to the infected systems and, second, when you reformat a hard drive, you lose everything. A tactic like this couldn't possibly work to stabilize the auto pilot program on an operating plane.

**Caution: Spoiler in the next paragraph.**

The two love interests are another problem. His girlfriend at the beginning of the story, Stacey, dies in one of the suspicious plane crashes. However, when Craig gets lost in a blizzard while sprinkling her ashes in the mountains, Stacey's ghost leads him down. (Stacey's ghost and a magical reappearing Frisbee make several appearances and nearly all of them are ill-conceived. They make him seem half delusional.) Later, his relationship with Dr. Jane Brady proves to be underdeveloped and immature, too.

Finally, there's the ending. I can't possibly suspend disbelief enough to buy this ending.
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JT Kalnay is an attorney and an author. He has been an athlete, a soldier, a professor, a programmer, an Ironman, and mountain climber. JT now divides his time between being an attorney, being an author, and helping his wife look after seven nieces and nephews.

JT was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Growing up literally steps from the Bay of Quinte, water, ice, fishing, swimming, boating, and drowning were early influences and appear frequently in his work.

Educated at the Royal Military College of Canada, the University of Ottawa, the University of Dayton, and Case Western Reserve University, JT has spent countless hours studying a wide range of subjects including math, English, computer science, and law.

JT is a rock climber and can often be found atop crags in West Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Mexico, and Italy. Rock climbing appears frequently in his writing.

JT is an avid fitness athlete, and has begun to compete in fitness competitions with a goal of reaching the CrossFit Games one day.

JT has witnessed firsthand many traumatic events including the World Trade Center Bombing, the Long Island Railroad Shooting, a bear attack, a plane crash, and numerous fatalities, in the mountains and elsewhere.
Disasters, loss, and confronting personal fear are common themes in his writing.

The Point follows Charles Ginetti as he sails up the California Coast in his recently deceased father's sailboat. After he wrecks on the rocks at Pigeon Point, he meets Sierra Marney. Sierra's family have been keepers of the lighthouse for four generations. While Charles is smitten with Sierra, Sierra sees right through the Silicon Valley executive. Complications abound, causing Charles and Sierra to be thrown together in desperate circumstances.

G1.1 chronicles a year in the life of Genevieve Grenier, who some have described as the "nice little sister of the girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Ginny was bullied as a child and as a result turned inwards towards computer hacking and athletics. When the book starts she is 21 years old and on the cusp of becoming a world champion. However, a random encounter involving a blackjack game puts her athletic career in jeopardy and leads Ginny to a crisis where she must decide whether to use her talents for good or for evil.

The Topsail Accord follows the rule-bound relationship of Shannon and Joe as they try to recover from sadnesses in their previous lives. Set on Topsail Beach, Cleveland, and in Costa Rica, this romance novel deals with loss, recovery, and trying to figure out a way forward given so much damage.

The Keeper is a paranormal romance that deals with themes of domestic violence and resulting mental illness. The Keeper is a child, boy, teenager, man, and old man who we follow through time and space as he seeks to fulfill his promise to his Native Canadian people while dealing with the aftermath of murder. JT conceived The Keeper as an amalgamation of four short stories set in four locations, Bon Echo Ontario, Joshua Tree California, and his home in Ohio.

The Pattern is a science fiction romance that deals with themes of hubris and righting a wrong. Craig Walsh accidentally cuts and pastes some code from a video game into his auto pilot software at work. The resulting plane wrecks tear him and his family apart. His year long saga to right the wrong costs him nearly everything, even while introducing him to the love of his life. JT conceived The Pattern while sitting on a runway at LaGuardia for several hours while multi-tasking between editing a device driver and playing solitaire.

Mina's Eyes is an action romance where damaged boy meets damaged girl in an idyllic location. Try as they might, Kane and Mina are just not able to overcome all the obstacles that are put in their way, floods, rip tides, old boyfriends, and, worst of all, old memories. At one time Mina was the prima ballerina for the Bolshoi ballet until a terrible accident ended her career. After marrying and having beautiful twin girls, Mina's world is rocked again by their murder at the hands of terrorists. Kane has secretly authored several novels, and has suffered through his wife's lengthy illness and ultimate demise. Kane has been reviled for actions associated with the passing of his wife. Though Mina and Kane are drawn together by a passionate longing and love, they may have just too many dramas and demons to overcome. JT wrote Mina's Eyes on location in Cala Luna, Sardinia, Italy while travelling with a group of dedicated rock climbers. Those people on the trip may recall seeing JT with his pen and yellow pad, sitting on the rooftop terrace, or sitting by the ocean. Now they know what he was up to.

The Trade follows brilliant computer programmer and occasional hacker Jay Calloway as he tries to decide between a job with the CIA and a job on Wall Street. A beautiful and mysterious woman leads him to New York, where his job turns out to be not exactly what he had in mind. Over time, he is drawn into an international intrigue involving money laundering and insider trading. Jay's old college friend Rick Hewlett may be his only hope to escape the tangled web that has been woven in New York. JT wrote The Trade on location in the World Financial Center in New York City. Drawing on his experience in automated trading systems, JT's inside insights into exactly how the bold plan conceived in The Trade could be pulled off will leave you wondering how safe,exactly, is your money. If you liked The Firm, and if you liked Wall Street, you'll love The Trade.

Obsession for Vengenace chronicles Hank Adams' descent into hell. After being dismissed from the Army, Hank gathers all the weapons he has amassed over the past ten years working as an assassin and military advisor, both sanctioned and off the books. Hank's anger and rage are fueled by an all-consuming obsession, with Kate Armstrong, his first and only love, who only escaped death at his hands by faking her own. Now, lust and anger and obsession collide as Hank tries to exact his revenge, against the Army, against society, and against Kate. OFV was written in the dark days of 1993. In February 1993 JT experienced the Long Island Rail Road at close range, and then was traumatized again in December 1993 when he experienced the World Trade Center bombing again at very close range. JT was injured during the evacuation following the December bombing. This twisted tale grew out of the attempt to recover from these back-to-back trauma. If you like Tom Clancy, and if you like Michael Connelly, then you'll like Obsession For Vengeance.

Caumsett is a ghost story. Can the love of one woman overcome a hundred year old curse? Find out as Jane Jones tries to rescue her husband from the clutches of a whaling captain's ghost who seeks to break his imprisonment by stealing Bill Jones' mind, then body, then soul. While running in Caumsett Park on Long Island JT fell and hit his head. During his convalesence, which included many hours sitting on the beach at Caumsett, he became interested in the whaling history of Long Island. This also lead him to become interested in (obsessed with?) the ghost stories that surrounded the perished whalers and their lost loves left behind. Caumsett is the ghost story that resulted. It was written on location in the park and at other locations on the north coast of Long Island.

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Thanks for nothing JT, like I'll ever be able to get on a plane again!
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