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The Chinese Conspiracy Hardcover – October 11, 2010
"If you can read only one exciting novel this year, this is the one to read. It is so realistically possible it's scary."
--Bo Dietl, Retired NYPD Homicide Detective
The Chinese Conspiracy has the intrigue of John Grisham, the spice of Mickey Spillane and the technical aspects of Tom Clancy. --Tom Quinn
A fascinating book that gives a glimpse into war of the future. The outcome of future wars will be determined far in advance of the actual conflict. This is but a preview... --Paul Broadbent, Former Sr. CIA/Defense Intelligence Program Mgr
"This chilling new novel links the world's increasing dependency on the Internet to vulnerabilities that can be exploited for evil. This launches John Mariotti as a new master of the genre." --Calvin Myer, WorldWide Ltd.
"We always prepare to fight the last war but never the next war... this should be the wake-up call to America. Mariotti is blowing the bugle for all of us." --John Ellingson, CEO, Edentification --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Within the background of a global internet, vulnerable to viruses---for which there is no known antidote, Marriotti spins a fascinating "cyber-thriller" in which a rogue Chinese Minister of Informations launches a short-lived cyber attack across the "fruited plain" to demonstrate his ability to shut down all computer networks---even the most secure government-operated ones.
For the technologically challenged this book is happily not all "cyber-jabber." Martini creates a fast-paced, highly entertaining plot within a plot in which a small west Virginia town is nearly bankrupted by the Chinese "cyber-thieves" and their partners-in-crime, corrupt U.S. politicians. Only the heroics of a returning native son save the town while simulataneously salvaging a long lost romance.
How the disparate agencies of the United States responsible for countering "cyber-terrorism" finally came together to limit the damage is a fascinating plot line in itself. To ensure that mass destruction activities are held in check, Marriotti creates a "cyber-savvy" POTUS who establishes a long-needed "National Center for Security." THE CHINESE CONSPIRACY is a great read for all those interested in the evolving challenges to our national security.
Andrew A. Giordano
Radm, USN, (Ret.)
In "The Chinese Conspiracy" John Mariotti brings this situation to life, not only involving the United States but many other locations throughout the world. We are introduced to Jim Martini who had been born and raised in Briggs, West Virginia but had moved from the area for other business interests. He remembered Briggs as a bustling little town that was supported by a large plant, Winton Manufacturing Company, that had since, all of a sudden closed leaving most of the town out of work, turning Briggs into a silent lesser town with work extremely hard to find. When Martini learned that his old haunts had declined so far, he decided to return to see what could have occurred that made that large plant close so abruptly. What he uncovered opened a huge can of worms.
Some in China wanted to cleanse the old government from office and take over the nation by trying to prove the incompetence of the present rulers. Briggs was the location that was selected for a huge part of their takeover through electronic controlling and through that, ransom world governments with threats of the use of the killing of electronics. Some workers were placed in Briggs to get the locals used to foreigners being around so as not to surprise anyone. Martini discovered the strange way the manufacturing plant had been closed and demolished, and despite threats, beatings, and attempts on his life as well as his previous friends he had reconnected with in Briggs, became more involved instead of wary of those against him and the town. Many friends he knew from high school days that still lived there remembered him well, some good memories, and some still holding grudges. He even connected with a girl that had a crush on him, had married, and now was divorced. He became closer with Anita and her son, Ronnie, and they became connected personally and for investigation too. Ronnie had become quite a communications expert during his years in the army, which proved very helpful.
The story includes several local and federal law enforcement agencies that worked closely with Martini and Ronnie. The importance of Briggs could be the same at any small area in the world where terrorists or, as in this case, a group wanting to take over the world through communications. The use of worms as viruses, Trojan horse, Spyware/malware, virus in many forms, Phishing, and many variations of all of these were used in some of the attempts to disrupt the world in this book. As the author explains at the end of his book, these events could occur anywhere, anytime, and in many ways. The fictionalized book only tells his ideas of how bad things could be if such things succeeded. You will enjoy this book. Thanks John Mariotti for trying to awaken us up to how such a future world could unfold in front of all of us.
Mariotti's latest novel demonstrates with frightening clarity how weak our cyber-security truly is, how easily the systems upon which our nation and world rely can be disrupted, shut down, and worse, used against us. This novel is a clarion call for rational, pragmatic thinking and a plea to the powers that be to become proactive in making this nation cyber-secure.
Better yet, the book is an enjoyable read.
did better. I'm from WV, and used to work in electronic intel. I wanted to like this book. I didn't. In point of fact,
I only managed to get about two/thirds of the way through and quit; not something I ordinarily do.