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The Chinese Conspiracy Hardcover – October 11, 2010
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"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
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.
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.)
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.
Chapters are brief and to the point, leaving the reader with a propensity not to lay down the book until tomorrow, but to read "one more chapter" discovering the next stage in this multi-territorial, multi-cultural, multi-governmental thriller, all with some juicy details of sexual practices among Chinese business executives. It's a book you won't want to put down until the final page. And then, you won't want to stop thinking about the question, "How soon might this actually happen?"
Hats off to John Mariotti for creating a great alternative in Techno Thriller reading.