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Civil Terror: Gridlock (Jake Bendel Thrillers Book 1) by [J. Luke Bennecke]

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Civil Terror: Gridlock (Jake Bendel Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"A riveting story raising questions about artificial intelligence and security." - Independent Book Review

"Reminded me of...characters in intense thrillers like Tom Clancy's
Patriot Games...and James Grady's Six Days of the Condor" - The Detroit News

"A story that will seize your attention and spike your anxiety. Take a deep breath and buckle in for a non-stop ride in J. Luke Bennecke's ultra-fast-paced thriller,
Civil Terror: Gridlock." - Indies Today

"A terrifying glimpse into the near future. Completely recommend this debut novel.
" - AR Shaw, USA Today Bestselling Author

"Fans of smart, fast-paced thrillers, like those by Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy, will gravitate towards
Civil Terror: Gridlock." - Auto Newsblaster

From the Author

Every year, traffic congestion in the United States causes $160 billion is in lost economic productivity. In addition to this, between 30,000 and 40,000 people lose their lives in traffic-related fatal accidents. Self-driving cars are here and a network to control them is coming. The benefits will be substantial, but we need to be careful how much control we give to the computers. This is a cautionary tale, one potential unfolding of a future where the self-driving network is already in place, but the evil-doers of this world figure out a way to weaponize the system.I tried to write this story with a fast pace, tons of action and emotional drama, while sprinkling in engineering and economic facts here and there to help educate you, the reader, of the inner-workings of what it would actually take to roll out a real-life self-driving network.I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. Please feel free to let me know what you liked, didn't like, and any suggestions on what we, as a society, can do to help ensure a terrorist attack like this is prevented in the future.Best regards,J. Luke Bennecke

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07B8LK9XG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jaytech Publishing; 1st edition (March 5, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 5, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1110 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 494 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 106 ratings

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J. Luke Bennecke is a veteran civil engineer who has spent his career helping people by improving Southern California roadways. In addition to his first book, Civil Terror: Gridlock, which became an Amazon Bestseller, Bennecke has written several novels and screenplays, a creative process he thoroughly enjoys. His second Jake Bendel thriller, Waterborne, was published by Black Rose Writing in 2021.

Bennecke received several awards for Waterborne, including 2nd place for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense in the 2023 Feathered Quill Awards, Best Medical Thriller in the 2022 Book Awards, 3rd place in Technothrillers in the 2022 BookFest Awards, and was a finalist in the 2022 American Fiction Awards.

Bennecke has a BS in civil engineering, an MBA, a private pilot's certificate, and is a partner in an engineering firm. As a philanthropist, he awards scholarships annually to high school seniors.

The author resides in Southern California with his wife of over 30 years and three spunky cats. He spends his leisure time traveling, flying, learning about innovative tech, golfing, and catching up with his grown daughters.

Bennecke is a member of International Thriller Writers and looks forward to attending ThrillerFest each year in New York.

For more information or to subscribe to his newsletter, please visit Bennecke's website at:

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