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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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  • File Size: 1504 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XN5HE4
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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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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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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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Here's the premise. Young guy who writes software code gets a video game mixed up in his work, causing planes to crash.........maybe.
The book tries to be Nicholas Sparks, but falls way short. Instead, we're reminded 500 times how much he loves his girlfriend. Then near the end, he finds a new squeeze.
Here's how it shakes out. 100 pages of "Here's how computer code is written."
100 pages of "I sure love you, except when I love her."
100 pages of "Woe is me, what have I done?"
Not much left to solve the mystery. But, we all knew the plot, because it was so transparent. I'll admit, I was thrown by the one big event, but I had it figured out well before that. Scratch one character.
I couldn't help but feel this was written by a young college writer. Someone who hasn't experienced enough of life to really be in love beyond lust.

I gave it two stars, I expected more, maybe a mystery/thriller solving a crime, instead, you know from the beginning what happened, and how it will (almost) end.
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By Kitana on September 7, 2012
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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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When I embark upon reading a J T Kalnay book, I know I will always find three qualities - a) strong, appealing characters b) a compelling love story and c) a fascinating mystery woven through number 1 and 2. The Pattern did not let me down. Craig, the main not-quite-a-hero, quickly earned my affection. He is always brilliant, occasionally arrogant and sometimes foolish, as humans usually are. His love interests, first Stacey and then Jane, are equally likeable (although I admit to my own bias in always being more attracted to the male protagonists).

The villain in The Pattern is a computer virus that has been inadvertently loosed into the system that controls the world's air flights by Craig's playing of a popular cyber-game, Marauder. It is a tribute to Kalnay that the technical computerese in the book isn't a distraction even for a computer dumb bell like me. Although I sometimes didn't understand the specifics, I was easily able to grasp the frightening concepts of a secretive, self-replicating computer virus run amuck.

It takes a while after planes begin crashing before our cast of characters realizes what is happening and engage in a frantic race against time to discover a "vaccine" to immunize the world's computers against The Marauder.

The premise of this book hits home because I believe all of us, techie and dumbie alike, harbor some fears about just what computers may be capable of. Are they capable of being self-aware? Are viruses able to develop defensive moves to counter our attempts to destroy them? How intelligent is artificial intelligence? Are you sure?
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