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Pipov Paperback – March 17, 2011
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About the Author
Bob Cousins is a sixth-generation Texan, born to a family of entrepreneurs. Bob grew up surrounded by technologies and businesses, including the agriculture, lumber, oil, and petrochemical industries. He studied Engineering Science at the University of Texas and founded his first high tech company in his spare time. He has also lived in Massachusetts, New York, and California, where he developed a number of successful technologies. Bob has been issued more than a half dozen patents in diverse fields, including e-commerce, medical devices, computer storage, networking and RADAR. He is also considered one of the inventors of the file server appliance. Throughout his varied career, Bob has worked with foreign governments, government agencies and major corporations. He has managed a congressional campaign. Bob also taught at San Jose State University as an Adjunct Professor. Now a semi-retired consultant, he uses his years of executive experience to assist high tech startups. Bob currently lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and daughter.
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Even a handful of Kindle formatting glitches could not distract from the relentless buildup of the story.
Not since early Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts has a techno-thriller grabbed me emotionally like this.
OK... I'm ready for a prequel - there were tantalizing allusions to Pipov's background throughout.
I'm not usually a fan of the techno-thriller kind of book, but this one went above and beyond. Knowing next to nothing about engineering, the book did a great job of describing everything in a way I understood but without talking down to me. I was blown away by the complexity of what was happening, but could explain it or describe it if asked. The plot was suspenseful and kept me guessing throughout... and I was never left disappointed. Also, being from the North East and living in Denver, I appreciated the accuracy of all the setting descriptions. The characters were likable and believable, and I definitely want to find out what will happen to Ann and Jack next.
I look forward to seeing if there is a prequel or sequel to this book- or both!
Jack Pipov, like Cotton Malone and Jack Reacher, with a long and colorful past (which we need to hear more about, Mr. Cousins), just wants to be done with the excitement and left alone to his new life. But it's not to be. At least I hope not as I'm looking forward to many future Pipov adventures. He's the brilliant, powerful and experienced hero upon which to base a series of successful novels.
Robert Cousins is now a great addition to the list of current affairs thriller authors. He has a wide range of knowledge which adds real importance and credibility to an already entertaining and topical story. A good addition to the book would be a background section at the end (like Steve Berry's "Writer's Notes") expanding a bit on some of the technical and historical information presented.
The main characters are engaging, if a bit mysterious (I'd really like to know more about Jack's Czech background, but perhaps there's room here for a prequel). But the really interesting bits are the author's explorations of the various mechanisms by which terror can be manufactured and how it could be defended against. It's also interesting in how the passions of people (in this case, the eco-warriors) can be tapped by the "bad guys" and used for nefarious ends.
Told in a very straightforward, linear narrative, the book flows from its explosive (ha!) beginnings through it's chilling, if inevitable, end.
Mr. Cousins has also managed to create remarkably likeable and engaging charaters. Jack Pipov is the proverbial bad-ass. Calm, cool, and reassuringly capable, he is a hero in the same vein as Dirk Pitt or Jack Reacher, yet with a bit more depth and realism.
We can only hope that Mr. Cousins sees fit to provide us with a prequel so we can learn a bit more about Mr. Pipov's formative adventures. Give us more Mr. Cousins, give us more!