It starts with unexplained glitches in the U.S. banking system: private funds are transferred and automatic teller transactions are scrambled. It spreads into the business community, first nationally, then throughout the world. A cyber terrorist has done the unthinkable: by seizing control of the Worldwide Information Network, he has the power to close airports at will, paralyze telephone communications across continents, stop the sales of weapons, and put a stranglehold on arms delivery systems on land and sea.
As the global community marshalls its forsces against this insidious threat, nations from Israel to Russia, from France to Japan, all join in uneasy alliance. And in the United States, the President issues CIA officer Peter Martin an Executive Order: to use all the means at his disposal to stop this unseen enemy--before it is too late.
But Luanne Russell, a Special Agent in the FBI's Counter Crimes division, knows that only one man can penetrate the deadly shadow world beneath the Net. The shadow man, himself: K.C. Conrad. Aka "Renegade," Conrad is the computer criminal Russell personally put behind bars. Now on the run, the super hacker-turned-fugitive-from-justice has seemingly vanished off the face of the earth. Until Russell issues him a challenge he can't possibly resist.
The pressure is relentless, the stakes as high as they come. And Russell and Conrad are caught in the middle, trapped in a game of cat-and-mouse with a megalomaniac who sows the seeds of mass destruction as he crashes the most sophisticated systems in existence. For a world hovering on the brink of catastrophe, all it will take is a single tap of the keys...
For the millions of fans of THE NET, BACK\SLASH is the electrifying cyber thriller of the 90s. With the tension booted up to a nerve-jangling pitch, it is a relentlessly exciting, chillingly plausible experience in suspense--as real and as terrifying as tomorrow's headlines.
William H. Lovejoy is the bestselling author of many novels, including RED
RAIN, CHINA DOME, WHITE NIGHT, DELTA GREEN and ALPHA KAT. He lives in
northern Colorado, where he is at work on his next novel.
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