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Back Slash

William H. Lovejoy

ISBN 1575660814
Publish Date 9/1/1996
Format Hardcover
Categories Kensington, High Tech
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What happens when the money stops flowing...the missiles will not fire...the Net comes crashing down?


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 marshals its forces 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.

About William H. Lovejoy:

William H. Lovejoy is the author of twenty thriller, suspense, and mystery novels with publications in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Hebrew.

As a "master storyteller" according to Clive Cussler, Lovejoy has a penchant for taking a current event and projecting it into the near future, with a twist-a new super airport for Hong Kong, a takeover of Antarctica, superegos battling on the Internet. His stories are richly detailed with the culture of place as well as the high technology that may threaten it. And since events never take place in a vacuum, Lovejoy's novels are flavored with the multiple layers of the governments and bureaucracies that influence decisions and affect individual actions. Nelson DeMille reviewed China Dome as "A nice blend of high-tech, corporate espionage, subterfuge, and sabotage. A very rewarding read; tightly plotted, well-written, and thoroughly engaging."

An army brat born at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Lovejoy grew up in Nebraska, Montana, and Colorado. He worked his way through degrees at Colorado State University as an interior designer and graduate teaching assistant. He is a Vietnam veteran and has served as a college assistant professor of English, a state college president, a college system chief fiscal officer, and a management consultant. He resides in Arizona, where he is vice president for administration at Mohave Community College.

A frequent commentator for writing workshops, he has taught writing as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Northern Colorado, and as a faculty member of the Pikes Peak Writers' Conference. Lovejoy is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and has written non-fiction articles for The Writer and Writer's Digest.

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