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Software expert Ray Brown is plunged into a life-or-death contest with PeaceMaker, a deadly artificial intelligence that has infected most of the world's computing devices. His determination to eliminate PeaceMaker leads him into a dangerous conflict with the Domain, a clandestine organization dedicated to a new world order.Humiliated by the federal government in an anti-trust trial that has torn apart her software company, CEO Dianne Morgan is obsessed with a plan to unleash PeaceMaker and shut down computer systems across the world. She is determined to crush the global economy unless the nations of the world agree to share power with the Domain. Although Dianne and Ray have never resolved a long simmering passion, she must hunt him down before he terminates PeaceMaker. As the Domain hunts Ray, Dianne learns of a mysterious third force that has discovered PeaceMaker and plans to attack the Domain. Dianne, Ray and this third force struggle for control, but PeaceMaker has its own plans.
A breathtaking thriller
Marie Jones, Reviewer, Bookideas.com
Author and obvious computer techie Dan Ronco delivers a breathtaking thriller of a story about a deadly computer virus called PeaceMaker, the decidedly evil organization behind it, and the one man who can stop it from literally crippling society as we know it.
Using tons of tech talk and great dialog peppered with realistic lingo straight from the world of software development, viruses, and artificial intelligence, Ronco introduces us first to a powerful and disturbingly enigmatic woman named Dianne Morgan, a software company CEO out for the deepest kind of revenge after being humiliated in a courtroom during an anti-trust trial. Diane is seductive, magnetic, intelligent, and utterly capable of doing anything to further her cause. This time her cause is unleashing PeaceMaker, a virus that could bring the global economy to its knees and give her own group, the Domain, the total control she desires.
Enter Ray Brown, a software expert with a few demons of his own, namely his alcoholism which has already destroyed his marriage and alienated him from his two young sons, whom he longs to be a good father to. Ray and Dianne shared a passionate relationship in the past, which now threatens to reignite as he is drawn back into her mysterious world, and when he discovers the existence of PeaceMaker, and Dianne's true motives behind it, his world becomes filled with danger and intrigue.
As Dianne and Ray struggle over control of the PeaceMaker virus, a new enemy surfaces, and soon the race to stop the deadly virus becomes even more deliberate and desperate, especially when Dianne allows the world to get a taste of what the virus can do. This book is filled with page-turning action, romance, sexuality, techno-thrills and most of all, the foreboding sense of terror that comes with too much progress. Have we gone too far with our artificial intelligence? Has our dependence upon computers made us vulnerable to the worst imaginable kinds of terrorism? This story is a fictional, but all too plausible, reminder of what can happen when our entire lives are run by machines that can be corrupted and influenced.
In the hands of those who want total global control, the effects of this virus are devastating, as we find out in the latter third of this exciting story. And in Diane's hands, Ray learns it is all about betrayal of the most horrifying kind as he realizes once and for all just what kind of a woman he is dealing with, and inexplicably drawn to. A real "all-nighter" read, filled with twists and turns, this book reminded me of another great computer virus novel, "Doomsday Virus," by Barry Silverstein. PeaceMaker has all the makings of a great franchise series, with good-hearted Ray Brown breaking open cases of corruption and techno-terrorism as he battles the bottle and tries to make good with his estranged family. I can also see this as a great movie with plenty of action and great lead roles, so producers, snap this one up soon!
Kudos to Dan Ronco for taking the world of computers and mixing it with plenty of action and thrills. The book is currently available at the publisher's website. You will never look at your computer the same again!
Kept me guessing right to the very end
Darren Lewis, Reviewer, The Book Forum
PeaceMaker is the debut novel from Dan Ronco, and what a debut! You’ll never look at computers and technology with quite the same confidence. If you enjoy techno-thrillers, you’re going to enjoy PeaceMaker.
The year is 2012, and most of the Western World is controlled by computer technology. Mobile phones, desktop computers, power stations, alarm systems, traffic systems - they’re all controlled by computers. One major operating system dominates the market, but all this is about to change. The US government forces the corporate giant to dissolve into several smaller companies in an attempt to encourage competition and release the monopoly share. But the company’s CEO, Dianne Morgan has other ideas…
PeaceMaker is born.
Alcoholic computer guru Ray Brown is the one man who knows Dianne’s plans and must fight his own demons to destroy hers…
Written in a very clear style, the plot flows at a fast and exciting pace. Power, greed, money, sex and violence - it’s all there. The characters are strong and they develop well as the book progresses. Ray Brown is not your typical hero, but then Dianne Morgan is not your typical villain. With more twists and turns than a rollercoaster PeaceMaker
kept me guessing right to the very end.
You'll never see your computer in quite the same way again.
Jeanette Cottrell, Reviewer, eBook Reviews Weekly, Author of Sliding on Rainbows
Raymond Brown is the genius behind the Atlas Operating System, which transforms a computer into a sweet-voiced, intelligent friend. Dianne Morgan is the autocratic, power-hungry CEO of VantagePoint Software which owns Atlas. While Ray gives his fierce concentration to perfecting artificial intelligence, Dianne turns hers to forcing Atlas into the premier operating system of the entire world.
When an experimental robot goes mad, Ray discovers a peculiar virus deeply embedded in its software. The PeaceMaker has been proliferating throughout the Internet for years. With deep unease, Ray explores the virus, and discovers that it holds the power to shut down vital computers worldwide. Power grids will fail; traffic controllers will cease to operate; nuclear reactors will melt down, wreaking havoc with radioactive waste. Who developed the virus? Terrorists? Vengeful competitors? Or perhaps Dianne, his sometime lover, now slipping over the edge into megalomania?
Ray is a complex, driven man whose passion for work matches a passion for alcohol. His anguish over his failures with wife and sons is compelling. Dianne is more enigmatic but fascinating. Mr. Ronco's realistic dialog gives flavor and edge to his characters. The climax is taut and powerful.
PeaceMaker is reminiscent of an Alan Dean Foster technological thriller. I particularly liked the fact that Mr. Ronco's characters break the usual molds of misunderstood-heroine and hero-who- saves-the-day. Right to the very end, I never knew who would live or die, or just how far the catastrophe would extend.
Read PeaceMaker and you'll never see your computer in quite the same way again. I kept watching my laptop for smoke while I wrote this review... Mr. Ronco has a flair. I'm sure we'll see his work for years to come.
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