There are two types of people: those who have been hacked and know it, and those who have been hacked and don’t know it.
Former Naval Intelligence Officer turned secret operative Jake Pendleton finds himself in a pulse-pounding race to stop a cyber-terrorist from releasing a string of the most heinous cyber-crimes the world has ever seen. Crimes that could render the world’s advanced technology useless.
Jake teams with his partner, Francesca Catanzaro, to track down their only lead, a white-hat hacker in Italy known only as The Jew. A man who might hold the key to stop a group of black-hat hackers from causing worldwide chaos—tag named Disruption.
After a search of the hacker’s flat in Rome turns up empty, Jake and Francesca follow the clues—a trail of dead bodies that leads them across Europe. Along the way, Jake discovers a possible link between recent hacks and a Malaysian airliner that mysteriously disappeared.
In the final adrenaline-charged moments before Disruption, Jake and Francesca find themselves in a high-voltage race to stop these cyber terrorists from unleashing destruction against their sworn mortal enemy.
Disruption is the eighth book by author Chuck Barrett. It is a mystery/thriller/suspense. The premise is one that has great relevance in today's world - the threat that cyber terrorists could hack into important computer systems and shut the world down. Literally. Globally we have become dependent on computers and the internet to function in almost every area of life. Can you imagine if not a single computer worked - retail, personal, government, defense, etc.?
Secret operatives Jake Pendleton and Francesca Catanzaro are both strong, intelligent and lethal. As a team, they pose a serious threats to an enemy and the private company they work for backs them with state of the art systems. Their mission is to discover the true nature of a growing terrorist threat and disarm it before implementation. This leads them an international search, racing against an ever looming deadline. The terrorist are ruthless in their pursuit of victory, right down to some very disturbing torture sessions.
Disruption also follows personal threads as we are slowly given insight into the lead characters - Jake and Francesca. They may be lethal operatives, but behind their tough veneer beats the hearts of fallible human beings. The question arises, will their personal difficulties prove too much of a distraction? Then there is the white hacker who has hidden clues in the programming that, if found in time, could disrupt the terrorists' plan. Can he survive the extreme torture sessions without giving out important codes the terrorist need to activate their cyber attack, at least long enough for those clues to be discovered?
The world's future hangs in the balance.
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In addition to writing thrillers, Barrett speaks and conducts workshops at book festivals, book clubs, reading groups, writers conferences, and writers groups. Some of his topics include Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing based on his book—Publishing Unchained: An Off-Beat Guide To Independent Publishing—as well as, Blueprint for a Successful Book Launch, Getting from ‘Idea’ to ‘Finished Manuscript,’ Mysteries & Thrillers: Fact or Fiction, and Adding the “What if” in Storytelling.
Barrett is a graduate of Auburn University and a retired air traffic controller. He also holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, and a Dive Master rating. He enjoys fly fishing, hiking, and most things outdoors. He and his wife, Debi currently reside in Colorado.
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