Zeroes: A Novel by Chuck Wendig

By Chuck Wendig

An exciting thrill-ride in the course of the underbelly of cyber espionage within the vein of David Ignatius’s The Director and the tv sequence Leverage, CSI: Cyber, and Person of Interest, which follows 5 iconoclastic hackers who're coerced into serving the U.S. government.

An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and a web troll are each one provided a decision: visit felony or aid guard the USA, placing their brains and abilities to paintings for the govt for one year.

But being a white-hat doesn’t regularly suggest you're employed for the nice men. The would-be cyberspies observe that backstage lurks a sinister NSA application, a synthetic intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution either risky and anxious. And if it’s no longer introduced down, will quickly be uncontrollable.

Can the hackers break out their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious writer? And what does the govt really need them to do? in the event that they choose to flip the tables, will their very own secrets and techniques be exposed—and their lives erased like strains of undesirable code?

Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative type of Michael Crichton with the eerie surroundings and conspiracy topics of The X-Files and the resourceful, speculative fringe of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears approximately govt surveillance and hacking in a creative fast moving novel bound to earn Chuck Wendig the frequent acclaim he merits.

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By Chuck Wendig

An exciting thrill-ride in the course of the underbelly of cyber espionage within the vein of David Ignatius’s The Director and the tv sequence Leverage, CSI: Cyber, and Person of Interest, which follows 5 iconoclastic hackers who're coerced into serving the U.S. government.

An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and a web troll are each one provided a decision: visit felony or aid guard the USA, placing their brains and abilities to paintings for the govt for one year.

But being a white-hat doesn’t regularly suggest you're employed for the nice men. The would-be cyberspies observe that backstage lurks a sinister NSA application, a synthetic intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution either risky and anxious. And if it’s no longer introduced down, will quickly be uncontrollable.

Can the hackers break out their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious writer? And what does the govt really need them to do? in the event that they choose to flip the tables, will their very own secrets and techniques be exposed—and their lives erased like strains of undesirable code?

Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative type of Michael Crichton with the eerie surroundings and conspiracy topics of The X-Files and the resourceful, speculative fringe of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears approximately govt surveillance and hacking in a creative fast moving novel bound to earn Chuck Wendig the frequent acclaim he merits.

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De Sade turned. One of the smart suits stood there, the guy. “And you’d want to know because, why? ” The man smiled and produced his badge. “FBI Special Agent Davies, New York Field Office. ” De Sade knew he was on shaky ground if it came to a jurisdictional fight, serial killings often became the province of the FBI. Davies understood the situation too. ” That was encouraging, de Sade thought. So what did they really want? The second victim, Emily Johannsen had pointed them in the direction of a Russian connection.

Agent Ward mentioned it earlier. You’re suggesting that he signs his own signature to the murders, that’s quite a jump. Kind of like holding up his hand and saying ‘look, everybody, this is my handiwork’. It’s too pat, too easy. ” “Wait until you meet him, he’s an arrogant son of a bitch. He thinks he’s cleverer than all of us, he can do whatever he wants. Look at Dennis Rader, another arrogant SOB, he was undone by his arrogance. ” De Sade remembered the case. Rader couldn’t stand someone else taking his credit.

It also worked away some of the tension of the day. De Sade finished off with a hard twenty minutes on the treadmill and rinsed off the last of the day’s woes in an ice-cold shower. Then he settled in his armchair with a book and another Schneider Kristall beer. It was a book about chess, or rather about a chess player. It was time to beat Samuel Aaronssen at his own game, maybe Fischer had some tips for him. The book was entitled ‘Endgame, Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall’. Supposedly it unlocked the mind of the chess wizard, what made the eccentric genius tick and more importantly, what his winning secrets were.

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