Del Rey, Apr 2004, 13.95
The modern arms race goes way beyond the obvious weapons of mass destruction. The contest between countries involves economic skirmishes and technology wars. The current battle focuses on which nation's research computer scientists will create the quantum computer and code breaker. The prime contestants are China and The United States, but the Americans have the edge because the world's leading expert on computer code breaking Dr. Jaron L. Kwok works for the latter's National Security Agency.
Kwok is stunned that his wife Cherise is divorcing him most likely because he has failed to live up to what others expect from him including her as she detested his obsessive “infojunkie tendencies”. However, while he was mulling over his personal life in Hong Kong, something happens and he vanishes. The NSA believe he was assassinated, but they and the Chinese send agents not only to learn who murdered him, but more important to find what he discovered. For if the rumors prove true that he has completed the quantum computer and whoever possesses it has the edge in international relationships.
From Hong Kong to China to the United States to virtual reality hyperspace, this tale cleverly combines science fiction elements within an action-packed thriller. The terrific story line travels globally, but still moves faster than a computer can calculate a simple sum. As Mr. Hendrix uses quantum physics to logically support his plot, the author also provides interesting theories about cause and effect leading to horrific events that leaders would prefer to ignore (culpability is the other guy). As usual Mr. Hendrix provides a deep scientifically based thriller that will stir the cerebral in readers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner