Broken Genius

Mysterious Book Report No. 465

By John Dwaine McKenna

Broken Genius, (Oceanview, $26.95, 336 pages, ISBN 978-1-60809-388-5) by Drew Murray features a protagonist named Will Parker.  He’s a genius.  A man who became fabulously rich in his 20s as the CEO of a world-class tech company, and walked away to become a special agent for the FBI’s cyber division.  The reason? Parker suffers from guilt for a coding error he made that lead to the murder of a kidnapped college woman.  Adding to the horror was the fact that Will watched it happen in real time.

His first FBI case takes him to a Comic Convention in Indiana, where a man named Roger Caplan was murdered in his hotel room.  Investigators have found traces of radioactivity that match “the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident” in Caplan’s hotel room.  Caplan, a Comic Con vendor, had been holding an auction on the Dark Web for a portable quantum computer known as the Fukushima Unicorn . . . which has the potential to change the world for good or evil, depending on who controls it.  Pretty soon, Will and his FBI and law enforcement associates are battling for possession of the device with a legendary Chinese hacker, Russian criminals sent by the Kremlin, and a corporate executive trying to escape a scandal.  But once again, Parker is forced into responsibility for another young woman’s life when Caplan’s daughter is taken hostage by unknown adversaries.  It becomes a trail of blood, mayhem, and high-tech breadcrumbs that lead will ever deeper into a race against time to keep unlimited power out of the hands of those who could control the world.  This high-octane, high-tech thriller will keep your favorite techno-enthusiast eagerly stuck to the page until awaiting the stunning conclusion . . . when they’ll be awaiting Parker’s next case!

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