is a fast-paced and exciting speculative thriller. -- Victoria Strauss, author of The Burning Land
Exciting, violent, thoughtful, and unfortunately true to life...a powerhouse of computer adventure. -- Piers Anthony, author of the classic XANTH series
For computer geeks and Tom Clancy readers alike, PeaceMaker
is hard to put down. This is truly chilling material. -- Joe Massucci, author of CODE:ALPHA
Mr. Ronco's realistic dialog gives flavor and edge to his characters. The climax is taut and powerful. -- Jeanette Cottrell, reviewer, eBook Reviews Weekly, author of Sliding on Rainbows
From the Author
The following message from Ray Brown is pure fiction and, hopefully, you'll find it entertaining. Ray and Dianne Morgan are the lead characters from PeaceMaker, my new thriller. --- Dan Ronco
January 15, 2012
While working on the next release of the Atlas operating system, I discovered PeaceMaker, a lethal computer virus, and I have decided to do everything in my power to defeat it and expose the people who developed it. Im scared, and I thought about walking away from it. I cant do that. Since you received this message, I must have failed.
Im getting ahead of myself. Heres the story. Humiliated by the federal government in an anti-trust trial that tore apart her software company, CEO Dianne Morgan has become 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, the clandestine organization she leads. She recruited some of the best computer scientists in the world into the Domain and these people developed PeaceMaker.
Before we go any further, I have to admit Dianne and I were lovers several years ago, and she left me because I could not control my drinking problem. I have been clean for six years and I attend AA meetings most weeks, so I have it pretty much under control.
Im working on a method of destroying the virus, but its going to take some time. Dianne has already murdered one of my friends because he discovered PeaceMaker, and now she has agents watching everything I do. In case she gets to me before I can attack PeaceMaker, I created this time-delayed message to alert you to the danger. Unless I reschedule this message every other day, it will be sent as a warning to you. Since you are reading this, I must have been captured or killed. In addition to my associate Dan Ronco and me, Dianne knows that you are also aware of PeaceMaker. So it's up to you and Dan.
One last thing there is a mysterious third force that has discovered PeaceMaker and plans to attack the Domain. I dont know who they are, but Dianne has made a lot of enemies over the years.
The one person you can trust is Dan Ronco. He knows the entire story and can provide as much information as you need, but make sure your communications line isn't bugged.
And watch out for Dianne.
Chief Software Architect
Atlas Operating System