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The Pattern [Kindle Edition]

jt kalnay
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Second Edition (additional background on wrecks in the 80s, editing, and a different ending)

Has one programming error killed hundreds of people in airplane crashes? A handful of west coast computer geeks know the answer. After reading The Pattern, you will too. Follow auto-pilot programmer Craig Walsh and his beautiful engineer girlfriend Stacey "Jack" Horner as they create, and then confront, a malicious computer virus that seems destined to destroy air travel as we know it...

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About the Author

JT Kalnay is an attorney and an author. He has been an athlete, a soldier, a professor, a programmer, an Ironman, and mountain climber. JT now divides his time between being an attorney, being an author, and helping his wife chase after seven nieces and nephews. JT was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Growing up literally steps from the Bay of Quinte, water, ice, fishing, swimming, boating, and drowning were very early influences and appear frequently in his work. Educated at the Royal Military College, the University of Ottawa, the University of Dayton, and Case Western Reserve University, JT has spent countless hours studying a wide range of subjects including math, English, computer science, and law. Many of his stories are set on college campuses. JT is a rock climber and can often be found atop crags in West Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Mexico, and Italy. Rock climbing appears frequently in his writing. JT has witnessed firsthand many traumatic events including the World Trade Center Bombing, the Long Island Railroad Shooting, a bear attack, a plane crash, and numerous fatalities, in the mountains and elsewhere.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1504 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XN5HE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an interesting techno thriller 14 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When ace programmer and intrepid rock climber Craig Walsh starts to suspect that the unusually high number of recent plane crashes may not be coincidental it sends him and his friends on a cyber hunt that could either save or kill millions. This isn't a heart pounding action adventure novel. It is more of a slow boil techno thriller, but it never quite settles into a simmer. There is a decent amount of computer jargon thrown about, even a few snippets of actual code (C++ I think). I don't know anything about coding but wasn't at all put off by its inclusion.

The characters are quite well defined. You can really imagine them hunched over a keyboard in hard wearing Northface or Prana clothing that shows evidence of real world use, carabiners and the somewhat cliche Diet Coke and Doritos close at hand. But it all only served to further crystalize the character type. I really liked the contrasts of the cloistered offices and the majestic outdoors as well as the light romantic elements.

The novel hints at being more than just a techno thriller. Though the spiritualist angle is never fully explored, I would have liked to know a little more about Craig's experiences in this regard. Similarly, there are hints that there may be more to the virus than meets the eye. It would have been an interesting avenue to explore.

Overall, The Pattern is an enjoyable read. There is a tenderness to the main character, Craig, that is really appealing and it's nice to see someone trying to do the right thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geek Romance and Mystery for the 21st Century 25 May 2012
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One of the great aspects of this book is the utter believability in the love between Stacey and Craig. They are funny together...and their kind of love is unusual in its lack of mawkish slush we get in most other romances. Yes, they say "I love you" a lot, perhaps even more often than most couples but it's as if they have made that part oftheir game of life, a ritual which glues them together irrevocably. In all other ways, they are funny, flip and very sexy together. A modern Romeo andJuliet in an ultra modern setting of geek-world. Loved it and enjoyed being intrigued by that world too, perhaps for the first time ever in my life.

But romance which JT Kalnay does so well, is not by any means the mainstay in this ultra modern mystery where innocent people are dying in plane crashes all over the place, where a computer game appears to be the cause but only to a tiny group of geeks who don't even want to believe such a thing is possible and where airlines are quick to point the blame anywhere but at themselves.

Throw into this mix the fact that one of the story's major characters is eliminated at a crucial point in the story, giving the reader a shock from which it is hard to recover, and you have got yourself a book that's hard to put down. One more bonus in this book is the short chapters which seem to help the flow tremendously.

Will you learn how to write a computer program while reading this? Almost, unless you let yourself soak up the whole comp speak thing without really trying to understand the half of it. Will this book change your life? Possibly, if you are a frequent flyer or even if you are the slightest bit nervous already about getting on a plane. Will you become a fan of JTKalnay? Absolutely, without question. I am now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea failed to fully deliver 9 Jan. 2013
By Leedee
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This Novel had a great beginning but delivery was disappointing. There was too much emphasis on the romantic interaction between the main characters which became very repetitious and boring. The marauder software had such potential and I had expected that an evil mind was behind it and was disappointed that all the plane crashes were simply caused by a stupid mistake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Pattern 7 Nov. 2012
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I enjoyed the The Pattern immensely. Being a bit of a computer nerd/geek I loved the jargon and the particularly nasty idea it gave me.
The story flowed nicely, never giving me too much idea of what was going on, or indeed whether there would ever be a satisfactory result; which made me keep reading. Just not knowing who was the person responsible was the other spur that made this book so readable. I would recommend it wholeheartedly to any reader.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Are we all talking about the same book? 21 Jun. 2012
By pepper - Published on
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I got this book because of all the positive reviews it had. I was very very disappointed.

I struggled to get to the end of the story and now I wish I hadn't wasted my time.

Yes its frightening to think that a software might be causing plane crashes but that doesn't come across in the book. There is no sense of urgency or impending doom; nothing that makes your heart skip a beat. The characters were uninteresting, I didn't care what happened to any of them. When you get round to learning about the pattern/virus and its origin, you don't get the AHA moment. You probably saw it coming a mile away.

The reaction of the characters to situations are unreal. The romance is unbelievable.

Dont waste your time on this one.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breathless thriller! 19 Dec. 2011
By Glenn Langohr - Published on
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The Pattern by J.T Kalnay is a spellbinding thriller. It starts in suspense with a possible programming error responsible for hundreds of people dying in airplane crashes, and follows programmer Craig Walsh and his hilarious and beautiful girlfriend and engineer Stacey into the roles of problem solvers against a virus bent on terrorizing air travel! A line out of "The Pattern"- The veterans knew he talked to himself all the time. On his good days, they said he was multi-tasking. On his bad days they said he was schizophrenic...If you want a book that has it all, read The Pattern by J.T. Kalnay!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, but the writing was terrible 13 July 2012
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I rarely write negative reviews because -- at the risk of sounding pollyanna -- I always try to find some positive in every book, and I can appreciate how difficult it must be for an author to write a good book. This one just missed the mark though. So many times I wanted to give up on this book, but stuck with it because the premise of the story was intriguing, and I really wanted the characters to develop and the writing to get better.

Unfortunatley, the writing was either too technical to understand, or too amateuerish to believe. I found myself wondering if this was a high school writing project. I couldn't relate to any of the characters, and there were moments in the book that should have been either suspenseful or poignant, and I felt nothing. The only suspense was whether the next chapter would bring it all together and make me glad I stuck with it. Sadly, it didn't.

Unfortunatley, the only positive I can give this book is the price -- I got it for free.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 7 Sept. 2012
By Kitana - Published on
I have to say, this was a very entertaining read.I was very pleased
with this book - it had everything! There was intrigue and love story
and non-stop action all the way to the end. It is really scare that
such seems fantastic story can easily happens in real live.Well worth
your time.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What do you do when your worst nightmare comes true? 6 Dec. 2011
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The Pattern begins with an intriguing, frightening premise. Airplanes keep crashing killing many people. What if you were to stumble upon the true cause of the plane's demise, but realize that knowing the cause brings you no closer to fixing the problem?

That is essentially the hook of this technothriller. I was impressed with author Kalnay's masterful grasp of techno-jargon. The small cast of characters features Craig and Stacey who are dating and the techies trying to unravel the software mystery. There is Stan, the boss, overseeing the project...and other colleagues. But the real conflict doesn't come from without. It comes from the software itself which is almost an antagonist in its own right. Anyone who's battled with a virus on their computer or whose email has been hacked will understand. The ghost in the machine. The novel is punctuated well by jarring, terse press releases which tell the reader of yet another plane that has fallen from the sky.

There are times when I wanted Craig to be more active in solving the tech issues, and I thought his boss could have had a stronger response to the screw-ups at work. But overall the author made me root for a solution to this airline nightmare. And he made me care about the relationship of Craig and Stacey in a way I didn't expect. (A frisbee played a part.) And there is a small moment when a cop passing in the night says something ironic and touching to Craig. He's trying to be encouraging, but fails miserably. This is a book that is a perfect reflection of the digital era we live in. Heaven help us all.

Dwight Okita
Author of The Prospect of My Arrival (2nd Edition)
which is about a human embryo that's allowed to preview the world before deciding whether to be born.
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