Chinese earthquakes, Special Forces ops, big-league physics, skullduggery in the halls of power %u2013 here%u2019s one powerhouse debut. Troy writes stealth fiction, smart, swift, and subversive. Start it at nighttime? You%u2019ll be up %u2018til dawn.
Paul Evans, co-author of The Rolling Stone Album Guide
Seeking to reestablish herself after a professional debacle, Katherine Murkowitz joins a small, eccentric electronics firm. The firm%u2019s sale to a Chinese company begins a whirlwind of layered deceptions, international intrigue, and subtle romance, as the potentially world-saving discovery of Keith Sutter, the firm%u2019s founder, becomes the focus of two great nations. Preparing to stun the world with their coming independence from fossil fuels and subsequent economic dominance, the Chinese secretly produce Sutter%u2019s solar-electric cells in an underground facility nested in the Qinling Mountains. Their excess purchases of petroleum as a buffer against an international reaction drive up world energy prices, capturing the attention of young Jim Newberry at the CIA. The American response, a Special Forces operation to deny the Chinese this technology, ensnares unwitting people and other nations to earth shaking effect.
In the modern world of conflict between large nations largely being carried out via industry, the premise of this book is a plausible one. Two American scientists working in a university laboratory discover a way to make solar cells that are extremely efficient. They could be used to provide the energy for almost any device operating in an environment where there is a lot of sunlight; they could easily power automobiles and electrify homes. The scientists believe that if they announce their discovery … more