By Drew Chapman
“Like his exciting protagonist Garrett Reilly, writer Drew Chapman possesses startling abilities and this primary novel simply blows the doorways off. The Ascendant is a rollicking, globe-hopping, well timed, and prescient page-turner—a twenty-first century mystery” (C.J. field, New York Times bestselling writer of Breaking Point and The Highway).
Hidden deep in the figures monitoring the ups and downs of the inventory industry lies a terrifying fact: the USA is less than assault. Our executive . . . our economic system . . . our very lifestyle are within the crosshairs of a ruthless enemy . . . and nobody understands. other than Garrett Reilly. He has a knack for numbers. He sees styles nobody else can. His present has made him a emerging megastar on Wall road. but if he notices that 200 billion cash’ worthy of U.S. Treasury bonds are being offered off at a terrifying price, his present makes him the main sought after guy alive.
The U.S. army wishes him for his awesome skills. they want somebody to steer a crack squad of rogue infantrymen to behave because the final defensive line in a conflict which may suggest the tip of every little thing the US holds pricey. and everybody else? they simply wish him useless.
In this explosive debut novel, starting from the places of work of Wall highway to the casinos of Vegas to the again roads of the chinese language geographical region, Drew Chapman introduces readers to a brand new form of motion hero: one uniquely expert to struggle a brand new type of warfare.
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No matter what they’re making plans. It’s coming to a head . . . and we don’t have a lot time, will we? ” “We don’t,” he stated, feeling her arms annoying up. “Bingo has the flash force? ” “I received it, boss,” Bingo stated from the darkness. “Don’t fear. ” Garrett desired to say extra, to proceed conversing, yet he was once, oddly, so satisfied mendacity on a rotten bed in a abandoned condominium, in a bombed-out local, within the fingers of a lady that he either was once drawn to and livid at, that he couldn't make himself shape the phrases. as an alternative he acknowledged, “I’m sorry. ” “For what? ” “Everything. ” With that, he closed his eyes back and drifted off to sleep. forty three BEIJING, APRIL 10, 10:44 AM international relations with the chinese language was once, to U. S. Ambassador Robert Smith Towson’s brain, ceremonial theater. a gently choreographed dramatic set piece, with a primary act, an interlude, a moment act, the occasional reversal or shock, the reintroduction of an early plot element, a denouement, after which a well wrapped-up solution. each one actor knew his or her position, what was once anticipated, and the way the drama might prove. yet no longer this time. Towson used to be a occupation China guy. He had majored in Asian experiences at Harvard, minored in Mandarin, spent 5 years in Beijing with the country division earlier than returning to civilian lifestyles to begin a Chinese-U. S. consulting corporation established in Hong Kong. He’d quite purely lived within the usa for a yr on account that he left collage, so Towson understood the rituals of the diplomatic ceremonial theater, and he used to be convinced that he knew whilst a chinese language diplomat was once stonewalling, dissembling, or just mendacity. yet this day, Xu Jin, China’s director of the Ministry of kingdom safety, used to be doing anything else solely. The ceremonial theater had long gone off the rails. definite, Xu Jin had stonewalled whilst Towson requested him if he had any wisdom of the cyber assault at the Google server farm, which intended to Towson that he knew whatever yet used to be attempting to distance himself from that wisdom. reasonable adequate, Towson suggestion. believable deniability used to be the secret. Parry, thrust. convinced, he had dissembled whilst Towson, moving in his plush chair in the midst of the nice red-velvet convention corridor deep within the inside of the Zhongnanhai compound adjoining to the Forbidden urban, stated they'd traced the virus again to chinese language hackers. Xu Jin, in flip transferring to check Towson in his chair, acknowledged China used to be an immense state and he couldn't most likely regulate each younger individual with a working laptop or computer. those youngsters, he had acknowledged, do unusual issues with their infernal pcs. back, this was once as anticipated: a tacit acknowledgment that the chinese language country defense equipment knew it was once local hackers who had performed the paintings, yet no matter if that paintings used to be condoned through the govt. was once one other query altogether. Towson figured that they had not just condoned yet really almost certainly inspired it. perhaps even paid for it. Ultranationalist chinese language hackers have been a strategic boon to the govt., specifically to the army, as they have been chuffed to spend hours—weeks and months, even—attacking perceived enemies everywhere in the globe via cyber battle, and so they had no ties to the govt. whatever.