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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard A. Clarke Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781429585576
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Against All Enemies warned about how we were conducting the war against terror. The Scorpion’s Gate demonstrated what could happen. And now America’s preeminent counterterrorism expert and number-one best-selling author shows us all ... what might come next.

The global village: an intricately intertwined network of technology that binds together the world’s economies, governments, and communication systems. So large, so vital, and so fragile. Now a sophisticated group is seeking to “disconnect the globe” by destroying computer grids, communications satellites, Internet cable centers, and biotech firms. Hard to do? If only that were so.

The major government agencies all lumber into action, but behind the scenes, the special projects office of the Intelligence Analysis Center knows that to catch unconventional terrorists requires unconventional methods. A small team, smart, agile, and quick, immediately starts to sift through a welter of often contradictory information about right-wing militias, Russian organized crime, Jihadist terrorists, and enemy nation-states, and chases leads across the country and overseas. But the attacks begin to come more swiftly and to grow in destructiveness. Soon they will reach the breakpoint. And then there will be nothing anyone can do.

Breakpoint is filled with technology being developed right now for a future just around the corner or, in many cases, already here—a technology certain to cause enormous political, social, and economic change. Will the changes be for better or worse? And what will happen then? The answers will surprise you.

Sometimes you can tell more truths through fiction.                                          

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/19/2014

    " Richard Clarke has doe it again - created a novel of fiction with such a believable story line that it can only be called "real fiction." Much of the technology presented in this book seems beyond belief but within the reach of science. The basis of the story in that how vulnerable this technology is is scary to say the least. It will surely open your eyes to see how close we are to our technology and how a few smart hackers could bring it all down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Simpson | 2/19/2014

    " Technology and human engineering and china espionage "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miron Lulic | 2/7/2014

    " I'm not really into fiction but this cyberpunk novel was totally up my alley. It's a novel about cyber terrorism that is written by one of the world's preeminent counterterrorism expert. You can definitely see his own real world insights in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 1/30/2014

    " this was a hard read for a non-computer geek "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcello | 1/20/2014

    " Most of this book was written at a good pace and was interesting. More than that it left me thinking about all the different technologies in development that we are not aware of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/10/2014

    " Entertaining and insightful introduction to an unfamiliar area of information. Ending was less than satisfying albeit fulfilled my initial prediction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/6/2014

    " A good book for those who like the science fiction/cyber terrorism genre with a twist of murder mystery and who done it. An easy read that looks into the future of what could happen if IT were to continue to speed ahead unchecked. Think The Matrix 75+ yrs before the machines take over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emaynard | 12/21/2013

    " Fast read. Interesting plot that weaves together some not so far off technology and how it might be used against society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mick | 12/16/2013

    " Richard Clarke, the former counter terrorism chief writes about cyber-terrorism. My feeling is he does better briefings than story telling. I think it was a little far fetched. Discussing future technology development is interesting, but it may not work as predicted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 11/27/2013

    " Good book has hightech electronic computer stuff which really makes you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/22/2013

    " This book will scare the bejeezus out of you considering the cv of the writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Boone | 9/24/2013

    " Clarke should stick to what he knows, non-fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck | 4/12/2013

    " Sometime in the future, someone is trying to destroy America's cyber network. I got lost in the techno jargon and put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sketchycat8 | 12/31/2012

    " this book was awesome. Every chapter was educational and entertaining. This guy has the background to freak you out if you are in IT. While reading this book, I couldn't hardly stand the nightly news b/c something futuristic in this book came true. Freakyish, but an awesome read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally Shields | 11/3/2012

    " This techno-thriller started with a great premise and interesting characters. It was a little hard to follow at times due to the multiple POVs and the extensive use of technical language. The ending was rather predictable and stretched credibility, which dropped my rating from a four to a three. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 8/22/2012

    " A very decent book surrounding cyberterror, in the best traditions of Tom Clancy and others within the genre. It appears to be very well researched, and is very readable all the way around "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarena | 8/15/2012

    " A fun adventure, a bit scary when you think about Richard Clarke as the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, makes you ponder the reality of his imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/7/2012

    " a fairly enjoyable, quick read. kind of like Clancy, except with tech instead of military. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Wilson | 7/5/2011

    " This is not great literature, and there is no character development. However, if you have an interest in the intersection of science, technology, politics and religion you will likely enjoy it. A great adventure tale chock full of important information, and very timely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/23/2011

    " Futurist predictions combined with a good story. A stunning must read for anyone ready to direct, encourage, or oppose certain technological trends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcello | 1/24/2011

    " Most of this book was written at a good pace and was interesting. More than that it left me thinking about all the different technologies in development that we are not aware of. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 6/21/2010

    " Oh, please. Another thriller where the Luddites are nominally Christian.
    Read it because an article in the NY Times referenced it about new technologies. We will see... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emaynard | 6/10/2010

    " Fast read. Interesting plot that weaves together some not so far off technology and how it might be used against society. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck | 5/5/2010

    " Sometime in the future, someone is trying to destroy America's cyber network. I got lost in the techno jargon and put it down.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miron | 1/9/2010

    " I'm not really into fiction but this cyberpunk novel was totally up my alley. It's a novel about cyber terrorism that is written by one of the world's preeminent counterterrorism expert. You can definitely see his own real world insights in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/7/2010

    " a fairly enjoyable, quick read. kind of like Clancy, except with tech instead of military. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 8/30/2009

    " This is not great literature, and there is no character development. However, if you have an interest in the intersection of science, technology, politics and religion you will likely enjoy it. A great adventure tale chock full of important information, and very timely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/12/2009

    " I was lazy and listened to this one from Audible. Not a bad near future synopsis of what could happen with genetics and the like. A little to preoccupied with sex and swearing tho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sketchycat8 | 3/11/2009

    " this book was awesome. Every chapter was educational and entertaining. This guy has the background to freak you out if you are in IT. While reading this book, I couldn't hardly stand the nightly news b/c something futuristic in this book came true. Freakyish, but an awesome read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 12/31/2008

    " this was a hard read for a non-computer geek "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/7/2008

    " Futurist predictions combined with a good story. A stunning must read for anyone ready to direct, encourage, or oppose certain technological trends.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 11/24/2008

    " Clarke should stick to what he knows, non-fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Richard A. ClarkeRichard Clarke was appointed by President Clinton as the first National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism in May 1998 and continued in that position under George W. Bush. Until March 2003 he was a career member of the Senior Executive Service, having begun his federal service in 1973 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as an analyst on nuclear weapons and European security issues. In the Reagan administration, Mr. Clarke was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. In the first Bush administration, he was the Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs.
About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.