US intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by
bureaucracy, the president has been forced to establish his own clandestine
group—Covert-One. It’s activated only as a last resort, when the threat is on a
global scale and time is running out.
When Dresner Industries unveils the Merge, a device that is
destined to revolutionize the world and make the personal computer and
smartphone obsolete, Covert-One operative Colonel Jon Smith is assigned to
assess its military potential. He discovers that enhanced vision, real-time
battlefield displays, unbreakable security, and near-perfect marksmanship are
only the beginning of a technology that will change the face of warfare forever—and
one that must be kept out of the hands of America’s enemies at all costs.
Meanwhile, in the mountains of Afghanistan,
CIA operative Randi Russell encounters an entire village of murdered Afghans—all
equipped with enhanced Merge technology that even the Agency didn’t know
existed. As Smith and Russell delve into the circumstances surrounding the
Afghans’ deaths, they’re quickly blocked by someone who seems to have access to
the highest levels of the military—a person that even the president knows
Is the Merge really as secure as its creator claims? And what
secrets about its development is the Pentagon so desperate to hide? Smith and
Russell are determined to learn the truth, but they may pay for it with their
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The cinematic chase through changing landscapes and mounting body count gives the book its rapid pace, while insider politics, tradecraft, and technical wizardry lend an extra kick.
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