The world of cybercrimes is nothing new to Special Agent Lisa Tanchik. Cyber threats, using the Dark Web and taking down a black-market worth million. But when someone is found dead when an email attachment causes a fatal seizure at US Cyber Command.
Lisa is called in to be a part of a special team to find out who’s behind the murder when the world goes dark around her and other parts of the world. As she is taken by helicopter to a special location, she finds herself entrenched in a cyber world that wants her to find the mysterious hacker that she’s been tracking. As the team met and the General in charge spoke someone else on the team is the next target. Who was able to hack a pacemaker and cause this man’s death ? This is only the start of the catastrophic events that would follow.
Lisa and her new partner including the new head of her unit focus on what might have caused the blackouts and the malware in pacemakers I g three people. But the woman calling herself NatalyaX is deadly, dangerous and is coming after Lisa but first she needs to eliminate her boyfriend.
Things take many different directions as Lisa and her partner Orlov are sent to find this killer who has attacked the infrastructure of our communications networks in just about every city and state . Freezing temps increased the death rate and both Lisa and Orlov have no choice but to follow clues, instincts and then find her hideout but what then see is a deadly plot to take them both out as a package that the landlord should not have handled ends his life in a painful way as NatalyaX watches from a distance thinking she’s got them both in her line of vision but in the end things spiral out of control and she gets away.
Her Emma Glass her boss greets them but something about the conversation is odd and another person is present who seems hesitant about having her partner attend a special meeting. The author gives us the back story about how this killer came to be who she is and the one test as a child that changed the course of her life. With her parent’s blessings she became this hardened person sent off to fend for herself at a young age as they left America to return to Russia.
His team is versatile and has the capability of getting the information needed in order to set things in motion. But his boss LeRoyer tries to undercut him every step of the way as and inflicts some extra help for him in the most negatives way by adding CID detective Bernard Robbins who is inept and usually missing in action. Crime scene tech Pelligrosso as well as LeRoyer the commander of the police department begins the questions and meet the security guard named Hopkins in an abandoned lumber yard. Questions asked if him yielded answers but in-depth investigating alerts them that he’s hiding something. Detective Melissa Stevens is Byron’s partner and is along with Byron to question Hopkins employed by Secure Incorporated. Dr. Ellis the Medical Examiner is unique in appearance, but the cause of death is not determined by what the remains show. Hopkins had the key to unlock the Maple Street Gate to get the remains into the funeral home transport so why didn’t they work? Calling Dustin Tran, the department’s computer lab tech, requesting he check for active missing persons between 20-30.
Things escalate and the attacks become more widespread as Lisa and Orlov are helicoptered to various locations and allowed to attend meetings that Cybercom allows them to attend. Lisa and new deputy director Emma Glass bump heads but first Emma is overtaken as her car becomes a pawn in her own accident as her navigation system was taken over and owned. The accident left her injured but not unaware that the Russians were behind it. If the Russians followed the red dots, they would have access to everyone’s addresses and more. Phones had to be left at work and burners used on the outside.
NatalyaX is on the loose as she plants 6 flash drives near a water purification plant and if plugged into a computer the result would be tragic. Targeted are major metropolitan areas and imagine knocking out legacy systems across the entire . One worker that would pick up one flash drive and plug it in a computer inside the facility and what would be scene would be shocking and deadly.
This was not even close to the damage she would cause and as Orlov confesses something from his past in the Ukraine to Lisa little do they know that someone would change it all for them both.
Lives are at stake and a couple that agrees to take NatalyaX for the night or more will understand the meaning of deception and deceit as she takes lives so easily. Then Lisa enters the dark web and hopes to find out more as the texts are chilling and the conversations enlightening. As Lisa comes to terms with another loss her major flaw is herself as she buries her mind in depression meds and drinking. The Black Dog it her name for depression comforts her in an odd way . The dark web is prevalent, and Lisa realizes that there’s a mole in Cyber Com and enlists the aid of someone to create a malware program hoping to flush out the mole and stop what the Russians have planned. Messages of threats and a final one from Orlov but will Lisa stop drinking and find a way to take down the hackers and focus on her goals? Author Reece Hirsch takes us deep inside the works of the Dark Web, cyber war and characters that are flawed, diverse and at times in opposition to each other even though they have a common goal.
Black Energy malware and Lisa noticed that she now has a fix on the attacker’s geolocation coordinates somewhere in Moscow but exactly where?
Would this be a GRU location and is this a breakthrough?
When Lisa realizes who the mole is will the President hear her out and what will happen if she confronts the person? If the water purification plants are attacked how will that impact the water supply in the areas attacked?
The final scenes are filled with car chases, tension and one FBI agent versus in dangerous Russian hacker and killer hoping to both enact their own plans but which one will win? Malware is dangerous and will the water purification plants be targeted and will NatalyaX succeed? Will Lisa stop her?
Confrontations can be deadly as Lisa faces off with NatalyaX and the outcome is startling and unexpected. Who will win the final tug of war? What will the fate of both Lisa and Natalyax be? An ending that will leave readers wondering what next for Lisa and what about NatalyaX. Lives are at stake. Countries are at war, but which one will win the finals battles, or will both face another Dark Tomorrow?
Characters that are diversified, hard core and intelligent in different ways and cunning as Lisa and NatalyaX face off but there’s more to come.
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