We all know how vulnerable we are, as individuals and as a nation, as a result of our dependence on the internet. G0d_of_Internet is the title of the novel and the chosen epithet of the cyber terrorist who releases a worm that will impact millions of people. The Islamic Crusade claims responsibility, and the good guys are scrambling to prevent future attacks.
White hat hackers and Homeland Security scramble to unravel the code and create a defense against the worm that has been unleashed into thousands of computers and continues to proliferate, contaminating computers worldwide.
The first evidence appears in the water supplies of cities like Los Angeles and Dallas. Then come the problems with power and light. The first attacks are instigated, then corrected, because the attacks are threats intended to prove what the worm is capable of doing to the nation's infrastructure. And worse is yet to come if the demands are not met.
The name of the terrorist who wrote the code is not given immediately, but it is not difficult to figure out--the author is not really trying hide the perpetrator from the reader.
In addition to the cyber attacks, the family life of Juliana and her husband Mahaz is deteriorating. Juliana suspects her husband's infidelity, a problem she must set aside as she deals with her seventeen-year-old son's too frequent life-threatening complications from hydrocephalus.
G0d_of_Internet does a good job of keeping the reader riveted to a fast-moving plot that echoes the fears of those who are doing their best to prevent this kind of attack from happening. The romance feels false, but the tension of the novel is genuine and thought-provoking.
Suspense. Aug. 16, 2016. Print length: 245 pages.