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August 6, 2016

TERRORISM AND GREED - a 21st Century Novel

WAVELENGTH
by
Angus Morrison

Wavelength captures the two dominant threads of the first decade of the 21st century - greed and terrorism. It takes us from the stoops of Brooklyn to the bike paths of Amsterdam, to Afghanistan, Moscow and Zurich, to the backrooms of Brussels and Frankfurt and finally to the hazy diwans of Yemen. Dazzled by his new boss but harboring a soft spot for the Agency, Hayden allows himself to be pulled back in for one more run - a run that reminds him that people aren't what they seem, a run that reinforces his belief that greed has no sell-by date. Several years after the dot com funeral pyre, Hayden Campbell a former CIA operative turned speechwriter finds himself working for the sixth richest man in the world, Aaron Cannondale. From this perch, Hayden watches as a Dutch student discovers a technology to send voice, video and data through Europe's municipal water system. Standing in the way are European technocrats, the Russian mafia, a Swiss banker and a new breed of terrorist intent on wreaking havoc on the West.


MY THOUGHTS

In the 21st century, things haven't changed as far as people.  People usually aren't who you think they are.  Everyone has a bit of greed in them,  others are consumed with it.
Along with that greed comes the 21st century stronghold on the world, terrorism. 
The author gives the reader rich descriptions of people and places.  You'll be in for a ride that won't let you go.  You find as you read that you can't quite figure out what is about to happen next and you MUST continue reading in order to find out.  You are in the strong grip of the printed word. 
What would we do without modern technology?   It has changed the way we do things, the way we think, the way we feel, but is that good?  You decide as you travel across country after country, a vast world and yet so small.  But modern technology can connect the vastness into a small world.
The author gives the reader a combination of the political, financial and technical world.    A different approach to what our world has become.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waldorf Publishing and the author in exchange for my unbiased review.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

About the Author

Angus Morrison is a Pulitzer-nominated, former financial journalist for Bloomberg. He was a speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of State and IBM's senior executive suite, and served as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. State Department. He lives with his wife and son in Paris. 
Angus MorrisonIn college he flipped hamburgers and fixed fences in Wyoming. After graduation, he moved to Brussels where he lived in a nun's cell in a former convent that had been converted into communal living quarters. In his free time he frequented a small Flemish pub that counted a large black Bouvier named "Zeus" as its most loyal patron. The Berlin Wall fell while Morrison was in Brussels. He hitchhiked from Brussels to Budapest in cars, motorcycles and fruit trucks. The first thing he saw upon arrival in Hungary were Cold War statues torn down as the communist star was being wrenched off the parliament by a crane.

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