The Kurchatov Penetration
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Israeli Mossad assassinations of Iranian nuclear experts, debilitating international sanctions, computer viruses tailored to disrupt uranium enrichment facilities, and threats of tactical strikes and all-out war by the U.S. and Israel escalate and push extremist rulers within the Islamic Republic of Iran to the point of frenzied desperation and insane impatience in their quest to construct the ultimate weapon of horror: a nuclear bomb.
Despite the risks of feeding Iran's ravenous appetite for plutonium, Nikolai Volkov of the Russian “mafiya” devises a plan to reap obscene profits by hijacking a cache of weapons-grade material for sale in the Middle East. The mafiya is thwarted in its efforts until it tricks a brilliant but naive teenage hacker, Kent Dalton, into picking the digital locks securing stockpiles of fissile materials.
In a cascade of intrigue, the fate of the world suddenly hangs in the balance as the mafiya, the hacker, and the governments of Russia, America and Iran scratch and claw for control of the most dangerous and powerful element on Earth.
Fast-paced thriller, nonstop action, ripped-from-the-headlines subject
Nonstop action permeates The Kurchatov Penetration. It's a fast-paced thriller with ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter: Iran's insatiable appetite for nuclear capability, loose security for Russia's nuclear stockpile put at risk by a crime-infested culture, and computer hacking that jeopardizes the security of the whole world. The young hacker protagonist, although significantly different from Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, shares her traits of brilliance and social awkwardness. The level of suspense is comparable to that in The Hunger Games trilogy. I highly recommend the book! Don't just take my word for it--Midwest Book Review described it as "a hard to put down read for those who enjoy international thrillers."