Monday, April 18, 2016

April Promo for DS Kane's bestselling technothriller, DeathByte, Book 2 of the Spies Lie series

So, let's say you read Bloodridge, Book 1 and haven't yet read the second book in my series, DeathByte. Well then, your chance to get DeathByte for just $0.99, a price reduction of 75% will come on April 19th through April 21. It's my Kindle Countdown promo.

All the books in the Spies Lie series have been Amazon Bestsellers. DeathByte was inspired by a speech from Leon Panetta on nanotechnology. Panetta worries that nanotech could disrupt or destroy the United States and states quite clearly just how dangerous it is.

I wondered, "What's the worst that could happen? Who would develop such a weapon?" And, it became the reason and the basis for DeathByte. Legendary cypherpunk Steven Schear helped with some of the details:

What is DeathByte about?
When the plans to a new device that could change the course of world politics forever is stolen, every country goes looking. It’s going to be a free-for-all.

When someone breaks into William Wing's Hong Kong apartment and steals the hard drives from his computer, it sets several intelligence services searching for the plans to a new device that could change the course of world politics forever.

Wing's worst fears, that he might become hunted for what they think he knows, is the least of the issues at hand for his friend, Jon Sommers. Sommers will have to leave his deep cover assignment to help his friend, and he'll need a team. The Mossad wants what Wing lost, and so do the Americans, the Chinese and the Brits. It's going to be a fight to see who finds the plans first...
Kirkus Reviews Loved DeathByte:
"In the second installment of the Spies Lie thriller series, a covert agent reunites with his allies as intelligence agencies battle over a revolutionary tracking device.
Master hacker William Wing discovers that someone has broken into his Hong Kong apartment and stolen all the secrets on his computer—secrets that belong to clients such as Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency. Afraid that he’ll be killed as a result of the breach, he reaches out to his friend Jon Sommers, a former Mossad assassin who’s now working undercover in a German bank (and having a hot-and-heavy romance with fellow spy Ruth Cohen). The thief is revealed to be Cassandra Sashakovich, an agent with an unnamed American intelligence agency who had been ratted out by a mole, raped by a terrorist and is now running for her life. The data she made off with includes plans for a tiny tracking gadget that allows one to see through the eyes of the person who swallows it; naturally, many people would kill to get their hands on it. Sommers brings together his few trusted allies, including hardened soldier Avram Shimmel, to help Wing and prevent the plans from falling into the wrong hands—but whose hands are the wrong ones? Kane (Bloodridge, 2014) purports to be a former spy himself, and his extensive knowledge of the ways that the world’s governments wage covert war on one another shines through in his incredibly detailed prose. At times, however, these details grow overwhelming and make it hard to keep track of who’s spying on whom and why. However, readers who adore action-packed thrillers in the vein of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series will enjoy its many double-crossings. However, some readers should be warned: There are graphic scenes of torture excruciating enough to possibly make one’s stomach turn. Indeed, so many upsetting things happen to the main characters that it may be easy for readers to grow despondent about the state of the world by the time the story reaches its firestorm of a conclusion.

A dizzying spy story for readers with clear minds and steely constitutions."

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