Secret Combinations by Gordon Cope

Secret Combinations

byGordon Cope

Kobo ebook | September 15, 2011

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FBI Agent Jack Kenyon is an expert at cyber warfare, in which hackers and secret government agencies leverage weak spots in the Internet to cause carnage to their enemies. Assigned to uncover an industrial spy ring trying to steal Cyberworm, a US secret code, Jack is sure the murder of a double agent is linked to his investigation. But the sudden passing of his aunt Lydia in London complicates his plans. As the named executor of her estate, Jack flies to England, only to discover evidence that Lydia’s death may have been connected to a terrorist plot to unleash a devastating computer virus.

As his professional life collides with his personal, Jack can’t help but wonder about the odds of such a coincidence. Jack must solve Lydia’s murder and catch the conspirators intent on wreaking international havoc—before the truth about his family catches up with him.

Title:Secret CombinationsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:192697154X

ISBN - 13:9781926971544

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Man for All Seasons FBI Agent Jack Kenyon is a technological man with Renaissance ideals. In pursuit of enemy activists trying to steal a valuable US secret code which could destabilize the cyberworld, he’s badly wounded in the efforts, only to find that his assailant escaped. Then a family tragedy intrudes. His Aunt Lydia, actually an older sister in his adoptive family in the western US, dies in London and he is made executor. Scarcely does he arrive reluctantly than he is plunged into a wave of intrigue surrounding art fraud. Jack is nobody’s fool. More than one coincidence leads him to think that the cyberthreat is related. First, it becomes undeniable that his aunt was murdered in a crash made to look like an accident. Second, he thinks he glimpses on a London street the man at the centre of the code theft attempt. To complicate matters, there was a reason that his aunt carried a secret with her to her grave. When Jack discovers the truth, his world goes seismic. Just when he thinks that he’s made a valuable friend in an attractive lawyer helping him with probate, it turns out that she has something to cover up as well. Is he following a trail or being led into an assassination? Secret Combinations is a love letter to a city which inspired Johnson to say, “When one is tired of London, one is tired of life.” It’s fun to walk the streets with Kenyon as he delves into the sordid underbelly of the Big Smoke and dines that night at the Ritz: “Herringbone Gardens was a quiet side street just off Cromwell Road…. Lydia’s place was situated in a long row of Georgian townhouses. Each whitewashed, three story townhouse was fronted by black, wrought iron fencing and a twin set of pillars. Across the street, large Sycamore trees loomed over a well-manicured park.” But treachery lurks beneath the attractive exterior. Art aficionados will smile at the clever ruses and amusingly different motives of the world of high-traders in this multi-million dollar trade. Author Cope pulls out all the stops to whip this thriller at a Kentucky Derby pace. Until the last page, it’s a mystery who will pass the finish line first. Jack or his crafty nemesis. Here’s hoping that Kenyon has many more adventures in this risky but exciting world. He has the Bondian chops to handle any challenge.
Date published: 2011-08-23