A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers.
The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks. Code-named the “Children’s Game”–a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves–it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability.
But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov’s ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team–composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community–to unravel Turov’s plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos.
Children’s Game is a frighteningly realistic, timely thriller that delves into the secret corners of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, exploring the shifting world order and the murky realm of US-Russia relations.
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Max Karpov is the author of THE CHILDREN’S GAME, a geo-political thriller novel about Russian cyber warfare, fake news, and modern espionage. Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell says THE CHILDREN’S GAME “…captures perfectly the mentality of Vladimir Putin’s Russia … And on top of that, the book is near impossible to put down.” New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder calls it “… a masterful thriller that is genuinely alarming in its plausibility. A must-read for 2018.” Max Karpov is a Washington-based novelist and journalist who has written features for The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and elsewhere. For more information, visit maxkarpov.com