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No one knows one of North Korea's top spies is a student intern at the nuclear plant . . . but to his co-conspirators, whose goal is to take down America, Wang Fang is also known as "Cobra," the legendary spy from North Korea's Unit 180.
The sunflowers planted at the nuclear facility in the middle of the night are dying and pocked with grotesque tumors. They look like plants from the little shop of horrors. What is the mysterious syndrome they all suffer?
Everyone's dying of cancer, and the Department of Defense and CDC deny any correlation with radiation leaks from the nuclear plant . . . but the small community hides from the truth, although its residents suffer the same mysterious syndrome as the sunflowers . . .
“I need your skills,” the president said, "but if you succeed, you'll look over your shoulder the rest of your life."
The op President Marcos begs Zuri Slade to pursue propels the brilliant forensic investigator into the clandestine world of espionage and pits her against a legendary hacker from North Korea's Unit 180 spy factory. If she fails to take down Cobra, thousands of Americans will die, and she will lose her shot at joining the president's Clandestine Service.
The sunflowers are all dying of a mysterious syndrome . . . Tracking Cobra leads Zuri from Washington, D.C. to a Midwest backwater, where dead and deformed sunflowers blot the skyline and residents suffer a peculiar illness, the “Van Gogh Syndrome.” But an even larger threat looms.
A genius psychotic is helping Cobra . . . The nuclear plant’s psychotic scientist, Dr. Burch Crabtree, is plotting with Cobra to blow the nuclear plant, using a chip stolen from the CIA after the Korean War. Only Jesse Stephenson, a former CIA spy, knows where the chip is, but Jesse’s dying of cancer.
To win, Zuri must not only destroy Cobra, but confront her personal demons . . . The chip, which could save them all, is kept secret by a dying old CIA spy, but there is one solution. But if Zuri is to uncover it, she must overcome her personal prejudice, motivated by the terrorists who murdered her mother and left behind a daughter no one in North Korea saw as a threat—until now.
Can she stop Cobra . . . ? “Van Gogh Syndrome” is a thriller that pulls readers into the new frontier of cyber war, a war that will ignite in cyberspace but be finished in America’s back yard by terrorists whose identities no one can predict.
A thriller no one has dared write until now . . . “Van Gogh Syndrome” is the Zuri Slade Forensic Investigator series kickoff. It's an explosive look at a silent conflict brewing in America's nuclear facilities and faced by warriors like Zuri who put their lives on the line to fight on the cyber frontier. Fueled by intense high stakes, a kick-ass protagonist, villains with issues, and sophisticated plot twists, this thriller is recommended for Baldacci fans.
"I was caught in the first few pages, and hooked right to the end. There is enough action to keep the plot moving rapidly but descriptive passages are thorough. The characters are well developed, and the depictions of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and rural Clermont County are spot-on. I particularly enjoyed the author's choice of first person narrative for more than one of the key players. It made for a fun read and works well to connect the reader with the character."
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