Broken Genius (Will Parker Book 1) by Drew Murray
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 3.6 MB
In 2011, Will Parker, the young prodigy CEO of a big tech company, makes a coding mistake that costs a college student her life. To assuage his guilt, Will pursues a career in the FBI Cyber Division. Now, Special Agent Will Parker is called to investigate a murder scene at a Comic Con event in the Midwest, where the victim has ties to a radioactive quantum computer that Will was working on before he left his gig as CEO. Working with smart local homicide detective Dana Lopez and FBI stuffed-shirt Thomas Decker, Will discovers the victim was holding an auction for the computer on the Dark Web—and the bidding is still live. With bidders including a legendary Chinese hacker, Russian criminals sent by the Kremlin, and a corporate executive desperate to escape a scandal, Will once again finds a life in his hands when the victim’s daughter is taken hostage. A trail of blood and high-tech breadcrumbs leads Will deeper into mystery, danger, and a race against time to keep unlimited power out of the wrong hands.
The night I was supposed to fly to Japan, I didn’t know how little time I had left before my personal apocalypse. Had I, there’s one thing I would have changed. The one thing that wakes me in the night, my teeth clenched so tightly I think they’re going to crack. The one thing that puts blood on my hands and a death in my ledger. The one thing that won’t let me go.
I wouldn’t have made a mistake.
Yeah, I know, everyone makes them, and all that. But not me. I started my first company before I could drive. The company I really became known for, the one that became a household name, came later. Valued at over $1 billion pre-IPO, CastorNet is what the Valley calls a unicorn. They’re not as rare as they once were, but people still sit up and pay attention when they’re run by a guy in his twenties.
That wasn’t enough for me. I wanted a place in the history books. When I got to Japan, I’d close a deal that would put my name alongside Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg.
While I was supposed to be popping the cork on a bottle of Cristal on our private jet, I was instead sipping a stale, green smoothie, huddled around a computer screen in the dark with a hairy, bearded guy, trying to get the FBI off my back without blowing everything up.
“The payload’s been delivered. Coming online now,” said the hairy guy. The glow of the monitor reflected off his wild beard, giving him a spooky profile in the dim room. “What are you going to tell the guys at Fukushima Semiconductor when you don’t show up to complete the takeover?”
Jack Walton. My right hand, and oldest friend. The Woz to my Jobs. Brilliant programmer, but like the legendary Wozniak he didn’t have a head for business. Building CastorNet was all me. He was the only person I could trust with what we’d agreed to do for the FBI. If word got out, it would be a disaster.
“I’ll make it in time to close the deal. I’ll take the jet when we’re finished here. I just won’t have time to check in at the hotel, which means I’ll have to shower at the airport.”
“Noble sacrifice, considering this deal’s going to make you a billionaire,” said Jack, noting the distaste in my voice. “But first, wherever this guy is, we have to find him.”