What would happen if a nation-state really did launch a serious cyberattack against the United States, perhaps as part of something larger?
Jerry Barkley is a Minnesota IT contractor just trying to earn a living for his family, and he’s about to find out. He’s no superhero. He never worked for the government. He knows nothing about International espionage. And, so nobody believes his warnings when he uncovers the largest cyberattack in history. Somebody is gathering data to plan a series of bombings and a biological attack and trying to pin blame on a terrorist group. And the FBI thinks Jerry is part of it.
Hundreds are already dead. Thousands more could die, first from Ebola and then potentially from war with the wrong enemy. If he doesn’t act, who will? Up against willful ignorance, a hostile law-enforcement bureaucracy, and armed with nothing but IT skills and quick wits, Jerry must leave his keyboard comfort zone and go face-to-face with elite foreign agents and shut this attack down.
Real superheroes are ordinary people who step up when called. Even when they don’t want to.
“Just one more question. Would you do it again?”
Jerry took a deep breath. The counselor, paid for by a grateful Uncle Sam, had said to expect PTSD reactions. Another tear formed in his eye. He wiped it with a sleeve. I’m an IT guy, not a war veteran. He lifted his head and looked out at the audience. “I hope I never have to do it again.”