Synopses & Reviews
Skinner founded his career in "asset protection" on fear. To touch anyone under his protection was to invite destruction. A savagely effective methodology, until Skinner's CIA handlers began to fear him as much as his enemies did and banished him to the hinterlands of the intelligence community.
Now, an ornate and evolving cyber-terrorist attack is about to end that long exile. His asset is Jae, a roboticist with a gift for seeing the underlying systems violently shaping a new era of global guerrilla warfare.
At the root of it all is a young boy, the innocent seed of a plot grown in the slums of Mumbai. Brought to flower, that plot will tip the balance of world power in a perilous new direction.
A combination of Le Carre spycraft with Stephenson techno-philosophy from the novelist hailed by the Washington Post as "the voice of twenty-first century crime fiction," Skinner is Charlie Huston's masterpiece—a new kind of thriller for a new kind of world.
Skinner was raised in a box. Deprived of external stimuli, but showered with attention, Skinner was trained to be brilliant, lightning fast, and ruthless. He attended MIT where he stood out to no one--except the CIA. Over the course of his career, Skinner became the world's most feared intelligence operative. His motto: you cannot take what I have. When the US power grid comes under attack by cyber terrorists, the government decides that the only person who can protect it is Skinner. But he needs help, from Jae, a computer programmer and robotics expert who is an expert at determining patterns. With her tracking skills and his ruthlessness, they work together, tracing the terrorists to their source. From France to Miami to Sweden to India, Skinner and Jae refuse to rest until the terrorists are brought to justice. Skinner is Charlie Huston's masterpiece: an international thriller with epic consequences.
About the Author
Charlie Huston is the author of Sleepless, the bestsellers The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death and The Shotgun Rule, the Henry Thompson trilogy, the Joe Pitt casebooks, and several titles for Marvel Comics. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.