Charlie Huston Skinner

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Skinner

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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 oneexcept the CIA. Over the course of his career, Skinner became the worlds 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 Hustons masterpiece: an international thriller with epic consequences.

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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.

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*Starred Review* This tour de force features two of the most interesting characters we’ve seen in years. Skinner, a savant-like killer who struggles to interpret emotions and to speak with normal affect, spent his formative years as part of a bizarre experiment—an origin story that unfolds piece by broken piece, each one with fascinating complications. His job is to protect Jae, a damaged, emotionally fragile robotics expert and data analyst with an amazing capacity to sift meaning from massive streams of information. She’s supposed to find the source of an attack on the U.S. power grid. But the motives of the people who’ve hired them are maddeningly elusive, and, as the job leads them through Europe toward an unlikely plot in a Mumbai slum, they have to wonder whether they’re pawns in one of the most circuitous bait-and-switches of all time. Huston’s world, where powerful private security firms battle each other for access to the “new markets” created by global chaos, is cynical, chilling, and eminently believable. The plot itself may be a bit of a stretch, but this is mind-bendingly original, from the characters, to the dialogue, to the sensory-overloaded world that feels eerily like the one we’re about to live in. Add Huston (Sleepless, 2010) to the A-list. --Keir Graff

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