Granite Elephants

A High-Tech Murder Mystery

Fiction - Thriller - General
328 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2021
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Author Biography

Tom Rhyne has been involved with computer technology since 1957, when he built a computer that won the science fair in his hometown of La Marque, Texas. Since then, he has earned three degrees, including a PhD in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which he completed in 1967. He then moved back to Texas to teach computer engineering at Texas A&M. He has also worked for NASA, Texas Instruments, and Motorola. He is a registered agent with the U.S. Patent Office and has served as expert witness in over a hundred patent cases involving computer technology and fraud detection.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

An entrepreneur has the Mafia, the armed forces, and world bankers in hot pursuit of him and his unprecedented AI chip in the thrilling suspense novel Granite Elephants: A High-Tech Murder Mystery by Tom Rhyne. Walter Kinlaw designed an AI device that the Army coveted. Still, he refused to turn his invention over to them. Using legal but shady methods, the Army managed to secure it. Once they seized his company's property, Walter turned to a Mafia loan officer for funding to cover his losses and design another device. Meanwhile, Walter disappears while attending a conference in Germany, and his wife knows something is very wrong. She hires Jury Garrett, a private investigator, to find him. While searching for Walter, Jury uncovers a shocking secret that Walter hid from his financial backers. Unfortunately, the disgruntled lenders are also looking for Walter, and Jury's investigation into Walter's background needles them. Can Jury find Walter before someone eliminates him? Or is he already too late?

With the intriguing settings of Belgium, Germany, and the United States, Granite Elephants: A High-Tech Murder Mystery by Tom Rhyne is a stunning thriller. International banking moguls, an organized crime syndicate, and the military are a unique combination of antagonists that reminded me a little of a James Bond film. The element of arbitrage was a fascinating aspect of the plot. The author's depiction of how it works is quite educational. Filled with twists and turns, this is one of those books you can't put down once you pick it up. With suspense, action, and bloodshed laced throughout the storyline, the book moves at a quick and captivating pace. It is the ideal book for everyone who enjoys intriguing thrillers containing murder, mystery, drama, crime, and questionable ethics.