Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
294 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2013
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Author Biography

Ian J Miller was born in 1942 at Hokitika (New Zealand) and received degrees (BSc Hons1, PhD) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He became Head of Applied Chemistry at Chemistry Division, DSIR (NZ) before leaving to set up his own chemical research company. His involvement in ventures to make pyromellitates (for heat resistant plastics) and seaweeds led to his becoming a Director of two ICI joint venture companies, together with considerable experience in negotiating with high level politicians, civil servants and financiers, while his chemical research has led to a theory of planetary formation and the origin of life. All of this gives unusual background experience for his novels, which has been supplemented through his experience when, on August 23, 1968, he drove from Krakow, via Auschwitz, to Cieszyn, thence to Ostrava. The politics of power, sharpened by the need to dodge tanks and machine gun bullets has given a little aid to the writing of thrillers, enhanced by his experience of smuggling a petition out of the Iron Curtain.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

In the not too distant future the world is plagued with resources shortage, terrorism, climate change and debt which are crippling world economies. Crime and corruption are the new norm. Things get steadily worse when someone starts giving terrorists technology to bring down stealth bombers and turn drones and cruise missiles against their users. Army General Ramirez, in a desperate attempt to save his career, devises a plan to locate the source of this technology leak by ordering Lt Colonel John Maxwell to pretend to be a rogue soldier named John Carpenter in the hope of getting inside the terrorist organization. Maxwell begins to suspect that something much worse is going on as some unknown person seems to have the ability of manipulating both government forces and terrorists. Additionally, how do two young scientists carrying out a search for undersea mineral deposits on Kerguelen have to play in all of this? And, just what are the plans for the stolen submersibles? Along the way, Maxwell must protect a young woman who is assigned to his team. He must also avoid being killed by terrorists, as well as deal with a corrupt superior officer while attempting to uncover this unknown person. A tall order for sure.

"Puppeteer" is a very well-written thriller. I particularly liked the futuristic setting. The author has woven a well thought-out story with the idea that this could really be the future. The characters, both good and bad, are first rate. The reader will quickly learn to like the good guys and dislike the corrupt bad guys. The dialogue is spot on with the military and computer age technology. The author has developed a large book with two very good plots going on simultaneously that climax together nicely in the end. Very well done.