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The Silla Project

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Finalist for the 2013 Eric Hoffer Awards, Montaigne Medal!

Mitch Weatherby was at the top of his game. A scientist at Los Alamos, he was married to the love of his life - until a botched government raid left his wife dead in his arms and him accused of constructing an illicit nuclear weapon in his basement. Though Mitch knows he is innocent of the charges, evidence says ot...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published August 2012 by PlotForge, Ltd.
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Lisa Baird
Truly exciting! I learned much I didn't know about North Korea and it's society, while enjoying this gripping story. Really enjoyed and highly recommend this book.
Never thought about some of the issues in this book before, but it's a very intriguing book dealing with espionage and moral conflict. Has an unexpected twist in the plot and makes you really question some of your values, morals and ideas in general.
Terri-Lynne Smiles
I read suspense novels for their tight, well-conceived plot lines, but it isn't my favorite genre because the characters are usually flat and don't change much. Well, author John C. Brewer has blown that out of the water with his new novel, The Silla Project. This science thriller grips the reader from the outset with the despair of Mitch Weatherby, a Los Alamos scientist who has been wrongfully stripped by our government of everything he thought gave his life meaning. The reader will understand...more
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from the author (via the Shut Up & Read / Read It & Reap group) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Mitch Weatherby was just an average man. Due to government cutbacks, his career as a nuclear physicist had basically become a desk job. However, he enjoyed life, and especially enjoyed sharing it with the love of his life, Beth. That all ends when his wife is killed in a raid, and the subsequent cover-up by the government has left him...more
North Korean operatives break an innocent Los Alamos nuclear-weapons scientist out of prison. He was the fall guy in an American government raid that went horribly wrong and left his wife dead. But is it worth his life to betray the country that betrayed him?

Sometimes you find love in the strangest places.
Frederic (Ric) Vinhage
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John Brewer
Sep 12, 2012 John Brewer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
If you are looking for something to scratch that Crichton itch, this may be it. I wrote The Silla Project based on an idea I had when I was working a SECRET missile task for the government some years ago. The Silla Project began life as a pure thriller focusing on the horror of nuclear weapons in the hands of lunatics. I hadn't researched for long when I realized the story wasn't bombs at all, but people. The North Korean people are not fanatical lunatics but are an agonizing study in what happe...more
Ed Morawski
First I'd like to congratulate the publisher PlotForge Ltd. on the eBook formatting. The Silla Project is actually arranged like a real book, unlike so many other eBooks the title and copyright data, etc are first instead of last. But unfortunately that's about as far as they went. There are so many typos, missing, and misspelled words it's hard to believe either the author or the publisher ever proofed it. I can overlook a few typos here and there, it seems to be all too common these days, but...more
Marco Peel
Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, nuclear scientist Mitch Weatherby has just lost his wife and everything he believed in and lived for. On his way to lifelong imprisonment, his transport is assaulted by a group of armed men, and he is squirreled off to North Korea. Emotionally scarred and betrayed, Mitch tries to find a semblance of order and purpose in the only thing that still makes sense - physics - while he is set to work on the nuclear program of a nation he’d always seen as evil.
The Silla Project by John C. Brewer is one of the best thrillers I have read this year. I learned a ton about North Korea, although I'm not sure how much of is fiction and how much is real. I suspect much of it is real. The characters are well developed and you really feel for them as the story progresses to a not entirely unexpected ending. If I had any complaint about the book it would be that it ended before I wanted it to. Does this mean a sequel? I guess is no.
Terri-Lynne Smiles
GREAT BOOK! I love gripping stories about average people in extraordinary circumstances. This nailed that requirement and gave me something more - a glimpse into the secretive world of North Korea. It left me thinking not just about what I see in the headlines, but also how fragile freedom of thought actually is. If that intrigues you at all, READ THIS BOOK!
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John C. Brewer was born in Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada but moved constantly since his father was in the Navy. John grew up in New Mexico, Washington St., Virginia, and Florida and then went to Auburn University for college where he studied physics and aerospace engineering. Eventually he moved to Huntsville, Alabama where he worked as a rocket scientist.

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