Thomas Waite

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THOMAS WAITE is the bestselling author of the celebrated Lana Elkins thriller series. Lethal Code was declared "Taut, tense, and provocative" by Hank Phillippi Ryan, the Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author, who quickly added "...this frighteningly knowing cyberthriller will keep you turning pages--not only to devour the fast-paced fiction, but to worry about how much is terrifyingly true."

Trident Code followed in form. "Scary good," according to King Features columnist Dale Dauten: "The science and technology are as convincing as they are chilling, with an original trifecta of cyber, nuclear, and environmental terrorism all worked into one wild ride of a plot."

Unholy Code, the third novel in the series, received s

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Thomas Waite Thank you. It certainly grabs your attention, doesn't it? My publisher designed it, though I had input. I hope you enjoy my novel and best wishes to y…moreThank you. It certainly grabs your attention, doesn't it? My publisher designed it, though I had input. I hope you enjoy my novel and best wishes to you as well.(less)
Thomas Waite I don't know your tolerance for thrillers that include a good deal of realism. LETHAL CODE is certainly a "worst-case" scenario and is based on facts.…moreI don't know your tolerance for thrillers that include a good deal of realism. LETHAL CODE is certainly a "worst-case" scenario and is based on facts. However there are heroes in this book that you will rally around, especially the female protagonist, Lana Elkins. I can't spoil the ending, of course, so I guess it's up to you. I hope that helps and thanks so much for asking me the question.(less)
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UNHOLY CODE (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: The “Summer of Blood” explodes. The U.S. is under siege from foreign jihadists and domestic terrorists. When a brilliant exploit strikes at the heart of the National Security Agency’s own network, former NSA operative Lana Elkins discovers that it came from within the United States itself. More surprising still is the attacker: “Steel Fist,” a cyber-savvy radical white supremacist whose legions feed on his anti-Islamic exhortations. His popularity only grows when a jihadist team carries out a bold, but baffling, attack on the Louisiana coast, bringing ashore a lethal invader no one can see. Most mysterious of all are Golden Voice, a hacker of unparalleled skill with a murderous agenda and a secret past, and Tahir Hijazi, a Muslim refugee from Sudan with his own shadowy history. When Tahir’s young nephew starts dating Lana’s daughter Emma, Steel Fist calls upon his fans to embark on a new mission: assassinate the entire Elkins family. As extremists battle each other—with Lana fighting both ends from the middle—the conflict becomes deeply personal, the stakes tragically high. In Thomas Waite’s edgiest tale yet, battles savage the American heartland, shaking the very foundations of the world’s mightiest nation
TRIDENT CODE (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Ruthless cyberhackers seize a US nuclear submarine, training its most powerful weapon on a target so unusual, yet so vulnerable, that a successful strike could change the face of the earth for millions of years. With the world held hostage, former NSA operative Lana Elkins must join forces with a mysterious computer mastermind—who might be working with the enemy—to avert this unprecedented Armageddon. Intrigue, power, and blackmail force Lana to fight on all fronts—land, sea, air, and in cyberspace—to prevent the worst catastrophe in human history.
TERMINAL VALUE (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Be careful what you wish for." That's a warning Dylan Johnson should have listened to. When his mobile computing firm is bought out by Mantric Technology, a red-hot company about to go public, it seems like a dream come true for the young entrepreneur and his partners. But the closer they get to payout, the more uncertain Dylan becomes. Something doesn't feel right. When one of his colleagues is found dead on what should have been their night of triumph, Dylan is determined to find out what happened. But asking questions plunges him into a web of digital deceit and betrayal that will shake everything he thought he knew... TERMINAL VALUE is an intense thriller that provides an insider's look into the excitement of a technology start-up, the anticipated riches of an initial public offering, the gut-wrenching murder of a friend, and the dark side of corporate America.
LETHAL CODE (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: America’s worst nightmare has come true: a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” attack by unknown terrorists has crippled the nation’s power grid—and brought the land of the free to its knees. As widespread panic and violence ravage the country, its ruthless captors issue their ultimatums…and vow an apocalyptic reckoning. A defenseless nation scrambles to fight an invisible invasion. Chief among America’s last line of defense is Lana Elkins, head of a major cyber-security company—and former top NSA operative—who returns to her roots to spearhead the Agency’s frantic efforts to combat the enemy’s onslaught on its own terms. While she and her superiors take action to infiltrate a terrorist hotbed overseas, much closer to home ruthless jihadists with a nuclear bomb hijack a busload of schoolchildren—including Lana’s daughter—and race toward a rendezvous with Armageddon in America’s greatest city. With LETHAL CODE, Thomas Waite raises the international cyber-thriller to dangerously exciting levels—introducing a valiant new action heroine, and initiating a series that brings a harrowing new edge of realism to sensational speculative fiction.

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“Why did I decide to write cyber thrillers? Because we've gone from the Cold War to the Code War.”
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“They told you that you were safe. They told you lies. You are weak and defeated. For the price of one helicopter, we have brought you to your knees.”
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Thomas Waite Jill wrote: "It's great to meet you, Thomas, and thank you very much for your friendship here on GRs."

Very nice to meet you as well, Jill. I look forward to sharing our thoughts on writing and great novels. Best, Tom

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Jill It's great to meet you, Thomas, and thank you very much for your friendship here on GRs.

Thomas Waite You're very welcome. Thanks for being mine!

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