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Code Word: Paternity, A Presidential Thriller

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The Armageddon genie—nuclear terrorism—is out of the bottle, freed by bin-Laden’s heedless avengers and “a pissant dictator with Ray-Bans and a fondness for movies,” as America’s president puts it privately a few hours before announcing a decision that will mark him forever as either a hero or a mass murderer.

In a twenty-first century Pearl Harbor, nuclear terrorism takes
Kindle Edition, 1, 310 pages
Published September 26th 2012 by Magothy River Press
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Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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If you are a Kinder reader (sorry Arminius), I highly recommend that you join the Amazon Kindle group here on Goodreads. In that group there is a thread for free books in which authors frequently post titles that are available for free for a short period of time on Amazon. I’m here to testify that I find some of my favorite books in this manner. Most of which I would not have known about otherwise. This is the latest find. . .

Wow! An emotionally exhausting, terrifying, suspense filled prophetic
Hank Parker
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Well before most of us started to pay serious attention to the nuclear threat from North Korea, author Doug Norton had already imagined the worst. CODE WORK: PATERNITY, published in 2012, is a frightening tale of nuclear terrorism carried out by the rogue nation in collusion with Islamic extremists seeking to avenge Bin Laden’s death. Norton is a retired U.S. Naval officer with substantial experience in diplomacy and politics related to nuclear deterrence. He expertly weaves an interlocking plot
Norman Alm
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and convincing account of decision making at the Presidential level and a great page turner. The author puts you inside the minds of all the actors: the conflicted President, the ardent terrorist, the sincere and deluded Dear Leader of North Korea, and the constellation of people creating and trying to solve a life-and-megadeath problem. While being a tough-minded thriller, part of the fun of reading this book is the sense that many of the author's insights derive from his personal ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So much truth in this fiction!

In today's world this is an astoundingly pertinent read. It tackles global security issues in an exciting yet thoughtful way. Your heart will beat quickly and you will will probably wrestle with some tough questions. Read this!
Robert Brown
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Doug Norton's novel reads like it was ripped from the headlines of a newspaper in a parallel universe--one uncomfortably close to our own. In this universe, the unthinkable has happened: a nuclear weapon has gotten into the hands of a rogue terrorist cell. And the commander-in-chief of the United States faces a dreadful decision once the terrorists strike on American soil.

This worst-case scenario is unnerving for the degree to which Norton takes pains to spin a plausible plot, one that leads the
Rob Ross
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Thinking Man’s Political Thriller

Doug Norton’s Code Word: Paternity opens on the unthinkable: al-Qaeda terrorists have detonated a nuclear bomb in Las Vegas, wiping out the city and killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Americans. In the blink of an eye, President Rick Martin is faced with a nation in panic demanding swift vengeance. But when the secret Paternity Project delivers proof that the bomb sold to the terrorists actually originated in North Korea, the true political nightmare beg
Robert Bishop
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It could be a story beginning the day after tomorrow – a daunting vision into a terrible, but unfortunately plausible, future. Faced with the worst catastrophe to occur on U.S. soil, the explosion of a nuclear weapon, the story takes you inside the head of a circumspect, moral man, a proudly calm, rational man, who is the President of the United States. You also are taken into the minds of the major players, members of the President’s cabinet as well as heads of state, as they wrestle with their ...more
Robert Weintraub
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Doug Norton writes an exciting account of how the US president and his advisers would react in the event of a nuclear detonation on US soil. Mr. Norton cleverly shows the great difficulty our leaders would have making a decision on how to react to this disaster. He often will transition between dialog among the characters and their italicized private thoughts, which is an effective way to display the myriad conflicts that arise. This is an extremely well written account of an issue that has beco ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Code Word: Paternity is a real nail-biter that we all hope never happens, but is still a very engaging read. The book is fast-paced and well-researched, but I think the book's greatest strength is in allowing us to get inside the mind of the President of the United States and watch him as he's faced with a multitude of decisions that the average person probably can't even begin to fathom. Not only do these decisions weigh heavily on him, but we also see his doubts, fears, and anger all coming th ...more
Robert Arias
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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While the President of the United States is sailing his Sunfish on the Chesapeake, a terrorist nuclear bomb, made in North Korea, destroys Las Vegas. How's that to get your attention? And the story continues, as the Presidnet wrestles with the moral dilemma of how to respond, knowing that more innocent people will die.

Norton clearly knows of which he writes, and writes it well. "Ideals are important, but if you stick to them while someone with a different set is using yours to kill you, you're g
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
This book hit way too close to home with me - reading/thinking about North Korea and nuclear bombs is not something I want to do for fun when I can just check it out for real on CNN. Thanks anyway, Doug Norton.

Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book that provides food-for-thought about our future with North Korea and terrorists. Well written and researched.
A.J. Converse
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this new author if you like political thrillers....
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Doug Norton drew on both experience and research to pen the first novel of the Code Word Series. Code Word: Paternity is a cautionary tale of an American president, a North Korean dictator, and bin Laden’s avengers. The second, Code Word: Pandora, has similar roots.

As a warship captain during the cold war Doug held launch codes for nuclear weapons and was prepared to use them, but he also particip