Suspense Magazine Interview
Q- What was your inspiration for CyberSp@ce?
A- Cybersp@ce is my latest novel, just released in paperback in January, 2013. I guess I was inspired by three converging interests of mine: politics, technology, and science-fiction. With decades of Information Technology under by belt, I’m all too familiar with how we all are to cyber attacks and cyber warfare. When I researched my first published novel, The Great Collapse, I learned a lot about how fragile out infrastructure is, and included some of that feel into Cybersp@ce.
Cybersp@ce is a techno-thriller, mixing my interest and background with technology with the intensity and the chase of a thriller.
In Cybersp@ce, the Chinese have been launching cyber attacks against America, mostly stealing secrets and always seeking an advantage over America. When a devastating cyber attack suddenly leaves 100,000 people in the United States dead, evidence points to the Chinese, setting the world on the inevitable march towards nuclear war. Nick Reynolds with US Cyber Command soon learns that former KGB agent Nikolai Chervanko, who has long dreamt of building a new Soviet empire, could be behind the massacre, with something even bigger planned. Lacking evidence linking Chervanko, however, outrage over the attack soon forces the United States to declare war on China. With no means to stop another destructive cyber attack and prevent a nuclear conflict, Nick finds help from an unlikely source—from Area 51.
Cybersp@ce is the first installment in a trilogy. In fact, I’m currently working on re-writes for the sequel.
Q- How did the characters come to be?
A-The main characters in Cybersp@ce came about during the creation of the outline, each fulfilling an integral role in the story. Nick is the hero/protagonist, sometimes feeling like a failure with a very heavy burden to carry. Chervanko is the psychopathic antagonist, seemingly void of emotion. Kate is Nick’s love interest, and fulfills another much-needed role as a key scientist. Henry Summers is the loving father and the voice of wisdom and experience, a softer counter-balance to General George Caprella, Nick’s supervisor and mentor. A supporting cast of characters, including some of Chervanko’s associates, who are also former spies, the FSB agents, and the Chinese ambassador, all help round out the plot as the multiple plotlines gradually converge near the end.
Q- Which character in the book is more like yourself?
A-I suppose Nick Reynolds, though I won’t rule out the possibility that some of the darker characteristics of the antagonist, Nikolai Chervanko, might present somewhere deep down as well.
Q- What book are you reading right now?
A-I’m currently reading two very different books. The first, Paradise Lost by John Milton, and the other is Without Remorse, by Tom Clancy.
Q- What are you working on at this time?
A-As of the day of this interview, I’m working diligently on re-writes of my sixth novel, tentatively entitled, Frontiers, a sequel to Cybersp@ce. The second in the trilogy and with more of a science-fiction edge to it than Cybersp@ce, it chronicles humanity as it takes its first, tentative steps, as an emerging, space-faring race among the sentient races of the galaxy.
Q- Where can we find Cybersp@ce?
A- Cybersp@ce Buy Links
Paperback- Cybersp@ce (Paperback Edition) on Amazon
Kindle- Cybersp@ce (Kindle Edition) on Amazon
Paperback & eBook: Cybersp@ce (Paperback and eBook) on Createspace
Barnes and Noble Cybersp@ce (Paperback and eBook) on Barnes and Noble
Q- Where can we find you on the internet?
A- Author Contact Information:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4478744.Jeff_W_Horton
Amazon Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/8tapc5x
Pinterest Page: https://pinterest.com/authorjhorton/
You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/hortonlibrary?feature=mhee
A devastating cyber attack leaves 100,000 people in the United States dead, and evidence points to the Chinese, setting the world on the inevitable march towards nuclear war. Nick Reynolds with US Cyber Command soon learns that former KGB agent Nikolai Chervanko, who has long dreamt of rebuilding his beloved Soviet Union, could be behind the massacre, with something even bigger planned. Lacking evidence linking Chervanko, however, outrage over the attack soon forces the United States to declare war on China. With no means to stop another destructive cyber attack and prevent a nuclear conflict, Nick finds help from an unlikely source—from Area 51.