The Children's Game A Thriller By Max Karpov
A Thriller of Russian Cyber Warfare, Fake News, and Modern Espionage

The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks. Code-named the "Children’s Game"--a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves--it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability.

But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov's ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team--composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community--to unravel Turov's plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos.

Children's Game is a frighteningly realistic, timely thriller that delves into the secret corners of Vladimir Putin's Russia, exploring the shifting world order and the murky realm of US-Russia relations.
TitleThe Children's Game
SubtitleA Thriller
AuthorBy Max Karpov
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published6 March 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Max Karpov is a Washington-based novelist and investigative journalist. A longtime Russia-watcher, Max spent several years researching and writing The Children’s Game, a geo-political thriller novel about current-day U.S.-Russia relations. He has written features for The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and elsewhere.

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