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.
The 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.
AuthorBy Max Karpov
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.
"A tight, gripping tale of the men and women who face death in the hidden conflicts of superpower politics. Startlingly believable."--Ben Bova, six-time Hugo Award-winning author of Mars and the Grand Tour series
"“If you believe the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall - think again! Max Karpov’s explosive novel shows how Russia’s sophisticated troll factories and bot armies could topple Western democracies as effectively as their T72 battle tanks and nuclear warheads.Karpov’s knowledge of the American intelligence community and Russian politics puts him on a par with John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth at their very best. But it is Karpov’s analysis of the shocking power of a targeted post-truth and fake news attack that gives the book a contemporary and chilling atmosphere. A new master thriller writer has emerged, and I am looking forward to reading many more of Max Karpov’s novels.”--Christopher Hepworth, author of The Sleepwalker Legacy and The Last Oracle
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