KOREA’S GAME is as current as a piece of fiction can be. Because of the author’s obvious experience with law enforcement and technical knowledge relating to electronic surveillance and cyber warfare, the narrative rings true and clear. Starting off with a stomach-churning news flash that manages to get ballistic missiles, west coast devastation and powergrid melt down all in a few paragraphs, the plot slows enough to introduce a cast of charactersranging from heroic to bottom-line creepy. Finally, there’s a frighteningly up-to-date chapter involving an American destroyer and what’s described as an anonymous colossus. The Korean Gambit combines the technical expertise of Tom Clancy with the characterization and fast-paced stories of Ken Follett. Turn off your phone, sink into a comfortable chair, turn to page one and kiss the rest of the day good-bye. Once you start reading it, this book will not let you go.

Burgess Needle, Author: Sit and Cry and Every Crow in the Blue Sky.

5 out of 5 stars

Compelling and Thought Provoking

Korea's Game is a very compelling book. The characters are developed so well that they become vivid in the mind's eye while reading. The plot is one that is believable in our age. We depend on computers and electronics to survive in our daily lives. This book can make us gain some insight into what life would be like if all computers were offline and unable to have power restored to them. We would find ourselves without food, water, heat, air conditioning, means of travel. We would be, literally, thrown into the 19th century. This book is very thought-provoking. Every concerned person should read this and realize that - even though it is fiction - these things can happen! I am looking forward to the sequel to Cyber War Attack! Mr. McDonald has given a cliff-hanger to whet the appetite for his next volume. Keep up the good work!

D. Spencer

4.7 out of 5 stars

I Wish They Would Make a Movie of it!

I love this book. I wish they would make a movie of it. I think this is one of the best books i've read in a while., Ed McDonald is a great with forsight, and I wish this book was longer. A great read

Cheznie Woods

4.4 out of 5 stars

A Great Book! I Pictured Myself There with the Characters

What a great book! The writing and editing were just excellent. This book took me to another place. I easily pictured myself right there in Arizona with the characters. IIt actually had plenty of things going on in the story to keep me turning pages.

Royce Ramal

5 out of 5 stars

A Realistic Scenario with Realistic Characters

This is a very realistic possibility, well presented. A real protagonist who would probably love to do exactly what the book describes. Having lived in Tucson, where much of the story is set, the “stage” was very familiar. The characters are well developed. The good guys are good, while at the same time believably human. The bad guys are entertainingly scumbags. And while it’s a suspense thriller with action, at the same time it’s a story about people. I’m waiting for the next book in the series, to find out what happens next!

William R. Penning



We’re Already In a Cyber War We Just Don’t Know It
Edward L. McDonald
CreateSpace (522 pp.)
$27.99 hardcover, $16.99 paperback, $9.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9993686-2-6
October 10, 2017

An Arizona town’s emergency services director preps for a cyberstrike, while his daughter faces a menace of an entirely different kind in McDonald’s debut thriller series-starter.

The North Korean government unsuccessfully fires missiles at the west coast of the United States. It soon appears that the action was merely a precursor to a cyberattack, as various grids start shutting down. The story then jumps back two months to the grand opening of an Arizona police substation, complete with its own independent microgrid for handling disasters. It’s the project of Selwyn “Murf” Murphy, a former Special Forces soldier who’s now the program director of emergency services in the town of Tortolita. For years, Murf has anticipated a North Korean cyberattack, so he continues to develop his substation (colloquially known as “Fort Apache”), debating such additions as a stand-alone emergency room. Meanwhile, his estranged 14-year-old daughter, Dani, is living with her alcoholic mother, Murf’s ex-wife Louise.

Louise’s sleazy boyfriend, Vince, who’s in debt to a drug dealer, persuades Dani to dance at the appropriately named Two-Bit Bar. When Murf gets wind of Dani’s situation, saving his daughter takes precedence over all else. Despite the title, there’s very little cyberwar in this thriller; much of the narrative instead focuses on the lead-up to the attack. News reports of various transgressions of the North Korean government create a feeling of imminent danger, however, and Dani’s seemingly unrelated plotline is consistently intense. Her story, in fact, features a character that’s even more indelible than Murf: Doc, a biker-club physician and former battlefield medic who befriends Dani and tends to her when she’s injured.

McDonald maintains the momentum throughout by employing alternating perspectives of various characters and very short chapters and scenes. Although Murf gets few opportunities to validate Fort Apache, he does prove himself a hero in the action-packed final act.

Primarily an introduction to the protagonist and his fortress, but its solid writing promises a worthy series.


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