Brainstorm Series by JC Ryan (#1-2)
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Overview: JC Ryan holds a military degree and served as an officer in the military for seven years before a crippling back injury forced him to change careers. He returned to university studied law and became a lawyer, running his own private practice for more than fifteen years before he moved overseas, became an IT project manager and finally got the opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream of being a writer.
Genre: Science Fiction | Thriller
1. Sigma Wave
In April 2013, when President Barack Obama announced the launch of the BRAIN Initiative, (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) it was hailed as America’s next moonshot, a bold, ambitious endeavor, and the final frontier of modern science.
Billions of dollars were allocated with the goal of finding not only a cure for debilitating diseases, but also to investigate the possibilities of neural implants which could increase intelligence, and even accelerate reflexes.
Within the national security community however, people began having serious misgivings when the potentially dangerous aspects of the developments were reported:
“Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory.”
“Moral Judgments can be Altered by New Technology.”
“Scientists Create False Memories in Mice.”
“How Human Brains Can Be Hacked.”
Doctor Ava Kelvin — a PhD in neuroscience and an intelligence officer of the CIA — poured herself another coffee, her gaze fixed on her multicolor drawing on the wall. Her lips were moving in silence as she spoke to herself.
It’s a serial killer, or rather serial killers . . . it’s possible to turn happy and rich people into murderers . . . the people pulling the triggers aren’t the real killers—they are being controlled like puppets.
They are manufacturing killers on demand—killers who have no idea what they are doing . . . their minds belong entirely to someone else.
As the reality dawned on Ava she started shaking slightly as she whispered, “My God. . . they’ve weaponized the human brain.”
2. Mind Switch
On that bloody winter’s day of January 1, 2010, on the outskirts of Wana, in South Waziristan, two MQ-9 Reaper drones firing two five-hundred-pound GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs into a family home had recruited the latest jihadist.
On that day, he was born into terrorism—a supporter of violent jihad, an avowed destroyer of America and its NATO allies.
Those who saw him and heard him as he turned and stumbled away, described the ghastly sound that escaped his lips as a scream of grief, but it was not—it was the primal scream of birth.
Days later, climbing higher into the bleakest part of the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, every hour, what kept him going when he was hardly conscious from fatigue was one refrain—the words of his father; “the steps of the stairway to heaven you have to build yourself.”
But over the days of his grueling journey, those words had come to mean something different to him. He no longer believed in heaven or hell or Allah, anymore. On January 1, 2010, when those bombs exploded and killed his family, Allah were killed with them. From that moment on, there would only be the stairway to revenge, and he would build the steps to it himself.