Feeling Like a Pawn?

In today’s brave new world of no 4th Amendment protections, the NSA’s massive dragnet of “vacuuming” up all your phone calls and electronic communications (emails, texts, web browsing history, keystrokes) may make you feel like little more than a pawn in a huge global power-game of chess. This Wired article from a couple of weeks back describes a major player in that chess game, General Keith Alexander and his enormously powerful cyber-army. Pretty fascinating stuff.

This cyberwarfare reminds me of some of the stuff that goes on in my high-tech thriller ASSASSINWARE. Back when I wrote that novel, I was unaware that our government was already developing ways to use computers to have an actual physical attack capability. Read the book to see where that kind of tech can get you…

Speaking of pawns, I’ve been playing chess at the office with a coworker lately – an ongoing series of games with sometimes no more than a handful of moves per day, often having to wait over the weekend for the game to resume. We have a little post-it note that we flip over to indicate it’s the other guy’s turn. I think today I may lose my first match…

This awesome video shows how to get really creative with your chess playing. And since our government no longer plays by the rules, such a tutorial may come in handy.

Meanwhile, if you want to read a short thriller story that involves chess – and ghosts – check out CHECKMATE. You can pick it up at Amazon (Kindle) or Smashwords (Nook, iPad, Sony, Kobo, and everything else). Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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