savannah (onsafari) wrote,

Lion’s Game

Fluff reading has been my mainstay lately, trying to escape from the stress of the holidays and job flux. Most of the novels have been easily forgettable, at this moment I can’t even remember the name of most of them. I know they’re sitting on the bookshelf somewhere, but I wouldn’t know them until I picked them back up.

Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille stood out from this mix of fluff, enough to encourage a family member to read the novel. The novel is relatively unique, at least in my experience, for the self-depracating and irreverent main character. While I enjoyed the ride, it was the subject matter that really struck me.

In this novel, DeMille describes an aerial terrorist attack on the US. The novel was published in 2000, predating the actual attack by 18 months. While the method differs slightly, I have to wonder about the security holes described in the novel and how accurate that data was. Could the scenario described have happened? Are those vulnerabilities still exploitable?

It’s been a while since an author challenged my assumption of safety in my little corner of the world. I look forward to his next book.

Originally published at my blog. You can comment here or there.

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