Synopsis of Twenty-four Days
What sets this story apart from other thrillers is the edgy science used to build the drama, the creative thinking that unravels the deadly plot, and the sentient artificial intelligence who thinks he’s human:
An unlikely team is America’s only chance
World-renowned paleoanthropologist, Dr. Zeke Rowe is surprised when a friend from his SEAL past shows up in his Columbia lab and asks for help: Two submarines have been hijacked and Rowe might be the only man who can find them.
At first he refuses, fearing a return to his former life will end a sputtering romance with fellow scientist and love of his life, Kali Delamagente, but when one of his closest friends is killed by the hijackers, he changes his mind. He asks Delamagente for the use of her one-of-a-kind AI Otto who possesses the unique skill of being able to follow anything with a digital trail.
In a matter of hours, Otto finds one of the subs and it is neutralized.
But the second, Otto can’t locate.
Piece by piece, Rowe uncovers a bizarre nexus between Salah Al-Zahrawi–the world’s most dangerous terrorist and a man Rowe thought he had killed a year ago, a North Korean communications satellite America believes is a nuclear-tipped weapon, an ideologue that cares only about revenge, and the USS Bunker Hill (a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser) tasked with supervising the satellite launch.
And a deadline that expires in twenty-four days.
As America teeters on the brink of destruction, Zeke finally realizes that Al-Zahrawi’s goal isn’t nuclear war, but payback against the country that cost him so much.
A blistering pace is set from the beginning: dates open each new chapter/section, generating a countdown that intensifies the title’s time limit. Murray skilfully bounces from scene to scene, handling numerous characters, from hijackers to MI6 special agent Haster. … A steady tempo and indelible menace form a stirring nautical tale.
About Jacqui Murray
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.
Welcome, Jacqui Murray to Robbiesinspiration. Thank you for answering some questions about your fantastic new thriller, Twenty-four Days.
Robbie: What inspired you to write Twenty-four Days?
Jacqui: Both my children are in the military. When your kids are in the military, the whole family is. The Navy does a great job of keeping us up-to-date on everything. I got lots of access to the USS Bunker Hill (one of the settings in this book) and the crew–even the Captain so it was no problem making this warship part of Twenty-four Days. As anyone knows who has served in the Fleet, it is a different world. I wanted to share that with readers.
Robbie: How much research did you have to do to write Twenty-four Days?
Jacqui: Lots, but I love research. I dug into the Bunker Hill, lots of quirky science (like the invisibility cloak featured in the book), and artificial intelligence. All so much fun! In another life, I would have been a researcher.
Robbie: Who is your main target audience for Twenty-four Days?
I hope it appeals to armchair sailors and geeks who love the concept of sentient AIs. My artificial intelligence, Otto, was minor in the prequel to this book, To Hunt a Sub, but plays a major part in this plot, often humorous as he struggles to be human.
Title and author: Twenty-four Days by J. Murray
Genre: Thriller, military thriller
Cover by: Paper and Sage Design
Linked in: http://linkedin.com/in/jacquimurray
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series