Thursday, September 19, 2019

Book Review: 'Chasing Rain (A Chase Wen Thriller)' by Brandt Legg

Chasing Rain (CHASE WEN THRILLER) by [Legg, Brandt]

‘Success is our biggest failure’

One of the reasons author Brandt Legg has been so successful in his writing and publishing and selling his books is his magisterial management of his website. From his biographical data we learn that he is ‘a former child prodigy who turned a hobby into a multi-million dollar empire. At eight, Brandt's father died suddenly, plunging his family into poverty. Two years later, while suffering from crippling migraines, he started in business. National media dubbed him the Teen Tycoon; but by the time he reached his twenties, the high-flying Legg became ensnarled in the financial whirlwind of the junk bond eighties, lost his entire fortune . . . and ended up serving time in federal prison for financial improprieties.’ Or as Brandt shares, ‘Twenty-five years ago, sitting in a hot, humid federal prison cell in Virginia, I first dreamed of being not just a writer, but a writer who could earn a living, support a family and keep writing. But I had dropped out of high school, having only completed tenth grade English. As I sat on that metal cot, penniless and heavily in debt, with almost a year left on my sentence, it seemed an impossible dream. Still, for more than two decades, while doing everything but writing, I somehow kept the dream alive. Amazon's KDP changed everything.’ One year later he began anew in retail and real estate. In the more than two decades since, his life adventures have led him through magazine publishing, a newspaper column, photography, FM radio, CD production and concert promotion.’ He is also a gifted landscape photographer.

CHASING RAIN is one of the four episodes of the Chase Wen Thrillers, a series that follows Brandt’s chosen genre of Techno thrillers. The potency of his skillful writing is evident from the first page of this fine novel: ‘The end of the world, prophesied and feared for millennia, conjures images of fireballs plummeting toward earth, mushroom clouds obliterating cities, and pandemics sweeping the globe. But no one ever imagined it would be on a cloudy day, as a line of code on a typical computer, in an average building, on a busy street, in the eighteenth largest in America, and few would even notice what was, without a doubt, the first day of the last days of humanity. Chase Malone, a twenty-nine-year-old tech billionaire, who’d made his fortune inventing RAI, a breakthrough artificial intelligence program, stared at a six-foot wide computer screen, in a nondescript skyscraper lost in the San Francisco skyline…’ Main character introduced and the series begins.

The plot – ‘Top-of-Stanford-class brains made him a billionaire. His breakthroughs in AI and deep learning revolutionized the fields. Now he’s running for his life. Chase Malone, a wealthy, idealistic computer engineer who doesn’t care about money, is trying to stop one of his inventions from being used by a nefarious corporation. Wen Sung, a beautiful Chinese defector, is on the run from a ruthless spy intent on destroying her. They are on a collision course, and the results will either save the world, and themselves, or doom humanity. Write the correct code and invent the future.’

This is yet another fine thriller series by Brandt Legg, fast becoming one of the more important writers in the thriller genre. Recommended. Grady Harp, September 19
This book is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited

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