SYNOPSIS OF THE NOVEL I'M WRITING
LEVI McPHERSON, a graduate student of analytical chemistry at the University of North Central Florida, is approached by agents of the Homeland Security’s Counter-terrorism Unit. The agency is recruiting Lee to study and expose the loopholes of screening instruments in airports. Struggling financially, he accepted the offer, making him a paid, benevolent hacker of the nation’s gateway. Yet Levi is horrified when an Airbus from Los Angeles disintegrated in mid-air.
At 40, when everybody’s career trajectory is going up, Levi’s still a poor graduate student, struggling financially. His research projects however, are worth million dollars. Researching the highly classified and heavily guarded secrets of detecting traces of explosives, what Lee know was a goldmine. The agency's offer is his financial break . So Levi tackles the problem like a scientist, detailing the loopholes of the aviation security and turning what he knew into a big time money machine.
JIM and JONATHAN of the counter-terrorism unit, where nowhere to be found after Charlotte International Airport, a hub of Delta Airlines closed abruptly because of instrument malfunctions in their security lines. And in a post-Osama Bin Laden’s era, the biggest blow to the United Stated after the 9/11 disaster comes unexpectedly when a passenger plane blew up in the skies of Washington D.C., in the heart of the nation.
Levi knew it was only the start of more troubles, so he recruits his fellow graduate students to counter the future attacks. They have to think like criminals—and scientists too. With the help of FBI counter-terrorism experts, Homeland Security and Transportation Security Agency, the team races to close and plug the loopholes Lee identified.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I teach for a professor in chemistry, Dr. Horvath. Somebody told me that he was an internationally rated chess player. Good for him, but analyzing a game of chess inside the restroom while doing the thing you do is wierd. That's what he does anyway.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I was watching a self defense instructor last night in a National Geographic channel. She said that in order to fend off an attacker, instead of pushing him away, move him close so you can grab his neck and throat. The thinking is counter intuitive.
Today I read a blog that says "Grand theft Auto", the violent video game, is actually good for your kids. That's coutner intuitive. Here's the link
here's another one
Counter intuition is useful in math, but I guess it is useful in real life too.