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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


There's a stereotype for programmers and computer analyst to be
overweight and balding, at least if they are portrayed in novels. And
I think it's the same bias for professors, in Russell Banks' "Lost
Memory of Skin", where I'll qoute from the article from The Wall
Street Journal.
The story is driven by the appearance of a social scientist called the
Professor, who is himself a social outsider because of his
intelligence--he is reputed to be the smartest man in the county--and
his extreme obesity ( he weighs nearly a quarter ton)

In my dealings with academia, most of the educators I encounteres
were fit, and ready to show off a one handed push-up. So this will
be my description of a professor in my book, a healthy buff. But one
thing about professors, they think their God (not everyone, but most
of them anyway, the God complex).

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