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World without end : a thriller
Mooney, Chris.
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New York : Pocket Books, [2001]

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390 pages ; 25 cm
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Going deep cover inside the CIA, the acclaimed author of Deviant Ways serves up a gripping suspense novel about a standoff between a CIA operative and a killer with a perfect record.

Author Notes

Chris Mooney lives in Boston, where he is at work on his second novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Mooney's second novel is an espionage thriller that rings alarmingly true, especially in depicting the ways technology can be perverted to deadly uses. The focus is the Information Warfare Analysis Center, a fictional branch of the CIA that keeps an eye on the proliferation of technology and, occasionally, raids other countries whose technological innovations could pose a security threat to the U.S. The leader of this band of wary men and women is Steve Conway, a typical lone and scary wolf. Flashbacks on the source of his unalterable loneliness, however, offer a trace of humanity and help to engage our interest in this seemingly stock character. The immediate threat facing IWAC is a terrorist bent on finding the secrets to a high-tech invisibility tool for operatives: a combat suit with optical camouflage. Even more bothersome to Conway and his group is the discovery of treachery that threatens all the lives within IWAC. Timely and thought-provoking. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

You can't keep track of the psychopaths without a scorecard in Mooney's second nonstop action thriller (after Deviant Ways). There's Amon Faust, aka Angel Eyes, a semibenevolent terrorist with a germ fetish, who just wants to cleanse the world and start again, but isn't above taking abrupt personal action against an annoying cell phone user. There's Jonathan Cole, a rogue intelligence agent who likes to bite people's ears off. There's Raymond Bouchard, who looks like a powerful Hollywood agent, but really runs a top secret CIA unit called IWAC (Information War Analysis Center) and might just be a Russian mole like Aldrich Ames or Robert Hansen. And there's Misha, a "densely packed three-hundred-pound animal" who is one of the Red Mafiya's most feared enforcers and once "made a woman eat a bowl of what he called homemade Grape-nuts: small rocks and sand mixed with milk." Slightly more sane is hero Steve Conway, an IWAC team leader based in Austin, Tex., where Angel Eyes (or somebody else) is trying to steal the prototype for a neat new invention: an optical camouflage suit that makes the wearer invisible. Equipped with a special Palm Pilot to die for, Conway tries to keep the suit from falling into the wrong hands. Mooney's writing is occasionally clumpy ("He could feel his anger building, the way a car slowly warms up on a frigid New England winter morning"), but his imagination leaves nothing to be desired. Agent, Pam Bernstein. (Nov. 13) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved