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The Tinderbox Plot

Michael W. Berns

A Russian team of ex-KGB agents, led by experienced spymaster Andrei Grushkov, smuggle a nuclear device into the US with the intention of mass destruction. The multilayered Russian plot involves satellite teams across the US weaponizing the Internet for digital espionage to undermine American societal divisions, culminating in civil war and the ultimate destruction of capitalist ideology.

In the race against Grushkov is his ex-lover, American Dr Lynda Chester, major NSA operative. Using satellite imaging technology that she herself created, Lynda becomes instrumental in unearthing the plot and discovering the location of the bomb. However, in addition to well-orchestrated Russian espionage, she has to negotiate a cumbersome American bureaucracy undermined by egos and hidden agendas
The Tinderbox Plot is a sweeping spy thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the final pages, and a remarkable look at a divided America exploited by foreign and domestic terrorists. Turf wars, a cumbersome bureaucracy, and latent insurrectionist objectives of a variety of American hate groups combine with a well-planned cyber and nuclear attack by Russian operatives to move America towards civil war.

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Michael Berns, PhD, FRSB is a distinguished endowed-chair professor at a major California university. He is also founder, chairman and CEO of a non-profit institute dedicated to biomedical research of cancer and nervous system diseases. He has published five hundred articles in leading journals, six technical books, and holds twelve patents. His books and publications have been published in thirteen different languages and he has been featured in National Geographic and Scientific American magazines five times. He is foreign member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and Fellow of the British Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Medicine. He is well-traveled, having visited and lectured in many European countries, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, and China. He lives a healthy lifestyle particularly with respect to diet and exercise. In addition, he is an accomplished painter and writer of creative non-fiction. Having achieved a pinnacle in his career, he has settled into a more laid-back, take each day at a time, lifestyle, and tries not to take himself too seriously.