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The Children's Game

(2018)
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A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers.

The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks. Code-named the "Children's Game"--a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves--it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability.

But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov's ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team--composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community--to unravel Turov's plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos.

Children's Game is a frighteningly realistic, timely thriller that delves into the secret corners of Vladimir Putin's Russia, exploring the shifting world order and the murky realm of US-Russia relations.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Max Karpov's The Children's Game is just about the timeliest novel I've read this year. But this is no mere ripped-from-the-headlines knockoff. This is a fast-paced, vivid, surprising thriller, featuring a great new hero for our troubled times, former CIA agent Christopher Niles. Don't miss this one. I can't wait to read more." - David Bell

"A tight, gripping tale of the men and women who face death in the hidden conflicts of superpower politics. Startlingly believable." - Ben Bova

"Gripping and powerful . . . a brilliant story written for our generation. The Children's Game is a must read for any serious spy fan." - Michael Brady

"A razor-sharp, bow-string-taut, brilliantly plotted example of the thriller-writer's art. For me the prose is up there with le Carre and Forsyth." - E M Davey

"The Children's Game is uncanny in its timeliness and brilliant in its portrayal of disinformation as the most dangerous weapon of the new Cold War. Max Karpov has written a masterful thriller that is genuinely alarming in its plausibility. A must-read for 2018." - Joseph Finder

"If you believe the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall - think again! Max Karpov's explosive novel shows how Russia's sophisticated troll factories and bot armies could topple Western democracies as effectively as their T72 battle tanks and nuclear warheads. Karpov's knowledge of the American intelligence community and Russian politics puts him on a par with John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth at their very best. But it is Karpov's analysis of the shocking power of a targeted post-truth and fake news attack that gives the book a contemporary and chilling atmosphere. A new master thriller writer has emerged, and I am looking forward to reading many more of Max Karpov's novels." - Christopher Hepworth

"The Children's Game is a cerebral, ground-breaking, all-too-plausible thriller made all the more prescient by the current state of U.S.-Russian relations. Max Karpov peers into his crystal ball in crafting a tale that's so cutting edge, flipping the pages may result in bloodied fingertips. Karpov proves himself every bit the equal of Daniel Silva in crafting the best book of its kind since Nelson DeMille's classic The Charm School. Searingly sumptuous storytelling sure to please fans of Brad Thor, Brad Taylor and the late, great Vince Flynn." - Jon Land

"The Children's Game is a well-written, thought-provoking thriller that is extremely timely in light of the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election." - Phillip Margolin

"Compelling, authoritative, and extraordinarily timely, The Children's Game, is a cleverly plotted and disturbingly plausible journey into the dangerous realm of cyberwarfare. Max Karpov is a Kremlin-watcher whose extensive knowledge shines on every page. He's a fresh voice in the genre, and his insightful novel takes the underworld of espionage in unexpected and startling new directions." - Carla Norton


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Hardback Editions

March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Children's Game: A Thriller
Author(s): Max Karpov
ISBN: 1-5107-3481-3 / 978-1-5107-3481-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Children's Game: A Thriller
Author(s): Max Karpov
ISBN: 1-5436-8019-4 / 978-1-5436-8019-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Children's Game: A Thriller
Author(s): Max Karpov
ISBN: 1-5436-8018-6 / 978-1-5436-8018-8 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Children's Game: A Thriller
Author(s): Max Karpov
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Children's Game: A Thriller
Author(s): Max Karpov
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March 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Children's Game: A Thriller
Author(s): Max Karpov
Publisher: Arcade
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