Nolan Kilkenny is a former Navy SEAL who is now pursuing his doctorate in advanced computer technology. While investigating a seemingly harmless technical problem in a complex, highly secured computer network, he becomes involved in the CIA and FBI's fierce hunt for three computer-age information pirates. The ruthless, brilliant thieves have stolen SPYDER - the CIA's ultra-secret electronic intelligence gathering project that can pry open the most heavily-guarded computer networks in existence - and United States government will do anything to get it back.
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In 1948, a young German emigre reaches the threshold of a scientific vision: a theory of everything - the very blueprints for the construction of the universe. The his dreams of a future in America collide with the horros of his past, and both he and his research are seemingly lost forever. More than half a century later, an American scientist at the Univeristy of Michigan unveils a new source of energy.
Deep in the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, a remote NASA research lab rests atop a two-mile thick glacier, covering a vast underground water reservoir. But the true discovery isn't the lake buried in ice - it's what has been found within its boundaries. Something amazing. Something alive. And it may hold the answers to existence itself. When the lab is attacked and its scientists murdered, ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny realizes that there's more than science at stake.
In space, a technological nightmare orbits the Earth, stalking its prey. Sheathed in a black multifaceted skin, a secret all but invisible against the darkness of space, the killer satellite hunts with one of the deadliest weapons ever created. It is Zeus - and like the god of myth it hurls lightning from the heavens.
With help from the U.S. president, American Special Forces, and the CIA, ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny assembles a team of 10 men and one woman that will use some of the most advanced weapons, aircraft, and computer technology to execute an extraordinary mission involving the Catholic Church, the underground Church in China, and the long-imprisoned Bishop of Shanghai.