Timothy S. Jacobson has been a U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) mission pilot, attorney, writer, documentary filmmaker, dot-com executive, conservationist, blacksmith, and inspirational speaker with a black belt in karate and an advanced scuba diving certification. He has traveled through parts of the Middle East and stared down the barrels of machine guns wielded by screaming soldiers while investigating firsthand some of the security and political issues embroiling the region. He is a student of Russian language and history. In the Civil Air Patrol, Major Jacobson has flown Homeland Security training exercises in which the Air National Guard has intercepted the plane he is flying with armed F-16 fighter jets. His skilled legal advocacy led Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine to jointly name him a “Super Lawyer,” and he has appeared and advocated before the United States Supreme Court. USA Today said, “If … Jacobson[‘s firm] isn’t careful, it may wind up giving lawyers a good name.” Saint Paul Pioneer Press called his firm “one of the most Internet-savvy law firms in existence.” His leadership of a nonprofit conservancy resulted in the organization being recognized as “Land Trust of the Year” and “Friend of Conservation - Outstanding Organization.” He has published magazine articles about international peace and justice issues, computer security, law and land conservation. Frequently, he has been profiled on TV, in newspapers and magazines for his legal and conservation work and his involvement in international issues. The Kurchatov Penetration is Jacobson's first published novel.
on Aug. 05, 2012 :
I had read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson and was so intrigued by the main character, Lisbeth Salander, that I decided to search for more books with computer hackers. Luckily, I found The Kurchatov Penetration by Tim Jacobson. It was just what I was looking for, and I was hooked by the third page. The tale begins in Russia with a risk-filled heist of uranium. The danger of the Russian mafia, combined with the threat of a nuclear bomb and unexpected twists kept me turning pages way past my bedtime. The novel presents many layers of complexity by involving CIA, FSB, FBI, Etallat, and Mossad characters. The book has many different settings that kept me on my toes: Iran, The White House, Vienna, Austria, and London, to name a few. I made a connection with the Madison setting due to the fact that I am from Wisconsin. I loved learning how Kent, the computer hacker from Madison, was working on a computer project for class that was to use artificial intelligence. He challenged and tested the computing power of his digital creation by attempting to decode encrypted messages. Although only a high school student, the brilliant protagonist was taking some college classes and ended up tutoring a college student for whom he developed a crush. The interaction of Kent and Sam is a sweet reminder of puppy love. Kent also has a friend Gene that he enlists to help him with feats of computing that had been thought to be impossible. The book explodes with assassinations and a ton of action, including a riveting scene of a manhunt through the storm sewers of Madison. The action includes trains, Ka-50 Black Shark attack helicopters, and MiG fighter jets. This novel would lend itself well to becoming an action-packed movie. The Kurchatov Penetration is fast paced and very engaging. The vocabulary is rich, colorful and concise. It was thrilling and exciting to read. I carried the book around in my purse to read during every moment I could steal during the day. I even went to bed early so I could curl up with the book and find out what would happen next. I highly recommend this book to my friends and anyone who loves to read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)