The Pattern

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Has one programming error killed hundreds of people in airplane crashes? A handful of west coast computer geeks know the answer. After reading The Pattern, you will too. Follow auto-pilot programmer Craig Walsh and his beautiful engineer girlfriend Stacey "Jack" Horner as they create, and then confront, a malicious computer virus that seems destined to destroy air travel as we know it... More

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About Jt Kalnay

JT Kalnay is an attorney and an author. He has been an athlete, a soldier, a professor, a programmer, an Ironman, and mountain climber. JT now divides his time between being an attorney, being an author, and helping his wife chase after seven nieces and nephews.

JT was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Growing up literally steps from the Bay of Quinte, water, ice, fishing, swimming, boating, and drowning were very early influences and appear frequently in his work.

Educated at the Royal Military College, the University of Ottawa, the University of Dayton,and Case Western Reserve University, JT has spent countless hours studying a wide range of subjects including math, English, computer science, and law. Many of his stories are set on college campuses.

JT is a rock climbing guide and can often be found atop crags in West Virginia, Kentucky, California, Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, and Italy. Rock climbing appears frequently in his writing.

JT has witnessed firsthand many traumatic events including the World Trade Center Bombing, the Long Island Railroad Shooting, a bear attack, a plane crash, and numerous fatalities, in the mountains and elsewhere. Disasters, loss, and confronting personal fear are common themes in his writing.


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Review by: Scott Skipper on May 18, 2012 :
Can a video game hijack an airplane?
Slightly juvenile programming genius, Craig Walsh knows it can and he knows he's responsible. What he doesn't know is how he's going to purge the virus from the autopilot software on every plane in the world.
The Pattern is a brilliant piece of techno-sleuth drama with a perfectly balanced love angle. Mr. Kalnay has excelled with his character development in this 1990's period piece that is an ominous omen of the 9/11 attack. Once I took the hook I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: parsonsg on Oct. 15, 2011 :
He came to our book club and did a reading from this book. I didn't follow all the computer programming stuff but I certainly followed the two romance lines. It crosses genres, trying to be both a thriller and a love story. It almost succeeds, so I give five stars for effort, a character I like who has some depth, and a believable yet frightening plot.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: smashgirl35 on Oct. 12, 2011 :
The third of JT's books I've read. I wish he hadn't killed the one character so soon. But I really liked the book.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: fred denton on Oct. 7, 2011 :
I liked most of this book, but I agree with Steve that the end was a little less good than the start. But, the start was really good, so five stars from me. And yes I will think twice about all the computers in airplanes.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: steve hunter on Oct. 4, 2011 :
The first three quarters of the book are really good because they deal with a cool programming mistake and lots of tragedy and there's even a little love story subplot. But then end doesn't live up to the starting. So, just four stars for me. Like all the reviewers on Amazon, I agree that this story casts some serious doubt on the security of everything run by computers. I hope he writes another book in this genre and leaves out the romance.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
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