Civil Terror: Waterborne

A thought-provoking thriller about a very real threat
to the essence of life: water.

Fed up with the eight-year drought, Jake Bendel and a cunning team of experts create a five-plant desalination system — all powered by environmentally-friendly molten salt reactors — providing clean, healthy drinking water to millions of thirsty Californians.

But the dark side of humanity sees this as a chance for revenge against the United States.

A familiar genius weaponizes the system and devises a scheme to kill more Americans than the 407,000 + U.S. soldiers killed in World War II.

Can Jake and the FBI stop the terrorists before more innocent people are murdered?

Available November 15th, 2019. Pre-order now!

Is the United States Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?

Last week, an Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian walking across the street in Phoenix, AZ. With a computer at the controls and a convicted felon acting as a chaperone for the computer, the LIDAR (light radar) system failed to detect the moving object and take corrective action.

Next month (April 2018), California is expected to start issuing permits for remote controlled vehicles to roam public streets. Dozens of large, multi-billion corporations will likely jump on the band wagon.

Are we ready for this? As much as I’d like to see our country raking in the benefits, unfortunately I don’t think we’re there yet.

The temptation to test and implement self-driving cars (a.k.a. autonomous vehicles, or AV’s) is substantial. AV’s have the potential to eliminate traffic congestion, which causes $160 billion per year in negative economic impact. AV’s can also eliminate as much as 90% of the 30,000 to 40,000 vehicle-related fatalities that happen every year. Those are some pretty big carrots to justify moving forward at all costs. But without a comprehensive plan — a bureaucratic-free strategy — to properly implement this new tech, there’s risk that the whole endeavor might fall apart. Failure would really suck.

In order to properly take advantage of the looming AV revolution, the plan would need to come from the federal government. Not the states because it’s too simple to drive an AV across state lines. Not private industry either because although the pursuit of the almighty dollar and a healthy bottom line are commendable, we can’t afford to use US citizens as guinea pigs.

Take the Arizona fatality for example. Who’s at fault from a legal standpoint? Sure, the pedestrian was probably homeless and inebriated, but those potential facts are irrelevant, as is the likely fact that a human driver would not have been able to avoid the collision anyway. What about the felon who was babysitting the computer driver? Her background is also irrelevant. Is Uber responsible? They are the owner of the vehicle and since the vehicle killed the woman, it seems like a logical conclusion. But one thing I’ve learned being in business for almost three decades is very few cases in the legal arena are cut and dry.

I don’t have all the answers and neither do most attorneys I’ve spoken with. The point here is we need to have this discussion before we allow AV’s on the roads. In addition to legal ramifications, we’ll need to discuss and iron out the many different social, psychological, financial, economic and technical impacts.

We can do everything in our power to prevent the AV’s from killing people, but without a plan in place, with a solid legal foundation to build from, more deaths are likely to occur. And that’s unfortunate.

Civil Terror: Gridlock

Self-driving vehicles finally arrive. But so do the terrorists.

A thought-provoking thriller about artificial intelligence and the self-driving revolution.

You’ll be forced to consider how you’d react if you were cornered…
and trapped in a terrifying life-threatening situation.

Fed up with slogging through the treacherous LA traffic to get to work, Jake Bendel and a cunning team of experts create a roadway system for self-driving cars — preventing thousands of traffic deaths and reducing commute times from hours to minutes.

For three months, no traffic congestion. No accidents. No fatalities. People finally feel safe in their cars. But should they?

Especially when the dark side of humanity sees this as a chance to destroy the United States.

A Syrian terrorist group weaponizes the system and devises a scheme to kill more Americans in one day than the 407,000 + U.S. soldiers killed in World War II.

Viktor, a tormented psychopath and the mastermind behind this ruthless attack, is driven by the voices of his dead mother and Allah …who guide his every move.

While he and his brothers mercilessly annihilate Americans in the name of the Jihad, Viktor plants evidence that convinces the public Jake is the architect behind the most heinous terrorist attack in U.S. history.

But one rogue FBI agent believes Jake is innocent. Together they unearth a mole deep inside the FBI, go off the grid, and hash through a trail of hidden clues to stop Viktor from slaughtering millions of unsuspecting American drivers in a matter of minutes.

The clock is ticking. Can they stop him in time to prevent another savage bloodbath?

Civil Terror: Gridlock will grab you by the throat and pull you into a vicious struggle that will define the fate of the world for generations to come.

If you like Dan Brown, Lee Child, or Jon Grisham, you’ll love J. Luke Bennecke.