Ghost Dancer - Audio CD - Abridged Author:John Case, Dick Hill (Narrator) A contemporary thriller with an intriguing concept -- that terrorists would seek to use the secrets of famed inventor Nikolai Tesla to develop a weapon to cripple the U.S. The prime plotter, Jack Wilson, who's recently released from prison, harbors a consuming hatred against America, stemming from both losing a patent idea to eminent domain ... more »and the country's oppression of his Native American ancestors. Allying himself with an al-Qaeda offshoot, Wilson assembles technology to duplicate what he believes was a harmonic resonance weapon used by the dead genius to cause the legendary Tunguska crater in Siberia in 1908. Since the U.S. intelligence services are riven by incompetence and wrangling, a businessman who may have helped Wilson to launder money winds up in charge of trying to foil Wilson's plot.
A deranged mathematical genius and a relentless photojournalist demonstrate the expertise of Dick Hill in a story that blends the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, the Culpepper Switch, the Information Security Act, Tesla's Tunguska Event of 1908 (the biggest explosion in history), and globe-trotting to exchange drugs-for-guns-for-diamonds. The exhausting scope of this book is mitigated by Hill's performance. His flat tone perfectly conveys psychopathic musings; his deliberate whine lets the listener experience the frustration of government bureaucrats who are unwilling to see the big picture. Hill's presentation of quantum theory, as delivered by a heavily accented Serbian teacher during a multicourse meal fueled by vodka, reveals a plot that seems all too feasible. -- AudioFile