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Book By Author:  Matthew M. Frick

Open Source
 Open Source
 1453719989 978-1453719985
 Matthew M. Frick
  What if a ship carrying a cargo of stolen Russian missiles bound for Iran was mysteriously hijacked? What if Israel was secretly behind the hijacking? What if the guy who fills the vending machines in the office break room figured the whole thing out? Based on actual events, OPEN SOURCE is a geopolitical thriller that follows Casey Shenk, a Savannah, Georgia, vending route driver with an insatiable curiosity, as he uncovers a black-market arms deal-gone-bad and the truth behind a high-level plot to shape world politics. Casey draws his evidence from open sources; by reading beyond the headlines. When his theorizing catches the attention of the wrong people and anonymous threats turn deadly, Casey looks to Susan Williams, an intelligent, but insecure, analyst for the New York-based consulting firm Intelligence Watch Group for help. The two soon find themselves in the crosshairs and fighting to save their own lives, while preventing an even greater injustice that could affect the balance of power in the Middle East and plunge the world headlong into the next Great War.
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A rare gem! An intelligent, suspenseful and entertaining thriller.


Rarely does a thriller come out that is intelligent, suspenseful and entertaining without the macho bravado main lead or a bag of tricks that will save the world. Open Source by Matthew M. Frick is the best thriller that I have read in the past year. I don't say that lightly because I love a good thriller. Right from page one, I could tell that the author, Frick, had a smart, savvy writing style that gets right to the point. What a story! A hijacked freighter in the Baltics sets in motion a current political whodunit with the unlikeliest of characters: Casey Shenk, a South Georgian vending machine driver, blogs about what he reads between the lines in news stories; and Susan Williams, an analyst for IWG, a political think tank in NY. A harmless blog post about the freighter changes Casey’s life. Foreign intelligence agencies want the truth kept quiet. Susan finds Casey’s post and then his theories receive the interest they deserve, but bring much more lethal response than expected. Casey and Susan unravel the strings of mistruths and deception so they can warn the world.

Frick's knowledge of the Middle Eastern geopolitical labyrinth is astounding. It was like I was plugged into a news feed a couple of times from the extraordinary insight that he offers. It seems that Frick's knowledge and experience as an active Naval officer certainly doesn't hurt, but to have a smooth writing style that competes with the best of them, it is a potent combination. I would highly recommend reading Open Source and hope that this will be one of many from this author.

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Matthew Frick Author:  Matthew M. Frick


Matthew M. Frick is an active duty Naval Officer who has lived overseas and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe. A prolific writer and author of several published articles and conference papers about the Middle East and maritime piracy, his writings have been referenced in journals, theses, and other media in over five different countries; including India, Russia, and Iran (translated into Farsi and located on the official Majlis website). A native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, he currently resides in San Diego, California, with his wife and two children.