shortages, crime and corruption are crippling world economies, terrorism is
becoming strangely sophisticated. When Lt Colonel John Maxwell refuses to cover
up his commanding General's failure, he is put illegally in charge of an
antiterrorist operation that is clearly designed to kill or discredit him. After
first placing her as a suspect, Maxwell forms a dysfunctional relationship with
Tamsyn Farish, and to everybody's surprise, they seem to have success. The questions
are, why was he given reason to suspect her, and why are they successful when
nobody else is? These questions are answered when they learn the Puppeteer is
playing both sides, and is also playing a very high stakes game with three
nuclear bombs. Meanwhile, two young scientists who are carrying out undersea
minerals exploration at Kerguelen are suddenly put into the game, and they are
critical to the outcome, except they have no idea what they have to do. Puppeteer
is an action story, but where the resolution is the answer to a puzzle that the
reader is invited to solve.
About the author
Dr Miller graduated from the University of Canterbury, and initially worked at Chemistry Division, DSIR, in New Zealand to work first on lignin chemistry, then recycling, seaweed research, then hydrothermal wood liquefaction. In 1986 he left DSIR to set up Carina Chemical Laboratories Ltd as a research company to support the private half of a joint venture to make pyromellitates, the basis of high temperature resistant plastics. More recently, he has worked on the development of Nemidon gels (www.nemidon.co.nz) and fuels and chemicals through the hydrothermal treatment of microalgae. He has written about 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, about 35 other articles, and was on the Editorial Board of Botanica Marina between about 1998-2008. He has also written some science in fiction futuristic thriller-type novels. While these are intended to entertain, they also should give just a little insight on how science works, and also a little on the author's experience at small business. These novels, including Puppeteer, and Troubles, have been self-published as ebooks. Links can be found at www.ianmiller.co.nz.