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Fall/Winter 2012 (November 16, 2012)

The Kurchatov Penetration

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November 16, 2012

The Kurchatov PenetrationBy Timothy S. Jacobson’89

Visjonær Press

La Crosse, Wis., 2012

In the years following World War II, Soviet physicist Igor Kurchatov directed the development of First Lightning, the Soviet Union’s first atomic bomb. In his fictional debut, Timothy S. Jacobson’89 weaves a tale of power, intrigue, and espionage, as international governments clash in the battle for plutonium.

In this fast-paced thriller, Nikolai Volkov, a member of the Russian “mafiya” employs a Wisconsinite teen genius to help him hack into secret stores of Iranian plutonium for personal gain. Though the thrilling tale is fictional, Jacobson writes eloquently about the very real issues of cyberterrorism and international competition for nuclear resources. The result is a page-turner that highlights the more sobering realities of the Information Age.

Jacobson lives in La Crosse, Wis. where he works as an attorney and as executive director of the non-profit Mississippi Valley Conservancy. He has spent considerable time traveling in the Middle East and investigating security and political issues in the region.  

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