The Purloined Encryption Caper

by Rose Ameser Bannigan



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/23/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 452
ISBN : 9781425927691
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781468568301

About the Book


            Five renegade NATO intelligence officers sent by their governments to the U.S. to steal industrial secrets from government and hi-tech companies secretly conspire to sell technologies they acquire to rogue nations for personal profit.  All have high-level contacts in European and Middle Eastern governments and criminal networks.  They soon involve several U.S. government employees as information sources enabling the group to steal patent applications and hi-tech data.

Planning to be married, Rachel Brown resigns from the CIA after successful tours in Germany and Hong Kong.  However, her pilot fiancé crashes en route to San Francisco for the wedding.  With the help of a childhood friend, currently a powerful U.S. senator’s aide, she returns to Washington and joins a lobbying firm representing several small high technology companies.  She meets and becomes involved with the conspirators at Capitol Hill social events.  She is of intense interest to them, especially after she becomes romantically involved with Jason Conrad, a client and CEO of a California hi-tech company involved in developing cutting edge encryption software and biometrics--areas of major interest to the NATO conspirators. 

Her liaison with Jason gets complicated when her former lover, a college friend of Jason’s and international journalist, reenters her life and wants to revive their old affair.

Through her past contacts, she alerts the CIA and FBI of the European group’s intrigues and, together with Jason, cooperates with the government to try and thwart the foreign agents whose ruthless schemes involve murder, kidnapping and blackmail.

The action moves from Washington to West Virginia, San Francisco, Paris and Belgium as Rachel becomes more enmeshed in the nefarious schemes and intrigues.  Her progress from innocence to the world of espionage and betrayal reflects the complexity of modern life for this young professional woman.


About the Author

            An avid reader, writing fiction has always been one of Rose Bannigan’s goals.  The Purloined Encryption Caper is her third novel.  Her two previous novels, The Snowstorm Murders and Riddle of the Five Buddhas, were also published by AuthorHouse.

Rose Bannigan worked for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC and Germany.   Because of an evolving interest in Asia and international economic and social development, she joined The Asia Foundation and served in their San Francisco, New York and Afghanistan offices.  Her assignment in the Foundation’s office in Kabul led to travel in India, Pakistan and other parts of Asia.  After leaving that Foundation, she joined the staff of the National Academy of Sciences which was becoming more involved in scientific collaborations with developing countries.  Assigned to their international office, she concentrated on staffing and managing collaborative scientific programs whose activities involved travel to the Middle East, Africa and Asia as well as extensive report writing and editing of scientific studies and reports on many aspects of development.  She was mainly responsible for developing and administering scientific and technical programs in Indonesia and Thailand for over ten years.

A native of Ohio, she currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, John, a lecturer and writer on Asian affairs.  They still travel abroad and spend time at their vacation homes in Southern Shores, North Carolina and in Hampshire County, West Virginia.