ABOUT THE BOOK
An elusive extremist hell-bent on destroying America.
A woman of uncommon valor haunted by her tragic past.
A dark web hacker confronting his conscience.
A failed intelligence officer in search of redemption.
JUST OUTSIDE OMAHA, NEBRASKA, the relative calm at Offutt Air Force Base is suddenly shattered when commercial Flight 209 crashes down onto its runway. Major Tamika Smith must try to rescue survivors From the flaming wreckage and try to make sense of the tragedy. But this was no accident. In a time of national unrest and division, a shadowy mastermind is tearing down the United States from the inside out, moving pawns in an orchestrated plan and playing law enforcement like puppets. More deadly and unusual attacks follow. Soon, thousands are dying and there are precious few leads. Chillingly set against the backdrop of modern-day events comes a story driven by themes of revenge and hope, guilt and redemption, separation and family. In a world of political gridlock, fake news, haves vs have-nots, racial tensions, and more, can Tamika and an unlikely collection of committed Americans stop the destruction in time to rescue a nation descending into chaos?
With heart-pounding action, compelling plot twists, and a rich tapestry of characters, The Wilkes Insurrection is a contemporary thriller of anarchic obsession and heroic ambition. Its perfect blend of callous villains, complex but captivating protagonists, and political intrigue will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Well, buckle up because you will be going on the ride of your life, no matter how you travel with this story. It begins with a journey that not everyone will walk away from. Jonny is on his way home he has to travel a lot with his work.
Now, this author was part of the original team that produced the Xbox 360, and he takes you on a walkthrough, as seen by Jonny. He sets the scene, where he sits, and why, his rituals and small talk with an older couple. Then the plane is targeted by a man that wants to make a point.
The story is viewed by different people, the man who causes carnage throughout the book, the victims and the heroes, one, in particular, Major Tamika Smith. She has her demons from her past. The characters are brought together by these events, and it changes the course in life they had been set on. It has a fast pace, a race against time all the way through. The author is very inventive, with every event being unique with high casualties.
I enjoyed this book, I felt like I had an instant connection with the characters, both the good and bad. I liked too that they were all flawed with life, but dealt with it differently. A super paced story, a very explosive thriller.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robbie Bach is best known for founding and leading the team that created the Xbox. Today he is an entertaining storyteller and catalyzing voice who writes books and speaks to audiences on leadership, creativity, strategy, and civic issues.
Robbie joined Microsoft in 1988. Over the next twenty-two years, he worked in various marketing and business management roles—including supporting the successful launch and expansion of Microsoft Office. As Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the Xbox business, including the launch of the Xbox, and its highly popular successor, Xbox 360, as well as the Xbox Live gaming platform. Then as Microsoft’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division, he was responsible for the company’s worldwide gaming, music, video, phone, and retail sales businesses until he retired in 2010.
In his current role as a civic engineer, Robbie works with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations to help drive positive change in our communities. He guest-lectures extensively at a variety of colleges and universities and speaks to corporate, civic, nonprofit, and trade association audiences across the country. In 2015, he published his first book, “Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.”
He currently chairs the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center and serves on the national board of governors for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He previously served as a board member of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Sonos Inc., Brooks Running Company, the Space Needle Inc., and Year Up Puget Sound. He is the co-owner of Manini’s, Inc., a gluten-free pasta and baking company.
Robbie was an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he earned his MBA, and a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, where he earned a degree in economics and was named an Academic All-American on the Tar Heel’s tennis team.
He and his wife, Pauline, reside in Medina, Washington with their yellow lab, Roscoe. They have three grown children and one grandchild. He loves peanut M&Ms, upholding heroic ideals, and those motivated to save the world—although not necessarily in that order. “The Wilkes Insurrection” (2021) is his first novel.