Books by Mark Joseph

MONTE RIO by Mark Joseph
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"A mighty entertaining espionage thriller with elements that bring to mind The Magnificent Seven."
An attempt to spy on the rich and powerful takes a deadly turn in Joseph's (The Wild Card, 2001, etc.) latest thriller.Read full book review >
THE WILD CARD by Mark Joseph
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Lots of monosyllabic checking and folding, but not much genuine tension here. Readers with some knowledge of poker and its canny ways may appreciate Joseph's (Deadline Y2K, 1999, etc.) putative drama more fully."
Hard-bitten, chain-smoking, sweat-trickling poker players resolve their guilt about a 30-year-old murder like men—at the poker table, where jokers are wild and literary subtlety vanishes quicker than a cigarette docked untouched at the ashtray. Read full book review >
DEADLINE Y2K by Mark Joseph
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

Cautionary tale of a sleazy businessman and a pack of hackers finding fame, fortune, and an excuse to save New York City as the millennial computer bugaboo strikes. Since there are too many computers in the world, as well as too few people who understand them, Joseph (Typhoon, 1991, etc.) builds his story on the shaky foundation that theY2K (tech-speak for the year 2000) software bug will paralyze computers everywhere and bring an end to civilization. Not even purchasing the superexpensive software that Manhattan money-man Daniel Copeland sells from a fashionable converted townhouse near the financial district will help. Devised by Copeland's junk-food—munching computer genius "Doc" Downs, the software makes millions for Copeland and Doc. It also helps Copeland to discover hidden pieces of loose change inside the Chase Manhattan Bank's computer system that, thanks to Doc's devious digitizing, will leap magically into Copeland's secret offshore bank accounts as soon as the Times Square ball drops on 1999. But Doc's heart lacks his boss's larcenous instincts, leaving Doc free to spend his millions on an IBM mainframe and on sky-high salaries for a politically correct cadre of hackers—who invade the computer systems of Con Edison, the New York subway system, and other crucial city services with the intent of preserving them, should the Y2K bug turn out to be worse than even they can imagine. As the millennium arrives, computers regulating everything from toys to nuclear power plants begin to crash, bringing on havoc worthy of a Godzilla film. Calamity begets hyperbole ("the Pacific Ocean went dark,— etc.) before the plucky hackers save New York from complete annihilation. Conventional disaster novel, but briskly told and mercifully light on the technobabble. Read full book review >
TYPHOON by Mark Joseph
Released: Nov. 19, 1991

Hard-line Soviet submarine commanders rattle their rockets and threaten the future of democracy in the decaying empire. An American boat and a nonpolitical admiral stand between the Leninists and their goal. Real-life events have done damage to the setup of Joseph's second Soviet submarine thriller (after To Kill the Potemkin, 1986). Admirals Valotin and Deminov, who control the six enormous Typhoon-class ballistic submarines sailing from Arctic ports, plan to use nuclear blackmail to eliminate the threatened breakup of the Soviet Union. For the plan to succeed, the admirals know they must remove from action Admiral Zenko, the brilliant father of strategic submarine warfare. Zenko, who puts politics way behind seamanship, gets the tip despite his superiors' drastic security efforts, and takes his own Taifun safely from port just in time to go to war with his superiors. The battlefield is the White Sea, that great northern bay claimed in its entirety by the Soviets and off-limits to all other navies. Soviet rules notwithstanding, Taifun has company, the USS Reno, an American hunter-killer submarine with a skipper quite as skillful as Admiral Zenko. Reno tails Taifun, Taifun tails Sovyetskii Soyuz, whose Stalinist captain has programmed his missiles to hit Tblisi, Georgia, instead of the US. Torpedoes run. For those who can ignore the already dated politics: a tense, tight naval thriller. Read full book review >