Join us at Book Beat on Saturday, February 28 from 6:00-7:30pm to meet John C. Ford, Metro-Detroit author of The Cipher, a new fast-paced, young-adult techno thriller. He will be speaking as well as signing copies of his work. This event is free and open to the public. Book Beat will stay open an extra half-hour for this event. For more information or to reserve copies, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190. A poster to download, print, and share can be found here: Poster
“The Cipher is a thrill-a-minute ride. A very cool read.”–David Baldacci
“The Cipher is an exciting tale with a twist ending that teens will enjoy.” —School Library Journal
Robert “Smiles” Smylie is not a genius. He feels like he’s surrounded by them, though, from his software mogul dad to his brainy girlfriend to his oddball neighbor Ben, a math prodigy. When Ben cracks an ancient, real-life riddle central to modern data encryption systems, he suddenly holds the power to unlock every electronic secret in the world—and Smiles finally has a chance to prove his own worth.
Smiles hatches a plan to protect Ben from the government agents who will stop at nothing to get their hands on his discovery. But as he races from a Connecticut casino to the streets of Boston, enlisting the help of an alluring girl, Smiles comes to realize the most explosive secrets don’t lie between the covers of Ben’s notebook—they’re buried in his own past.
Eerily close to reality and full of shocking twists, this techno-thriller reveals how easily the private can become public, and just how dangerous it can be to encrypt our personal histories.
John C. Ford grew up in Beverly Hills, Michigan before venturing off to Stanford University, where a desperate search for spending money led him to a reporter position at The Stanford Daily. The pay was terrible, but he discovered something priceless: a love of writing.
After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School and practicing law for a few years, he dreamed of writing something spicier than a legal brief–something like the crime novels he enjoys in his free time. His debut novel, The Morgue and Me, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery and short-listed for five state teen book awards. The Cipher (February 24, 2015) is a selection of the Junior Library Guild.
John C. Ford’s novels are for those 12 and up. The Morgue and Me is out in paperback February 24th, 2015. It will be available at this event. We encourage teachers to bring their students!
(This event also coincides with Book Beat’s Sierra Club Fundraiser!)