Performance Anomalies



✻ [EPUB] ✰ Performance Anomalies By Victor Robert Lee ❅ – E17streets4all.co.uk Victor Robert Lee s provocative debut spy thriller PERFORMANCE ANOMALIES introduces a protagonist to rival the most memorable espionage heroes Cono is a startling young man of mixed and haunting herit Victor Robert Lee s provocative debut spy thriller Performance Anomalies introduces a protagonist to rival the most memorable espionage heroes Cono is a startling young man of mixed and haunting heritage who has been gifted or cursed with an accelerated nervous system An orphan from the streets of Brazil, he acts as a freelance spy, happy to use his strange talents in the service of dubious organizations and governments until, in Kazakhstan, on a personal mission to rescue a former lover, he is sucked into a deadly maelstrom of betrayal that forces him to question all notions of friendship and allegiance Relevant to our times, Performance Anomalies explores the expansion of Beijing s imperial reach into Central Asia, and the takeover of Kazakhstan Cono s main adversary is a brutal Beijing agent whose personality has been twisted by the Cultural Revolution s devastation of his family Victor Robert Lee s topical depiction of a Beijing government pursuing territorial expansion resonates with current tensions over China s claims on the entire South China SeaRFORMANCE ANOMALIES travels from Brazil and Stanford to Almaty and the Tian Shan mountains, covering a tumultuous emotional landscape along the way The fate of an oil rich nation the size of Western Europe is at stake So, too, is a hidden stockpile of weapons grade uranium The Beijing agent craves Cono s suffering a jihadi cell wants him dead As the human cost of his mission escalates, Cono realizes that he must turn his strange talents toward higher deeds in the future if by his guile he can survive the explosive present.Performance Anomalies

Victor Robert Lee writes on the Asia Pacific region and is the author of the espionage novel Performance Anomalies, described by The Japan Times as a thoroughly original work of fiction and by Singapore s Best of Talking Books as un put down able His recent field reporting from the South China Sea and East China Sea can be found in The Diplomat and elsewhere His reporting has been cited by The Economist, Bloomberg View, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Mainichi Shimbun, BBC News, CNN, Asahi Shimbun, The Straits Times, National Geographic and other media, as well as in hearings of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations He uses a pen name to avoid being denied travel visas by authoritarian governments.

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    Performance Anomalies eBook ò Hardcover times, Performance Anomalies explores the expansion of Beijing s imperial reach into Central Asia, and the takeover of Kazakhstan Cono s main adversary is a brutal Beijing agent whose personality has been twisted by the Cultural Revolution s devastation of his family Victor Robert Lee s topical depiction of a Beijing government pursuing territorial expansion resonates with current tensions over China s claims on the entire South China SeaRFORMANCE ANOMALIES travels from Brazil and Stanford to Almaty and the Tian Shan mountains, covering a tumultuous emotional landscape along the way The fate of an oil rich nation the size of Western Europe is at stake So, too, is a hidden stockpile of weapons grade uranium The Beijing agent craves Cono s suffering a jihadi cell wants him dead As the human cost of his mission escalates, Cono realizes that he must turn his strange talents toward higher deeds in the future if by his guile he can survive the explosive present."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 290 pages
  • Performance Anomalies
  • Victor Robert Lee
  • English
  • 24 January 2018
  • 1938409221

10 thoughts on “Performance Anomalies

  1. says:

    I ll leave you to read the synopsis and just get right down to the nitty gritty I have to say that initially I didn t think I was going to like this book, but hands up I was wrong As the story progressed I found that I really didn t want to put it down It was complex, intriguing, exciting, and I got to the point where I couldn t read it quickly enough It s an impressive debut novel, and it s certain that there s going to be a lotgoing on in Cono s world in future novels Well done Vict I ll leave you to read the synopsis and just get right down to the nitty gritty I have to say that initially I didn t think I was going to like this book, but hands up I was wrong As the story progressed I found that I really didn t want to put it down It was complex, intriguing, exciting, and I got to the point where I couldn t read it quickly enough It s an impressive debut novel, and it s certain that there s going to be a lotgoing on in Cono s world in future novels Well done Victor and thank you for my signed copy

  2. says:

    I read a lot four eight books a week, primarily thrillers because that s what I write After a while, they start sounding alike powerful but flawed hero stands against evil a crisis storms in that only s he can solve and s he is pulled out of retirement another job a satisfying domestic life to assist his her country a friend a stranger despite herculean efforts, it threatens to destroy him her at the last minute sometimes, literally , s he prevails, a better person because of this I read a lot four eight books a week, primarily thrillers because that s what I write After a while, they start sounding alike powerful but flawed hero stands against evil a crisis storms in that only s he can solve and s he is pulled out of retirement another job a satisfying domestic life to assist his her country a friend a stranger despite herculean efforts, it threatens to destroy him her at the last minute sometimes, literally , s he prevails, a better person because of this trial by fireI m always on the look out for a writer who can break out of that template and still provide the fast moving, gut wrenching action that makes thrillers the favorite of millions of readers.I ve found him.Enter Victor Robert Lee and his debut novel, Performance Anomalies Perimeter Six 2013 where Mr Lee sets the stage for what could be one of the most riveting series in recent years I m not a fan of opening a novel with a dream sequence, but in this case, it worked.The story is about an unusual man without a country named Cono NLN Cono has the gift of a hyper fast neurological system a genetic mutation , which he uses for good and evil, ambivalent to the purpose As the book opens, he finds himself haplessly helping a criminal mastermind whom he calls friend to destroy the world It s not faceless death that forces a second look from this unexpected crime fighter, but that it would destroy what few friends he has, and thus, Cono finds himself re evaluating his life path There is lots of back story, but it is so instructive in understanding this man who considers himself a freak, it doesn t detract from the momentum of the plot.This is a character driven story, the plot interwoven with the hero s essence Don t misunderstand This isn t an introspective account of a man s moral evolution Yes, that does happen, but what keeps the reader turning pages is the action, the adventure, the power of Lee s voice The author through Cono s eyes treats everyone who populates this fictitious world as though he knows them, with a sense of place and a respect for their culture and attitudes His writing is crisp, tight, with lots of sensory details to put readers right in the middle of Kazakhstan, a torture session, a sensuous walk along exotic streets The words are magnetic, making readers want to get to know this man who can slow time like a stop motion camera, despite his questionable morals and bias for violence Quickly, readers feel connected to this world, one which most of us will never experience.A side note I was curious about Mr Lee so Googled him and found a wonderful website sharing insight into his world, aka Cono s world It includes pictures see below and sources he uses for his writing real world performance anomalies, the works of Dr Oliver Sachs a personal favorite , brain research If you are the reader who wants to learn from what you consume rather than escape reality, you will love this.It is clear from the construction of this story, this is no stand alone novel Cono has metamorphosed and we will see the future Him as a protector of good, enemy of evil I can t wait

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    Meet Cono, a young man of mixed heritage, born with a genetic anomaly that allows him to perceive time slower than normal A facial tic tells him someone is to be trusted, a twitch telegraphs friendship or subterfuge.Born in Brazil, he witnessed his father murder his mother, a beloved woman who taught him to live free and dance He hasn t a country, but believes that wherever his feet touch soil is where he is supposed to be.He has few friends, but to those he has, he is fiercely loyal His job Meet Cono, a young man of mixed heritage, born with a genetic anomaly that allows him to perceive time slower than normal A facial tic tells him someone is to be trusted, a twitch telegraphs friendship or subterfuge.Born in Brazil, he witnessed his father murder his mother, a beloved woman who taught him to live free and dance He hasn t a country, but believes that wherever his feet touch soil is where he is supposed to be.He has few friends, but to those he has, he is fiercely loyal His job is espionage, and for a man without borders any country is game He is a mediator, a messenger, sometimes a doer and fixer.A frantic phone call from Xiao Li, a favored friend and paramour of Chinese descent, starts Performance Anomalies in motion She has been abducted, so Cono calls in favors to free his lover from the arms of radicals determined to destroy her for reasons unknown.A race across nations brings Cono to Kazakhstan, a country we learn is at the center of Chinese, American, and Western Europe s hunger for oil and uranium.Someone has a store of the powerful metal, and that someone wants to sell it to the jihadists Cono must stop the transfer, discovering too late, that sometimes the cost isthan the price.I gave Performance Anomalies a five star review because for a first novel it was outstanding The nuance and wisdom culled from the pages are best read with little distraction.For an American like me, Victor Robert Lee offers a unique world view one we know little about The information contained within should be savored like a fine wine, the hidden truths mulled and considered.While I would not call the novel fast paced, it is certainly well done with lots of twists and turns The writing is elegant, and the author is either an extremely talented young man, or someone with a world of experience.I for one, would like to know this mysterious Victor Robert Lee, who is described as Living on the road and writing under a pseudonym.Well done

  4. says:

    Performance Anomalies is presented as a spy novel, but it is intelligent fiction that defies categorization On the one hand there is the swiftly moving story of Cono, the freelance spy, as he takes on a mission in Kazakhstan that soon spins wildly out of control, and on the other hand we get a series of hints, through flashbacks and or dream sequences, of his bizarre but strangely realistic childhood, starting with surfing as an impoverished child on the beaches of Brazil There are several oth Performance Anomalies is presented as a spy novel, but it is intelligent fiction that defies categorization On the one hand there is the swiftly moving story of Cono, the freelance spy, as he takes on a mission in Kazakhstan that soon spins wildly out of control, and on the other hand we get a series of hints, through flashbacks and or dream sequences, of his bizarre but strangely realistic childhood, starting with surfing as an impoverished child on the beaches of Brazil There are several other characters in the story, at least two too many, but they all leave a sharp impression And then there is the writing Xiao Li, the tough and beautiful woman whom Cono must try to save, was abandoned by her mother when she was thirteen And yet Xiao Li always spoke of her mother as if her image were mounted in a red and gold picture frame resting on a shrine in the corner of a tidy house, to be venerated and pleased at all times, like a deceased ancestor ever present and scrutinizing her progeny

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    CONO is the perfect wheeler and dealer He s a loner who s got several girls he cares for but no attachments stopping him from globe trotting to each new, dangerous job The story begins when he gets an early morning telephone call in Istanbul, Turkey, that a woman, Xiao Lin, is being held captive in Kazakhstan He sets out to rescue her, only to be sucked into a business deal that will involve bidders for oil rich Kazakhstan Xiao Lin is kidnapped again, to make sure he doesn t back out of the CONO is the perfect wheeler and dealer He s a loner who s got several girls he cares for but no attachments stopping him from globe trotting to each new, dangerous job The story begins when he gets an early morning telephone call in Istanbul, Turkey, that a woman, Xiao Lin, is being held captive in Kazakhstan He sets out to rescue her, only to be sucked into a business deal that will involve bidders for oil rich Kazakhstan Xiao Lin is kidnapped again, to make sure he doesn t back out of the deal and to assure he will be successful He knows there s something way out of the ordinary about this job but his feelings for Xiao Lin keep him proceeding according to the plans he s been given.There s plenty of blood, guts and gore for the addicted spy thriller fans and an added piece to the mystery that involves getting uranium for nuclear weapons As the story develops, CONO makes plenty of enemies, including the Chinese who will do anything to get what they want and a jihadist whose mission and goals CONO understands but is not willing to assist What CONO sees as just a business deal for money is to others power that is far reaching beyond oil rich fields The reader has to be sharp with the number of names and places that appear without a moment s notice in this fast paced thriller, but it s well worth the effort Performance Anomalies is a roller coaster ride through a relatively unknown part of the world to most Westerners but it is all thereal because it bears so much factual basis that could just be happening today or in the near future CONO is a cool, highly skilled dealer and killer when he has to be who does the job so well that the political future of Kazakhstan changes because of his action Neatly done, Victor Robert Lee

  6. says:

    The protagonist, Cono, is a freelance spy who has a nervous system which operates about 10 times faster than the normal nervous system Thus the title Performance Anomalies Cono is an incredible anomaly who I would nominate to be the next new X Man I d also nominate this incredible story to be made into a movie Cono is called in to action to rescue a lover being held captive by a brutal, tyrannical Chinese agent, and is being used as a political pawn in an attempt to manipulate and gain c The protagonist, Cono, is a freelance spy who has a nervous system which operates about 10 times faster than the normal nervous system Thus the title Performance Anomalies Cono is an incredible anomaly who I would nominate to be the next new X Man I d also nominate this incredible story to be made into a movie Cono is called in to action to rescue a lover being held captive by a brutal, tyrannical Chinese agent, and is being used as a political pawn in an attempt to manipulate and gain control of oil resources from a country the size of Western Europe, Kazakhstan.However, the fate of Kazakhstan is not the only thing at stake there s a hidden stockpile of uraniumThe cruel Beijing agent not only wants Cono to suffer, but craves it A Jihadi cell wants him deadA very pleasantly written, easily readable but not dumbed down , hard to categorize work of art A movie producer would be smart to snag this one up fast Contains all the elements a reader could want, with lots of action, varying exotic locales, a beyond unique story line, and a hero who you cannot put into a typical spy box.I really enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a great, unpredictable, steadily paced read Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free through Goodreads I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

  7. says:

    DISCLOSURE I was given a copy of this novel by Victor Robert Lee in exchange for an honest review This book needs to be a movie That s all I could think while reading it, from start to finish I ll tell you right now, I don t usually read spy or thriller style novels, but after reading this I think I might need to look into readingof them The characters in this book are a masterpiece.Cono breaks the mould of every sort of stereotypical spy hero He manages to be simultaneously a cut DISCLOSURE I was given a copy of this novel by Victor Robert Lee in exchange for an honest review This book needs to be a movie That s all I could think while reading it, from start to finish I ll tell you right now, I don t usually read spy or thriller style novels, but after reading this I think I might need to look into readingof them The characters in this book are a masterpiece.Cono breaks the mould of every sort of stereotypical spy hero He manages to be simultaneously a cut above the rest of us, while still maintaining human flaws I feel Mr Lee managed a feat seldom achieved by even seasoned authors, and this is his first novel The story is interesting and fast paced for almost the entire book the only thing that really kept this from being a five star read for me is that there are some slight pacing issues before the first half I am confident in future work the author will get even better in this regard Overall, it s a minor flaw in a really enjoyable read.My favourite part of this book, though, is simply how cinematic it all is The author is a master of non cluttered description, particularly of action scenes and geography I can t wait to read about future travels of Cono I felt like I really learned about new places as I read.I really, really, really want this book to be a film

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    My cousin got this book from a Goodreads give out, and she gave it to me I m in computer science mostly php , and she thought Performance Anomalies might have a computer meaning, which it turns out it does, but in the story the term performance anomalies means the strange and special abilities that this spy Cono has These abilities and some related weaknesses come from a different kind of code than what I deal with meaning genetic code Cono has some genetic differences from other human My cousin got this book from a Goodreads give out, and she gave it to me I m in computer science mostly php , and she thought Performance Anomalies might have a computer meaning, which it turns out it does, but in the story the term performance anomalies means the strange and special abilities that this spy Cono has These abilities and some related weaknesses come from a different kind of code than what I deal with meaning genetic code Cono has some genetic differences from other humans, and these give account for an acceleration of his nervous brain system The genes involved are on chromosome number 7, that s why the doctors at stanford uni called him CONO 7Q The way the author writes it, it all sounds believable And I guess there is so much happening with genes these days that maybe somebody is out there who really is like him, sort of, and just hasn t been discovered yet There is a lotto the story than genes and neuro, though, and the way the science is tied to a bigger theme reminds me of Michael Crichton Margaret Atwood is also really good at using science and what might happen with scientific research In this book, there is the espionage world Cono lives in, his history as a very poor boy in Brazil, the wild goings on in Kazakhstan with his buddy who is now the head of the BUREAU like KGB in Almaty, a sexy woman agent for the CIA from Ukraine, the tough but loveable Xiao Li Cono s lifelong friend and former girlfriend , the disturbed Chinese secret service guy, the geopolitics of China expanding and taking over other parts of the world, and best of all the weird personality of the hero called Cono All these concepts and pieces and personalities make for a lot to keep in your mind at the same time, which is why I think this book is best for intelligent readers I m not counting myself because i m sure there is a lot I missed I wish I could have spenttime in the story with the Chinese lady named Xiao Li, who also has quite a different kind of way of thinking and is a little bit nasty to others and foul mouthed But I won t saybecause I don t want to spoil the ending Truly enjoyable and smart book Thank u goodreads

  9. says:

    In Performance Anomalies Cono, a James Bond type, independent brave young man, has some remarkable traits A polyglot, world citizen with an accelerated nervous system, by which he can see and react quicker than his opponents That serves him in all kinds of near deadly confrontations while out on a mission in Kazakhstan An enormous country, rich in natural resources such as oil, uranium Kazakhstan has the attention from both Russians, Americans, Chinese, radical muslim groups and adventure se In Performance Anomalies Cono, a James Bond type, independent brave young man, has some remarkable traits A polyglot, world citizen with an accelerated nervous system, by which he can see and react quicker than his opponents That serves him in all kinds of near deadly confrontations while out on a mission in Kazakhstan An enormous country, rich in natural resources such as oil, uranium Kazakhstan has the attention from both Russians, Americans, Chinese, radical muslim groups and adventure seekers A deadly mix of spies, intrigues, bad girls and taxi drivers For a freelance spy, headed to Brazil, Almaty, Kazakhstan means a roller coaster ride for Cono to help his friend Xiao Li and discover the possible plot behind all these strange attacks on him Not so much a novel as the cover suggests , but a great thriller

  10. says:

    Performance Anomalies was a very interesting read Normally I read mysteries, cozy mysteries, a few suspense romance novels but Spy books just has never been my cup of tea I did win this book and it really was good.Cono, the main character has a gifted ability that helps him be great at his job which he chases all over the world trying to accomplish The ending was good and not what I figured would happen The whole book was nothing predictable making it a thoroughly enjoyable read Would Performance Anomalies was a very interesting read Normally I read mysteries, cozy mysteries, a few suspense romance novels but Spy books just has never been my cup of tea I did win this book and it really was good.Cono, the main character has a gifted ability that helps him be great at his job which he chases all over the world trying to accomplish The ending was good and not what I figured would happen The whole book was nothing predictable making it a thoroughly enjoyable read Would recommend to anyone who likes any kind of suspense book Am looking forward to another adventure by Cono For a first time book, GREAT job to Mr Victor Robert Lee

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