The Pattern Maker
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The Pattern Maker

A thriller about cults and coding, eden reborn and the encoding of life. The final twist is a computer program written against a countdown to disaster in C,Java,C++,C#,Objective C,PHP,Python,Ruby,Javascript,VB.NET,Swift,Perl,Actionscript,F# or delphi

About the Book

“A gripping read, I enjoyed it very much.” Jill Paton Walsh, Booker Prize shortlisted author of Knowledge of Angels.

How much loyalty does a mother owe to her son? And how does a doctor choose between faith and her science?

Christine Garrett is investigating an unusual malaria outbreak on the south coast of England. As she threads the connections between the dead, she discovers links to her son and the charismatic leader he follows. In finding the source of the spreading plague, she is forced to decide between her old faith and the reason that has brought her to a lightless place.

Frightening, gripping and with unexpected twists, The Pattern Maker is a timely story of the dangers that arise when ideals, technology and human talents are perverted by absolute belief. It explores the human cost when people are seen as means not ends, asking questions with no easy answers.

She has lost her son. Then three unusual deaths mark a trail that only she can follow...

Author's short technical note: One emergent theme of the novel is the relationship between coding and the encoding of life. In the final confrontation, the protagonist must write a program against a countdown to disaster. Given the hardware and appplication, the language would probably be C although it could well be any that support regular expressions: Java, C++, C#, Objective C, PHP, Python, Ruby, Javascript, VB.NET, Swift, Perl, Actionscript, Scala, Delphi, F#... even SQL.

Suggestions for the actual program are welcome (the code must be able to be written at speed and run fast)!

About the Author

Nicholas Lim
Nicholas Lim

Nicholas Lim lives in London with his wife and two sons. An Oxford and Faber Academy graduate, he has been writing and editing for over twenty years, publishing poems and short stories in a number of award-winning anthologies.

His first novel, The Pattern Maker, won the Pen Factor prize in 2012 and is due to be serialised in print, audio and e-book form early in 2014. He is currently working on his second novel, A Handful of Leaves, a story about an encounter between a monk, a thief and a merchant's daughter, set now and in the third century in Pakistan and Gandhara.

He is represented by Judith Murray at Greene and Heaton. Please contact her for all approaches and questions about rights and publication.

Table of Contents

  • Converted Files
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 19
  • Chapter 20
  • Chapter 21
  • Chapter 22
  • Chapter 23
  • Chapter 24
  • Chapter 25
  • Chapter 26
  • Chapter 27
  • Chapter 28
  • Chapter 29
  • Chapter 30
  • Chapter 31
  • Chapter 32
  • Chapter 33
  • Chapter 34
  • Chapter 35
  • Chapter 36
  • Chapter 37
  • Chapter 38
  • Chapter 39
  • Chapter 40
  • Chapter 41
  • Chapter 42
  • Chapter 43
  • Chapter 44
  • Chapter 45

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