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Publication date: 20 December 2022

Format: eBook (ePub)

Language: English

Genre:  Crime thriller, geopolitical thriller, military thriller

Print length: 313 pages


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Book Description:

Of course, fighting the Russian machinery of war, that is, going head on with Putin's kill squads in Ukraine, bullet for bullet, man-to-man, is one way to stop the madman, but that's old-school, involves trillions of dollars of tax payer money, is a very protracted campaign and most importantly, results in a lot of spilled blood and destruction. Today's technology, however, opens the door to an entirely different approach. IT specialists, or hackers, could infiltrate Vladimir Putin's cache of money, both personally (which amounts to billions today) and the accounts which finance his war. No rubles - no war. This approach, and more, is detailed in my geopolitical thriller - The 9th Divinity - Book IV in the Keeno Crime Thrillers. You will believe it is possible and you will ask yourself, why isn't this approach being done? Questions and answers await you in this thriller which will challenge your reality.


"Terrifyingly well written and so realistic! From a master of suspense, an activist for human rights and against nuclear weapons, comes a disturbingly believable story of people who are ready to risk their lives—and AI is of a great help for it—to save the humankind from governing sociopaths and criminals. Though fiction, it is not. Ranked as a thriller, the book gives an impression of nowadays chronicles. Sweeping across the world – Canada, Russia, United States, North Korea, and South Korea, it’s a rollercoaster of danger and persistence of some people, as well as a self-sacrifice for the good cause at the time when the world is balancing on the edge of apocalypse. Some of Laplain’s characters act the way millions of people would approve of. Even more, it may make some readers do some soul searching. In the words of the author, “When that reality hits home, when it gets personal, when people realize that their pathetic apathy and pathetic complacency comes with a heavy price, that their children and grandchildren are going to irrevocably face an apocalyptic scene . . .” Isn’t it a timely appeal? I would highly recommend this book to everyone who thinks about the future." 

- Marina Osipova, author


"If you want to explore the very real struggles facing the world today through an exciting, well-written political thriller then The 9th Divinity is the book to choose. It’s a compelling concept and a story that might well haunt your thoughts for a long time to come."

- Mr. D.J. Luddington

"What a great and timely read. I've read almost all of Real's 14 books since the first one I picked up called The Buffalo Kid which is my hometown.The 9th Divinity, published in late 2022, nails 2 of the world's worst culprits of crime at the Hague. It even touches on buffoon #45.It's a story which includes renegade Canadian cops, a bit of science fiction, the Indigenous, microdrones, and thoughtfully weighs options of retaliation. The book is nicely woven together.I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to see justice for war criminals and acknowledging the insanity of man's construction of nuclear weapons.Congratulations to Real for this exciting read that includes some pertinent political commentary. It ends with a pyre and a message of hope."

- Roy Svensson


"In his latest crime thriller, Real takes the reader across continents fighting the big players in nuclear warfare. Readers get a picture of the devastations in Ukraine that shook the world as well as a glimpse into a nuclear disaster that very well could happen. The sociological insights into the minds of sociopathic leaders and how it leads to mass compliance in their citizens is impressively weaved into the story. With compelling storytelling skills, Real makes us question our shared responsibility in the disasters of the millennium."

- Dr. Anuradha Prathap (PhD)

"Mr. Laplaine is at it again! Keeno the Canadian superhero, goes international as he joins a brilliant accomplice taking on the two world's biggest sociopaths; Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin, and on the brink of World War Three all is made right again except for one terrible disaster. Through the dialogues written, he dares us to listen to his political view about the attitudes of not only the bad guys but also the nonchalant public who allow these types to influence us and rise up to such power for their own benefit. As a read I found it riveting and everyone should read it."

- Joseph. B.


Very much enjoying this new delivery in this series. Current international events, high tension and an insightful view of the madness that our planet is experiencing. Laplaine keeps getting better and better, it is hard to put down. Highly recommended.

- Andrea S.


Opening The 9th Divinity is thought-changing and mindset-shifting. It's takes you to a different level though. It's emotionally rich, raw and so real as the characters dive deeper into the sad state of our world. As I read, and I do love a thrilling, suspenseful novel, I keep finding moments and details I can understand, as we are living it today... Hopefully we can learn from some of the paths this book travels and that war is not the answer.

- April B.


The 4th volume in the Keeno Crime Thriller, "The 9th Divinity" by Réal Laplaine is a gripping and timely tale that plunges readers into a world on the brink of nuclear war. Blending elements of political intrigue, suspense, and existential fiction, Laplaine delivers a riveting narrative that will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Laplaine's writing is both terrifyingly realistic and thought-provoking, offering readers a glimpse into a world where the actions of a few individuals have the power to alter the course of history. Through vivid descriptions and compelling storytelling, he explores the complex dynamics of power, politics, and human nature, forcing readers to confront uncomfortable truths about the world we live in.

The novel is not only a pulse-pounding thriller but also a call to action, urging readers to consider the consequences of inaction in the face of tyranny and injustice. With its timely themes and gripping plot, "The 9th Divinity" is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a thrilling, thought-provoking story that challenges the status quo.

- Pratibha Malav

The 9th Divinity: A Keeno Crime Thriller (Novel 4) (eBook)

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