Howdy! My childhood and lifelong buddy is reminiscing about science fiction he read as a kid, and he asked for help identifying something. I figured the passel of dudes here who read little else could probably help.
Here’s what he writes:
The first was about a scientist who develops a weapon that can focus energy anywhere on Earth. I vaguely remember that it was driven by a miniature black hole. I think the weapon was called the Jericho bomb or j-bomb. The start of the novel was the scientist doing work on a computer, and when he logged off getting charged $12? For the computing time. In the climax of the novel, he set the weapon to destroy? Or prepared to destroy all the nukes, and to destroy any energy signature like the weapons source. One of the military guys says something like “he’s made us slaves to this weapon”, with the response “no, he’s set us free”.