Synopsis:A brilliant composer and coder goes undercover to trap a cybercrime syndicate that has hijacked her website—to traffic blood ivory. She must survive impossible physical, virtual and cultural obstacles and choose between the opposing forces of privacy and responsibility.
Allison is stunned when the CIA leaves her no option but to go undercover to surreptitiously modify the code she wrote to protect her symphony. She is deployed from New York with a savvy street vendor to Tanzania, where he is from—and where the cybercrime trail goes dead. Their guarded love affair is sidelined when they are abducted by a trafficker who poaches elephants on a massive scale. To avoid betraying each other they abandon their CIA handlers and return to New York City. Allison must find a way to bring down the syndicate knowing that she might have to sacrifice her symphony, her loved ones and her privacy—for a greater good.
My Review:I found this novel difficult to follow. This senior citizen is not up on all of the contemporary cyber crime and security issues. For example, I had to look up what a Tor account was. I wish the structure of the novel would have been such that the security techniques would have been explained rather than just mentioned. I was lost most of the time with all the talk about coding and programming. The same went for the idea of music composition and collaboration online. Perhaps younger readers more familiar with the topic will enjoy that aspect of the novel much more than I did.
I had difficulty liking the characters. None of them elicited empathy from me. I didn't appreciate the romance very much as it seemed out of place in the flow of the plot.
All that being said, I did enjoy the aspect of the novel that dealt with the illegal ivory trade. That was portrayed very well. And I do have a new appreciation for those who deal with cyber crime and hacking. I realize now how complicated and difficult it must be to apprehend hackers. The pace of the plot was fast and kept me reading.
I recommend this novel to people who enjoy reading a fast paced novel about computer hacking and online music collaboration.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller
Published by: Ice Wine Productions, Inc.
Publication Date: February 2017
Number of Pages: 309
ISBN: eBook: 978-0-9981666-0-5, Print: 978-0-9981666-1-2
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads
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Author Bio:Impressions on a South African farm, boarding school, a father who read from the classics to his A Fado for the River, his career as Art Director in advertising led him to the American Film Institute, and an awe of digital technology propelled him to VP/CIO at Disney, ABC-TV stations and Fox. Wells wrote an award-winning animated film, has visited elephant reserves, and climbed to the tip of Kilimanjaro. He lives on Long Island where he swims the open water and runs a video and design company. He writes thrillers about imperfect characters who, always with a diverse band of allies, fight villains that devastate our natural and virtual ecosystems. A father who read from the classics to his children, and a storytelling mother, sparked Geoffrey Wells with a writer’s imagination. Though the piano and drum kits and Mozambique led to his first thriller,
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