Friday 20 February 2015

Book Review - Cybersp@ce by Jeff W. Horton

I wanted to like this, the blurb sounded interesting, the cover was attractive and it has a cool '@' instead of an 'a' in the title.It suckered me in with the some decent, easy to read text. The illusion didn't last long though as the journey through the book had many bumps along the road.

The basic plot is fine, although it is a little bare boned. The first real problem was the principal characters. Not in themselves, but in their interactions with each other. First they have a tendency to congratulate each other for stating the obvious. Although that's probably a good thing as they tended to make some very dumb decisions. They then fail to see the obvious as events unfurl from those decisions.

There were other annoyances and yet I continued reading. Normally I'd just give up and start reading the next in my list, but it kept me involved in the story. I didn't understand why until I approached the end and the villain was laying his dastardly scheme out in the open for the heroes of the story. He was a Bond villain and I'd just read a cyberspace version of a James Bond film.

So was it a good read? Not really, but it was a surprisingly entertaining one.

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A devastating cyber attack leaves 100,000 people in the United States dead, and evidence points to the Chinese, setting the world on the inevitable march towards nuclear war. Nick Reynolds with US Cyber Command soon learns that former KGB agent Nikolai Chervanko, who has long dreamt of rebuilding his beloved Soviet Union, could be behind the massacre, with something even bigger planned. Lacking evidence linking Chervanko, however, outrage over the attack soon forces the United States to declare war on China. With no means to stop another destructive cyber attack and prevent a nuclear conflict, Nick finds help from an unlikely source from Area 51. Will Nick be able to avert a global holocaust? Find out in Cyber Space!

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