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Cloud Crash: A Technothriller

Cloud Crash: A Technothriller [Kindle Edition]

Phil Edwards
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A MAD BOMBER crosses the country with nothing to lose and orders to kill. He won't stop until the "cloud computing" that powers the internet is destroyed. But he's not acting alone--he's part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power. 
His only obstacle? A team of professionals with serious flaws: a corporate investigator who's too brash to stay out of trouble, a hermit-like blogger with crippling paranoia, and a beautiful public relations expert with her own fair share of secrets. They'll have to work together to discover the true source of the attacks--before it's too late. 
Along the way, they'll come in contact with modern technology's greatest risks. The chase takes them from Silicon Valley to New York City, with stops at Napa and Area 51 in between. They'll have to move quickly--there's only one chance to keep the cloud from crashing. 
If you love taut, puzzle-based thrillers with big ideas, you'll want to start Cloud Crash immediately.

About the Author

Phil Edwards has worked as a journalist, blogger, and grocery cart pusher. He can be found at, or on Twitter @PhilEdwardsInc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Harrison-Mills Media (5 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IZM9MK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Phil Edwards has worked as a journalist, blogger, and grocery cart pusher. He can be found at, or on Twitter @PhilEdwardsInc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun book but the title may be misleading 25 Oct 2011
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Fun book but relies heavily on stereotypes for characters. The characters are therefore predictable and the plot is fiction. The baddie would have been caught after the first few chapters. The title will may initially annoy technology-oriented readers.

One of the characters says, "I call it `the cloud.' Don't you think that's appropriate?"
Talk about claiming the big one this character is claiming to have named "Cloud computing". Still it's just a bit of fun and technology-oriented readers should be laughing at the implausible script. This storyline assumes its computer hackers that are causing problems, but in fact it's far simpler than that!

Many readers you are going to love the interaction between the main character and the heroine, a tall blonde woman, who wants to be taken seriously.

I have given this book three stars because of the title and the fact that first few chapters ramble on and lose interest, this information should have moved further in the book.
Well at least I completed reading the book!

The Amazon Kindle price is great and makes this well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of fun to read... 10 Aug 2013
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Not being familiar with the author I thought I'd try this new title. On promo and used the HTML5 KindleReader with my account.

I guess it must be adult fiction, but safe enough for minors, etc. with an interest in electronic-age felonism, or maybes even to put them off..?!?
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4.0 out of 5 stars This cloud is not in the sky 7 Mar 2011
By Julius Butcher - Published on
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I'm not a tech guy, but I have some idea what "the cloud" is. My e-mails and documents are in the cloud. My Facebook status messages and photos are in the cloud. My twitter blurbs are in the cloud. So if the cloud would collapse, a part of my life would disappear. This is happening in Cloud Crash. Websites are down, services are unreachable, the Internet is collapsing, because data centers are detonated.

The CEO of Bioze calls Cal Stevens, consultant to find out who is behind this conspiracy. Because for Bioze it is not only information which is at stake, but the life of hospital patients are in danger, whose treatment is handled and followed by cloud computing applications. If the Bioze data center crushes, people dies.

So Cal does his best to get to the man who is not afraid to kill anyone between him and his target. Fortunately Brianna Cowell is helping him, who turns out to be an agent.

I liked that the story is fast paced. I liked the characters too, because they were not perfect, but human. I liked the idea of erasing "the cloud". I liked the book.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as I'd hoped 21 Feb 2012
By Kris James - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
~~From Red Adept Reviews~~

I received Cloud Crash: A Technothriller, by Phil Edwards, as a review copy submitted to "Red Adept Reviews" by the author.

Overall: 3 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

This book took me weeks to read, when I usually grind through a novel in hours. But it wasn't due to a bad plot; I very much enjoyed its final few twists.

The subplot involving Area 51 wasn't what I expected and could have been cut entirely, and the bomber's subplot could have been a quarter as detailed and still remained relevant. The blogger's subplot was my favorite; it wasn't overdone, and the character was easy to relate to.

At one point, a newly-broken code is described as consistent, but it wasn't; the author used two kinds of ciphers. Another time, guards had been forewarned of the bomber's attacks, but weren't given weapons or any other means to defend their building--a plot device that saved the final confrontation for our heroes.

The various settings were entertaining; I particularly enjoyed the final section of the book; all the plotlines dovetailed nicely and the tension was intense.

I particularly enjoyed one scene between Ben and Khalid which brought up both sides of what is currently the argument surrounding the SOPA bill. There's nothing like relevant fiction to give us another look at ourselves.

Character Development: 3 3/4 Stars

Cal Stevens starts off with a quality pedigree: journalist, investigator, party boy, sexy guy. But when the story begins, his intelligence doesn't hold up to the hype. He asks questions about internet topics so basic that I wondered where he'd been in the last decade. He felt Gary Stuish from the start, though his snappy wit was always entertaining.

Schloss, the bomber, starts his day with a perfect plan, we're told. But as time goes by, he's revealed to have made mistake after mistake during his planning phase, as well as goofing up during the plan's execution. He ends up seeming to suffer from delusions of competence, and, as with Cal, I wondered how he got hired.

Brianna, PR agent/actual agent, was awesome. Her PR side was strongly shown, and her kick-ass side did just that. Mysterious, possibly untrustworthy, having her own agenda and not apologizing for it, she owned this book. She definitely owned Cal.

Ben the blogger was an interesting addition to the book, in a good way. The pacing of his sections were different, but no less intriguing or tense. His fears and paranoia were a nice foil to the confidence of the other characters.

There were several minor characters as well, and while they were all developed to some degree, I didn't feel they all needed inclusion and/or POV scenes.

Writing Style: 2 Stars

The author has a habit of putting a character's dialogue in its own paragraph, without a dialogue tag. Occasionally, this made it confusing as to who was speaking.

Technical details felt overexplained, particularly through Brianna's, Kevin's, and Arthur's dialogue. The "use in sentence--question--explain further" dialogue sequence happened regularly in the first half of the book, slowing down the pace and making Cal--who did most of the questioning--look so technically inept that it strained my belief to accept that Kevin would have hired him in the first place. It was hard to stay interested when I kept feeling like I knew more than the characters (including things like the purpose of speed-limit cameras).

Numerous instances of vague writing made it harder to stay focused on the action; some scenes wrapped up with a vague pronouncement that killed the building tension.

Editing: 2 1/2 Stars

Run-on sentences were rampant. Comma usage was minimal and inconsistent. I also found a large number of simple grammatical errors and a handful of capitalization errors.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars shockingly inane 5 April 2012
By R. Wright - Published on
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A passable read if you can overlook the idiotic technical descriptions and the entire premise that a small biotech company is overtly responsible for "the cloud" which is apparently the entire internet. Suspend any disbelief as the company and the NSA rely on a private investigator to do their duty to uncover the mystery of third-party co-location facility terrorism? Marching through mud and piloting a helicopter never interferes with the perfectly proportioned blonde NSA agent's high-heels-at-all-times sensibilities. The investigator doesn't know what a traffic camera is or that a data center contains computers (the "CPU" of the Internet) which need electricity. Another expert finds two paragraph blog comments to be a smart "dissertation or proposal rather than an e-mail." Then there is the Area 51/crop circle conspiracy ... Well, authors with the courage to write despite their increasingly crippling dementia must be applauded.

"But what if you're wrong?"
"Then we avert disaster."
"And if you're right?"
"Then maybe we can stop it."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and fun 22 Jan 2011
By Marcus - Published on
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Cloud Crash is a pretty fast paced book, even though it's long. It definitely made me think about all the movies, emails, and photos I see in the "data cloud." I appreciated the look at Silicon Valley and the characters' interest in lots of different things. A plausible and fun read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs one more edit 22 Mar 2012
By dhensen - Published on
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As I was reading I keep thinking "this section could have done with one more edit". The writing is awkward and disjointed in many sections; especially the "action" and physical confrontation scenes.

For a high tech thriller, it has low tech content. The book tries to highlight some of the aspects of the vulnerabilities of the current commercial internet infrastructure but it needed a bit more research to be convincing.
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