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Hacked to Death [Kindle Edition]

James Robinson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“McIntosh needs to be rubbed out.”

After hacking thousands of private phone messages, it was the one message Dan McIntosh never expected to hear. The order for his own execution.

The trouble is this.

McIntosh can think of a lot of people who'd like to see him die.

Preferably very nastily.

A former footballer, turned phone hacker for the tabloids, McIntosh is caught up in a corrupt world of ruthless hacks, bent coppers, fading celebrities and brutal gangsters. Lies are traded like banknotes, and nobody is what they appear to be.

With his own life on the line, he will need all his wiles to survive - otherwise he will be literally Hacked To Death.

'A gritty and relevant thriller that gets as painfully close to the truth as it dares' - Scott Griffin, best-selling author of The Donor and The Benefactor.

James Robinson covered the phone-hacking story for The Guardian, and has used his knowledge of the technology and techniques of eves-dropping on mobile phones to create a compelling crime story inspired by real events.

James Robinson is a journalist and author.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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From the moment I started reading Hacked to Death I was gripped! I felt like I was immediately and forcefully pulled into a terrifying situation that was reminiscent of a horror or thriller movie and I had no idea how it came about. Beginning the story with a character with no name in a grisly situation was a brilliant way to build up the intrigue that continued throughout the book. Almost every chapter has a shocking beginning that jerks you into the plot, making sure that there's not a single moment to let your mind wander. Every situation seems urgent and Robinson quickly and successfully builds up the personalities and back stories of his characters. I enjoyed reading a story that was as brutal and direct as the title suggests; Robinson's writing is intelligent and intense and deserves the kind of attention that has been received by writers such as Martina Cole.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hacked to Death 18 Oct. 2012
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Yet again James Robinson demonstrates what a good story teller he is. This short story certainly whetted the appetite for more from this promising new author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising start 15 Oct. 2012
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I thought the sex scenes were a bit naff, but I guess they're hard to write. McIntosh, the main character in this fast-paced story is convincing and I liked the gritty, dark feel. A bit on the short side as well but I genuinely want to know what happens next. Robinson is a new writer as far as I can tell but hope he does more crime stuff. He has potential and you can't beat a proper story with a few twists and turns.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not brilliant! 25 Oct. 2012
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A short piece of writing, sort of a long short story. From the blurb (and most of the other reviews) I thought this was going to be a gripping, thrilling story. It wasn't. It never really got going, I felt like it would any time and then it finished. Yes there was a bit of a twist at the end, but I didn't feel like it lived up to its promise. The characters weren't fleshed out enough and I didn't care for them. And there wasn't enough background. You always need one character in a book you're rooting for (not always the good guy either!) and that didn't happen here and the story just sort of drifted into the finish. Its a topical subject just now and I think Maybe its because its a short story rather than a whole book and with more time it would have got better, but for me it was a disappointment. I cannot complain too much - it was free and didn't take long to read. The free books, for me, are usually a way of trying a new author without risk and if they're good I will then look out for by them other books. I doubt this will happen in this case.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phone-hacking thriller 1 Oct. 2012
By Rachel
This thriller had me on the edge of my seat from the chilling prologue to the incredibly shocking ending, as Dan McIntosh attempts to foil the plans of a cold-blooded murderer. This ebook is a short and enjoyable read that I found myself racing through in anticipation of the protagonist's fate; however I thought the plot could have been prolonged slightly to build up a bit more suspense. Saying that, all the loose ends are tied up nicely, and the plot (which, as it stands, is very topical and interesting) could have easily become unbelievable if extended too far.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Dark. 30 Sept. 2012
By Charlie
This novella flits between being fun and being dark, like some kind of fifties detective noir thriller set in London. Robinson lifts the lid on relationships between hackers, the police and the media. Few characters are sympathetic, but in some ways that's more of a strength than weakness.
Would have liked things to be filled out a bit more in some places, but otherwise Hacked To Death is good commuter reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars James. Robinson Hacked to Death 14 Mar. 2013
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I felt ths book was a very simple read and in fact quite predictable but for free like I said it was ok.
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