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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (23 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149153494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491534946
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,621,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Taut, tense, and provocative, this frighteningly knowing cyber-thriller will keep you turning pages—not only to devour the fast-paced fiction, but to worry about how much is terrifyingly true." —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Truth Be Told

"Lethal Code is not just an outstanding, harrowing thriller about a massive cyber attack against the United States, it is based on the very real cyber threats we face today and should serve as a wake-up call to all Americans. As the president and CEO of a cyber security firm, I can tell you that Waite has done his homework.” —Corey Thomas, President and CEO of Rapid7

Lethal Code is a compelling and well researched thriller about a major cyber attack against America. Waite’s characters bring to life the very real cyber vulnerabilities we face every day and demonstrate that America’s cyber insecurity is a serious national security issue.” —Melissa Hathaway, former cyber advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama, now President of Hathaway Global Strategies

"No matter what you do or where you live, a massive cyber attack against the United States will impact your life. That's what Waite demonstrates so convincingly in Lethal Code. He shows us the effect a hit to the country's solar plexus would have with a tale that will leave you gasping for days, whether you're a business person or a private citizen concerned about our nation's defense vulnerabilities." —David DeWalt, Chairman and CEO of the network security company FireEye

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Thomas Waite was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His debut novel, Terminal Value, was critically praised and reached #1 Paid in the Kindle Store, #1 in Contemporary Books, #1 in Contemporary Fiction, and #1 in Kindle Store Suspense at Amazon. Lethal Code is his first in a series of cyber-thrillers. Waite is the board director of, and an advisor to, technology companies in the online security, media, data analytics, cloud computing, mobile, social intelligence, and information technology businesses. His nonfiction work has been published in a number of publications, including the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. Waite received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was selected by the English department to participate in an international study program at the University of Oxford. He now lives in Boston.

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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The start of this book is strong and engaging. A mother in a Washington suburb discovers one morning that electricity, phones and radio are shut down. As Lara works in the computer field she guesses at a major cyber attack issue. How large? She tells her daughter to stay locked in the house, where the air-con was working until recently, and drives to work. On the way however she views a train collision and traffic pile-up, causing a major fire, with many casualties. Hospital is the first port of call with a wounded person.

Already we understand the seriousness of the situation; this is just the first chapter. Gaining her office, Lara uses her firm's independent power and computers to determine that a major cyber terrorism attack is under way, with shipboard bombs and pipeline bombs exploding. Her bored daughter Emma however has gone out to see her boyfriend, and trouble is on its way.

So far so good, and I also got into the character of a young Saudi businessman who falls under suspicion and is pursued by a mob as he jogs. The shift of ground to the Middle East however lost me, as the whole location and plot line seemed to be filthy, primitive and revolving around prisons and unrelatable madmen. Still, if I were to meet the people being portrayed, I probably would not like them. I tended to skip over these pages as they did not improve.

The pace escalates and threats become unreal, and by a major stretch, young Emma is in the midst of a possible hazard which her mother must try to defuse. My suspension of disbelief had stopped working so I can only suggest that the author was trying to pack too much in to one book, and might have made two good stories out of the material.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I went through Lethal Code by Thomas Waite while on vacation a couple weeks back. I had some plane and bus rides to get from point A to point B, and the book did a good job in passing the time. While I liked the cyber-thriller angle of the story, there was a fair amount of "suspension of belief" that was necessary to buy into the plot. There are definitely vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers, but not at the level you see here...

The story line revolves around a cyber-attack on the US that cripples nearly everything... power grids, control systems, nuclear facilities, etc. The terrorists make their initial show of force by turning off the power across the entire country for a 24-hour period, and tens of thousands die in various accidents and fires. But that's just the beginning, as they are not content to stop there. The plan is to eventually annihilate the country with their own nuclear missiles, and it looks like there is little that can be done to stop them.

But that wouldn't be much of a story if that was it. A small (and unlikely) team of security and intelligence experts (and one person who was originally fingered as the mastermind of the attacks) are put together to head to the Middle East to infiltrate the suspected organization that is running the hacking operation. They have to do what no one else has been able to pull off... find the site of the hacking attacks and stop them before America becomes a heap of radioactive rubble.

I liked the characters and the pacing of the story. I had no problems with feeling like things were dragging or that I didn't care what happened. I had more issues with the technical aspects of the story. Everything was just too perfect in terms of what the hackers could do.
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This novel is for all those people who think there is no such thing as a computer virus, unleashing all the internet scaremongering in one go. Yes this might be fiction but if you have suffered a minor virus attack, ID theft or even web fraud, then this will hit home with devastating reality. Lana Elkins is the foremost expert in cyber security, and when they come under attack from an unknown group bent on the destruction of the USA, Lana is quickly drafted in to work with the security services, to locate and neutralise the attackers before they destroy America. The author Thomas Waite has crafted a storyline worthy of the best Hollywood blockbuster thrillers, including plenty of action and twist and turns of the plot to keep you riveted to the book. The pace is fast except for a section in the middle, my only reason for not awarding full marks. One of the hallmarks of a good thriller is when afterwards your mind is full of what ifs, what would I do if, what would the government do if. Would I be able to perform like some of the unlikely heroes of the book? . Excellent.
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By Mrs. Victoria James on 7 Aug. 2014
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This book was good and I enjoyed it however I did feel like the end of the story happened very quickly compared to the rest of the book, almost like the author suddenly realised he'd got to the end and needed to wrap it up
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By Chas douglas on 8 Sept. 2014
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What a sorry,this is- a grate story but the principal s could be easier become true.Cyber war is probably one of the greatest threats to the western world economic and military.
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By Amazon Customer on 5 Sept. 2014
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this was a 'very very well written would in my humble opinion have would worked a lot better if it hadn't jumped from chapter to chapter so much.
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