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The Morpheus Network [Kindle Edition]

David N Robinson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Forensic cyber sleuth Lex Sadler and his new colleague, the feisty and brilliant Cat Haliday, are working to uncover a cyber-criminal operation which has been wreaking havoc across the globe. The ‘botnet’ Morpheus steals bona fide identities from unsuspecting members of the public and uses them for highly illegal – and highly profitable – purposes.

US presidential hopeful, Greg Langer, is hell-bent on getting to the Oval Office and needs to bolster his campaign finances. Somehow he needs to get his hands on millions. An ex-spook with a deadly secret to hide, he’ll do anything to keep it safe – even murder. But when his trusted friend Stezenski recruits an assassin, there are dead bodies everywhere.

As Lex and Cat begin to unearth the mystery of the Morpheus network – who is controlling it and why – they soon realise that nothing is quite what it seems. People are not who they appear to be. Trying to stay one step ahead of the FBI, who are also searching for the criminals, is one thing; trying to stay alive is quite another.

An exceptionally well-constructed and gripping thriller, The Morpheus Network propels the reader on a rollercoaster ride through the sleazy underworld of cyber criminals, murderers and corrupt politicians.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2590 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095WL5LM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hi-tech espionage! 2 Aug. 2013
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This is an fast-paced thriller with the action taking place in London, Washington, the Caribbean and primarily, Amsterdam. It’s an exciting mix of ruthless hired assassins, corrupt politicians, cyber-criminals, the police and intelligence services of several countries, and our heroes, who are hi-tech private investigators. With the scenic backdrop of Amsterdam’s canals, car chases and a little romance, it would probably make a good film. Apart from a slightly silly 'twist' at its end, the Morpheus Network is generally well-written, and fun to read – I recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A forgettable holiday read 30 Nov. 2014
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Although I doubt the Morpheus network could be created by one - or is it two? - guys working in the back room David Robinson bases his story on the existence of a large network of compromised computers - a botnet - scattered across the globe.

The two guys have set up the network by penetrating a large number of computers (just like yours or mine...) and persuading them to run a Trojan Horse program. The users of those computers are unaware of that program but it has made available details of a vast number of passwords, bank accounts, passports, national insurance information plus other highly sensitive data.

Rather than use the botnet to launch a Distributed Denial of Service Attack on a major computer system such as a bank they proposed to use it as a means of laundering illegal money - $100,000,000 hidden in an offshore account. The source of the money, and the political implications associated with it, are less than believable but...

Our two clever guys will simply `persuade' each of the remote computers (scattered around the globe) to set up a `new' bank account into which they'll deposit small amounts of that illegal money. The funds will then be used to purchase (typically) stocks and shares which will subsequently be sold and the now-laundered money returned to the `new' bank account. Which, of course, will then be emptied.

Unfortunately, although the idea is neat, the resultant story line is less than believable and all the characters are nothing more than cardboard figures with no depth whatsoever. As a result the book is, for me, something to be picked up at an airport or railway station and used to while away a long journey. Or, perhaps, as something to read at the poolside during a leisurely and idle holiday.

There are also a vast number of typos in my Kindle edition - typically spelling mistakes, repeated words and wrong words - which any editor (or a simple word processing package) would have picked up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Blowin
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As with 'The Dossier', a well written story but it seems to comply with a modern genre of keeping several apparently unrelated threads going before bringing them together for the main event. In this case I was still in blissful ignorance of where the plot was going until the trip showed I'd read some 45% of it and frankly, if it had been a library book, I'd have changed it for another before getting that far. That would have been a great shame because the second half provided a fascinating read - as they say, a real 'page turner'.

If I'm right in assuming this is another author who writes direct to Kindle, editing/proof reading is definitely second rate.
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By JennyL
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Reads like a combination of Da Vinci Code and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not great literature but an entertaining puzzle to unpick with a twist at the end. The cyber crime aspect is a salutary warning to keep maintain IT security. Trust the typos will be edited out if it goes in to print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read 10 Jun. 2015
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I never leave less than 4 stars for a book because I think anyone who can write a book has serious skills. With this book, I was over 40% in before I could really start to get into it and come up with any theories. I normally read between 2 and 5 books per week but this took me 3 weeks although I read the last 30% in 2 nights. I think next time there should be less emphasis on trivial characters (Jane? I thought she was going to be part of some big reveal) and the editing needs to be improved. I'm a supporter though so would try future attempts to see if the author can improve technique as the ideas are good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Morpheus Network 30 Jan. 2015
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Found that the first third of this book was rather dull with continuous reference to computer systems and super hackers. The story then picks up and becomes the thriller that the reviews suggested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 April 2015
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I was browsing for something to read and came across this. I loved it. The characters and the story. I read it in one sitting as I had to know what happened. Hope I enjoy his other book as much.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 16 Dec. 2012
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Enjoyed this book from the start to the finish. Scarry story - hope some of this was fictional! Characters developed well over the course of the book which was difficult to put down. Looking forward to another book from this new author.
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