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The first thing that struck me about Deus Ex Machina is its eyecatching cover which, I learned, is also the work of Lee Ness. It's a great image.
This novel doesn't waste any time with scene setting in its early pages, instead leaping straight into the action as we meet our heroine, Rachel, working her cybermagic to entrap a child abductor. I liked Rachel very much. She is witty and skilled at her occupation, doesn't play the docile female, and also has realistic flaws. Her relationship with Cam was always believable, although I did think their banter was overdone. Practically every remark contained an innuendo making it more Carry On than 24. (A lot of films and tv series' get namechecked which is fun to spot.) I feel that this is just as much a book for female readers as male, primarily due to the well-drawn female characters.
I don't have much idea how accurately the actual hacking was portrayed so just happily took everything at face value and went along with the thrilling ride. Deus Ex Machina has great pace throughout, only slowed a little by the political arguments and this was vital to the plot so excusable. Supporting character Dave adds a nice edge, particularly in the second half.
There were quite a few typos etc. which distracted my attention and I think I would have liked to have more time to 'meet' Rachel initially. Light descriptions meant my impressions of locations were always generic, rather than specific to this tale, and the concluding scenes felt rushed. However, I enjoyed the book and would read more books by Ness.
The author wastes no time creating an interesting situation for the main character and pulling the reader into the story. From the beginning I could identify with the main character, although we don't learn much about her until later in the book.
I thought her background and the way the author connected it to the story was really well planned and I liked all of the unexpected twists in this story. Try as you might, you won't be able to figure this one out until the very end.
The descriptions of the procedures the hackers used were interesting and kept me wanting to find out more, and the relationships between the characters grew more intense throughout the story. This is the kind of book where you are never sure who to trust and that makes in an exciting journey.
Overall, I thought this was a great book and would encourage other readers to give it a try.
The topic is very much to my liking so I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
My only criticism would be that, what I expected to discover at the end of the book was revealed in the middle. What is it? Well… you should read the book to find out. ;)
Having read and admired Lee's non-fiction books - ones that are especially inspiring to athletes, students, teachers, parents - it is a welcome surprise that he is such a [polished fiction writer. D.E.M.: DEUS EX MACHINA is a thriller and a suspense story that is very much a picture of today - the influence of the internet on the may we manipulate our lives and are manipulated by others whose input is not always constructive.
Style he has, and the courage to terrify us in his opening paragraphs: ` The screen filled with a CCTV recording that she watched without breathing. Over and over the scene played, as it burnt itself on her consciousness. The mother stood just outside the train station toilets, browsing at the shop displays. The child exits the toilets and spots mum a few metres away. As he takes a step in her direction, a man emerges from the toilets and grabs him from behind, covering his mouth and sweeps him away in the opposite direction. The scene cuts to a composite of the mother glancing around then disappearing into the toilets and back out again. At the same time, a grainier CCTV picture shows the boy being bundled into the back of a van.Read more ›
Thinking things through, Rachel's first thought is to run but she realizes that wouldn't solve her problem. Secured in her flat with a new steel door, locks, CCTV and a brand new, best she could buy, computer is she now safe? Cameron AKA Cam, was the store assistant she met when she purchased her new computer. Dave is the store owner. Cam offered to drop it off at her flat and she soon realizes that he is very knowledgeable on the computer side of things. In fact he is a "white hat hacker" testing companies weaknesses. Wanting to keep her safe as well as having a crush on her, Cam sends her over some coding work. In the meantime Deborah is turning out to be like a sister to Rachel.
Naming her stalker 'Deep Throat' it is a couple weeks before Rachel hears from he/she/it again. Via email she is given a job to do with a promised payment of a good sum of money. Will she ignore it or will curiosity get the better of her? I bet you already know the answer to that one! Rachel knows she needs Cam's help but doesn't want to put him in danger. The assignments start simple with good money but then the stakes are raised as well as the dough.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the dialogue a bit teenage.....all this puppy love - put me off a bit. Could have been stronger. The main participants came across as a bit naive.Published 7 months ago by Ceeaitchjay. South Wales, UK.
I've been left wanting more of the story. The action was solid and believable, the characters believable too although they could do with more fleshing out. Read morePublished 12 months ago by zoiso
This was gripping from start to finish. I can't pretend to understand all the techno babble, but that wasn't a problem as it's not overdone. Read morePublished 16 months ago by QueenB
This is a must read, you won't be disappointed. You will be drawn in from start to finish. It's exciting, fast paced and gets you on the edge of your seat. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a great, rollicking, fast paced read, and it combines some elements of thriller, suspense, drama, and mystery. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr. Geoff
I received this free to read and review.
Although an interesting story it does not seem to be very plausible. Read more
Excellent storyline - can't wait for the sequel as it's left us all hanging on the edge of our seats anticipating what may happen next.Published on 24 April 2015 by Andrew Hodson
This is a tremendous hacker novel that is written in terms that the average reader can understand. The story involves a woman named Rachel who uses her computer skills to... Read morePublished on 20 April 2015 by Peru Editor
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