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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 ›
Now, I should qualify that my "day job" is in IT Security, so I am all too familiar with the situations, attack vectors, threat actors, and general technical content of the book. I live it every day. Also, do keep in mind that Lee is a Brit, and this was written from the context of life in Britain, not in the USA. Though the technology of course transcends national borders, and life is life wherever you happen to live on the planet. Life in one big city is similar to life in others. At least in the Modern, if not Western world.
As well, my last tour of duty was with the British Diplomatic Corps. So suffice it to say that the language used, the situations encountered, the characters and their motivation between the settings and the technology were all very familiar to me.
Did that help or hinder my reading of D.E.M.?
Well, since forensically I deal with this stuff every day, it kind of enhanced the reading pleasure for me in that I knew what the protagonists were doing - though not why. It was kind of cool to see the workings of hackers from their side of the screen. It won't help me catch criminals, but it was a very good point of view and made for a most satisfying read indeed.
Other reviewers have raised points about technology, and of course Rachel's character. Quite frankly, I found Rachel, Cam, Deb and Dave very consistent in their inconsistency. One reviewer commented on Rachel getting properly medicated to stop the hitting. But I actually had a girl friend, Tina, many years ago, and she behaved EXACTLY as Rachel did in the book. Whether or not she got properly medicated when she grew up I will never know.Read more ›
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.
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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 5 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 10 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 14 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 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Although an interesting story it does not seem to be very plausible. Read more
Pleasantly surprised is the way to describe my reaction to this book. Although I am not a huge fan of political thrillers and have limited knowledge when it comes to computer... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ionia Froment
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
British author and coach Lee Ness writes fiction and non-fiction books and his articles appear in Athletics Weekly, on speedendurance.com and on stack.com. Read morePublished on 21 April 2015 by Grady Harp
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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