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D.E.M.: Deus Ex Machina by [Ness, Lee]
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About the Author

Lee Ness writes both fiction and non-fiction books and non-fiction articles. He has a historical fiction series set around the Olympics in Ancient Greece circa 440BC and a technological thriller called D.E.M. - Deus Ex Machina. His first book The Sports Motivation Master Plan passes on the experience of many years coaching athletes in multiple sports. Lee's articles appear in Athletics Weekly, on speedendurance.com and on stack.com. Lee is head coach at City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club and was Wiltshire Sport Coach of the Year in 2014.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3790 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R9NS7X8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #767,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received a copy of Deus Ex Machina from its author, Lee Ness, in exchange for my honest review.

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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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 operations, this book offered a lot more than that to the general reader.

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.
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This book grabs your attention from the first page. Intriguing, well crafted, easy to read and even funny at times!
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. ;)
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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. Lee is head coach at City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club. His first book THE SPORTS MOTIVATION MASTERPLAN passes on the experience of many years coaching athletes in multiple sports. His second book, GROWTH: USING THE MINDSET MODEL FOR SPORTING SUCCESS is a mini-book aimed at parents, coaches and athletes. His fiction novels include HOPLITE (in 3 Parts) and D.E.M. - Deus ex Machina.

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.
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Rachel has just witnessed the kidnapping of a young boy on CCTV right in her neighborhood! Heading out of her flat, she asks the police if there is anything they need help with but they just brush her off. Frustrated she heads back inside to create a new virtual person i.e anonymity for herself. Is she able to save the boy Danny? The answer is "Yes" but little does she know about the repercussions (consequences) that will follow. Who is D.E.M.? How does this unknown 'person' know all about her? Deborah, her neighbor, resides in the flat below her. She comes to the rescue Rachel when she passes out.

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.
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