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I will definitely be putting Lee Ness on my favourite writers list.
excellent, hope there is follow up in the pipeline. Glenn
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. Rachel stopped the loop and sat back in the chair, old experiences and memories overwhelming her. This was too close to home in more ways than one. This was her neighbourhood! How could this happen? The mother's face was frozen on the screen, with all the emotions that it entailed like ghosts in the static of the image. Guilt, terror, anger, hope.'
And so we have abruptly met Rachel and according to the plot, when Rachel is spurred to use her computing skills to find an abducted boy, she has no idea that it will bring her to the attention of an anonymous vigilante. Is the vigilante what he seems and what does he want with Rachel? Rachel is coerced by the mysterious D.E.M. to carry out hacking on seemingly innocuous companies, helped by her friends Deborah, Cam and Cam's ill-tempered boss, Dave. As she gets drawn deeper into their world, she tries to find out more, only to put herself and her friends in grave danger. When she finally realizes that the mysterious D.E.M. isn't a vigilante at all, Rachel is in a race against time to save her friends and prevent an escalation in the war between Israel and Palestine.'
More story than that would be difficult to condense into a novel of just over 300 pages, but Lee's economical writing style manages to pull the reader through this series of dilemmas and intrigues that the book is over in what seems under an hour! Lee Ness has created and enviable position in being able to teach through his non-fiction books and enthrall through his fiction. He has a heady career blossoming. Grady Harp, April 15
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Although an interesting story it does not seem to be very plausible.Read more