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Length: 369 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

David Roys was born in Scunthorpe, England in 1970. He now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with his wife and two beautiful daughters. Coding Isis was written in Christchurch between 2009 and 2011 when there were over 9,000 earthquakes, the largest of which was a magnitude 7.1. David really hopes that 7.1 will remain the largest earthquake he has ever experienced. After gaining an honors degree in computing science, David has worked in a variety of programming and IT consulting jobs. In 2009 he co-authored a book on implementing financial systems which helped him to discover his love of writing. http://Facebook.com/DavidRoysAuthor

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  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468149423
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00746OGV2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By League-Fan on February 20, 2012
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I don't usually read thrillers, let along techno thrillers. I was alerted to this book however, and decided that it sounded intriguing enough to give it a try. It was well worth it! This is an incredibly well written and tightly written novel. It was fast paced, and had an interesting premise which was seen out to the end. The characters are well written, well rounded and very believable. You give a damn what happens to them, which is more than you can say about many books. Michelle and Chris, the hero and heroine are particularly well written. This book was a good read, and given it's plot was an easy read as well. It hooked me from the first page, and I found myself longing to get back to it when I had to take a break. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, and also to anyone who is interested in trying something different for a change. I can't wait for the 2nd book which will apparently be a sequel. Congratualtions, David. You've written a winner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Tadman on May 12, 2012
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Good background on the charachters, technology and premise. Enjoyed the ride, didnt feel forced. Would recommend this book to anyone looking for a thriller with some technology weave in. Note that it is more about the thriller than the technology. Only reason I didnt give it 5 stars was because at times the story slowed down and there were a few characters that didnt seem to go anywhere but time was spent developing them, not a biggie.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Philip Roth on March 18, 2012
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I enjoy techno thrillers (like William Gibson) and this was free so I figured I'd give it a chance. It was a pretty quick read; I read it in 3 days. Overall, not too bad, and worth the read.

The beginning was a little contrived and the prose overall was a little choppy and declarative. I was thinking about giving up, but I stuck it out. Things really picked up after the halfway point when the tension mounted and we really got in to the techie stuff. I did find it believable and worth killing for.

This may be nitpicky, but my main complaint was that the author didn't seem to have a lot of experience with American universities, DC, etc, yet this was where the novel was set. I was confused by the relationship among the characters at the university. (At one point, he referred to the main character's boss as the "principal?") A quick edit could have cleaned a lot of that up.

He also was overly descriptive with unimportatnt details. I think he detailed what they ate at every meal, and what roads they were driving on and the make and model of every car.. While this could make for a fuller, richer narative, I felt it was just distracting and drisrupted the flow.

All in all, worth a read if you're into the genre, but just average.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harry 58 on April 14, 2012
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Davids first book Coding Isis is the book you can pick up when you have a few hours to relax and read. A good story with a interesting story line.
I recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in what the computer can do, and could do.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy's Keeper on April 11, 2012
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I have been involved in an online discussion over this title, which involved the author's partner, so it was interesting to
1. read the book for myself
2. provide feedback on plot inconsistencies and other errors (which they said they were open to), and
3. see the reviews of other readers on Amazon

It took me a while to finish reading, as I had kept a record of the punctuation issues etc, but mainly because the story wasn't as enthralling to me as other online posters were saying. There were some parts of the plot that were irritating (like the Scream movies where the heroine runs upstairs to get away from the bad guy), and other parts that flowed quite smoothly. The technical aspects were reasonably easy to follow, so I'll give Mr Roys credit for his descriptive abilities there. All in all, the story was ok, especially for a first effort. I'd hope that his future endeavours include deeper character development, and better proof reading.

While it is slightly off the topic - I do feel that it is hard to review a story objectively when there is a bit of 'personal' connection (even though it is indirect, and in cyberspace). NZers can be accused of having Tall Poppy Syndrome, so I took my time to think about my feedback and believe it is fair - I couldn't give this a 4 or 5 star rating like many have, but the author's attempt has been worth more than a 1 or 2 star appraisal.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on July 8, 2012
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I got this as a Amazon Prime free loan--it takes a bit of effort to find good books to read on Prime, but this was a good find.

The strengths of this book are that it has a fast paced, engaging plot, and that the author is obvious knowledgable about technology, and uses it well here.

Flaws?

1. The suspense is reduced somewhat by giving away details in the narrative. I won't give away plot details, but these are items that the readers could figure out for themselves. This starts early in the book, but the conclusion of the book becomes predictable, because of details telegraphed a few chapters before. I think there must be a feeling that the readers aren't bright enough to follow the plot without being led along it by details strewn in their path along the narrative. All of this reduces the suspense.

2. Some plot details just don't ring true. A friend is told government secrets just because he happens to be in the room when the protagonist is being told. A character is arrested for murder before there is any direct evidence that he did it. A murder is discussed as accidental, ignoring the glaring fact that efforts were made to frame the protagonist for it. I won't say more to avoid giving away plot details. Someone should have given the book a critical read and pointed these out to the author.

3. Fact checking is sorely needed. While it might be remotely possible that a very large caliber bullet through the brain would not cause immediate death, there is no way that this would not cause instant loss of consciousness. Why is it possible for an academic at a fine university with a third rate computer science department to carry out a project that would require a LOT more resources to create the hardware and software?
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