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Deadly Provocation: A Year of Domestic Surveillance [Kindle Edition]

T.F. Coleman
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Book Description

Where obsessive power meets paranoia.

Issues of data mining and surveillance come to a rolling boil for Jake Conley. 

The power of surveillance runs amok in this gripping thriller about paranoia, privilege and prying. Deadly Provocation: A Year of Domestic Surveillance is the debut novel from author T.F. Coleman, whose expertise in computer programming, data mining and data warehousing inform this compelling tale of intrigue.

When Jake Conley thwarts a deranged gunman at an L.A. theater, he finds himself thrust into the spotlight. Drawn by his sudden fame, a private surveillance consulting company recruits him as a public relations asset and field consultant to advise in the field of data mining, hidden cameras and drones. Jake is immersed in a world of intrigue, power and paranoia ... and romance.

But all is not as it seems. Jake finds himself wrapped up with the beautiful Medalia Mendoza, daughter of one of the company's biggest investors, and a woman whose mother went missing five years ago. Questions swirl about the company's integrity and Conley's own role in it, until he is faced with life-and-death decisions that affect everyone involved.

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"...well-done and undoubtably enjoyable..."  - Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

A data mining algorithm indicates a group of men may be mass shooters. What happens next?

This is one of the questions I wanted to explore in this novel. What are the options for the government, and in this case a private security firm, to take with this information.  The answers lie in the midst of human rights, justice, liberty and public safety concerns.  The morality of this type of law enforcement is paramount to this story.

But that's not the whole story, as it unfolds over a year in the life of Jake Conley, and my hope is that the reader will not only be entertained by the events in his personal life,  but will also be intrigued by the socio-political aspects of his work.

Product Details

  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478703415
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (November 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GNJSH70
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FIRST EFFORT February 10, 2014
I hope T. F. Coleman keeps writing because DEADLY PROVOCATION shows potential. Not a bad story but not one to blow me away either. This book tells the tale of Jake Conley, a PI that steps into the world of surveillance and international intrigue. That's my problem with the story, Conley gets in too easily, moves ahead too easily, finds love too easily and, well, it's all to easy. As a reader, I didn't accept it. And I like deep character development, that missed too. Coleman can write but may need to slow it down and meat it up.
Note: A free copy of the book was provided for an honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book January 29, 2014
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I could not put this book down. It is full of adventure, you will love it. I would love to read more books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Provocation:A Year of Domestic Surveillance January 28, 2014
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This is the first book I have read by T.F. Coleman and I certainly don't want it to be the last. There was lots of excitement and Adventure with intrigue thrown in. Of course I didn't mind the sweetness of the romance either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MIX OF REALITY AND FICTION May 31, 2014

This action filled book will definitely get your heart to pumping. It is a fictional account of events that could be taken fro today's events. Our main character, Jake Conley, prevents a mass shooting in a theater, very much what happened in reality about a year ago. As you turn the pages, you will discover politics, greed, paranoia, corruption and so much more. You are definitely hooked after the first few pages. As Jake is recruited into a company called DSCC, privately owned and uses the best technology and the government agencies to reach ahead of surveillance to the point of taking over the privacy of individuals.You find yourself right along with him. I started wondering and realizing how many of these events have and could happen. My heart started beating fast as I realized this book has so much reality i n it. These things have happened, are happening and could happen. That's scary. In today's society you never know what will happen next. It could come to your front door. The author gives us a mix of truth and fiction. I started thinking about the powerful people and how they sometimes can do what they want and when they want. Power can be powerful. The power can be put to work in a good way or used in a corrupted way. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes a good book that makes you think and reflect. There's lots of action in this book, never a dull moment to bore the reader. The events in this book are a mix of reality and fiction. The reader should stop and think, this has happened, is happening and could happen. That's a lot to think about, but necessary.

I was given a complimentary copy of DEADLY PROVOCATION from the author, T.F. Coleman and OutSkirtsPress for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dangers of Information Collection December 7, 2013
My review is based on a free copy received from the author but it is strictly my own opinion. This story seemed to grow from the recent mass shootings and the Snowden case (he is even mentioned in the book). Jake Conley is a private investigator who happens to thwart a mass shooting at a movie theater (note: the author claimed it was a movie that teamed Batman, Superman and Spiderman but this could never happen as Spiderman is owned by a different company) and is thrust into the spotlight as a hero. This catches the attention of Michaels, who works for a private agency that assists the government in surveillance. Apparently, being private they are able to get around laws that the government must follows.

The company (DSCC) uses a vast data collection and mining resource where they look for potential mass shooters based on certain characteristics defined in their mining software. Michaels immediately offers Jake a high paying job with DSCC and Jake goes to work looking over various individuals identified by DSCC.

At a DSCC party Jake meets Medalia, a Venezulen woman who is instantly attracted to Jake. Medalia tells Jake that her mother disappeared in Venezuela and her father works with DSCC hoping to find out information about her. The longer jake works at DSCC he finds that there may be forces there abusing their power to get what they want.

The book makes a point of the dangers of collecting too much information because there are always those who will use it. I would have rated it higher but I felt the author needs a little more "polish" in his writing style.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Mass Surveillance Troubles You..... November 27, 2013
Deadly Provocation is an Orwellian action & adventure novel that examines the risks and benefits of mass surveillance in today's society. It also suggests mainstream and slightly radical motives by individuals who commit mass shootings and what connection surveillance might have with them. The plot is presented well and the characters are realistic and believable. There is an engaging romance between the main character, Jake Conley, and a mysterious beauty from Venezuela wrapped up in this high-tech thriller that pulls the plot together. I would strongly suggest this book to anyone interested in mass surveillance, data mining and the risks inherent to the abuse of power by those utilizing the tools associated with them. There are drones too. An impressive debut by T.F. Coleman. I look forward to more from this writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Provocation: A year of Domestic Survelliance
Jake Conley, a Private Investigator was at a movie. He noticed a side door opening. A man armed with an AR15 assault rife began firing into the theatre. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Annie Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fast read.
Read it in one day. Easy reading but keeps you turning the pages. Characters are easy to relate to and fun to admire.
Published 9 months ago by Jeff Pardoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
the book was very interesting. it was also scary. is our country tracking every move various people make just becuz of their purchases? their friends? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read perfect story for the computo nerds.
This book almost sounded like a si-fi novel. It was more than 1/2 way through that any of it made any sense to those of us without computer savy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alvin A
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Luck, Next Time
I missed the crucial 'twists and turns'. There were no gear shifts or variations in pace. The style of narration remained static through and through. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rajuda
5.0 out of 5 stars Techno-Thriller That Fell Short
Techno-Thriller That Fell Short

Deadly Provocation II: The Instigators is a techno-thriller that fell short. This is the second book by Author T.F. Coleman. Read more
Published 10 months ago by AvidReader0822
4.0 out of 5 stars Surveillance
The surveillance in use today can be used for both good and bad. The people have given up their right to privacy in many areas in the name of security. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dale B.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
The book was very interesting. Too many of the intelligence gathering methods described in the book are in use today. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Barry Higginbotham
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced Technology Thriller
Reviewed by Bruce Weitzenhoffer for Rebecca’s Reads (02/14)

Coleman, in his own words, has a style that is “heavy on logic and very methodical. Read more
Published 13 months ago by
3.0 out of 5 stars Jake Conley is a Pleasant Hero in an Interesting Story
In what is assumed his first novel, Deadly Provocation, T. F. Coleman begins his story as Jake Conley, a private detective, is at a local theater watching a movie and a gunman... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Karen Hancock
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More About the Author

An engineer by degree, a computer programmer by trade, and a creative writer at heart. His Grandmother got him started reading when she gave him her paperback collection of Alistair MacLean and John D. MacDonald novels. He's also influenced by Earnest Hemingway, including his adoration of his cats, although his aren't six-toed. Along with the Jake Conley Deadly Provocation series, he has several sci-fi books outlined. He's currently on dialysis waiting on a kidney transplant, but it doesn't stop him from writing. He's like many Americans, wondering about the full impact that mass surveillance has on our privacy, and includes themes related to this topic in the Deadly Provocation series. His future books may also touch on social, political, and environmental issues, but in an entertaining way using interesting characters. His third book, Displacement, will be a science-fiction novel, set in the past and the future. If you read and enjoy his books, please let him know by posting a review.

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