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Effected Intent [Kindle Edition]

Alan Ross
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Steve Pfister is a reticent polymer chemist who lives in the past, unable to let go of his military experience. His latest invention gets the attention of some high level government officials, leading to an opportunity to work on a top secret project with national security implications.

Life couldn’t be more routine for computer programmer Bill Miller, until he stumbles on information that he shouldn’t have, including a bioterrorism plot. Unable to come forward with the information, he needs to find an ally to believe him before it’s too late.


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  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0033AGU12
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,758 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller from a new author January 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Alan Ross's "Effected Intent" is a thriller on two fronts - both the online world and the frightening realm of bioterrorism. The story unfolds with an unlikely cybersleuth uncovering and attempting to stop a bioterrorism plot. Some authors rely on contrived technologies to advance the plot but Ross sticks to what's actually possible, giving the book a chilling feel of authenticity.

One word of caution to the reader - don't start this unless you have a few hours free because you won't want to put it down.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome new author January 14, 2010
By M. Root
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Effected Intent is a frighteningly believable bioterrorism novel. Bill and Steve are complex characters with colorful backgrounds. As Ross unfolds the science with clear details that engage the reader, the emotional storyline also develops. This is definitely a strong new writer with a ton of potential! I look forward to more by this author.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this story. January 11, 2010
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Part of this is based on the fact that the character of `Bill' is an inmate, working in an IT position, and uses his hacking skills to unravel the bio-terrorists plot. Original, yet the author made it very convincing to believe it was possible. (I know it is). Very easy to read and follow along. I would hope to see other books based on the same guy. I liked the bit of office romance with a twist.

A nice mix of bio-terrorism and cyber thriller.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The story never takes off March 31, 2012
By Halvena
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There is something strange about the ratings for this book, reading them you would think people are writing about totally different books. When I bought the book the ratings were excellent, but now when I go back to see why on earth I ever got it, I find that in the meantime several one-star ratings have appeared, most of which I totally agree with.
Already chapter 1 had me wondering, it was a totally uninteresting account of an office day, but then I was hooked by the last sentence - the main charachter was in fact a prison inmate - and I went on, thinking things would develop from there. But they never did - it was followed by equally boring detailed accounts of chemistry experiments, fishing trips, teenage partying and dating and other events that seemed totally unrelated and irrelevant.
Maybe it all somehow is tied together in the end, but when the story still hadn't taken off att 28% I gave it up.
The editing was also very bad with grammatical errors and typos.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Infected Intent December 10, 2011
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The premise of this book is a pretty good one: bioterrorism coming from a disenfranchised segment of our own population.

Unfortunately, that's as good as it gets. The books randomly wanders backward in time. The "hero" of the book is primarily stuck emotionally as a teenager. He calls the prison office manager mom, and he talks and thinks about girls like a chaste fifteen-year-old (except during the flashbacks).

The point of view changes from person to person, and without notice. Everyone's thoughts, including a chemist and high-level alphabet agency personnel, are immature and remarkably random. There's gratuitous sex, and by that I mean that a main character picks up a girl in a strip joint and abuses her, badly. It's not too graphic, but it has nothing to do with the story, except to make it more obvious that the character's a bad guy. I like sex in my books, but this was just totally unnecessary to the plot, and the scenes felt like afterthoughts. Next time, author? Just leave them out unless they serve a purpose.

The chemist is a Vietnam veteran, and his first experience with The Wall is poignant and touching and probably the best part of the entire book.

The case is solved, singlehandedly, by the "hero," who happens upon boxes full of current network information for a major chemical company. Yeah, because some major American corporation is going to just print out usernames and passwords, toss the papers into boxes and send them to the recycler. Said recycler just happens to be a prisoner who mines all that information to snoop on the company's network and outfox everybody, including a CIA agent. I suspended my disbelief for the duration of the book, because many things were implausible, even to my non-secret-agent knowledge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely Story, Boring Prose, Numerous Typos December 10, 2011
By Michael
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I almost bailed at the end of the ridiculous first chapter where (Spoiler Alert) a prisoner with a life sentence is working as a programer on the prison's payroll system! Really?

The prose and pacing is unbalanced in the sense that much of the background, color, or descriptive material detracts from rather than adds to the story. Here is an example: "He never did anything on the computer while he ate, since he despised crumbs in his keyboard."

Several typos are noted, for example "...it would be the usual--unning the kids around..." (@location 246).

Having reached the ten percent mark, I can take no more.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Read, Great First Novel January 13, 2010
By Caius
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The way the author weaves together the story of his protagonist, a convicted felon with a knack for computers and the bioterrorism plot borne of disgruntled and disillusioned patriots will keep you from putting the book down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Previous reviewer wrote my review November 14, 2011
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M Simpson nailed this one right on the head. This was a very good book with a well thought out story and great character development. It is worthy of a five star rating if you can get past the lack of editing. Some instances actually stopped my reading dead and caused me to go back and make sure that I did not read something incorrectly.

I got this book for free. If Mr.Ross promises to have his next work well edited I will be more than happy to pay for it. I am looking forward to more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I couldn't put it down. great read from start to finish. I love it. I recommend this book to anybody that's enjoys a good twist
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A good thing this was free.....
So predictable. So average. There was not anything original in this book. There was nothing to get you excited about turning the page, except the hope the book would end soon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by W. Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars confusing
Had a hard time keeping up with the characters in this novel which detracted from any enjoyment in reading it.
Published 5 months ago by onlinealot
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat
The first 40% of the book is a bit disorganized. It switches between 2 main characters, it doesn't explain much about the 2 characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by hercules
4.0 out of 5 stars impressive!
I enjoyed this book. we all make choices and have to live with the consequences. These people have done wrong and you see how everyone handles their consequences differently.
Published 6 months ago by Debra Bennett
2.0 out of 5 stars Fragmented
The plot for this novel was okay but had a fragmented storyline. For a thriller it took forever before any action to take place and grab the reader’s interest. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Charles Vrooman
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book and a fun read
It is good fun read and refreshing to hear about convicts with a conscience. This is an easy tech read, with the Jackof@alltrades.com saving the day. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scott Shuppert
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Badly Written
Somewhat compelling story, marred by the authors simplistic almost juvenile style of writing.

If I weren't caught up in the storyline, I would have never stuck with this... Read more
Published 14 months ago by EKUpd
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
Felt like there was just too much going on to be effectively resloved, and that proved to be the case. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tom
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddly satisfying, but not great
The back story of each character keeps everyone involved and the manipulation of the characters is great. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Chris Hoesly
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