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John Donnelly's Gold [Kindle Edition]

Brian J. Noggle
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Book Description

Robert Davies, Web developer. Daryl Simon, tech support. Michele Isbert, failing novelist. Kevin Horton, marketing assistant. They were putting in their time, waiting to get rich from the stock they owned in nTropics.com. But one autumn day, they found themselves out of work, part of the new CEO’s new plans for the company. The same new CEO who personally bought a gold bar at auction and put it on the company’s Web site as a symbol for the company’s prosperity. Or maybe just his own vanity.

You know where this is going, right? Stealing that gold bar is the principled thing to do, but only if they can do it the right way, without too much risk to themselves. Con games, breaking and entering, and a host of other crimes—they’re just like live action hacking, right?


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  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Jeracor Group LLC; 1 edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051OZ5SC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars "John Donnelly's Gold" by Brian J. Noggle May 16, 2012
By amacrae
Format:Paperback
"John Donnelly's Gold" by Brian J. Noggle

The best revenge is...served cold? A life well lived? For a quartet of recently laid off high tech workers, the best revenge is plotting to steal a gold bar from their former employer's house. Thus begins this caper novel and it's chock-a-block full of hardcore hacking, digital devilment and Gen X angst.

Each of the four would-be criminal masterminds brings their own unique skills and foibles to the project. Robert, the web site developer, is a genius at planning for every contingency but is neurotically concerned with order and safety. Michele, the documentation writer, is knowledgeable on almost every subject imaginable, but her passion for writing the Great American Novel causes her to sometimes mix fiction with reality. Kevin Horton is a world-class, smooth talking marketing drone whose need for quick cash clouds his better judgment. And for Daryl Simon, from whom no computer system is safe, simply interacting with real people instead of virtual avatars is a challenge.

As a team, the four face challenges as well. From firewalls to security alarms to a twenty-four by seven web cam that keeps a wary eye on the gold bar with all the Internet watching. The team learns just how true Robert Burns' words were when the best of plans go awry.

The story is told in straightforward fashion with the chapters given titles in a style reminiscent of mysteries from the Golden Age. Each of the four is given their due as we hop from the thoughts of one character to those of another and another until all have been heard from.

This is Noggles' second published novel and in it he has woven a story where the action is tight, the characters are believable, and the setting is realistic.

Reviewed by Andrew MacRae for Suspense Magazine
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4.0 out of 5 stars good caper story January 14, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was mentioned on my favorite blog, the Ace of Spades HQ, so I gave it a shot. A good description for it would be a slo-mo electronic caper story. There's no doubt the author knows precisely what he's talking about with the technobabble; the story's details write his resumé for him, and impressive it is. And the ending's perfect. (Man, I was so hoping that final twist would be there, and Daryl was the perfect character to pull it off.)

But the book meanders, with too many words and thoughts for the story to support. If it went on a diet and lost about 10,000–15,000 words, mainly what each character thought in each precisely-told scene, it would be a happier and healthier book. Let's call this one four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, fun read February 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Brian Noggle flips around the classic mystery plot, starring the lovable, if down-on-their luck thieves as the protagonists. At every step, you ask yourself "wait, are they /really/ doing this?" followed by "... and will they get away with it?"

At some point in the reading, I forgot I was reading a book - that a novelist had written it, and the plot was probably predictable, so I should stop worrying. Of course, the police officer rounding the corner would not catch the thieves.

I forgot this, and, instead, bit my nails.

Add in the fact that the characters could have been my colleagues when I worked at a dotCom in 1999, the detail that Noggle puts into locations (set in St. Louis, Noggle's hometown, the places are /real/) and the realistic dialogue, and I can't help but give this piece five stars.
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