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The London Project (A Science Fiction Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Mark J Maxwell
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Book Description

Portal has transformed the lives of London's residents. From communications to entertainment, transport to health care, the tech giant’s free services are utilised by every Londoner. As a consequence, Portal harvests the minutiae of their daily lives.

Detective Sergeant Louisa Bennett is assigned to investigate the death of a young girl. The autopsy is inconclusive, revealing an unidentifiable cellular structure permeating the victim’s brain. Louisa’s case is further complicated when no trace of the girl can be found within Portal. It’s as if she doesn’t exist.

Following an attack on Portal’s network, private data on every London resident is leaked. In the ensuing chaos, three high-ranking members of a criminal syndicate are assassinated. It becomes clear to Louisa that the perpetrators have used Portal’s systems to coordinate the killings. When she uncovers a connection between her own case and the Portal breach, Louisa becomes a target herself.

To save her own life Louisa must uncover the truth behind the girl’s death — a truth which leads her deep into the heart of The London Project.
Set in a familiar yet futuristic London, The London Project blends a detective who-done-it mystery with science fiction to produce a fast paced crime technothriller.

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The London Project is a high tech crime thriller, set in a futuristic London.

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  • File Size: 2625 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILAM91O
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4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling vision August 12, 2014
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The London Project is a well-structured futuristic who-done-it novel about a woman police detective on the tail of the killer of a fourteen year old girl who was badly tortured before her death. It’s set in a time when London has a sophisticated web system—a kind of natural extension of the present world wide web—run by the Portal company. The London Project was the rolling out of this web across all of central London so that no one was ever off the grid—or mostly anyway; a few dead zones remain.

Think of a kind of far-reaching Facebook/You Tube that stores medical records and other official data, and tracks all your personal events via feeds that you share with your subscribers. Linked to this is an automatic driving system where you program in your destination and the car takes you via the most efficient route, avoiding all the other cars sensed by the GPS software. Sensors line the street so that people can be located at any time. This alone has made London safer. The police force has been cut back because most crimes can solved using the Portal’s resources. Business boomed with the introduction of the London Project so, though it has its critics, the overwhelming response has been positive. The benefits seem to outweigh the disadvantages. It’s a beneficial big brother—or is it?

It’s a chilling vision because it’s all too possible.

Like any good crime mystery, there are many twists and turns. The plot and pacing are impeccable, and the characters and their relationships are well developed and realistic. It’s an entertaining read for anyone who likes a good mystery.

The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because the quality of the prose was not as good as the rest of the book.
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Set in a near-future London, England. Tech giant, Portal, has transformed the lives of the city’s residents. Portal’s centralized network is ubiquitous, its free services utilized for everything from communications to entertainment, transport to health care.

On the eve of the network’s expansion throughout the UK, Detective Sergeant Louisa Bennett investigates the death of a young girl. Her body covered in lacerations, the victim’s autopsy reveals an unidentifiable cellular structure permeating her brain. The case is further complicated when no trace of the girl can be found on Portal.

This was a mixed-bag read for me. On one hand, the author’s description of Portal was nothing short of brilliant. Not only from a technological perspective, but also from the social and cultural changes the technology caused in the lives of London’s citizens. Cars that drove themselves, healthcare records merged and immediately accessible, personal feeds that included the emotional responses of the provider available instantly to everyone who is hooked into the system. Now that makes Twitter following look stone-aged. TV ads tailored to the viewer’s preferences and featuring the viewer as a lifelike avatar in the action—wow! Great stuff. I really got my geek on .

Portal has sensors embedded in road signs, street lamps . . . just about everywhere. Everyone is tracked and traced both through their connected devices and through face recognition software, which is a huge boon to law enforcement and is where the flaw that drives the plot occurs.

Detective Louisa Bennett is tasked with investigating the murder of a teenage girl who has no profile in Portal. So, not only must the detective find out whodunit, but also figure how this girl can possibly be unknown to the system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly enjoyed! July 7, 2014
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I really got into this book I like to read crime fiction. From the first chapter I knew I would be hooked on this book and I wasn’t wrong. I really enjoyed how the futuristic feel of the police force. It didn’t seem to unrealistic at all. I could feel Louisa frustrating when looking at information into how the victim appeared where she was,. I really like how the author has really thought about the technology and how advanced it could be in the future I don’t know whether I would like to live in that sort of world but it is an interesting idea on how the future may be with all the technological advances.

‘Okay, I tell you what,’ Louisa said. ‘I bet you a fiver you didn’t get in under
the hedge. Care to prove me wrong?’
I really like how down to earth Louisa is in this part of the story. She knows exactly what will get her answers and makes sure she gets them.

‘Louisa couldn’t imagine how she’d feel if Jess went missing and turned
up dead. She’d never be able to rest until she found out what had happened to her daughter. ‘
Being a mother i can really associate with Louisa, if anything happened to my daughter i wouldn't stop trying to find our until my last dying death i like how the author knew how a mother would be with the lose of a child.

I really enjoy how caught up in all the technical advances there are in this story, I always love to read stories by authors who can make me loose myself into its pages to the point I don’t realise what is going on around me.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5. I have already recommended this book to a friend. If you love a book you can loose yourself in then I highly suggest this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good book. Not being at all tech savvy a ...
A really good book. Not being at all tech savvy a lot of the tech talk went well past my head. But I did understand enough to get what was going on. Read more
Published 22 days ago by deborah hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed
An intriguing, fast-paced thriller that will be sure to captivate you! Louisa is a fantastic main character and her honesty and determination are truly inspiring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by madamediotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Really! They just want to use the bits we aren't using anyway
Take one more real-life occurrence of another large amount of intimate data being hacked from yet another large corporation, most probably with the government's blessing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nightwing Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars life is too short to read dull books
This is part crime drama, part police procedural, and part spec fic, and that's a combination I don't think I've seen before. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Gunnar Grey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great futuristic thriller!
I very much enjoyed The London Project, by Mark J Maxwell. Set in an Orwellian future London where everyone is on the grid all the time, The London Project sets itself apart by... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kimberley Yockers
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good High Tech Crime Thriller
Very well developed science fiction high tech crime thriller with characters that are very believable. The plot of the future with big government watching our every move. Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyberpunk for our (circa 2014/5) digital age
I received a my copy of The London Project via LibraryThing in return for an honest review. I had signed up because the blurb that was given regarding the plot seemed fairly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fallen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but the pacing is bogged down by too much backstory.
I liked the story in The London Project. The world is a quite interesting (albeit chilling) vision of a possible future. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elena Linville
5.0 out of 5 stars This could easily be our future
I received an electronic copy of this book in return for a review.

Wow. Awesome book. The concept is amazing and the storytelling equally so. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Deshanya
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Very good first novel. A lot of tech evolves throughout the story, so stay sharp and focused to make sense of it all.
Published 8 months ago by Daniel Schumann
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More About the Author

Mark J Maxwell is a writer living in Dublin, Ireland.

The London Project is his first novel.

Mark would love to hear from you. He can be reached on twitter (@markjmaxwell) or at

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