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No Margin for Error [Kindle Edition]

G.S. Mauro
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Book Description

Ariel Bauer, a brilliant computer programmer working on her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, doesn’t think she can get into any trouble when she agrees to run a systems test for her thesis advisor. But the systems test is a virus, and the FBI is called in to investigate.

Sam MacAteer is an agent with the FBI’s Computer Intrusion Squad, recently transferred from the agency’s organized crime division. Reeling from the murder of his twin brother, MacAteer has become harsh, unforgiving, and abusive. Especially to suspects. Especially to Ariel Bauer.

When the Computer Intrusion Squad is called on to unravel mysterious electronic voting irregularities in the national primaries, only one person can help them in time. But Bauer’s in prison, serving a maximum sentence. MacAteer made sure of that.

The FBI must discover who’s gaining control of the presidential elections—and stop them. Can MacAteer overcome his lust for vengeance to get answers? Because this time, there’s no margin for error.

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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083378RE
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice try, but no June 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
* I have received a free copy in exchange for my review.
If you have any knowledge whatsoever about how computers work, do yourself a favor and don't read this book. It's frustrating in its ignorance. I wonder how can an author write something like this, when there are so many means of information.

The most annoying part is that part of the technical facts are true, but many others are so impossible they scream. Example: as far as I can tell, the entire code for the electronic voting system in California is one single file of a few hundred lines of code. Which is laughable. Yet, the author knows enough about how hacking works to not write things equivalent to the "Hacking in progress" shown in movies. Another thing: in order to emphasize the intelligence of the main character, the FBI team in charge of electronic crimes are described as almost having no idea what they're doing.

The characters are also not believable. Take for example Ariel Bauer, a mathematical and computer genius, suffering from a fear of the dark from being abused by her father when she was little. Shocked by the result of her latest actions and thrown into prison, where she comes close to being raped by a guard, she is quite nonchalant when she is asked to work for the FBI, and is going so far as to almost flirt with Sam McAteer, one of the harshest FBI agents. This is because the author needs to make sure there is a reason for the two to fall in love. It's so unrealistic it makes me cringe.

I've finished the book, but it was wasted time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good June 22, 2014
By Mary
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this is well written and has a very good plot. I really enjoyed reading this book, it keep my interest during the whole book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster July 23, 2012
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book free to read and review.
Although I do hope the American prisons are not as harsh as portrayed in this book and some of the characters particularly Sam an FBI agent are one dimensional the book is written in such a way that it pulls at your emotions. The central character Ariel was abused as a child and later raised by "Poppi" who encouraged her to develop into a brilliant programmer. However everything goes wrong when she writes a virus to test an email systems security and gets convicted and sentenced to a year in prison for hacking into the system and introducing a virus. I thought this was quite weak and a decent lawyer would have got her acquitted. From there on in it is a fast paced emotional roller coaster that I read in a single session getting very involved in the story. This is the first in the series but stands well by itself and although I rarely buy books, there are enough free ones out there, I will certainly buy the next in the series.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it June 16, 2012
By Loy
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book; I really liked the main character Ariel. She is a math genus who gets in trouble
The FBI is after her for planting a virus for her professor. They put her in prison where she suffers. When they need her help with a computer problem they go to and cannot understand why she does not jump to help them. All she wants it to be with a father and live her life.
The FBI agent is very black and white about crime and cannot think anything good about Ariel. He makes sure she gets the maximum sentence but expects her to help the FBI without question. Not sure where he is coming from....
This book could have been better, the technical details were not quite right. The main story was good
I will be interested in reading the next book.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I need a little less anger please June 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ariel Bauer had a rough life growing up. Her mother was gone and her father, Jerry was not a candidate for father-of-the-year. Then came the fire and Jerry was gone that fast. But Ariel went to live with Poppi. Life was good after that, but Ariel never forgot the years with Jerry. As a grown woman Ariel discovers a talent for computers. She is good enough that her boss has her plant a phony virus to test out a new security system. That is when everything goes wrong for Ariel.

I enjoyed the book. It moved very quickly and didn't get bogged down in technical jargon. The hero Sam McAteer was a little unbelievable. No one could be that angry all of the time even if they do look like Clint Eastwood. I was surprised that this was the beginning of a series. Everyone is doing series these days! The story and characters just didn't seem suited to a continuing story.

I would recommend the book since I did enjoy it, but I don't think I will go any further with the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.
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G.S. Mauro is a writer and editor of software how-to books and magazines who lives in northern California.

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