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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457509288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457509285
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Updegrove, an attorney, has been representing entrepreneurs, technology companies and venture capitalists for more than thirty years. He also represents many of the organizations that develop, support and apply the standards upon which cybersecurity is based, and is actively involved in dealing with cybersecurity attacks as they happen. A graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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If you want a fun story without a lot of slow spots or emotional interaction between characters, this book may be for you.
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Very well written , fast paced, most interesting plot with frequent surprises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jhansonxi on March 23, 2012
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An entertaining read. It helps to have a little understanding of computer and network technology but you can enjoy the book without it. Throughout the story there are seemingly minor characters introduced - almost too many - that become very significant towards the end. It pokes fun at venture capitalists, politicians, and the protagonist while building up to a good climax, followed by a full-closure wrap-up of the various sub-plots at the end. The first printing of the paperback had some editing problems but most weren't too distracting. I reported them to the author and hopefully they'll be fixed in the near future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Walli on July 1, 2012
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Updegrove's books is a fun cyber-thriller. It's very accurate with respect to the technology and the politics (foreign and domestic). It had an easy fast pace to pull you along through the story. The business discussions and ideas with respect to the venture capitalists are hysterically funny. (I especially loved and was simultaneously at the idea of selling derivatives to venture capital fund investors.) Despite the technology base, the story is clear and there were lots of small educational moments along the way without dragging the story down. I look forward to the next book from the author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tricia on May 31, 2012
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What an amazing story and an eye-opener! I don't know whether it should be categorized as a thriller or a horror story. The scary thing is that this concept seems entirely plausible. I'm not into technical stuff and thought the subject of cybersecurity a little daunting but the book is well written and I was able to follow the concepts easily. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Weeds on April 23, 2012
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This eBook would be a bargain at three times the price. Andy Updegrove reminds me of Michael Crichton an author who was able to both entertain and educate at the same time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Trinckes on April 4, 2012
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This book was very interesting and entertaining. I'm in the security field and know first hand how insecure most organizations are. This book tells a story of a nefarious group taking advantage of these security oversights and although it is fictional, I could definitely see a scenario described in this story coming true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy on February 29, 2012
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In the spirit of Vincent Flynn and Tom Clancy, this cyber-security thriller is a great read. Compelling characters, great detail and an an unsettlingly plausible scenario add up to a real page-turner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathyann Swindlehurst on February 23, 2012
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I'm somewhat jaded by thrillers where the plot twists are obvious long before they actually happen. No fear of that with this book! Updegrove has managed what many attempt but few can execute: a plot that is both credible and surprising. As with the best genre books, I learned quite a bit about the way technology works by following Frank's adventure, but without the heavy preaching that some authors find necessary. The story moves so nimbly that it's final twists are startling; that said, the vulnerabilities in our system that Updegrove exposes are all the more upsetting because the source is so credible. A great read - I can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Believer on April 27, 2014
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"The Alexandria Project" is a fascinating mystery thriller that begins when file directories are being compromised at the Library of Congress (LoC); a flaming image and a thank you note left in their place. When Frank Adversego, a disgruntled but brilliant cyber security expert at the LoC becomes the CIA's chief suspect, he decides to investigate and finds a connection to international espionage and a conspiracy to annihilate two major American cities. What he doesn't expect is to become of the target of an FBI manhunt.

Andrew Updegrove 's narrative looks not only at IT architecture, but its security and the impact a lack of safety could have on military/weapons deployment. It is well-researched and technical in places but as the plot progresses, it quickly heats up as Frank Adversego not only uncovers the identity of those involved in the Alexandria Project but also the far- reaching consequences of the hackers' intrusion into computer networks across America. Within the narrative Andrew Updegrove has woven subplots that deal with a contest of wills between the FBI and CIA, an intelligence leak and a missile crisis. All converge in a climax that's not only explosive but has shocking implications.

The characters are well-developed and multi-faceted especially Frank Adversego Jr., the anti-social, highly intelligent cyber guru who's concentration is absolute when solving a problem. Although at work he's considered an unreliable genius and bull-headed, his redeeming qualities include a loving and forgiving heart as well as a wry sense of humor. Marla Adversego is the opposite of her father; sociable, posed and self-assured. She's very protective of her father and in her dealings with the CIA tends to be perceptive, shrewd and feisty.
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