The London Project (Portal Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
‘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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The old Max Headroom tv show used to say it was set five minutes into the future.
This story feels like it's set two-and-a-half minutes into a future London. Read more
This is a really high quality book – one of the books that says indie authors can produce a book just as well as the big end of town. I loved the characters straight away. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gary Williams
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 morePublished 9 months ago by deborah hammond
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 morePublished 10 months ago by madamediotte
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 morePublished 11 months ago by Nightwing Whitehead
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 morePublished 14 months ago by J. Gunnar Grey
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 morePublished 14 months ago by Kimberley Yockers
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 morePublished 15 months ago by J Phillips
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 morePublished 15 months ago by Fallen
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