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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
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILAM91O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark J Maxwell is a writer living in Dublin, Ireland.

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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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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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