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Too Much Information [Kindle Edition]

David Haskell
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Book Description

Terrorism and pandemics — the two deadliest threats facing the modern travelling public. Thermo-Magnetic Imaging is touted as the definitive solution.

Attorney Rob Folsom is a champion of civil liberties. When he agrees to represent security agent Rosa Perez, he's dragged into her world of high-tech spies, black-ops, and political intrigue. Surveillance giant SecureSystems Inc. will do anything to keep her quiet, having already launched the opening salvo by unfairly terminating her employment. Rob must do everything in his power to vindicate his client.

SecureSystems and their political cronies insist TMI is perfectly safe, dismissing the possibility that such cutting edge technology could prove harmful. Powerful forces align, unexpected allies emerge, and the ultimate, frightening agenda is revealed. Rob fights back in a desperate effort to expose the truth, while citizens around the world recoil under the glare of TMI's invasive lens.


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From the Author

In a World without Secrets, TMI can see -- everything...


Thermo-magnetic imaging technology (or some reasonably similar facsimile), and airport security in general, formed the basis of TMI when I started writing it down back in the summer of 2012. I had assumed it would go quickly, but as these things apparently so often do, it spiraled into a much broader story. Characters kept expanding their roles faster than I could jot them down, one plot situation lead to another and then another, and before I knew it a year had passed before I felt that TMI was complete and presentable for the reading public. It was challenging, sure, but also extremely fun and rewarding.

I am extremely grateful for the wonderful opportunity that this "ebook revolution" has presented to me, and so many other indie authors. I hope that you will have as good a time reading the story as much as I did writing it--I look forward to hearing your thoughts and impressions.

Thanks for checking out Too Much Information, enjoy the book!

From the Inside Flap

Catching the eye of a pretty stewardess, he smiled. She didn't return the gesture, turning instead to pick up the phone on the wall. Contacting the cockpit? He was probably just being paranoid, but even so he averted his eyes and tried to look casual. If it came to that, would this one do just as well? It was reasonably full given the early hour. He reached for his cellphone, then pulled his hand away. Stay calm. Don't jump the gun.

A second flight attendant joined her colleague by the lavatory door. Leaning in towards each other, they looked like they were conferring in hushed tones. The man grew increasingly disconcerted, he didn't like what was going on. He reached again, finger on the cellphone this time. The raised keypad could be operated by touch easily enough, he'd practiced entering the detonation code many times.

A third woman walked up from the rear, his thumping heart leapt clear into his throat when she said, "Excuse me, sir?"
She was addressing the man beside him. What's going on? This was not normal, he was familiar enough with the routine from the trial runs to know that much.

"Yes?" the man asked, sitting up straighter and casting off more cologne stench.

"I'm sorry to disturb you, sir, but we've had a reassignment. Nothing to worry about, just a security protocol. We need to ask you to switch seats."

Looking bemused, the seat-mate gathered up his things and unbuckled himself. This can't be right. They're on to me!

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  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DV6A8UC
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Here's the major problem with this book: it appears that someone has attempted a cut-down or rewrite and left traces of the old version behind. Another, more serious issue in a narrative sense, is the weakness of the through line, making any form of suspense ineffective. The book should be a contemporary thriller, but I find, in its present form, nothing to make me turn the page. In fact, on many occasions I was turning back to try to figure out who the (endless parade of) characters were meant to be, which side of the conflict they represented and why we were supposed to care about them. The hero is flat, his cohorts have little going on either and what should have been a great opportunity for a story revolving around the extension of Big Brother in today's world, has been missed. There are many spelling, grammatical mistakes and typos and it appears to have been rushed into publication to match current events rather than being a carefully constructed and suspenseful story. It has earned its two stars only for its cover and the fact that, for the most part, the formatting has worked well (a challenge with Kindle). Another version needs to have a lot more going on, could be shorter, needs the characters to be fully rounded and sympathetic in some way so that we are rooting for them and caring about the outcome. As well, the author needs to examine the 'voices' with which his characters speak. In this version, they all sound alike, no matter what their background. My disclaimer here is that I did download the book for free (which, by no means devalues the book - I read it with as much care as any other). But it is my policy to review all freebies (again, with care and also with disinterest and fairness) so that at least, the author can take some steps to ameliorate his story-telling. (Note; 'disinterest' does not mean I was not interested, a linguistic problem in this book!)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Cat and Mouse Game - Highly recommend November 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was immediately intrigued by the premise of Too Much Information by David Haskell. We live in a world where our ever move can be tracked, time-stamped and chronicled. It is for this reason that I found Haskell's novel to be so intriguing. The themes in this novel really hit home for me. It is no longer sci-fi to think that "Big brother is watching." The story is relevant, well-written, and thrilling to say the least. If you love a great thriller set in a realistic (almost too realistic) setting with a devious cat and mouse game, then Too Much Information is for you! 4/5 stars. Great job David!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly realistic! October 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This thought-provoking techno thriller will have you second-guessing how much control we have given up in exchange for a feeling of security. Too Much Information explores the next step in TSA screening in a frighteningly realistic extrapolation based on current trends. The realistic characters (each burdened with their own flaws) help make the story more believable, and perhaps, foreseeable. Despite its title, the book gives you only small bits of information at a time so you will find yourself unable to put the book down in your effort to root out the truth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Information March 3, 2014
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
The concept of this near future technothriller is a good one. With recent revelations about the actions of the NSA, if you can picture the technology depicted as being on the near horizon (not that big a stretch), it is both timely and credible. The potential for a good story is here.

However, the story as delivered fell short of that potential. The reasons are three-fold. First, is the technical, with more polish needed to shake out the numerous typos and grammar errors.

The second area are issues of writing craft, with multiple instances of head hopping, a tendency to tell something that should have been shown, and a character or the narrator magically knowing something that they couldn’t.

The final area of concern were things happening that made no sense. Some were minor. For example when the protagonist saw a squirrel hop from a tree branch as his car was crashing into the tree. Another was a sequence where a couple of the characters had to attend a meeting, sneak into another part of a building (which involves bypassing a security measure to get there), break into a computer, locate and download some files from that computer, and get out of the building, all in thirty minutes. I’m not sure which was less believable, that the characters thought they could do this or that they managed to do it without getting caught.

Others were major, at least to me. For example during a court case a judge allowed the protagonist, Rob, to call a “rebuttal witness” in the middle of the other side putting on their case. Anyone who has watched more than one or two fictional court cases in a movie or on a TV show would be left scratching their head, wondering when the rules changed.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Right Read for Me October 5, 2013
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Based on the description I "glanced" over when I signed up to review this book, I thought it was something that would be right up my alley.

It sounded mysterious, dramatic, suspenseful.

Unfortunately, I found myself really struggling with this book.

I felt that it jumped around too much and I had a difficult time following the who's, the what's, and the where's.

In the book's defense, I struggled with reading comprehension so I'm not saying the book was bad at all. The jumping around from people to people just created too much confusion for me to keep straight and follow along.

The book sounds like it is a great read, but unfortunately, after trying for more than a week and not being able to get further than a quarter of the way through the book, I gave up.

If you can follow along, it sounds like it is exactly as I thought - mysterious, dramatic and suspenseful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 5 months ago by Vicki Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Very good read definitely worth the money.
Published 7 months ago by Jessica Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment!
I read this book because of the stated theme and because I believe that the US government will stop at nothing to track and control every person in the world, not only its own... Read more
Published 7 months ago by muffiemae
2.0 out of 5 stars Price of air safety versus megalomania
While I reread some comments before I wrote this, I too have much about the same. However there was too much emphasis on extra characters that weren't needed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by I read alot
3.0 out of 5 stars book ok
ok book
Published 9 months ago by mmattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book that Keeps you Interested !
Great book and kept me interested in reading it. I normally don't keep reading till done, but I did on this book.
Published 10 months ago by Tia D
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I did enjoy this book but I was annoyed at the way it was told. You only got small tidbits at a time so you never really knew what was truly going on. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brittany Hazelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Information.
Today's world is so fast paced, it is hard to keep track of every thing because there is too much information! Focus on what is important!
Published 12 months ago by Brandon R Barbano
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Information was too much for me
Medical based techno thrillers often don't lend themselves to the action / thriller genre. It takes a special skill to present technical information in an exciting manner which... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marshall Estes
5.0 out of 5 stars great Book
I had the chance to read this for free and do a review of this. This is a must read book. I could not put it down I myself reading it all the time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by spunkygrannie
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David Haskell writes suspense thrillers and science fiction. He grew up in New England and currently resides near Tokyo.

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