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Unauthorized Access [Kindle Edition]

Andrew McAllister
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Book Description

Young computer programmer Rob Donovan receives an emergency call from his boss at the First Malden Bank in Boston after the first successful cyberattack in American banking history scrambles thousands of account records. First Malden’s survival is on the line as furious customers and voracious reporters descend on the bank. Rob is part of the team trying to fix the damage, until the FBI charges him with the crime and brings his world crashing down. Facing prison time and the loss of his fiancée Lesley, Rob’s only chance of reclaiming his life lies in cutting through a web of mistrust and betrayal to uncover the startling truth behind the attack.

Editorial Reviews


"TOP PICK" - Night Owl Reviews

"Unauthorized Access will terrify anyone with a bank account. It kept me hooked from beginning to end; I loved it!" - Norb Vonnegut, bestselling author of The Trust

"Unauthorized Access is an absolutely breathtaking thriller. Buy it and read it immediately; you certainly won't regret it." - Bookaholic

"If I could describe my next recommended read in one word, it would be ... PHENOMENAL! This book needs to be catapulted onto the bestseller lists." - Reenie's Book Blog

About the Author

Andrew McAllister, Ph.D. writes both fiction and non-fiction, including the relationship advice blog To Love, Honor, and Dismay. He has a psychology degree and over twenty-five years of experience in the IT industry as a professor, consultant, and software company executive. In other words he can fix your computer software … but only if it really wants to change. He lives with his family in New Brunswick, Canada, where he is busy working on his next book. You can email him at

Product Details

  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Andalusia Press (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00896U00C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny! July 8, 2012
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Unauthorized Access is a delightful read. I read the whole thing in a single go after downloading the Kindle version (at an extremely attractive price!) The story follows Rob Donovan who is framed for launching a cyber-attack against the bank for which he works. Rich with believable action and characters with lots to lose, this story is a fast-paced, easy to read bit of pop entertainment.
I have to admit that if the e-book version was not so reasonably priced, I might not have given it a chance, but I'm glad I did. The book had two warning signs that made me wary of giving it a try: First of all, it was self-published. These days, there are many very good books and authors that follow the self-publishing route, but there are also many, many that are just plain awful. When contemplating picking up a book by a first-time author, it's nice to see that it is good enough to gain the approval of a publishing house, and has already been gone over by a copyeditor. I'm glad to say that this book is well-paced, and grammatically sound, with only the very rare typo with the same rate that I find in first-run professionally copyedited works.
The second item that gave me pause before picking the book up was the fact that it was a novel about computer hacking by a computer scientist. Even some of the most prolific and popular authors out there have fallen into the trap of oversharing when it comes to their original profession. I'm sure you've all read a medical thriller inundated with far too much medical jargon written by a physician, or a labyrinthine legal tome that only a fellow lawyer could navigate. It's simply a matter of knowing too much and succumbing to the desire to share it all at once. This book, though, doesn't fall into that trap at all.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a cyber thriller March 29, 2013
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The only thing "cyber" about this was the means of framing up the main character. Otherwise, it's a pretty typical fight-n-flight good guy must prove his innocence to all story. And honestly the main character would do well to re-evaluate his so-called friendships. Law enforcement is treated with an exceptionally dim view, and I found the token truly nasty person to be pretty lame. As another reviewer noted, the ending is needlessly brutal. If you're looking for cyber-thrillers, go somewhere else. If you want beatings and chase scenes with willfully idiotic law enforcement, then this is for you.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very satisfying thriller July 8, 2012
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This review contains no spoilers, it has been provided free of charge and I hereby grant the author the right to use it in future promotions, as he sees fit.
Unauthorized Access is a very satisfying thriller. Different, yet very believable, Andrew McAllister has come up with one seriously scary scenario.
The story begins with a classic scene set-up - it is the only part of the book where the thriller label doesn't apply. What starts up as potentially the best day in Rob Donovan's life turns into his worst nightmare. He finds himself in jail for a crime he didn't commit and, worst of all, no one seems to believe him when he insists he is innocent.
I won't give away the plot, because the surprises just keep coming. Just when you think it cannot get any worse, some other twist makes Rob's situation even worse. Andrew McAllister is a master of suspense and he's got the changes in pace absolutely spot on. If you haven't taken a break before the middle, forget it - you won't want to put it down.
This book is a truly good read and I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys the thrill of a chase, of things gone wrong and of uncontrollable criminal power. You'll be questioning more than who your friends might be after reading it. I enjoyed every minute of it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Scary and Suspenseful June 20, 2012
By y6957
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If you enjoy classic suspense, this is a perfect choice! With hallmarks of the classics (Grisham, Patterson) this book has a fast pace, and toys with your emotions as you are put in the shoes of a man who is living out my worst fear - the hopeless situation of an innocent man who seems to be framed well and proper.
The book is written so that the reader has access and understanding to the situation as a whole - so you have to sit in thrilling agony as you see Rob become trapped. As I was reading the book, I kept wanting to reach for my cell to call Rob and warn him!
Read this book!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense, very weak on character March 27, 2013
By MaddieD
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I was amazed to learn that the author has a degree in psychology since the characters are wooden, cliched, unsympathetic and lacking in depth. The motivation for the crime is very flimsy and improbable, and the "bad guy's" lack of understanding of the full implications of his actions are equally so. In general, the characters seem to have a mental age of about 15, but are supposed to be journalists and IT workers in a bank! The suspense is handled fairly well and I did feel a compulsion to finish the book to be sure it turned out the way I thought it would, meanwhile looking forward to it ending. The very large number of very positive reviews makes me think the author has a lot of friends!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut! March 4, 2013
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Love this book! I can use all the clichés like `page-turner', `fast-paced' and `cannot putdown', because it is true. Once you start reading Unauthorized Access you want to read it till you've finished it! If you like Lee Child and John Gilstrap, you will love McAllister's debut novel. And because it is his debut novel I will rate the book with 5 stars, because McAllister deserves a chance to be known by the public. Try it and you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The suspense!
I read this book with such suspense. I was unable to put it down. The love story was heartbreaking and so believable. Friendships go thru so many changes. So true to life
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading, sustained interest
Fair suspense weak character development. Easy reading, sustained interest..
Published 1 month ago by Don
3.0 out of 5 stars DES at a bank?
I enjoyed the book, overall. Couldn't understand why the IT people at the bank just didn't crack the weak DES encryption that was used by the cyber criminal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I was hooked right from the start. Fast paced and engaging, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lolly67
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Found it entertaining and holding my interest nicely!
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More About the Author

Andrew McAllister is the author of top-rated thriller Unauthorized Access. He brings a diverse background to his writing, including a psychology degree and over 20 years of experience in the IT industry as a software company executive and university professor. His writing is influenced by his lifelong love of reading authors like John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Robert B. Parker, and many others. You can learn more about the author on his website,

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