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Unauthorized Access [Kindle Edition]

Andrew McAllister
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)

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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: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988060809
  • 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: #176,715 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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30 of 30 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
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept amateurish development
A bank CEO who just happens to have an employee who is a rising star that just happens to be engaged to the banker's niece who just happens to be a reporter, who just happens to be... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by ge fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
In this day when everyone is electronically connected to some form of technology, this one rings true. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the book
Interesting and keeps your interest. Ill look forward to some more of his works.
Age old story of boy covers another's girl,
Published 9 days ago by E.D. P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique plot angle and psychological profiles of protagonists
Started off slow and seemed to be a predictable plot but then it involved the reader with more depth and nuance of character. Read more
Published 10 days ago by McPforegolf
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
yep. not too bad of a book. I enjoyed the story and the flow. Tim was a maniac destined to destroy himself, and he did.
Published 10 days ago by Adam T Page
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
this book started a bit slow, but caught me quickly. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. Refreshing and different plot from usual mysteries. Highly recommend!
Published 10 days ago by Barbara Nussbaum
4.0 out of 5 stars Think about it....
A book to tantalize the reader into considering broader issues--the fragility of the computerized banking system with the tenuousness of the belief in our financial leaders. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sara Linder
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
Great story. Slowed at times but was definitely worth reading. The end was quite surprising. Would definitely recommend to read.
Published 15 days ago by Shannon L. Brantley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Fast passed, kept you on the edge of you seat. Did not put it down till I was through with it.
Published 17 days ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Loved it!! I liked. That we knew who did it, but the characters didn't. I'm very pleaEd with the ending. I hate when were left hanging
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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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