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William H. Lovejoy
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Unexplained glitches in the U.S. banking system spread throughout the international business community. A cyber terrorist has done the unthinkable, and he has the power to close airports at will, paralyze telephone comunications across continents, and stop the sales of weapons.

FBI Special Agent Luanne Russell turns to renegade computer genius K.C. Conrad and they enter a maze of treachery, violence and intrigue that reaches from the highest level of government and industry to a single computer screen. The ultimae terror is only one command away....

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  • File Size: 856 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00579YOZ6
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1.0 out of 5 stars Makes you wish there was an MST2K for books... May 29, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Somebody said that the people from the Midwest didn't "get" this book...frankly, one would either need to overlook massive technical errors and basic readability issues to enjoy this one. The dialogue is cringe-inducing. This author writes like someone who isn't used to speaking with actual human beings. The plot is promising...but it doesn't begin until more than halfway through the book and never really reaches its peak. Most of the characters are lame stereotypes, although Conrad and Russell had potential. It was disappointing that that potential was never tapped. I'd recommend this book if you're into computer-alarmist pulp cheese, but otherwise skip it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lovejoy thinks that computer networks are magic January 28, 1998
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First the good news: The story is not altogether bad. Lovejoy does a very good job with his characterizations, I really connected with most of them. The the bad news: Technically speaking this novel is more wrong than right. Lovejoy has us telnetting to email addresses, refers to the world wide web as a different network and in many cases leaves me with the impression that he thinks that computers are magic. If Lovejoy would have allowed a network engineer to read the book before it was published many if his small mistakes could have been fixed, but in addition to those, his major premise is also flawed. In short this book is like then old B movies. If you have a real working knowlodge of computers of the Internet, you'll need to leave that _reality_ at the door.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good IW reading May 1, 1998
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A definite must-read for those working in Information Warfare. It was a little weak at the end, but who cares... that's not why I read it. In terms of the technical inaccuracies, I forgave those, primarily because of the fact that some of the detailed information was accurate. Interesting to note is the fact that the readers in the midwest don't "get" it and those around Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Colo Springs, DO!! Makes you wonder!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only technical errors... May 7, 1999
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Not only is this book filled with technical errors (as outlined by many reviewers), it is also full of bad editing. In one scene Jerome wakes up early, is careful not to disturb Georgia, but by the time he drinks half a cup of coffee, the sun is high over the lake and Georgia is fully dressed and working...
These types of errors make the novel read more like some high school creative writing class.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I never got to the "suspension of disbelief" point. July 21, 1998
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Because of the technical inaccuracies in this book, I kept being jolted out of the fictional world the author tried to create. I finally gave up half way through, because I couldn't stand trying to ignore them. I didn't even care enough about "who-dunnit" to finish the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate and slow December 27, 1997
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I'm sorry, but this book was a real disappointment. Lovejoy's reasearch into the subject of the internet was pretty superficial; the book contained loads of technical inaccuracies. Although the preface of the book stated that many details of the internet were concealed or changed in order to prevent computer crime, he should have at least preserved _some_ credibility. (The part where a character downloads a multi-gigabyte file over a 9600 baud modem an a few hours was one of my favorites) Aside from the inaccuracies, most of the characters in the book weren't very likable, and the hero of the novel bears an uncomfortable resemblence to the Unabomber. Finally, the author never really explains the motivations behind the villain's actions, and those that are revealed don't really fit in with the crimes which s/he committed. I really wouldn't recommend this one.
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More About the Author

William H. Lovejoy is the author of two dozen thriller, suspense, and mystery novels with publications in English, Japanese, Spanish, Bulgarian, and Hebrew.

Born at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Lovejoy grew up in Nebraska, Montana, and Colorado. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Colorado State University. A Vietnam veteran, he has served as a college assistant professor, a state college president, and a college system chief fiscal officer. He resides in Arizona and is Vice Chancellor Emeritus from Mohave Community College.

As a "master storyteller" according to Clive Cussler, Lovejoy has written novels in a broad range of genres and is currently focused on mystery and mystery-thrillers. BELLE CHASSE is a mystery that explores deadly sunken treasure, and TRIGGER HAPPY climbs into the sky to interdict international arms sales. NOW YOU DON'T chases down Romanov treasures that surfaced in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SOLID OAK examines the twisted trail of stolen tax dollars.

Lovejoy is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.


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