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The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology Paperback – January 30, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Tales of Adversego Series

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"THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT is fiction that cuts close to the bone. But where George Orwell envisioned 1984 from the safety of thirty-five years out, the future that Updegrove describes may already be upon us. That's what makes it dangerous, and that's what makes THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT an important as well as riveting read." - Dan Geer, CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER, In-Q-Tel --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Andrew Updegrove, an attorney, has been representing technology companies for more than thirty years and works with many of the organizations seeking to thwart cyber-attacks before they occur. A graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457509288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457509285
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For me this is a very classy thriller. Superb opening to the story and what follows is an intriguing story of espionage with the cyber security expert Frank at the centre of the story. But it is much more than that. I loved Frank, a wonderfully flawed genius who I warmed to immediately. The author is skilled when it comes to characterisation across the board but Frank is the perfect example of how a writer needs to give depth to their creations. The narrative is strong and consistent and the writer shows off his technical knowledge without detracting from the story or losing the reader. He clearly is more familiar with the world of computers than I am and it is a complex book in terms of plot strands and the actual technical background information. However Andrew Updegrove brought me along with him every step of the way. I never for one second felt overwhelmed by this side of the book, a tribute to his knowledge of the subject matter behind the storyline and his great story telling ability. I am not generally a fan of books about espionage, cyber terrorism or conspiracies for that matter, but I was completely engrossed in this book from start to finish. There is a great sense of style here. I believe that having read this book that I know exactly what to expect from his next one. Thriller writers often revert to cliché and can be lazy in terms of recycling the ideas of others. Not so in this case. I found The Alexandria Project to be original and it carried a strength of voice that appealed to me greatly. This is a gripping, funny, clever and above all entertaining read. I am officially an Andrew Updegrove fan and cannot wait to read his next one.
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An entertaining read. It helps to have a little understanding of computer and network technology but you can enjoy the book without it. Throughout the story there are seemingly minor characters introduced - almost too many - that become very significant towards the end. It pokes fun at venture capitalists, politicians, and the protagonist while building up to a good climax, followed by a full-closure wrap-up of the various sub-plots at the end. The first printing of the paperback had some editing problems but most weren't too distracting. I reported them to the author and hopefully they'll be fixed in the near future.
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I should begin by stating that I rarely read the work of writers who are still alive (I also don't listen to music past the early 90s). That being said, I was most impressed by Andy Updegrove's The Alexandria Project. Not was it well written without being verbose or self-conscious in prose style, but there are also little bits that are very clever and funny. Now, normally don't read thrillers of the Grisham or Baldacci type (I find them banal and pedestrian, and I'm not French), but this book is an intelligent read. The plot is well structured, there are twists and turns, and the story unfolds itself in front of you. As noted in my review title, I would classify this as X-Files meet William Gibson: you have the conspiratorial and shadowy men in government positions as well as the cybernetic setting, a la Gibson, but without leaving you nauseaus as you would in reading Gibson because he moves the plot along into very abstract and complex levels too fast. Updegrove is careful to make sure the reader follows through expository conversations, and the ideas aren't 'dumbed down'. Another thought that occurs to me is that if Hitchcock were still alive he'd probably snatch up the movie rights damn fast. The Hitchcockian elements can be seen in the basic plot of an ordinary man who begins to uncover a complex plot that threatens the nation. Also, as in Hitchcock films like Vertigo or North By Northwest, the hero's character flaws become assets.
I would highly recommend this book to almost anyone.
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Updegrove's books is a fun cyber-thriller. It's very accurate with respect to the technology and the politics (foreign and domestic). It had an easy fast pace to pull you along through the story. The business discussions and ideas with respect to the venture capitalists are hysterically funny. (I especially loved and was simultaneously at the idea of selling derivatives to venture capital fund investors.) Despite the technology base, the story is clear and there were lots of small educational moments along the way without dragging the story down. I look forward to the next book from the author.
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Espionage written effectively is an engrossing theme and anyone who reads this piece of work will be entertained. In a tale that on more than one occasion was reminiscent of Tom Clancy’s style and pace, I was impressed by the level of knowledge and the research done.
There are passages in which the industrial terminology of high-level business is introduced and then there are similar passages which detail the world of computers and the Internet. If you happen to be a technophobe there’s no reason to think this is not for you - because all you have to do is trust the author.
Likewise, when reading of the US Government’s departments and the high-ranking personnel who have access to the ear of the US President, there is no need to worry - trust the author. You are invited into this world of intrigue, trust and distrust, so the best thing to do is take it as it comes, which is pretty rapid at times. The ingredients of this story are wide and far-reaching, but I think the writer’s ability should be applauded.
You will find traitors, heroes, villains, car chases, nuclear missiles, government agencies at loggerheads, and egotistical politicians who are capable of making incomprehensible decisions.
There are personal relationships, international relationships and actually a few laughs, but above all else, there is a feasible plot which makes for an entertaining read.
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