Cybersp@ce (Cybersp@ce Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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At least that's what Henry and his daughter believe in their work on the alien craft.
But Nick knows nothing about Area 51, or spaceships, or alien technology. His job is to locate the source of cyber attacks that are crippling this country, and stop them.
These two unrelated purposes cross to hopefully defeat a former KGB monster intent on starting a war between the United States and China.
From the very first pages, author Jeff Horton draws the reader in, and won't let go until the very last page. The interesting thing about this story is that cyber attacks are real, even if they are not as deadly as is portrayed in this novel.
So read this book at your own peril. Your eyes may be opened to new dangers.
However, this is sci-fi :)
Unfortunately some of the luster has rubbed off the science fiction (or sci fi) field. For me, the tarnish is due mostly to the loss of wonder, the lack of awe in new discoveries, the encroachment of horror, cynicism, disillusion, and dystopia. Somewhere along the way, I feel we have lost the fun. When I read Cyberspace by Jeff Horton, I felt some of the wonder and fun return. Yes, there is tension and mystery and a race against time. No good story plot can do without some conflict. Yes, there is an antagonist who thinks nothing of killing others to obtain his goal. But it does not need blood and gore to up the ante. Once the tension builds and the reader begins to suspect an inevitable disaster, the suspense makes it difficult to put the book down.
In addition to the main elements of the story, there's a smidgen of world politics, a touch of romance, some history, some alien presence, speculation for the future, and a glimpse into a loving family unit. The ingredients may sound a bit old-fashioned to some, but refreshingly works together as a breath of fresh air in comparison to the doom, gloom and crude of modern sci fi. Altogether, I found it a satisfying read and now look forward to reading other books by this author.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author, Jeff Horton. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The basic plot is fine, although it is a little bare boned. The first real problem was the principal characters. Not in themselves, but in their interactions with each other. First they have a tendency to congratulate each other for stating the obvious. Although that's probably a good thing as they tended to make some very dumb decisions. They then fail to see the obvious as events unfurl from those decisions.
There were other annoyances and yet I continued reading. Normally I'd just give up and start reading the next in my list, but it kept me involved in the story. I didn't understand why until I approached the end and the villain was laying his dastardly scheme out in the open for the heroes of the story. He was a Bond villain and I'd just read a cyberspace version of a James Bond film.
So was it a good read? Not really, but it was a surprisingly entertaining one.