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The Dataminer by [Kull, Robert]
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  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071F7NDY
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By Bob on February 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was heading for a five star review until about 60% of the way through when it changed to fantasy. Initially the story was a mix between fact and fiction with a software designer producing some data mining (allows information to be collected sorted etc to give info that is not easily available) software. This together with some murders that seemed disconnected from the main story made riveting reading and I was expecting some sort of conspiracy or similar however it changes to a "fantasy" story which deals with the paranormal interfacing with the internet and becomes to me lots of jargon which I was not familiar with and did not seem to be a logical progression from the main story. I like science fiction / fantasy stories but for me the mix did not work.
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Even for someone already deep into the computer engineering industry, there is a lot of information to be had from this book. There are many ways to do a techno-thriller wrong, and one of the major ways is to focus more on the heavy technical side of things and less on the story. The Dataminer did things the right way by having the technical side of things part of the story by having a knowledgeable character explaining it to another character that doesn't know as much. The way it was written makes the information less preachy or like a technical manual and more informative as characters in the story are interacting. The plot and the action still came first with the 'techno' part of the thriller just being the catalyst and not the story itself. Very well written. About 50% through the book you now know who all the characters are and their relationships, but you still can't stop reading to see what will happen when certain characters interact.

The Dataminer is just a very well written book, the only things I didn't like was the spiritual/religious aspect and how short it was. This book could have been another 400 pages and I would not have batted an eye and still would not have been able to put it down! A great read for anyone that uses the internet and thinks they have any level of privacy...
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Anyone involved with the internet, especially those concerned with the use of personal data inherent in the system, will enjoy this thought-provoking cliffhanger.

The author sparks our imaginations with the question - "What if a rogue individual with evil intentions used a highly sophisticated data mining system to control individuals, social groups, governments, and even the world?"

Not only is the technology "spot on," but this fast-paced thriller smacks us in the face with reality. The world is full of evil and smart hackers and even smarter programmers could easily make this nightmare scenario come true. Read it and worry.

Just when you thought it was safe to use the internet....You just might go back to playing Pong.
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