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The Doodlebug War: a Tale of Fanatics and Romantics (Frank Adversego Thrillers Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Frank Adversego is a cyber-security expert, this time working madly to protect our massive data storage centers (apparently the largest buildings have over 25 acres of floor space) from annihilation by terrorists. The problem? “The more servers, software, and data you put in a single building, and the more buildings you put near each other, the bigger the target you create. The more everything moves to cloud computing, the more vulnerable we get, especially since the servers that support the Internet and the electrical grid are all hosted in data centers, too.”
The Doodlebug War is a page-turner and, at $0.99, a cheap way to be scared of something other than the outcome of Tuesday’s election.
Basically, having sat on what to say for a few months since finishing the book, I'm still feeling that both the plot and character work are growing steadily, while the content-tech-plot-issue at stake has intensified into an unfortunately all too recognizable critical reality.
That's good and that's bad.
It's bad because there's not much escape from reality - if that is what one is looking for in one's fiction.
It's good because, couched in story form, and embedded in the life of like-able, evolving Frank Adversego, I can see and understand - and shudder - at cutting edge current problems inherent in today's - not tomorrow's, not ten years from now - technology.
My true rating for this book is just above 4 1/2. The issue was the slight similarity in speaking styles among the characters, and the maybe too slight veneer of ugliness of a mass-people incident near the beginning of the book. But I asked myself, how WOULD I have wanted to read about that tragedy (or series there of)? In gruesome prolonged detail? No. So how / why should I complain? Thus an easy five star otherwise.
And with the steady humanizing humorous development of the main character, Frank Adversego, I have no qualms waiting to buy the next installment (smiles).
The contrast between the character's often timid but-getting-better attempts to deal with both his own life and what's happening to our lives via bad guys and technology is for me a very winning combination.
Andrew has a knack for hitting close to home with predictions. He almost called the last Presidential election in his last book. I just hope that he is way off the mark with this one.
The story is captivating and scary. Unfortunately I think that there is way too much truth in here.
Andrew does a great job of telling the story and keeping it from becoming too "way out there". He also does a good job of making the main character, Frank, more real and someone that you may like to have coffee with.
As in the previous books, Frank has to find out what the enemies are trying to do and how they try to do it. This time, Frank has to work inside, and against, the US intelligence bureaucracy. Going with the times, Frank now has to rely on (big) data collection and processing and internet snooping. As usual, the author has made sure that all the tech is real and the attacks and counter attacks are not only real world possibilities, they are all to feasible. The second book about the US presidential elections became eerily real in the 2016 election cycle where I had (and still have) the feeling that life was imitating art. I really hope this third book does not get imitated in real life.
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