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Esquelle and the Tesla Protocol: Book I by [Dacy II, Joe]
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*** "This was one epic tale that I couldn't put down!" (5*). Kaylee Stevens
*** "This played out like a spectacular thriller on the highest levels!" (5*). Anabella Johnson
*** "A must read for computer/techie/sci-fi fans." (5*). Claire Middleton
*** "(D)efinitely one of the more different books I've read." (4*) Sam Ryan
*** "Great writing, great action, great characters, great plot... Recommended." (4-5*) Karen Matthews
*** "It is so brilliantly original and combines great characters and an intelligent plot." (4.5*) Stacy Decker
*** "Nothing about this narrative is conventional; but it could be speaking chilling truths about the future society faces". Piece of Cake
*** "An exceptional high tech thriller which demands your attention...recommended without reservation" BookViral

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Esquelle is a strong-willed woman, who, through her own efforts, begins to discover the lengths to which this group will go to destroy her talented family. Although protected by some powerful allies, her actions drive the story. She is constantly underestimated by both her friends and her enemies as she fights to retain her freedom - and her life.

Underlying the technological action are some critical themes not generally found in "standard" science-fiction.

One of those themes is Chaos Theory, the idea that the initial conditions of an event can portend unpredictable, far-flung and often catastrophic results. The characters' actions and decisions create a tightly-woven matrix of cause and effect.

Another is the idea that the past always presages the future. The chapter lead-ins often bear this out.  (As an example:  I was surprised to learn that the common axiom "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" dates back to 1697!) Those lead-ins often form a sort of "picture frame" for the chapters they introduce.

Another goal of the work was realism.  Every location, almost every business, every motto and every technological description is real (at least in 2014). And every piece of "advanced" technology is also real, or at least has its roots in actual technology today. The work includes a large number of maps and other graphics.

Along the way, we also find a bit of romance, some irony, some humor and a good deal of insight into how technology affects the human experience.

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  • File Size: 5153 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Publisher: Joe Dacy II (June 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LADPBBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- All in all, I enjoyed this solid technothriller about a French database programmer hunted by US intelligence services because of her brother's invention of a new communications technology. The content of the story is inventive and compelling. That said, certain ways in which the author chose to write the content often made the prose a chore to read. Below, I've listed what I think the author did well and what I believe could stand some improvement.

Done Well
- The story concept is unique and inventive. Not many writers cast a DBA (database programmer) as a main protagonist, so that was refreshing. Casting French agents as the good guys and Americans as the bad guys was also a nice change of page.
- When events/actions are being shown and unfolding without over-explanation, the story is darn good.
- Clearly, the author researched the underlying science and technology.
- The story had the feel of a major motion picture such as the Bourne Identity. I could see this on the big screen.

Suggested Areas for Improvement
- The story often moves at a snail's pace because of double and sometimes triple redundancy. The author explains what's going to happen (setup), then shows things happening (the actual story), and then recaps what happened. Only the middle part is necessary. Setup and recaps should be interspersed throughout the unfolding story, not go on for pages all on their own. Counter-intuitively, events in a work of fiction typically precede explanations so the reader knows why they should care. For example, I caught myself losing interest whenever the antagonist was sitting around his threat room plotting or in a meeting explaining what had happened.
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This skillfully crafted story has it all. Non-stop action, intrigue, dry wit and humor, incredible detail, and a nearly invisible line between science fiction and fact that yielded tremendous credibility. While at least one other reviewer compared it to Clancy, it reminded me more of Robert Ludlum's Bourne series except in this case it's a sociopathic NSA director as opposed to the CIA.

The author broke numerous fiction writing conventions yet this contributed to the book's credibility, originality and appeal. For one thing, numerous readers of this genre are self-admitted techies and nerds who thrive on the technical side. I know because I'm one of them. I saw an article not long ago which as I recall was written by Stephen King who advised authors to keep their research material invisible in their stories. To the contrary, Dacy plastered his extensive research throughout the story like excerpts from a technical paper or dissertation and I loved it. He even included various illustrations, which further added to the story's imagery, depth and interest. Whether it was the nuts and bolts of advanced technology, covert ops, or the chapter numbers in binary code, it was apparent he knew what he was talking about. Nonetheless, there were sections where his dry wit practically had me rolling on the floor or his ability to build suspense had me perched on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. While it may be considered incorrect to drop into the omniscient viewpoint from time to time, in this case it worked.

The story is about two genius level adult French siblings, Esquelle and her brother, Bernard, who possess a technology that permits communicating across the time barrier.
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Esquelle is an expert in IT software. She is in fact so good, that IBM recruiters continually contact her to join their software development group. But she has a secret, which makes her want to stay independent. She has a chip implant near her brain that allows her to connect to the Internet and store tons of data virtually without any external hardware. Because of her genius brother Bernard’s creative technological inventions, both are considered security threats to the United States. While Bernard is safely hidden from everyone, Esquelle has NSA and Jihad terrorists after her. Their Uncle Robbie, head of a French intelligence service, uses all his resources trying to keep Esquelle safe. Esquelle has a few tricks of her own, but will it be enough to save her?

I admit that I don’t know exactly how a computer works; I only know how to use one. There was tons of explaining the computing process. I felt like I got a condensed lesson on the ins and outs of computing. I actually enjoyed it, mostly. It did get a bit over-technical though, for the regular people, like me. The story was well written, with well-rounded characters. I would definitely read more from this series.
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My mind is officially blown. Give me a minute, I need to pick up the pieces.

Ok. Done. Now we can talk about Esquelle.

Please note this is going to be my first five-star review. The reasons it deserves this are simple:

1. This has been said before but I can confirm that there’s a strong scent of Clancy in this book. Tom Clancy is an old-time favorite of mine, I've been needing that kind of fix for a while without knowing it;

2. The style of writing flows well and it allowed me to plow into the story with ease. It’s been a quite a while since an independently-published book had done this for me;

3. Important themes were explored, mostly about the technological future and a certain government’s efforts to hide key discoveries. These are powerful themes that have caught my imagination;

But, mostly, I can say that I’ve just finished reading a story which has meshed plot and characters together in a grand melee. The research put into Esquelle must have been a nightmare, but it was well worth the trouble! We all have our particular dislikes; mine is a great story ruined by lack of proper effort.

Esquelle was more than worth my time and, as a testament to this, I am writing this review at 01:45AM. Tomorrow (today) is my first working day in two weeks and I’ve lost my beauty sleep to finish this great read!

Kudos to the author!
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