- Series: A Black Hat Thriller (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (June 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780727885999
- ISBN-13: 978-0727885999
- ASIN: 0727885995
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shadowed: A thriller (A Black Hat Thriller) Hardcover – June 15, 2016
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“Shadowed” is a wonderful piece of entertainment, with lots of fascinating technical aspects that never get in the way of the fast-moving plot. (Joe Meyers Connecticut Post)
"I am thrilled I gave this book a go, it was so intense and fast paced that I felt I was running with her, looking over my shoulder to see if "they" were following me. Ms. Olson is a wonderful storyteller and her attention to every little detail was shown in her story." (Lisa M, reviewer)
"This suspenseful, enthralling book kept my attention riveted to it from the very first page to the last . . . Karen Olson has crafted a mysterious, flawed but compelling character who you will enjoy getting to know. I highly recommend it." (N Rose, Bookseller)
“Anyone who enjoys the staccato rhythms emanating from a skilled hacker’s keyboard will be tapping their toes to this one” (Booklist)
“The second in this electrifying series is an addictive page-turner with a stunner of a finale” (Kirkus Reviews)
An unexpected discovery―and abrupt conclusion―will leave readers wondering what she’ll do in the next instalment” (Publishers Weekly)
Computer hacker ‘Nicole Jones’ finds herself on the run from an unknown enemy in this tense and twisting novel of identity and suspense
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I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone liking a well written, suspenseful book.
**Please Note: I was given an advance copy of the book by the publisher through Netgalley.com for an honest review.
Shadowed has some good parts and some bad parts. I have to admit that I do not understand all the hacking terminology, how they do it (why they do it), and the bitcoins. I liked the action and trying to figure out who is after Nicole (and who can she trust). The problem is we get every little detail on her life on the run (every excruciating detail). Susan’s paranoia began to drive me nuts after a while (it was over-the-top). I started speed reading through the sections I did not like to get to the adventure (at the end). I give Shadowed 3 out of 5 stars because I liked some parts of it and disliked others (like Susan/Nicole’s thinking, wondering, worrying that goes on for pages). The author needed to cut down some of the details (and paranoia sections) to make it a more entertaining and enjoyable to read novel. The beginning of the novel (the first 1/3) is fast paced, but then it slows down considerably. I do like the reveal at the end. There was one thing I found odd. Susan/Nicole is on the run and knows she cannot stay anywhere for long, so why did she unpack her suitcase at the hotel? Does that make sense to anyone? I would have packed light and kept everything with me (or rented a locker at a bus station). I will not be reading further novels in this series. It is just not my type of series.
I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own. I will always provide a forthright and unbiased evaluation.
I thought that firstly, a hacker would know to bin the computer, tablet, phone etc. they used, as each item has its own identifying address and a user could be traced around the world. So that doesn't hold up. The hacker would also have got tired of the slow old computer after a couple of years and upgraded anyway. And the threat against her new friends was completely nebulous and unconvincing; it would not suffice to persuade anyone, especially as her pals had no problem talking to the police if necessary.
Susan who is a middle-aged woman shops around Quebec and obsesses over some guy she is chatting to in the hacker chatroom. She is now on the run but trying to steal bitcoins because she doesn't have any money. Predictably a policeman is on her trail.
The end is a bit daft. If you want to know about how paranoid you should be about computer security, this is a good book to read. Although Susan takes for granted that you'll know what a VPN is - a virtual private network, which hides the online identity of a user - and other jargon. The tale is designed for adults, but teen readers should be okay with it.
I downloaded an ARC from Net Galley for unbiased review.