- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Stephen Peter Renneberg (December 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0987434721
- ISBN-13: 978-0987434722
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,782,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Siren Project Paperback – December 15, 2012
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In the story John Mitchell an Ex-Marine and former Secret Service Agent, Mouse Szlinsky a computer hacking genius and Gunter Wartenberg an expert in electronic surveillance and explosives are coerced into working for a covert U.S. Government Organization determined to find a missing scientist who was working on secret technology that could change the face of military defence in immeasurable and destructive ways. Working with Christa Malleson, a woman with remarkable mental abilities and a mysterious defector from the rogue organization that wants to control humanity's free will, Mitchell uncovers a sinister plot that has not only seeped into the highest levels of the military and government bureaucracy, but into U.S. security agencies.
The main characters in "The Siren Project" are all realistic and memorable. I loved the undaunting determination of the pragmatic John Mitchell, the humor and wit of Mouse, the dedication and subtle intellect of Gunter and Christa and especially EB the created intelligence who is a chief advocate in overcoming the evil of the organization.
The story is filled with exciting twists and turns, as Mitchell and his team struggle not only to bring the perpetrators of the insidious conspiracy to justice, but to escape the long arm of coldblooded assassins out to kill them. This novel is a page turner from beginning to end and I highly recommend it
Now, all that being said, I did NOT give this story 5 stars. I will explain why, but be warned the explanation requires spoilers.
=== SPOILERS ====
The reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because the author depended on a few things to move the story along that really interfered with my ability to suspend disbelief. First of all, as a plot device, hitting characters on the head to knock them out then having them wake up some time later and function normally is pretty horrible. Additionally, using a psychic was pretty lazy in many respects. So, essentially, what I'm saying is the story was good but it could have been better if a few things we removed or perhaps reconsidered.
This book has it all. And it would look fantastic on a big screen.
The real genius of the book is in the concept and description of the ultimate computing machine. You don't see it coming but it pulls the story together nicely.
I found it an a great read. It made my daily train commute a thing to look forward to, where I could follow the team as they worked out the puzzle and be with them as they moved towards their (ultimately successful) ending.