The novella – Social Engineer – introducing us to Brody Taylor was excellent, and this full-length novel has done its prequel justice. What an exciting story, I couldn’t put it down! It highlights computer hacking at its best and worst. Murders are being committed and the police are searching for connections. Meanwhile Brody has risen to the challenge to hack into a webcam web site. It is an ego trip for him; he is the best and has to prove it. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of the murder investigation and offers his assistance to DI Jenny Price. He is drawn both to her and to helping her solve the crimes and realises that it isn’t all about his ego. It is a complicated story with lots of technical detail, but explained in such a way that even I could follow the plot. Ian Sutherland obviously has a great deal of knowledge of the cyber world and uses it very successfully. The characters are great and I look forward to more Brody Taylor novels in the future. If I have learnt one thing from this story, it is to never install a webcam in my home!
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If I was flicking through a list of books to pay for and download I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book, but because I had been offered a free copy I read it and I am so glad I did, it was a really good story, had me hooked right from the beginning. The story is about Brody Taylor, a social engineer – or white hacker – a specialist in his field, employed by companies to check whether their systems are safe from ‘black’ hackers. Brody points out all the ways in which hackers can infiltrate the company’s computer systems, and then shows them how to make improvements and safeguard their information. The latest company employing his expertise is researching an Alzheimer’s prevention drug. It is about two years from being released and the company are using monkeys in their research. At the same time, Brody meets Mel, an animal rights activist, who he falls in love with. It is cleverly put together and I thought the way animal cruelty was suggested, without going into graphic detail was good. Too much detail would have put me off the book straight away.
Social Engineer is a prequel to ‘Invasion of Privacy’ – a full-sized novel, which I have already bought. I think Ian Sutherland has hit on a winning formula with Brody Taylor. I wish him every success.