Sep 092014
 
Review: Lethal CodeLethal Code by Thomas Waite
Published by 47North on Jul 22, 2014
Genres: Adult, Castrophe, Thriller
Format: eBook from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

America’s worst nightmare has come true: a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” attack by unknown terrorists has crippled the nation’s power grid—and brought the land of the free to its knees. As widespread panic and violence ravage the country, its ruthless captors issue their ultimatums…and vow an apocalyptic reckoning.

A defenseless nation scrambles to fight an invisible invasion. Chief among America’s last line of defense is Lana Elkins, head of a major cyber-security company—and former top NSA operative—who returns to her roots to spearhead the Agency’s frantic efforts to combat the enemy’s onslaught on its own terms. While she and her superiors take action to infiltrate a terrorist hotbed overseas, much closer to home ruthless jihadists with a nuclear bomb hijack a busload of schoolchildren—including Lana’s daughter—and race toward a rendezvous with Armageddon in America’s greatest city.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a very exciting and scary techno-thriller about a terrorist group that sets out to destroy the US by taking over technological systems.

I found the idea of the faceless, could be anyone even your neighbour, terrorist who attacks remotely through technology to be the scariest part. We live in an age where enemies are not staring at you across a battlefield, where psychological warfare is crucial, and where havoc and paranoia are commonplace.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed that the story was a lot more telling than showing. The main characters were mostly removed from the individual disasters that were happening, and so most of the story was told like you were watching it on tv, or through some other remote way. There was a lack of intimacy, and so it was hard to really feel involved in the story.

My other major complaint was how easy everything seemed. The hackers had no problems creating havoc, and our team of protagonists had very little trouble thwarting them. Everything seemed to go easily for both sides, which made it harder to get into. I like when there are stumbling blocks as reality is rarely without issues. The tension in a story can really be ratcheted up if there is no sure outcome, and in a thriller story, you want as much tension as possible.

With that said, I do like the continual uncertainty of specific characters and situations. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there were a few instances where it’s hard to tell who are the good guys, and who are the bad guys. This really helped to heighten the idea that the enemy could be anyone, and everyone was to be questioned.

Overall, while I loved the idea of the story, and certain elements within it, I did find there was a remote feeling to it that left me watching from afar. This led me to like the story, but not love it.

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