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by Jon Evans

From the mines of remote India, to the streets of Paris and the lights of Las Vegas, Danielle Leaf is pursued by a terrible secret.
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ISBN: 034089606X
ISBN13: 978-0340896068
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Jon Evans
Language: English
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2006)
ePUB size: 1971 kb
FB2 size: 1158 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 217
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The book explores issues such as the exploitation of third-world countries, extreme anti-capitalist activism and takes a look behind the power of public protest and the politics of big business. It shows that in today’s modern world, where security cameras record every move you make and databases determine who you are, a select few play god by manipulating and controlling our technology. Those would-be gods can make themselves rich, save lives or ruin people on a whim, even change history and get away with murder.

This is the painful truth that Danielle Leaf, the main character in this story, learns.
When Danielle, in India studying Yoga, is asked by her old boyfriend Keiran to deliver a passport to a woman in a remote village she doesn’t think too much about it and sets out on an afternoon motorcycle ride to deliver it. However she could never have imagined how dramatically that errand would change her safe and secure life. So much so that she ends up a wanted fugitive running from the authorities and fearing for her life. Before she knows it she and Keiran find themselves caught in a war between a multinational corporation and an anti globalization movement.
Danielle quickly learns that things are not always black and white and finds out the hard way how an obvious conspiracy can be used to cover up dark secrets. While Keiran, a genius hacker, helps to get them out of the hairy situations that follow he sometimes makes things worse, getting them into even more trouble.

The characters are interesting and well developed and take you on a journey of self-discovery as they learn that things are not always black and white, thereby forcing them to make up their own minds about what is right and wrong. The story flows well and is thought provoking at times, making the reader consider issues like internet privacy, public surveillance or how safe they really are in the modern highly digital world where all their information is potentially stored on the cloud.

Overall this is a captivating story and well written around fascinating concepts. It’s definitely a bit different and more engaging than your average action and adventure suspense novel.
Danielle is in India delivering a passport to a friend of a friend of a friend, and ends up in the middle of no where at a strip mine. She is abducted, imprisoned, and beaten for reasons Danielle doesn't understand. Then Laurent, a French Canadian ex-soldier, is thrown in with her. They escape and eventually meet up with Danielle's ex-boyfriend, Kiernan, an uber-hacker. With Kiernan's friends, Angus and Estelle, two extreme activists who are fighting corporate immorality and greed, they team up to organize a protest to save the world, or at least part of it. Or so it seems.

Initially I had a problem with believability, and gender confusion with the names. But those are very minor problems. The book really picked up after the first 10% when the characters of Kiernan, Angus, and Estelle were introduced. The storyline continues to gain momentum until at 80% of the book, I couldn't stop reading.

There were some typos, especially at the end, but typos don't really stop me when a story is good.

The writing style was good. The characters were engaging. I especially liked Kiernan. The plot had a lot of twists - a few I saw coming and a lot I didn't.

I give it 5 out of five stars, and will put more of this author's books on my wish list.
I don't give many five's particularly to books that are published and sold on Kindle at a low price. However this book really surprised me with its flow, many surprises and a good ending. It also does a good job of painting foreign locations and showing what may be possible in the hacker's culture. I particularly enjoyed the DEFCON Show description which I have never attended but can imagine to be quite accurate. A couple of minor complaints, one is that in some areas the characters spent a little too much time with unnecessary introspection. Also it really is beyond belief that a poor Indian with no resources could have traveled all the way from western India to and through China and arrive in Los Angeles. Overall I really did enjoy the book, with an original theme, for the most part a fast pace and a lot of fun. I will plan to read other books from Jon Evans.
It's still true that my favorite Jon Evans book is Dark Places, which I recently reread and which STILL scares the pants off me. But I am liking this one a heap as well. One of the things I most enjoy about Evans' books (and this is particularly true of Blood Price, the follow-up to Dark Places) is that the stories are always several layers deep; you think you have grasped the shape of the narrative -- THIS, followed by THIS, ending up with THIS -- only to discover than, actually, that was just the prologue. I also appreciate the way he handles technology, which tends to play an important role in his thrillers, and which he clearly understands very well, but which he discusses in terms that a technological moron (that would be me) can understand. All in all, I'm a big fan.
I've seen a lot of reviews that assert a book will leave you breathless. This one really does. It effortlessly combines high tech with a deep knowledge of India and Europe, corporate maneuvering and activist idealism. Sound like a crazy salad? Nope. In the hands of this wonderful writer, it becomes a complex, literate and addicting thriller. And, by the way, the critical reviewer who asserted the heroine wouldn't/couldn't have possibly done what she did is just plain wrong. Of course she'd do a favor for a friend. After being in India for several months and believing herself knowledgeable about the country, why wouldn't she? Her motivation is entirely believable.
I don't want to fuss with another reviewer, but didn't want to let that stand. This is just too good a book.
If you love meaty thrillers, get it. Enjoy it. And, strap yourself in. It's quite a ride.