Monday, 27 October 2014

A GUERRILLA INTERNET!! YOUR INFO CAN BE FOUND!!

My Author of the week is Matt Sayer. He's been likened to Dan Brown in his story telling ability and character development, so I was very interested in him.

If you can speak geek then this book is your ultimate read! I know a majority of people will not understand computer jargon, but not to fear! With the help of another character in the book, you will have it all translated in plain, simple English. This book really is worth a read, as it does allow you to think about the world we live in. 





'How careful are you with what you say in a phone call? In a text message? Are you strict enough to never reveal personal information in an email, or on Facebook? Most people aren't.' 

Charlie, a soon-to-be unemployed software tester struggling through remission from depression and anxiety, is about to discover just how lethal a weapon information can be in the wrong hands. When one of his colleagues is murdered for the sake of stealing his company's innocuous in-development phone app, his life is upended and shaken like one of James Bond's martinis. With the aid of Mel, a technologically illiterate but worldly-wise security guard, Charlie must conquer his inhibitions and venture outside his cloistered comfort zone in order to prevent a cyberterrorist conspiracy so devastating it threatens the very future of the internet itself... 

A technological thriller set in modern times, Guerrilla Internet tackles the themes of privacy, security, and freedom of expression in the age of a constantly connected society. A tale of subterfuge and doublespeak, of plots within plots, where laws and morals clash to decide the meaning of freedom in an always-online world.

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By day, he is a voracious code-monkey, building websites, writing programs, diving into databases, and bending the oft-times mischievous world of computers to his will.
By night, he embarks for worlds uncharted, discovering magic and mayhem in fiction and fantasy, and recording his wonderful journeys in heart-spoken prose.
Matt resides in Melbourne, Australia, and is striving to one day soon entertain his passion for writing full-time, bringing to life the myriad unique universes swirling inside his head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something Enjoyable for the Technologically Savvy Crowd March 14, 2014

Confession first - I know very little about what is lovingly referred to as "geek-speak" so I was lost when this book got brass-tacks technical. Just call me Mel. Outside of that, I really enjoyed Guerrilla Internet.

Charlie is a computer whiz kid, fresh from university in Australia and enjoying the surroundings of his first job while living on his own - for the most part. He's struggled in the past with severe anxiety and bouts of depression, but with medication and intensive counseling he's learning how to cope in a crowded and fast-moving world.

But then Charlie's carefully constructed world comes crashing down when he shows up for work to find a co-worker murdered in cold blood, the small company's server files all stolen or destroyed, and a chilling note from his boss informing him the company is ruined and he's closing up shop.

Then Mel shows up, a tough-as-nails woman posing as a detective in the investigation. Soon Charlie realizes Mel is not who she says and is merely a security specialist traveling the world trying to sort out what she sees as a global conspiracy. But Mel can't put her finger on exactly what the globe-trotting thieves want with all of the stolen servers.

That's where Charlie shines.

Charlie and Mel are in a race to puzzle the pieces back together before the nefarious plot is released. From Australia to Seattle and finally Japan, this unlikely pair must find the criminals - and save themselves along the way.

Charlie's internal struggle was very realistic. You sensed it keenly as he fought to stay in control among the crowds, as he self-talked his way back from the edge, and worked to discover confidence in his competence.
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Format:Kindle Edition
Charlie was a software tester for mBition in Melbourne Australia and he was late for work. When he arrived he couldn’t get into the office. There were police barricades all around. The police took him in; told him about his co-worker’s murder; the destruction of the servers and theft of the drives; questioned him; and gave him a package from his boss. The package included a letter informing Charlie that the company would need close which meant he was now unemployed. Then another officer took charge of the matter and took Charlie for more questioning. But something didn’t feel right; was this person really with the police?

At one time Charlie had been debilitated by anxiety but he is recovering and fighting against its return. Mel (Melanie) had problems of her own. She was an American and had been a security guard for ProSect guarding Comcast headquarters on the evening they were robbed of a couple of high-end servers. While Charlie is strong in the IT field and ‘geek speak’, Mel is strong in security and in following her intuition about a ‘global conspiracy’ of sorts. The two fit together like two pieces of a puzzle each fulfilling the shortfall of the other as they work together to solve the crimes.

I thought the story was strong about security in our contemporary age of ‘gadgetry.’ Is the story believable? Maybe; maybe not — but it is fiction and good fiction. There was a little too much time spent on their air travel from Australia to America. Some detail was necessary to show more of Charlie’s fight with anxiety but it was a bit too much. It took away from the story focus. The ‘geek speak’ would have been over the top for most people, but that was resolved with Charlie needing to explain it to ‘ungeeky’ Mel. There were grammatical errors but they may be due to my copy which was an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) and may not pose a problem in the purchased book. I rated Guerrilla Internet at 3.5 out of 5.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Format:Kindle Edition
“Guerrilla Internet” is relevant and insightful. It tackles the issue of technology and the repercussions of its misuse. Those who do not speak the computer jargon or “geek speak” maybe a bit overwhelmed as the language forms practically a third of this novel. This tone will surely earn and sustain the interest of those who speak the language, but maybe yawn-inducing to those who do not.

The novel starts out slow, and gains momentum as the chapters go on. Reading this novel was like watching an action movie; it is effortless and absorbing. The development of the two main characters, Charlie and Mel, add to the suspense build-up. Another thing I liked about this novel is that the author did not ruin the plot by adding a romantic angle between Charlie and Mel, which happens almost every time whenever a male and a female character are thrown together in an adventure.

The author deserves recognition for his ability to blend together facts, wild speculation and fiction. For some reason, he reminds me of how Dan Brown writes his novels, entertaining but also inspires intellectual curiosity.

Overall, I consider this novel as a good read. It is engaging, and readers will pick up a lesson or two about technology and the safe and proper ways of using it. I highly recommend this novel to those who are looking for an entertaining read.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Format:Kindle Edition
This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

Disclosure: I was given my copy of this book by the author as a review copy.

International intrigue, murder, technology, all combined to create a great story about hackers and geeks.

This is the story of a software tester that finds himself out of a job. He must learn to cope outside of the job, by conquering his own fears. He will accomplish this with the help of a technologically challenged detective, Mel. As he struggles with these challenges, he discovers a crime so big and scary that it could destroy the world as he knows it.

I like the way the story unfolds. It does not attempt to make geeks heroes, yet allows them to shine in their own environment. It also should provide a warning to all of us using computers today. It does attempt to make those with less knowledge of technology feel okay without overwhelming them with details. Of course, some detail is necessary to the flow of the story. Some of the details might be difficult for the average person to understand, however, they should not detract from the enjoyment of reading this story.

If the goal of this story is to help people understand how easily their information can be found on the internet, it should succeed. Matt Sayer does a good job weaving the true possibilities of nothing private into a fictional thriller. He does this in a way that will alert the reader to the impossibility of maintaining privacy while using technology.
I would recommend this book to all of us using technology today. If you enjoy reading about technology today, or even using smartphones and computers, this is the book for you. I have obtained another of Matt Sayer's books to read. 

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 Trey Taylor was loving life. Bass player to the world famous rock band Devil’s Lair, chicks falling to their knees at every turn, no one to be held accountable to for his actions…life rocked. He had all he needed, food to sustain his body, sex to sustain his libido, rock to sustain his soul. For years he walked to the beat of his own drum, and made no excuses to anyone. Running and hiding can temporarily distract your fate, but it won’t derail it. Fate was coming for him, whether he liked it or not. His past was gaining ground and threatening all the secrets he desperately tried to hide. His present was slowing him down, making him feel emotions he buried years ago. The two are about to collide. Will Trey survive the impact?

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DEAD MAN'S CARVE


Dead Man's Carve
by Kym Roberts
Series: Tickled to Death Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 27, 2014

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Rilee Dust isn't your typical wood carver, she’s young and making a go of it in the small village of Tickle Creek, Oregon. She’s also the only one in town who isn't determined to get rid of her strip club neighbor. Everyone else, however, is ready to evict the Girls, Girls, Girls.

When a dog adopts her and turns her life upside down, Rilee’s not so sure it’s a good thing. Especially when he leads her to a moose, a military man and a dead body. Because the moose kicked her butt, the man saved her life and the dead body is one of her customers.

Now Rilee’s smack dab in the middle of all the small town politics with a killer on the loose who has an ax to grind. And Rilee just may be the next victim to have her name carved in stone.



“Bogart!” I yelled, frantically circling and trying to locate the direction of his cries. “Bogart…Heeere!” Catching a glimpse of movement to my right I ran toward the commotion.

An eighty pound black and brown Boxer flew through the air in my direction. Ears cutting through the wind, his eyes looked crazed and his jowls flapped as he cried out in fear. The cause of his flight … an eight hundred pound Moose who was pissed off and raising cane. Or in this case raising Bogart with her nose. He landed on his feet — like a colt trying to stand for the first time — legs splitting, chest smacking the earthen floor.

None of that stopped his feet from moving. Bogart was back in the race of his life as the irate cow charged after him.

“Oh, crap.” My stomach dropped as I realized she wasn't done with her assault, and I was the much larger target as Bogart led her straight to me. I turned and ran, with Bogart hot on my heels. The sound of the cow's breath filled my head. The distance closed between us. Zigzagging through the trees, I couldn't outrun her. Nor could I out-maneuver her. I just hoped she’d get tired and realized we weren't a threat.

Unfortunately, she didn't feel the same way.







Three career paths resonated for Kym during her early childhood: a detective, an investigative reporter, and…a nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn't deny.

In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement—even if she had to duct tape rolls of coins to her waist to meet the weight requirements to be hired.

Kym followed her dream and became a detective that fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband drug her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head.



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A Ring that Controls the Immortality of Vampires!

The handsomely devilish vampire Jaegar Greystone, one of the Vampire Guardians of the beautiful mortal girl Kalina Calloway, a rare Life Blood carrier, has pursued the evil Vampire Queen, Neriti, to the End of the Earth, and is about to enter the realm of magic where the Queen will be renewed and re-born into the darkest evil of all the worlds. Jaegar, Octavius, Stuart and the other vampires from the Consortium of Vampires who keep the order so vampires can exist with humans have sacrificed much to prevent the Queen from true transformation. The Queen has already crossed into the realm, but her true transformation could not take place without a ring known as the Blood Ring...which only the true rare carrier of Life Blood can make.

Jaegar thought he would never see Kalina again. He thought she would finally give one of the other Vampire Guardians her gift of mortality, but when he meets her again...everything changes. When it comes to love, he can't no longer be noble about what he wants...and he wants Kalina.

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His broad shoulders and confident stature reminded her of Octavius, yet his kind eyes brought Stuart Greystone to mind. As he stepped forward past the border of the Ring of Ice protecting the portal between Feyland and the Land Beyond the Crystal River, his shape became more solid and his voice boomed loud enough to announce his entrance. “I am Logan, the Wolf Fey Prince, and guardian of these borders.”

Jaegar’s blue eyes nearly bulged out of his sockets. “Damn, what do they feed you over there, genetically-enhanced dog food?”

Logan took one look at Jaegar and smirked. “More like ground minotaurs and an occasional vampire or dark fey, as we call you guys, over there.


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17 year-old Kalina didn't know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn't know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn't tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting.




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Kailin Gow's life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com - The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader's Choice Nominated book series - had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon's top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women's shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women's fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***
The Frost Series - COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series - COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles - age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series - Next Book - Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers' demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series - COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series - All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY - 2015.
Fire Wars Series - All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy - All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games - All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series - COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett - All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries - All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY - 2015.
Stoker Sisters - All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS - 2015.
Beyond Crystal River - 2015 NEW SERIES.
SHADES - 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***
Loving Summer - All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers - All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights - COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard - 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.
Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) - Coming in 2015
Canvas - Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***
The Protege - COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs - COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) - Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) - Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House - Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
- Coming in 2015.