- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Publication date: 10/1/2013
- Source: eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review
Scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. Hawke knows something very big is in the works at Eclipse---and he wants to use the profile as a foot in the door to find out more.
After he arrives in Weller’s office in New York City, a seemingly normal day quickly turns into a nightmare as anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Hawke receives a call from his frantic wife just before the phones go dead. Soon he and a small band of survivors are struggling for their very lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone---with no obvious enemy in sight.
The bridges and tunnels have been destroyed. New York City is under attack from a deadly and brilliant enemy that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. Somehow Hawke must find a way back to his pregnant wife and young son. Their lives depend upon it . . . and so does the rest of the human race.
I have always loved adult thrillers so I was really excited to read this book. The premise sounded awesome and I haven't been reading nearly enough in this genre lately. It used to be practically all I read. Unfortunately, this did not quite hit the mark for me. Despite my low rating of the book, it's not that I didn't like it. I did, it just wasn't quite as much as I wanted. I was anticipating a high action intriguing story with high tension and emotion. Some people may get that out of it, and I really hope they do. It was just lacking in characterization for me, so the situations that would seem really tense didn't do a whole lot for me. I honestly didn't care either way about the characters. Now the story was really cool and a bit scary because it seems like a realistic possibility with us so dependent on computers, internet, and our phones. It really makes you question what could be happening with all the tech geniuses out there.
John Hawke is the main character and the mind we are in through the book. He's done some really shady things in the past and even had close calls with the law. He's very smart when it comes to computers. He is a devoted father and husband and you can tell that he cares about his family by the flashbacks that we read about, but I never felt it. I wanted to really immerse myself in it and get a feel of what he was going through. The adrenaline, the fear, the emotion at needing to make sure his family is safe. It's all on the page, it just didn't jump out of the book and into my heart and mind. It was just that, words on a page.
There are quite a few other characters that are a big part of the story too. A lot of different personalities. They all know something, they all have secrets, and no one knows who they can trust or not. I wanted to get wrapped up in it, but again, I just didn't feel it. All the characters were just really flat for me.
What was done really awesome was the plot and setting. I could really imagine all the destruction and locations that they go through. The plot was very cool and creepy at the same time. A crazy computer takeover that ensures that no one who is anywhere near anything that has a chip is safe. Government control from the inside, fake framing of people, explosions, chases, and gore. It was very action packed and fast paced. From the beginning it was just non stop. That is except for the flashbacks. I loved learning a little about John's history, but I didn't feel like it added to the story. In fact, I think it was disruptive. I would be really getting into the action, then it would go into a story about his wife or son and totally kill the excitement.
This review may make you wonder why if there was so much I didn't like, I rated it as I did. Well, even though there was a lot that didn't really work, it was a great story. I loved what it was about and how it ended. I was excited when I was into certain parts of the story. I just never really felt like I could care what happened. There was a lot of death and destruction and it just didn't really phase me. I think if the characters had been more developed and the story flowed better, I would have really enjoyed it. I do think that this is a book that a lot of people will really enjoy. I would definitely read more from this author, this book just didn't work for me.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.