Book Review: Deadly Odds (Updated 10/4/2014)

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In late September, I received an email making me aware of a book entitled, Deadly Odds, by Allen Wyler.

We’re currently raising awareness for our upcoming techno-thriller Deadly Odds by award-winning author Allen Wyler, to be published in October. And to promote its release, I’m contacting you on the off chance that you might be interested in a suspenseful, fast-paced thriller about a young computer genius whose impressive hacking skill gets him involved in a web of international terrorism. If so, we’d love to send you a complimentary advance copy of the book (ebook or print) for a possible review on your site, Around the Corner.

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So, I said, “Sure, why not?” Who wouldn’t like to read a book like that? In a short time, I was emailed a DRM-free ebook (epub, mobi) for review…great!

If you have been following the Edward Snowden leaks, as well as been perturbed by the illegal spying on Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA), or are intrigued by the Darknet, The Onion Router (TOR) to anonymize your browsing, then you’ll find this work of “fiction” to be up your alley! It will probably end up as supplemental reading in some government operative’s booklist to introduce them to the vocabulary of the hidden web.

Terms like “The Hidden Wiki,” “DarkNet” and “DeepWeb”–surprisingly, I didn’t see TAILS–are liberally sprinkled through the text, FBI agents appear befuddled and the NSA is invoked.

Deep Web (also called the Deepnet,[1] Invisible Web,[2] or Hidden Web[3]) is World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines. . .Some prosecutors and government agencies think that the Deep Web is a haven for serious criminality.[4] Source: Wikipedia

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You’ll be, as I was, thoroughly engaged by the antics of the 23-year old online gambler who has developed a system for making predictions that pay off…he manages to pay off the debt of his mysteriously murdered parents, pays off their debts, but it all goes downhill from the starting gate. A few days of debauchery in Las Vegas strip the protagonist of his innocence and embroil him in a cyber-terrorist plot similar to “the Twin Towers.”

Here’s a little background on the story:

The novel follows Arnold Gold, a self-described “computer nerd” with a knack for hacking, and an equal knack for not getting girls. A spontaneous trip to Vegas “to get lucky,” however, puts him in the path of a group of murderous terrorists who want Arnold’s system to enact a terrorist attack in Sin City. This leads to a high-stakes game of survival as Arnold fights to stay one step ahead of the terrorists, the FBI, and the local cops–all while using his tech-savvy to prevent the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11. 

Arnold Gold’s task is to penetrate the DeepWeb communication system in use by terrorists and share how with the FBI.

For those who have followed Snowden leaks, NSA, read about or use TOR, and other similar technologies, it is a fun exploration of topics with relatively current news events (e.g. Boston Bombers, Silk Road Anonymous Marketplace (narcotics store)) worked into the text to give it all a ring of authenticity.  I was halfway through the book before I realized it! Of course, fiction is about as close you may want to actually get to all the scary stuff and vocabulary the novel’s main character, Arnold Gold, thinks and talks about!!

Check it out when it is released later this month, October, 2014!

Update – A Note from the Publisher:

In celebration of Allen’s new book, all of his previous thrillers are currently on sale for 99 cents (e-book versions) on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which will run the whole month of October. If you don’t mind, could you add the links to those books to your review for your audience? We’d really appreciate it and it’ll help with our promotional efforts for Deadly Odds! The links to his books are attached below: ·         Dead End Deal: http://amzn.to/1nUtyhL ; http://bit.ly/1xPHahs·         Dead Ringerhttp://amzn.to/1xaJMmZ ; http://bit.ly/1pB497M·         Dead Wronghttp://amzn.to/1sUiqU8 ; http://bit.ly/1oI6Lk8·         Deadly Errorshttp://amzn.to/1vHl25A ; http://bit.ly/1rVxVZC


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