Circles is the most popular social network in the world: vast, ubiquitous, and constantly evolving. Days before expanding into China, Circles suffers a devastating cyberattack - and a key executive is brutally murdered.
As he fights to save the company he helped build, top engineer Sergio Mansour uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy that turns the power of Circles against its users. But as Sergio investigates, someone is watching his every move - someone ruthless enough to brand him a criminal and set a vicious hit man on his trail.
Desperate to clear his name, Sergio turns to Malina Olson, a beautiful and headstrong doctor who has an agenda of her own. Now, he and Malina must survive long enough to expose the truth in a world without hiding places, where a single keystroke can shift the global balance of power.
©2015 Scott Allan Morrison (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
If something bills itself as a cyber-thriller, it had better have a lot of cyber and a lot of thrills. This book literally had very little of both, and the silly technical jargon was so obviously fake it was painful.
Imagine if you will being promised dinner at an amazing Italian restaurant. You sit at a table, you recline back at the red-checkered table cloth and you order a pasta dish. When it comes out, after all the promises, you literally get a bowl of Spaghetti-O's.
Now Spaghetti-O's in and of themselves aren't bad, but when you're expecting great pasta and that's what you get, it's horrible.
The writing is mediocre in every way, and if I had to hear one more time about how stunned Sergio is I would shoot myself to end the stunning. His synapses were constantly firing, scrambled, or whatever else. In fact, most of the words in this book are overly-descriptive nonsense.
This is not a good one. Pass. Move on. If you're looking to kill time, maybe it's good for that.
And that's a big maybe.
Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.
The right to privacy. Is it possible anymore in our digital society? This is a fairly fast moving book which capitalizes on some of the conspiracy theories out there regarding social media and its impact on current events. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think it should be read soon as to not outdate itself in the near future as technology is changing so fast. Circles resembles a popular social media site for the present but possibly not the future. Just sayin...
The book is entertaining, but also makes the reader mindful of the power that is possible in social media; and dangers. It seems clear that Facebook is being addressed, none too subtlety, as a dangerous and large scale enemy of the people.
The plot hold one's attention. There are the usual added features, such as a romance, that flesh out the story. The excitement builds and at the times when it ebbs, something will pop up to keep the reader worried.
I won't say which "scene" was my favorite as I might give something away and spoil ii for you.
I can rarely find time to stay with a novel and hear it all in one sitting. In fact, this one was fun to 'get back to' when I had a chance.
The book is worth reading for more than entertainment (which is certainly present). There are aspects in the story line well worth some thought by any American.
Brian's Book Blog
Welcome to a vision of the future that has roots in now. Actually, this isn't really the future. Circles is the biggest and the best social media platform on the Internet. People log in all day long because they are tied to it in ways that keep them coming back for more. And Circles is trying to keep them there even longer. Suddenly, Circles is hacked and hacked professionally. They didn't even realize what was going on until it was too late. One of the main people in the innermost part of Circles (called Labs) is then brutally murdered that night. Once Sergio begins to look into what was happening he quickly goes into a rabbit hole like scenario where every turn could cost him his life.
Well, this book grabbed me by my ankles and pulled me under quick. It just launched me into a world that I'm semi-familiar with (the tech world) and then threw me under a bus when they started revealing some of the back-plot of the story. If you wanted to know what a technothriller was--this is a wonderful example. Taking the techno part is the inner workings of Circles. It's explained in a way that I think that anyone could understand, but not left too vague so that those that are "in the know" felt tickled as well. The triller part was dead on. You've got dead bodies, car chases, gun-fights, hostage situations, and more. What more could one ask for?
Overall, I'm sad that I put this book off for so long (only a month or so). I really enjoyed it and found myself staying up to find out what happened next. The length was perfect, it wasn't too long where it felt like it was dragging out, or too short where the author left me begging for me -- it was just right. The proverbial three little pigs moment.
I will definitely be looking forward to books to come from Morrison.
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Social media and how it can be used against us... Great performance and believable story!
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