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The Adversary: Chris Bruen, Book 1 | [Reece Hirsch]

The Adversary: Chris Bruen, Book 1

Former DOJ cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen walks into a dark apartment in Amsterdam to confront a hacker known as Black Vector. The hacker has stolen the source code for the world’s most ubiquitous operating system, which powers everything from personal computers to the NSA’s data centers. This should have been a routine assignment for Bruen, but instead of obtaining a confession, Bruen finds the hacker’s dead body and uncovers a hidden flash drive that contains the code for a remarkably sophisticated computer virus known as Lurker.
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Publisher's Summary

Former DOJ cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen walks into a dark apartment in Amsterdam to confront a hacker known as Black Vector. The hacker has stolen the source code for the world’s most ubiquitous operating system, which powers everything from personal computers to the NSA’s data centers. This should have been a routine assignment for Bruen, but instead of obtaining a confession, Bruen finds the hacker’s dead body and uncovers a hidden flash drive that contains the code for a remarkably sophisticated computer virus known as Lurker.

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    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 01-04-15
    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 01-04-15
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    "Pay close attention."

    Interesting and lots of action. Lots of twists and turns to keep your attention.
    Really enjoyed the stories as the action increased.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 12-07-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 12-07-14 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Good premise, execution lacking"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The premise was good and characters. The narrator was good, his women's voices were not. The execution just made it hard to finish. I wouldn't recommend it. It was very predictable the whole way through.


    If you’ve listened to books by Reece Hirsch before, how does this one compare?

    This was the only one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were some. Probably the scene where he saves the day.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Adversary?

    Hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Predictable all the way through. The characters were good and the story was easy to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Latent North Vancouver, BC, Canada 11-28-14
    Latent North Vancouver, BC, Canada 11-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Uneven, make sure you like the narration style."

    This book has a good premise even though by now you've probably read similar stories so it's a bit predictable. The book felt uneven, some parts have a good serious thriller vibe but then other parts have dialogue and plot points that take silly turns bordering on childish.

    The narrator does his best but his cadence and style contribute to the goofy sense of things. Some of the characters sound like stereotypes especially law enforcement agents. Female characters are not his strength and there's a childish-storyteller tone that got distracting pretty quickly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody H. Western Chicago Suburbs 07-01-15
    Jody H. Western Chicago Suburbs 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I wasn't sure what to expect + this book was a pleasant surprise!"

    I'd never read anything from this author and thought 'Why not branch out?' I'm glad I did! The characters were well developed and there were plenty of twists and turns. I always enjoy reading/hearing about other places and the fact that this story takes place in several cities made it very entertaining. I'm planning on reading more books by this author, including the sequel.

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    MIGHTYA 02-24-15
    MIGHTYA 02-24-15

    Life is too short to skip a great story, and ice cream.

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    "Enjoyable Story + Listen"

    I enjoyed this cyber crime story and narration by Benjamin L Darcie. The characters are well explained and the twists of the cyber related crimes are easy to follow; there are so many twists in the story, I actually have to slow down to listen (I normally listen at 1.25x speed). I also like the ending and would read the Book 2 from Reece Hirsch in this series.

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    dave 02-23-15
    dave 02-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Interesting Idea"
    What would have made The Adversary better?

    There was a lack of suspense to the story. I knew almost at once what would happen next.


    What could Reece Hirsch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Concentrated more on the story line and less on technical terms


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Benjamin L. Darcie?

    I enjoyed the narration.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disapointment


    Any additional comments?

    As I said an interesting idea but the book falls flat

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-04-15
    John 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "enjoyed the story"

    The story flowed well and captivating while driving. I found this to be worth a credit.

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    redfox 01-29-15
    redfox 01-29-15

    too many periodicals

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    "Poorly written and predictable"
    What did you like best about The Adversary? What did you like least?

    I liked that it was suggesting that too much automation makes us vulnerable to computer-based terrorism, which is true and generally overlooked.


    Has The Adversary turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from this author.


    Which character – as performed by Benjamin L. Darcie – was your favorite?

    None of the characters are particularly 3-dimensional, so I guess it has to be the main guy. Or maybe his computer-expert friend at the firm.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe -- it's certainly a story that *could* be good, with good writing, acting, directing. Usually the screenplay is pretty distant from the source material.


    Any additional comments?

    Just barely over the rung of a book worth finishing. And actually, the bit after the climax was so bad it made me sorry I hung in!

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    Anniee 11-09-14
    Anniee 11-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cliche"
    Would you try another book from Reece Hirsch and/or Benjamin L. Darcie?

    I started this book with optimism, but it wasn't long before I realized I knew every step in the story before I got there. Very formulaic and full of standard characters and plot points.


    Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance was excellent. The one redeeming feature of this book.


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