• Blackquest 40

  • By: Jeff Bond
  • Narrated by: Natalie Duke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Blackquest 40

By: Jeff Bond
Narrated by: Natalie Duke
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Big Tech meets Die Hard in this techno-thriller Kirkus Reviews calls "a clever, spirited tale with a brainy, nimble heroine at the helm".

From IndieReader's 5 star (highest rating) review: "Bond weaves an entertaining story filled with deceit, robots, Russians, and tech entrepreneurs that all combine to give the reader a reason to flip pages furiously to find out what might happen next."

Deb Bollinger has no time for corporate training.

Her company’s top engineer at just 27, Deb has blocked off her day for the one project she truly cares about: the launch of Carebnb, an app that finds spare beds for the homeless. When she’s told all employees must drop everything for some busywork exercise called Blackquest 40, it’s an easy no.

Trouble is, her bosses aren’t really asking.

Blackquest 40 is the mother of all corporate trainings. A near-impossible project to be completed in 40 straight hours. No phones. No internet. Sleeping on cots. Nobody in, nobody out. Deb finds the whole setup creepy and authoritarian. When a Carebnb issue necessitates her leaving the office, she heads for the door.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Armed commandos, HVAC-duct chases, a catastrophic master plan that gets darker by the hour - Blackquest 40 is a fresh take on the Die Hard formula, layering smart-drones and a modern heroine onto the classic action tale.

©2019 Jeff Bond (P)2019 Jeff Bond

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One of the best I've read in some time

The first thing I am going to say is that this book makes me reconsider pressing "Accept" or Signing any contract without reading the fine print.
Imagine your company providing you and your colleagues with training only to find out that when you digitally signed to accept, you agreed that for 40 hours you will be sequestered in your office, relinquishing your cell phone and that even your pay will be affected by how well you pass the training. This is the setting for this book.
I was given the opportunity to request this book from the author in exchange for reviewing it. To my delight, seeing that I am a software engineer, this is the type of company that is having this "training."
The main character is one you can sympathize with, although she is much more brilliant than I.
The narration is really good too. it added to the enjoyment of this audiobook.
I should add that, although this involves a technical company and character, the author does not get caught up in nitty gritty technical details but, at the same time, provides enough to keep me(a technical person) entertained.

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