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Street tough Detective Norton is a broken man. Still grieving the murder of his girlfriend, he is called to investigate the daylight slaughter of an entire office amid rumours of a mysterious and lethal computer program. As the conspiracy unfolds the technological killer has a new target. Fighting for survival, Norton must also battle his inner demons, the wrath of MI5, and a beautiful but deadly mercenary only known as Orchid.

Unseen, undetectable, and unstoppable. In the age of technology the most deadly weapon is a few lines of code.

©2014, 2017 J. R. Park (P)2018 J. R. Park

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Terrifying.

When Detective Norton is called to investigate the slaughter of an entire office, little did he know that it would turn his world upside down. Already grieving the death of his girlfriend, he isn't prepared to uncover the truth behind the deaths. How deep does this go?

I thoroughly enjoyed this!! The plot was fast paced and intense. Once the detective finds out about the program and what it does, it really picks up the pace. You can just imagine what that type of technology can do!! And no, I'm not telling you because it's better if you go into this blind. It's much more enjoyable, well it was for me anyway!

In all, this is a quick read, but it's a fast paced, thrilling and entertaining one. It would give you chills thinking about the program!!! If you enjoy techno-thrillers, then you're sure to enjoy this.

Rick Gregory read this really well. His cadences and tones brought the atmosphere to life and made this more enjoyable. While his voices for certain characters could do with a little more differentiation, they were still good enough that I could follow who was talking.

I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awesome!

Ok, so I may have nerded-out on this story, as this sort of trope is one of my favorites. Bad computer program killing innocent people? Check. Stereotypical cop teams up with foreign assassin-type to save the world? Check. Well done, all around! Excellent job by the narrator, whom I've listened to before, and has done a good job with acting the characters as well as reading the lines.

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Excellent!!

I loved the idea of a killer computer program! The program can get through any firewall and take control of any electronic devices it needs to take out it's target. The program will stop at nothing until it's target is eliminated. Excellent story and great narration. The author is new to me and I'd love to hear more of his work. The narrator is a fairly new narrator I've listened to a few times. I enjoy his work, but this is probably his best so far!

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Fast paced roller-coaster

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The "evil program" aspect was the main draw of this book. A mystery book where the murders are are being committed by a computer program.... that's intriguing. And the book grabs your attention from the beginning. It hits the ground running and keeps moving at fast pace. But it slowly loses steam. Turns out the "evil program" bit is used just a plot point and we don't get any nitty-gritty detail on how that thing really works. i.e. don't expect sci-fi level of details here. The book goes through phases of dull -> interesting -> meh -> wow -> ugh -> interesting sequences. (and thus, a roller-coaster).

What three words best describe Rick Gregory’s voice?

Clear, "whilest", poor.

Well, that's not totally fare. (I just wanted to use "whilest"). The narration was mostly alright, except for this repeated wrong pronunciation of whilst. There are way too many occurrences of that word in that book and the narrator kept uttering it wrong. Other than that, it was alright.

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I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • 01-31-18

I was entertained "whilest" I was driving to work

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a very entertaining audio book. It was macabre and fast paced. The narration, itself, was good. I did start to chuckle about half way through when the narrator said the word "whilst" (pronounced "whilest") again and again. The overuse of the word felt archaic and out of place. The rest of the book is good enough that this overuse just made me chuckle. It's like all the Budweiser "Dilly Dilly" commercials... after the 12th time you hear it during the football game, it makes you kind of smirk, or chuckle, because it's dumb but you move on and forget about it until you hear it again. If you're not a stickler for that sort of thing, you should check the book out. Whilst overused, it is at least entertaining.

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I was expecting a bit more

This story started off promising: sex scene followed by several murders by unknown means. Detective Norton is assigned to look into it and initially he’s stumped. There’s no obvious motive or even murder weapon. Norton is reeling from the death of his girlfriend Mel, so he’s got that beaten down, drown-myself-in-work thing going for him. Norton is what drew me into this story.

Then the mysterious Orchid makes an appearance. She’s got skills and I wasn’t sure Norton would last the entire book. Thankfully, Orchid doesn’t want him dead right away! I went back and forth about Orchid. She’s got this ‘disguise’ and her Evil Mistress name Orchid but then some minor character easily identifies her doing her regular day job. So, not much of a disguise there. She’s fun but turns up too conveniently or gets out of handcuffs too easily. That sort of thing had me roll my eyes a few times.

While the story is indeed fast-paced, I occasionally lost interest in the story. It’s one fight or chase scene or quickie in the office supplies closet after another. There are a few quieter moments, usually when Norton is thinking about his Mel. Those helped balance some of the fast-paced nature of this tale. I did enjoy the scifi techno thriller aspect to the murders even if I found it lacked any substantial detail. The story wasn’t here to show me how such a cyber crime could be possible, but, rather, used the idea as a gimmick to set the stage and occasionally push the plot forward.

The story initially gripped my attention, but then lost it, tried to snatch it back, failed, tried again, gained a bit of interest, and then held it because I knew the ending was nigh. All together, it was OK. 3.5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Rick Gregory had to pronounce the word ‘whilst’ far too many times in this story. I don’t know why the author used that word so often. Gregory did give it a second syllable nearly every time which I found to be a little jarring. Other than that, Gregory gave a good performance. He had distinct voices for all the characters and his female voices were believable. 4/5 stars.

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Great pulp horror novel-Loved it!

Terror Byte by J. R. Park was thoroughly enjoyable. It had that pulp horror feel to it. This is my first of Mr. Park's novels and I can guarantee that it won't be my last, though he only has one other novel on Audible at the time of this review. If you've read the summary, you know what the gist of the story is. From the opening scene to the end (loved the last lines) it's a fun ride. Detective Norton and Orchid are fun characters and Mel...well, Mel is one bad piece of work.

Rick Gregory did a good job with the narration. I would listen to another of his performances in the future. This author is British and the story takes place there as well, as MI-5 is involved with the story and not the FBI. Okay, I'll be straight. The author uses the word 'whilst' a LOT. I actually took the time (because I was curious) to see just HOW popular that word is over the pond, as in the US, it isn't used nearly as often and it's used . It was like 7% US usage and 44% British usage. Source-OxfordDictionaries after a google search for 'whilst usage.' Anyways, the word didn't bug me, but the mispronunciation of the word throughout the novel did. Don't let this keeping you from listening to though! If that's my one complaint, it's minor in the scheme of things. For a shorter novel/novella, it's a complete story.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review. I'm happy to say that this is one of those books that I got for free to review, but I would have happily paid for.

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Killer Program

I enjoyed this short listen book about a killing computer program. The first chapter I thought the book was going to be an erotic thriller but really gets involved when a killing program is opened. (I imagine it could happen, like your computer gets a virus.) It is full of thrilling action and loved the characters of Norton and Orchid. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Computer programs gone wild!

Computer programs gone wild!

I have been looking forward to getting to this author for a while, so when I saw an audiobook copy up for grabs, I jumped on it. The story itself is straightforward and fast moving. Nothing spectacularly original or earthshattering, but entertaining and well narrated.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Good Story mostly

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. The story is well written and entertaining. The narration leaves something to be desired though. The author is apparently very fond of the word whilst and the narrator kept pronouncing it while issed. That made me cringe every time I heard it. I will keep an eye out for this narrator and avoid his work in the future.

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  • 01-29-18

Techno Horror Thriller

Terror Byte is a techno-horror about a computer virus that has been created as a weapon. A copy of the virus ends up on a USB memory stick and then gets lost, only to be found by an unsuspecting man who is curious about what might be on the stick. He plugs it in and all hell breaks loose in the office where he works.
The story follows the progress of the detective investigating the case. When MI5 and a deadly assassin also get involved, the detective starts to put the pieces together and realises how much danger he is in.

The pace of the story is quite good, although I did feel the character's personalities were sometimes conflicted, especially the assassin. I wasn't put off by that though and continued on to finish the story.

The author left the story with an opening for a possible sequel.