• White Hat Black Heart

  • Cyber Teen Project, Book 1
  • By: D. B. Goodin
  • Narrated by: Josiah Clark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Playing a virtual game is fun...unless the game wants you dead.

Nigel Watson is a clever teenage hacker who uses his skills to make extra spending money. But, after someone plunders his mother’s bank account and drains the funds, Nigel realizes his hacking could save the family. 

Soon, Nigel’s online expertise is noticed by the billionaire founder of the Colossal Machine, a virtual game played by millions of people around the planet. When Nigel is given a chance to show his prowess, his skills outshine the work of the current developers. He even discovers new ways to cheat the game that no one else knows. But, Nigel doesn’t realize that his sudden success has made enemies who want him dead. 

Nigel is thrust into the shadows of the Dark Web - a hidden part of the internet where evil can find its way to your door. Little does he know, but the object of the game has become Nigel’s life. 

In this cyber thriller, you never know who to trust when the virtual world makes it impossible to decrypt friend from foe.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 David Benjamin Goodin (P)2019 David Benjamin Goodin

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What a ride!

I had fun recognizing some of the cleverly renamed technologies, security protocols, and software that I actually use in my daily work at a 3-letter government agency. White Hat Black Heart was a ton of fun, some of it in-game! Think Ready Player One meets Bourne Identity, but with better characters. I would follow Nigel and Jet anywhere and will definitely continue reading the Cyber Teen Project audiobook series.

I am recommending this audiobook to my 17yo son, who also levels-up in-game characters for his friends. But, I hope he doesn't get into the kind of trouble Nigel finds himself in.

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WONDERFUL!

I am insanely impressed with the author's ability to tell an awesome story. Such as thrilling and wonderful tale of a young man who is smart as hell and knows how to game the system. I love this book. I can't wait to buy the whole series! Such an amazing narrator too. He keeps things very interesting. I just can't get over how good this is :)

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A quick paced, reality based, cyber thrill ride!

What a great book.
Bought this for my nephew and he raved about it. So I thought I'd give it a go as well.
As an adult—I enjoyed it as well!

Great theme and takeaway lessons for real-life cyber security.
Fast paced and action packed. I really enjoyed it!
My nephew is certainly excited about the next book that's for sure!

A win and congratulations to D.B. Goodwin, you really knocked it out of the park on this one!

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Great book!

This is a good one! I honestly liked listening to it. I listen to it when I wake up and go to sleep and it makes me think differently and overall have peace and really enjoy listening to it!

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Innovative listening

I enjoyed listening to this book. The story is very captivating, and all the details about cybersecurity are so well mixed in the narration that it might seem that this book is just a regular thriller, but hey, it is so much more!
Just by listening to it, the author will screw in your mind important information about cybersecurity (as a start, multifactor identification).

I find fascinating all is behind protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks that I genuinely think this book is something that all the teens or even adults that are approaching the topic will enjoy and find it interesting and useful.

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Great Technothriller

I very much enjoyed the print version and grabbed this to listen through again. looking forward to the sequel.

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Presently surprised and looking forward to more by this author

This was my first time listening to D. B. Goodin and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.
The story is captivating and I listened to the entire book in only 4 days! (I usually listen to little bits on my short commute but actually ends up listening to this audiobook at work, while working because I just couldn't stop!)
The characters are well developed and the author does well to make them very easy to relate to.
The narration was generally good and did not interfere with the book.
I would recommend this to anyone even mildly technologically inclined.
I look forward to book 2!

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Great read! Very entertaining!

Very entertaining read with real life cybersecurity themes throughout! Really enjoyed it! Looking forward to the next book.

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Great first novel!

I enjoyed the story and felt like the kids were relatable. I’m excited for the next book.

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  • Rex Dainty
  • 02-08-21

Amazing Book Ever

This book is an awesome book, I enjoyed listening to it over and over again. The story is devastating and the characters is engaging. The introduction of the main character portraying the level of discipline related with someone who considers himself a professional gamer/coder was really appreciated. This book also reveals how vulnerable we are and how dark the dark web is. This book is a great cyber-crime adventure. Very interesting and fun book.

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  • Alex
  • 11-17-20

Edge of the seat stuff

Love. Love. LOVE this book.

I enjoy stories where the younger characters have some depth to them rather than reverting back to cliches about teenagers. In this respect the book reminded me a lot of the Maze Runner trilogy.

If you like hacker/cybercrime themes then this will be right up your street.

The narrator did a fantastic job on the ensemble voice work and I can't wait for a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-20

captivating

The author has created an intriguing if somewhat frustrating character of Nigel the business savvy gamer. he fits the story well and it is interesting to watch the development of this character. the story is thrilling and explores the cyber hacking world which is gathering popularity recently with films such as 'ready player one' which i thoroughly enjoyed as much as i enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • Matty
  • 10-01-20

An excellent listen

This is such an exciting and thrilling story. The book is full of suspense and always manages to keep the listener eagerly waiting for what's coming next. The whole cyber/hacker theme is so exciting for me and I think it really adds to the drama! I would definitely recommend listening to the whole thing at one if possible! Perfect for a long flight or a quiet evening!

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  • Chandler Kitching
  • 07-15-20

WONDERFUL!

I am insanely impressed with the author's ability to tell an awesome story. Such as thrilling and wonderful tale of a young man who is smart as hell and knows how to game the system. I love this book. I can't wait to buy the whole series! Such an amazing narrator too. He keeps things very interesting. I just can't get over how good this is :)

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  • Silva S.
  • 06-02-20

Fun and enjoyable!

I really liked the characters and adventures into the dark web. Also liked the in-game sequences. Great narration. Can’t wait for book 2.

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  • SisB
  • 05-22-20

Interesting Story!

The book " White Hat Black Heart
Cyber Teen Project, Book 1" helps teach young people basic cyber security concept in an engaging way.

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  • Calowaren
  • 03-04-20

Not very believable

I wanted to like this book especially as I'm interested in Cyber security, cyber crime, hacking and computer forensics etc, but it just didn't work for me. Maybe if I was a young adult or teen it might have fit better, perhaps my 18 year old son might appreciate it more.

n the intro to the book the author states that he changed a few product names for copyright reasons and I understand that but knowing most of what the "pretend" products/terms really are makes the story that much less believable, less immersive. The writing style itself is, in my opinion, quite immature and definitely more suited to the YA audience than to adult readers. To much Mr.Henry this, Mr. Henry, that, Mr. Henry the other blah blah.

All in all the story simply wasn't too believable, too many unrealistic actions, reactions, plots etc.
The ending leaves a number of unanswered questions obviously setting up a sequel but I'm simply not interested enough to bother with another episode of this.

The narrator does a credible job.

I received a free copy of this audiobook either from the author or a promotion or giveaway and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.