Netwars: The Code
Author: M. Sean Coleman
Publisher: JKS Communications
Date of Publication: May 16, 2014
Netwars: The Code. A high-tech serial thriller from the dark side of the net. Episode 1.
Welcome to the Deep Web. Those parts of the internet no search engine explores. The place where you can buy anything. Drugs, children, weapons.
Anyone can do it. And get away free.
Anthony Prince, head of PrinceSec, a firm which provides high-tech security for the government and major corporations, dies in a plane crash when crossing the English Channel. Responsible for Prince’s death is a hacker named Strider. His real name is Scott Mitchell and in his day job at the National Cyber Crime Unit he uses legitimate means to get the bad guys. As Strider, his means are less legal. On the same night, PrinceSec is the target of a cyber-attack. When the NCCU is called to assess the damage, a link is found between Prince and a criminal hacker group called Black Flag. The race is on for Mitchell to protect his identity as Strider and to stop Black Flag before it’s too late.
Not a romance, this was supposed to be a tech-thriller. I enjoyed what plot there was, there just wasn’t enough of it. Maybe it’s because it’s a serial, but … something just left me out cold. The problem I had with this book was the fact that there was so much information dumped about so many little facets of the internet and the Deep Web, along with information about PrinceSec, that I just sort of ended up skimming a lot of the book.
Strider/Mitchell – I liked the dual persona thing the main character had going for him. While I don’t approve of being all assassin-like, I have to admire his personal code and the lengths he’s willing to go to eliminate evil in the world.
There were many different facets to this book (the Deep Web, the Black Flag group, the ongoing human trafficking issue – at least I assume that’s what the very end implied). There was no overall conclusion to the issues raised, and given this is a serial novel, that wasn’t a problem for me.
I definitely want to read more in this series, but it wasn’t something that totally blew my mind. Three gargoyles!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.