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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Oct. 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466408421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466408425
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Phil Edwards has worked as a journalist, blogger, and grocery cart pusher. He can be found at, or on Twitter @PhilEdwardsInc.

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Cloud Crash was a well done local terrorist techno thriller. While some of the twists and turns were bordering far-fetched, it still maintained a level of reality that was on this side of believability. The technology didn't go overboard to sound like a manual, but also wasn't too vague so as to not be understood. There were a few scenes that were on the slow or redundant side, but otherwise the pace flowed really well.

While most of the book was predictable and you knew what was coming, the adventure of getting there was done well. A couple of the twists made me shake my head a little, but a couple pages later I forgot about them and was immersed right back into the story. One particular medical facility was the focus, but this book could ring true of almost any business (much of it was also affected by events). The author displayed some great knowledge of how the digital world is held together and also how little it would take to bring it to it's knees.

This is a very good book for those of you into technology, conspiracy theories, or those paranoid of how easy it would be to halt the digital world that we live in. While an organized attack by many individuals or groups would be much more realistic than a "lone gunman"-type, it didn't hinder the book as much as I thought it would as the action started. At the moment it is a $2.99 purchase from Amazon, I found there to be more value than that in this book so it should be a definite buy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This cloud is not in the sky March 7 2011
By Julius Butcher - Published on
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I'm not a tech guy, but I have some idea what "the cloud" is. My e-mails and documents are in the cloud. My Facebook status messages and photos are in the cloud. My twitter blurbs are in the cloud. So if the cloud would collapse, a part of my life would disappear. This is happening in Cloud Crash. Websites are down, services are unreachable, the Internet is collapsing, because data centers are detonated.

The CEO of Bioze calls Cal Stevens, consultant to find out who is behind this conspiracy. Because for Bioze it is not only information which is at stake, but the life of hospital patients are in danger, whose treatment is handled and followed by cloud computing applications. If the Bioze data center crushes, people dies.

So Cal does his best to get to the man who is not afraid to kill anyone between him and his target. Fortunately Brianna Cowell is helping him, who turns out to be an agent.

I liked that the story is fast paced. I liked the characters too, because they were not perfect, but human. I liked the idea of erasing "the cloud". I liked the book.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Not as exciting as I'd hoped Feb. 21 2012
By Kris James - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
~~From Red Adept Reviews~~

I received Cloud Crash: A Technothriller, by Phil Edwards, as a review copy submitted to "Red Adept Reviews" by the author.

Overall: 3 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

This book took me weeks to read, when I usually grind through a novel in hours. But it wasn't due to a bad plot; I very much enjoyed its final few twists.

The subplot involving Area 51 wasn't what I expected and could have been cut entirely, and the bomber's subplot could have been a quarter as detailed and still remained relevant. The blogger's subplot was my favorite; it wasn't overdone, and the character was easy to relate to.

At one point, a newly-broken code is described as consistent, but it wasn't; the author used two kinds of ciphers. Another time, guards had been forewarned of the bomber's attacks, but weren't given weapons or any other means to defend their building--a plot device that saved the final confrontation for our heroes.

The various settings were entertaining; I particularly enjoyed the final section of the book; all the plotlines dovetailed nicely and the tension was intense.

I particularly enjoyed one scene between Ben and Khalid which brought up both sides of what is currently the argument surrounding the SOPA bill. There's nothing like relevant fiction to give us another look at ourselves.

Character Development: 3 3/4 Stars

Cal Stevens starts off with a quality pedigree: journalist, investigator, party boy, sexy guy. But when the story begins, his intelligence doesn't hold up to the hype. He asks questions about internet topics so basic that I wondered where he'd been in the last decade. He felt Gary Stuish from the start, though his snappy wit was always entertaining.

Schloss, the bomber, starts his day with a perfect plan, we're told. But as time goes by, he's revealed to have made mistake after mistake during his planning phase, as well as goofing up during the plan's execution. He ends up seeming to suffer from delusions of competence, and, as with Cal, I wondered how he got hired.

Brianna, PR agent/actual agent, was awesome. Her PR side was strongly shown, and her kick-ass side did just that. Mysterious, possibly untrustworthy, having her own agenda and not apologizing for it, she owned this book. She definitely owned Cal.

Ben the blogger was an interesting addition to the book, in a good way. The pacing of his sections were different, but no less intriguing or tense. His fears and paranoia were a nice foil to the confidence of the other characters.

There were several minor characters as well, and while they were all developed to some degree, I didn't feel they all needed inclusion and/or POV scenes.

Writing Style: 2 Stars

The author has a habit of putting a character's dialogue in its own paragraph, without a dialogue tag. Occasionally, this made it confusing as to who was speaking.

Technical details felt overexplained, particularly through Brianna's, Kevin's, and Arthur's dialogue. The "use in sentence--question--explain further" dialogue sequence happened regularly in the first half of the book, slowing down the pace and making Cal--who did most of the questioning--look so technically inept that it strained my belief to accept that Kevin would have hired him in the first place. It was hard to stay interested when I kept feeling like I knew more than the characters (including things like the purpose of speed-limit cameras).

Numerous instances of vague writing made it harder to stay focused on the action; some scenes wrapped up with a vague pronouncement that killed the building tension.

Editing: 2 1/2 Stars

Run-on sentences were rampant. Comma usage was minimal and inconsistent. I also found a large number of simple grammatical errors and a handful of capitalization errors.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
shockingly inane April 4 2012
By R. Wright - Published on
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A passable read if you can overlook the idiotic technical descriptions and the entire premise that a small biotech company is overtly responsible for "the cloud" which is apparently the entire internet. Suspend any disbelief as the company and the NSA rely on a private investigator to do their duty to uncover the mystery of third-party co-location facility terrorism? Marching through mud and piloting a helicopter never interferes with the perfectly proportioned blonde NSA agent's high-heels-at-all-times sensibilities. The investigator doesn't know what a traffic camera is or that a data center contains computers (the "CPU" of the Internet) which need electricity. Another expert finds two paragraph blog comments to be a smart "dissertation or proposal rather than an e-mail." Then there is the Area 51/crop circle conspiracy ... Well, authors with the courage to write despite their increasingly crippling dementia must be applauded.

"But what if you're wrong?"
"Then we avert disaster."
"And if you're right?"
"Then maybe we can stop it."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fast and fun Jan. 22 2011
By Marcus - Published on
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Cloud Crash is a pretty fast paced book, even though it's long. It definitely made me think about all the movies, emails, and photos I see in the "data cloud." I appreciated the look at Silicon Valley and the characters' interest in lots of different things. A plausible and fun read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Needs one more edit March 22 2012
By dhensen - Published on
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As I was reading I keep thinking "this section could have done with one more edit". The writing is awkward and disjointed in many sections; especially the "action" and physical confrontation scenes.

For a high tech thriller, it has low tech content. The book tries to highlight some of the aspects of the vulnerabilities of the current commercial internet infrastructure but it needed a bit more research to be convincing.

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