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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel Epublishers LLC (April 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986973149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986973147
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,691,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If a butterfly flaps it's wings.... July 27 2010
By Adele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I reviewed Killerbyte back in August and loved it so I immediately begged for a copy of Terrorbyte to review. It came through a few days ago and everything else was dropped so I could indulge in my favourite FBI drama.

In this second outing Ellie is up against a disturbing serial killer who seems intent on making things personal. Lines from her own poems and post its addressed to her are found at each scene and she and Delta team find themselves drawn into a confusing and fast moving case. The bodies are piling up and the clues refuse to connect. The only thing that she is sure of is that somehow it connects to her and the Butterfly Foundation.

During all of this Ellie's always slightly loose grip on reality is slipping further, of course with her obsession for 80's TV shows and music I was once again treated to a walkthrough of my own childhood via theme tune. I love it. If you are too young to know who Hawkeye and Radar are then you need a note pad and a card for the video store. Oh and of course it's only a matter of time before Gibbs gets referenced.

The romance between Ellie and Mac has settled into comfortable and charming and less time is given to introducing you to her team in this one. There is an argument for reading the first book first, but it's not absolutely neccessary if you are willing to take the authors word for it.

Cat's writing is getting stronger, this book is more complex and more tense and emotive than Killerbyte. The lightness and fun are still in there though so it never becomes too dark. I love these books, they are the perfect literary answer to NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds and so on. Other people have to read this I need someone to talk to about it and I really can't risk spoilers!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well written and thrilling Jan. 7 2010
By B. D. Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After over a year of hard work, FBI Special Agent Ellie Conway and her husband, Special Agent Mac Connelly, have finally opened the Butterfly Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting the children of mentally ill and bipolar parents. The high they are riding comes to a crashing end, however, when Ellie is called to a murder scene the very night of the dedication. Ellie's no stranger to death and the evil of others, but the scene that greets her takes her breath away. Not only is the murder victim staged, but the killer has written lines from one of Ellie's own poems on the walls and has left her a personal message on an innocuous blue post-it note. The poetry and the notes are eerily reminiscent of a case Ellie solved a year ago.

It is summer in Virginia, and hurricane season is right on top of them. As the weather turns nasty and water pours from the skies, the murders continue. Ellie, promoted to Supervising Special Agent for this case, realizes with horror that the victims are linked by one factor: they are all involved with the Butterfly Foundation. Somehow the killer is using her beloved project to locate and target his victims, making a mockery of the sense of safety and support that the foundation was created to foster. Complicating issues is the fact that Ellie is suffering side effects from an old head injury. She is assaulted by dizziness and migraines, and strange fragments of songs and television series that dance through her mind, leading her to conclusions on the case that are almost bizarrely accurate.

As Ellie, Mac, and their team work to identify and stop the killer, it becomes evident that he is watching them and is leading them on a complex trail designed to distract and obfuscate. But what is he trying to distract them from? Their investigation will uncover a truth that is not only bigger than Ellie could have ever imagined, but it is also her worst nightmare.


Fans of mystery and suspense, I've got a treat for you: Cat Connor's novel "terrorbyte." This is the second in her series featuring FBI Special Agent Ellie Conway and the members of her investigation team, and it continues where the previous novel, "killerbyte," left off. Since this book assumes that the reader is already familiar with the main characters and their somewhat quirky personalities, I would advise that readers take these stories in order.

I enjoyed reading "killerbyte" this past summer; it is an excellent story. However, I have to admit that "terrorbyte" outstrips its predecessor by far. This is one of the best suspense novels that I have read in a while. It is very well-written, the plot is intricate and perfectly managed, and the characters are fascinating and wonderfully developed. Since so much of what goes on in Ellie's head revolves around music, it seems quite fitting that each chapter is named after a Bon Jovi song. I thought this was a clever touch and felt as if I ought to be listening to these tunes as a soundtrack to the story.

"terrorbyte" drew me in immediately and kept me intrigued and fully involved throughout the entire novel. It made me think, alternately amused and saddened me, and impressed me with its intelligent and well-crafted narrative. This is no simple mystery but instead is a multifaceted story that revolves around not just the murder investigation but also Ellie's fears regarding her mental health and how this may affect both her and Mac. The investigation itself consists of layer upon layer of difficulty and circumstance that must be sifted through in order to unearth the truth.

Ms. Connor puts Ellie Conway through hell physically, mentally, and emotionally, which just makes her that much more magnetic a character. I couldn't help but be drawn to Ellie. She has a wry, slightly sarcastic tone, and although she puts up a good "tough" public front, she is a tangle of turmoil and fear inside. She's afraid that she will eventually succumb to the same mental illness as her mother, and this distracts her to no end. Dealing with the effects of a previous head injury only exacerbates the matter. Her thought processes are interrupted by a slightly off-the-wall jumble of songs and scenes from movies and television shows which are both amusing and disturbing. Overall, we can't tell if she is prescient or simply a little bit crazy.

I feel very fortunate to have "discovered" Ms. Conner and her work, because she is an extremely talented author. Now that I have finished "terrorbyte," I feel quite invested in the characters and am very anxious to find out where Ms. Connor is going with them. I will be holding my breath in anticipation as I wait for her next novel, "exacabyte," to be released. If you enjoy mystery and suspense, you owe it to yourself to read these books. They will entertain you, fascinate you, and leave you begging for more.
Truly entertaining. Aug. 11 2014
By LWWedgwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Okay, I finished reading this book a few weeks ago, but wanted to let my thoughts marinate for a while. Anyway, here goes. First off, what I loved most about Tarrorbyte is that it kept me entertained through to the last page. More often than not I flick through the first few chapters of a novel before giving up out of boredom. Terrorbyte is not one of those books. It got me and it got me good. Elle Conway's relationship with Mac matures as the story unfolds with its many twists and turns. This offers an intriguing edge to an already good story that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Cat really turns up the heat with the surprises in Terrorbyte. Without giving away too much, I have to say that the story intensifies toward a conclusion that will leave you Gobsmacked, and in the best of ways. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. :)
Fantastic followup to Killerbyte! May 10 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Personally, I liked terrorbyte better than Cat's first novel killerbyte but that's only because I thought terrorbyte really delved deeper into the main character - Ellie. Killerbyte was good, but terrorbyte took it to another level. I enjoyed Ellie's quirky lapses into her head with almost an Ally McBeal quality of fantasy however, these episodes were not as random as they first seem. It's how Ellie works out the different angles of a case and it's a unique take on the mind of a criminal investigator.

I have to admit, when I finished this book, I wanted to slap the writer upside the head. Instead I emailed her and gave her a little grief. I will not spoil the ending - but I will say, it was a shock.

Still - a compelling read that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
A must read July 11 2012
By bce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Cat writes crime thriller books that I've found to be rather breathlessly un-put-downable. I tend to devour them in a relatively short period of time, and find myself reading quickly (probably to my detriment) to see what happens next.

She has created a rather intriguing heroine that is a rather interesting personality in her own right - Ellie. She seems to have a bit of a knack for getting herself into trouble - but seems to extract herself from sticky situations with varying ease. Cat has created an interesting cast of support characters too - it's a bit of a shame the storyline generally only follows Ellie's antics - some of the other characters appear quite interesting too.

Cat lives in Upper Hutt in New Zealand, and is also well worth following online on either Twitter or Facebook. She's fun to follow and interact with too.

Buy one of her books and give it a go - you won't regret it!