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The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
by Kevin D. Mitnick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 30.09
36 used & new from CDN$ 0.82

3.0 out of 5 stars Art of deception.... by boring your reader, March 10 2004
Since my first book on hackers (Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Clifford Stoll) and reading about Mitnick in the early 90s, I was expecting a fantastic book outlining how he managed to do so much while on the run.
Unortunately, the writing style is quite repetitive and boring. Don't get me wrong - the substance is there, and there is plenty to be learned from Mitnick's 'fictional stories' that illustrate the concept of social engineering. However, as I said, the style leaves a lot to be desired, and after reading the firsy half of the book, I struggled motivating myself to grab the book and finish reading it.
I recommend it only if you do not understand how social engineering works and don't mind putting up with a professional social engineering with amateur writing skills.

Ice Station
Ice Station
by Reilly J Reilly
Edition: Hardcover
15 used & new from CDN$ 5.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing story - hard to put down!, Jan. 12 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Ice Station (Hardcover)
Over the last years I have really taken to fiction that is well researched and that displays in-depth knowledge of the topics it covers. Matthew Reilly displays an incredible amount of knowledge on tactics, armament, Arctic conditions and other elements present on this novel.
What makes it a book that you will NOT put down is the gripping, super fast action ride you embark on from page 1. Unlike Tom Clancy's books, which usually develop the context within the first 50 pages or so, Reilly drops his reader into an action roller coaster from the very first page of his book, developing the context as the story unfolds.
So far I have read Contest and Ice Station, and am halfway through Temple, and can wholehartedly recommend Ice Station to anyone who enjoys fun, good action books.

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