The Florentine Deception: A Novel Paperback – Apr 14 2015
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“A combination of up-to-the-minute computer hacking and hard-hitting action make The Florentine Deception a grippingly plausible tale of modern cyber-terrorism.” —Neil Rubenking, Lead Security Analyst, PC Magazine
“Finally, a Techno Thriller that gets the details right!” —Mikko Hypponen, international computer security expert
“Nachenberg’s self-published debut has a writing style that will leave readers hanging at the end of every chapter, daring you to try to put it down…” —rtbookreviews.com
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The forward by Eugene H Spafford, PhD - an expert in security and cyber crime - was an eye opener for me. The scenario created by author Carey Nachenberg - also an expert incyber-security field - was one Spafford had long been concerned about. He even presented a paper on it to senior personnel from from several government agencies and commercial firms over two decades ago. No one believed it could happen. Now here was another expert who independently came to the same conclusion. So while this is a great read with lots of excitement, just remember there is a core of possibility here. It could happen.
As I have a son working as a programmer with a start-up company, the character of Alex Fife in particular really hit home to me. Creating that new program that will sell for huge dollars still happens and the individuals who pull it off, especially if they can do it without bringing in investors, end up very wealthy at a very young age. While the other two from his company seemed to find their rhythm, Alex found himself at a loss and distracted.
Rock climbing and caving were the only thing he seemed to enjoy. That is until the day he grudgingly started to fix up old garage sale computer his dad wanted to give to a needy family. Something was odd here. His interest piqued, he started to explore a mystery not understanding the water he was dipping his toe into was shark-infested.
The mystery continues to grow as he and his friends start to search for the mysterious Florentine through a hidden safe, a long forgotten cave and a university lab.Read more ›
This a fabulous fast paced, fun adventure, with smidgens of humour scattered among the technical elements. Basically a modern day take of a treasure hunt or a race against time.
Alex is the main character is a cool dude, he has taken on the task of ‘cleaning’ an old computer so his father can give it to a needy family. While doing so he unearths some emails and the chase begins. I don’t pretend to be well informed in the cyber world as far as computer technicalities and security is concerned but it’s not essential to enjoy this story. The author explains it all in detail all the while making it interesting, jaw-dropping and seem entirely possible!
The action is spot on, the suspense keeps you hooked and wanting to know what could possibly happen next. I really enjoyed the rock climbing concept .. not something I could do but the description was brilliant. A very clever piece of writing and the narrator was excellent. I din’t once get bored or feel as though I would be better ‘reading’ it myself. It was a wholly enjoyable experience and will encourage me to listen to more audio versions. It would also make a great movie I think.
Thanks to the author and iRead Book Tours for the opportunity to take part in exchange for my honest opinion. I have also purchased this to help reach the goal of books sold for such a worthy cause.
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I found the book very entertaining and flew through it over the course of two days. A great read for folks curious about computer security in the modern age as well as for those of us well acquainted with it!
The Florentine Deception is a cinematically-paced cyber-thriller -- think Dan Brown set in modern Los Angeles (although there is a notable excursion into the subterranean, it's caving, not secret vaults). Other reviewers have mentioned not being able to put the book down, and I'll echo that sentiment -- it's a fast read and contained enough twists and surprises (and a literal cliff-hanger or two) to keep me awake later than I should have been in order to finish a chapter. The prose is not as polished as Dan Brown's best work, and Chekhov's gun is in play, but there's an appealing sense of rightness even in that. The plot is solid, and the characters are likeable. Nachenberg's hero is fleshed out well, as are the supporting characters including Linda, who happily eschews a stereotypical "love interest" role and stands as a person in her own right. As you might expect given the author's role as Chief Architect at Symantec, the technological details are accurate; but even more, they are both clearly explained and chilling in their potential. (the explanation of digital steganography is probably the clearest I've read in any fiction or non-fiction book). In the era of Edward Snowden, the sympathetic "good guy" portrayal of the NSA may strike some readers as unusual, but this is not a book about making a political point - it's a book about the danger of a single point of failure in technology, how security mechanisms can be the source of insecurity, and the loyalty of friends.
So you should buy this book if you like a fun read. You should buy it if you're intrigued by computer security (or rock climbing). And you should feel especially good buying it as Carey is donating the profits to charity - and deserves to be encouraged to write more.
The novel is written as a first person narrative with such exquisite detail that it basically puts you in the shoes of the main character, Alex Fife. While some of the detail may have been too exquisite, especially the cyber-security and rock climbing, the surrounding drama around Alex Fife and his friends more than makes up for it. Even if your reading comprehension is less than average, you'll still at least be able to grasp the general storyline without much difficulty while reading the book.
Of course, you cannot control what Alex Fife does in the book, but what you can control is your mind picturing the extremely vivid scenery of this sci-fi thriller. Throughout each chapter (except for a few that aren't written from Alex's point of view), you'll be asking yourself, "What would I be doing if I were Alex? What do I think Alex will do? What will happen to Alex?" At the end of most, if not all, chapters is a cliffhanger most comparable to the words "To be continued" typically shown on TV serial dramas. Unlike these TV dramas, you don't have to wait for the next episode to come out; you just have to turn the page to watch it!
I definitely recommend this book! If there is to be a sequel, a movie, or a video game coming out based on the book, I am definitely going to have to pounce on the opportunity!