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The Florentine Deception: A Novel Paperback – Apr 14 2015

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Distribution (April 14 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 150400924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1504009249
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #781,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The author’s novel boasts equal servings of excitement, suspense and humor . . . [He] tackles multiple genres—thriller, action, comedy—and champions each one with panache.” —Kirkus Reviews
“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


About the Author

Carey Nachenberg has spent his life doing the three things he enjoys most: defending computers and networks against cyber-attacks (at Symantec Corp.), educating the next generation of eager Freshman Computer Science majors (at UCLA), and rock-climbing (in the local Santa Monica Mountains). He lives in sunny Southern California.

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I agreed to review this book based on the fact the author is generously donating all proceeds to charity which is a very noble gesture. I also should declare that it is an audio version. So based on those two factors I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

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 checked out the categories listed for The Florentine Deception and they were bang on - Mystery, Techno-thriller, Amateur Sleuth. You could add in a little unrequited love, but that really was a very small side plot.

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.
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I can't believe that this is a first novel for this writer. It had a great story, lots of twists, an adventure to read. I'm always on the look out for a good read and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I hope this won't be his last. I highly recommend it.
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If you are looking for something different to read (or listen to) this summer and want to support some worthy causes at the same time than I recommend that you try The Florentine Deception by Carey Nachenberg. I had the pleasure of listening to the audio version of the book on Audible and was hooked from the very beginning. It mixes a real world adventure story with that of a cyber thriller (which my geeky side loves). What makes this book all the more believable is that Carey is the co-inventor of the Norton Antivirus so everything he writes is plausible. Plus Carey is donating the proceeds from the sale of his book to charity – I love to help support authors that want to pay it forward and help others!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 147 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read June 9 2016
By Docta K - Published on Amazon.com
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Most books of this genre include those moments when your mind steps back and says "seriously?" If you can transcend the ludicrous, you proceed and enjoy the rest of the book. This book had more than one of those moments, but I still enjoyed the basic plot and the inclusion of so much information about computer programming, rock climbing, and cyber warfare. It was a worthwhile read; not one that I asked myself at the end "why did I finish that?" To be hypercritical, the character development was thin but not thin enough for me to toss the book in midstream.
the author was clearly writing about things of which he has a fairly deep understanding..
5.0 out of 5 stars A super fun read. June 15 2016
By Justin Liu - Published on Amazon.com
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The Florentine Deception is a very fun and exciting novel. The two things I liked best were that it was so fast paced, yet incredibly detailed and realistic. There's a lot of action, a bit of humor, and a super interesting storyline. I really enjoyed this novel and I would highly recommend it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read. July 15 2016
By ERIK HIELSCHER - Published on Amazon.com
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Easily read, fast paced, enjoyable story. Good characters; plenty of action and intrigue.
3.0 out of 5 stars WOW scary at best July 4 2016
By Nina - Published on Amazon.com
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It was page turning partly because I had to skim over some parts that were difficult to understand. Some parts of this novel were a real stretch of the imagination.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read June 17 2016
By Robert Jobson - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent storyline very modern topic easy to understand the use of complex terms recommended by friend and still is should not use term cinder block they don't exist