Author: Andrew Grant
Length: 269 pages
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: The Indianapolis Public Library
Plot Basics: Software designer Marc Bowman shows up at his job at AmeriTel like any other morning, only to find himself getting shown into the board room and let go. The day gets worse when he fights with his wife and then when his house is robbed. But what’s taken makes Marc suspicious that his firing might not have been so business-as-usual as it seemed. Suddenly, Homeland Security, the FBI and the local police are all on his trail in a high-tech, high-speed chase.
Banter Points: I really liked Grant’s David Trevellyan novels and I liked the premise of this book. Big data to me is a compelling idea of what people can do with it and might do for it and how our online lives are hardly secure. There are some pretty good twists that I can’t say any more about for the risk of spoilers.
Bummer Points: I forget which book tipped me over the edge, but Run, unfortunately confirmed that I’m still over the plot of normal-guy-gets-caught-up-in-thriller sequence. I want my heroes to have badges and things. I guess I don’t really buy that a guy would run from law enforcement and all the things that Marc does. I figure, a guy like that, sells his fancy car and his other fancy stuff and hires a helluva lawyer to get him out of everything he’s gotten into.
Word Nerd Recommendation: It’s a solidly written novel. It was compelling in parts. I just need to stick to my determination that this subset of the thriller genre isn’t really for me.