Blurb: Veteran ex-black-ops agent, and cybersecurity expert, John Seal is brutal like John Wick, smart as Jack Reacher, and can disappear quicker than Jason Bourne.
John Seal is tasked with safeguarding the country’s vital electrical infrastructure from diabolical hackers. He is sent to Budapest on a routine intel gathering mission and inadvertently discovers a planned cyber attack is imminent. The target — US power grids!
With the risk of a terrorist attack on red alert, the Secretary of Homeland Security presses John to finish developing the software his agency is designing that detects unauthorized cyber activity and blocks an intrusion. But the code is incomplete.
Now, John is forced to hire a new software developer to expedite the process. A woman determined to prove her skills and win the trust of her new boss. When John’s elderly grandfather and old friend become pawns in a cruel game to distract John’s efforts, he is forced to use his black-ops training to stay one step ahead of the terrorists.
Meanwhile, he is the only person who has the expertise and tenacity to root out the bad actors and defend the US against cyber attack.
Will John’s prowess and stealth be enough to save the nation from a countrywide blackout? And unmask the puppet master politicians pulling strings behind the scenes…
Review: I love the premise of Electric Eel by Michael D Wright. I am a techie and truly enjoy reading about someone who gets into the tech behind the situation. John Seal did just that. He got into the tech, the people, the story and used what he found to flush out the culprit.
The book started off way too slowly. I knew it would build, so I forced myself to continue reading. I was not disappointed that I persevered as it did come to life and kept my interest. I would have enjoyed Electric Eel more if Wright kept my attention from the beginning and kept me in the dark throughout the book. I felt that Seal wasn’t as intuitive as he could or should have been. As the reader I want to be surprised, intrigued, interested about the plot. I could see things that made the read less interesting and thus less intriguing. I don’t want to know the ending before I get to the end.
That said Electric Eel is a good book and I think most people will enjoy the manner in which John Seal solved the dilemma he found himself facing. If you enjoy tech mystery and are intrigued by the way a story unfolds, then Electric Eel by Michael Wright is a good book for you. Take the chance, keep reading, and you should find the book interesting and at times scary. Could this happen for real? And do we have people like John Seal working to keep our grid safe? Wright posed several real questions about the fate of the country’s future with cyber threats mounting on a daily basis. Are we as safe as we are led to believe??
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