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Alex Fife is a multi-millionaire former computer virus buster. He's also a fan of a good treasure hunt. The Florentine Deception is the perfect combination of both of these worlds. Mixing in old school treasure hunting with new school computer technology, The Florentine Deception weaves in and out of some amazing (and terrifying) worlds that feel more like non-fiction than fiction.
The narration was done by Nick Podehl, and holy crap does he kill it. I honestly think I've listened to a book or two narrated by him before, but I will definitely be checking him out in the future. The characters were 100% believable and the voices he gave them were very fitting for each character. Even the female voices were pretty good, which isn't easy to accomplish as a male narrator.
I consumed this book like it was real. Alex Fife and the situations that he gets himself in were just crazy. But the scariest part was that everything that Nachenberg wrote is totally plausible. That's what makes The Florentine Deception so scary.
Alex was so incredibly likable as a character. The way he was written made me really like him and all of his interactions with the other characters in the book. His roommates and friends were all the perfect additions to his life. Not one single person felt out of place in this novel. A feat in itself.
The techno/computer things in this were written by someone with A LOT of knowledge, but they are easy to read. They don't read like a computer manual or anything. It's actually borderline elegant.
I won't spoil anything for you, but I was extremely pleased with the ending. A few times throughout I wasn't sure how it was going to end, but I was happy with the choice that Nachenberg went with.
Overall, a wonderful technothriller that was full of twists and turns that had me begging for more. Nachenberg is a name to remember, especially when it comes to mixing reality with our new computer-oriented world.
I was given a free copy of this by the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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I don't usually listen to mystery stories but this one really had me hooked. There were several points in the story that felt frustrating bc the energy and action wouldn't let me take a break! But I guess that's what kept me listening. :P the performance was also fantastic so all in all a wild and enjoyable ride!
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