A seemingly mundane computer cleanup leads to an electrifying quest for an enigmatic - and deadly - treasure in this gripping techno-thriller.
After selling his dorm-room startup for millions and effectively retiring at the age of 25, Alex Fife is eager for a new challenge. When he agrees to clean up an old PC as a favor, he never expects to find the adventure of a lifetime waiting for him inside the machine. But as he rummages through old emails, Alex stumbles upon a startling discovery: The previous owner, a shady antiques smuggler, had been trying to unload a mysterious object known as the Florentine on the black market. And with the dealer's untimely passing, the Florentine is now unaccounted for and ripe for the taking. Alex dives headfirst into a hunt for the priceless object. What starts out as a seemingly innocuous pursuit quickly devolves into a nightmare when Alex discovers the true technological nature of the Florentine. Not just a lost treasure, it's something far more insidious: a weapon that could bring the developed world to its knees. Alex races through subterranean grottos, freezing morgues, and hidden cellars in the dark underbelly of Los Angeles, desperate to find the Florentine before it falls into the wrong hands. Because if nefarious forces find it first, there'll be nothing Alex - or anyone else - can do to prevent a catastrophic attack.
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Feels like non-fiction, which is terrifying.
Carey Nachenberg is considered to be one of the world's experts in cybersecurity. In this novel, he puts together his passion for cybersecurity with his amazing ability to tell a story and creates a truly addictive thriller
Every single part of the story is based on tech vulnerabilities that are real, there is no sci-fi and aliens landing...this book will teach you what is possible and make you more aware about the real threats in cyberspace
Hands down, this is the best narration in the 160 titles I've gone through so far.Nick Pedehl brings life to each character. Sometimes you wonder how he can switch so quickly and execute entire dialogues with rapid switch of distinct voice tones.
Yes, I could not stop listening to this book. Carey, we need a sequel!
Disclosure: Carey and I both work at Google and I know him personally. I learned about the book from a talk he delivered at Google.
- Georgios Sarakakis