Social Engineer

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Brody Taylor loves hacking humans. After all, people are the weakest link in all computer systems. If he’s hired to break into your network, he will find and exploit the weak point. You. A novella that introduces Brody Taylor in a thrilling standalone adventure. At 60 pages, SOCIAL ENGINEER can be read in under two hours! More

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About Ian Sutherland

Ian Sutherland is a crime thriller author. Leveraging his career in the IT industry, Ian's stories shine light on the threats we face from cybercrime as it becomes all too prevalent in our day-to-day lives. Invasion of Privacy is his first full-length novel and will be self published in Summer 2014. Social Engineeer (a novella) is a standalone prequel to Invasion of Privacy. Learn more about Ian at

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Review by: Michelle Perry on Nov. 28, 2015 :
Brody Taylor is the “Social Engineer.” Though to be honest, I had never heard that term before, it fits the situation nicely. He can be described as most the characters from the TV show Leverage rolled into one very clever person (without the thieving bonus for the most part) His job is to penetrate high security systems any way he can. Though an excellent computer hacker, he finds most often people are easier to hack to find a back way in. In this particular story he finds himself running a penetration test at pharmaceutical company, besieged by animal rights protesters, and under a warning that its secrets are in danger of being stolen by Chinese computer hackers. His job is find the holes in the system before sensitive information falls into the wrong hands,

I thoroughly enjoyed the reveal as he gives the results of his work to company executives. Most of this story was just plain fun. However, the cover of this book asks the question, “Would you trust a computer hacker?” Unfortunately my answer to that question highlights my biggest issue with this superbly written short story. The catalyst for this adventure leaves me flat. I would have to agree with Mel that Brody went about it all wrong, because yes, yes I would. In an increasingly digital world where hackers in the shadows are spilling information about everything from Hollywood sexting and ingredients of fast food items to eyes only government information, there has to be a first line of defense and it stands to reason that those people are going to be hackers at heart.

I was glad to see that this is not a single story, as with most excellent short stories, for me it just wasn’t enough. I hope in subsequent novels Brody doesn’t feel he needs to engineer his reality quite so much. I am looking forward to reading more about him.
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Review by: Gerry MacOstair on June 22, 2015 :
On the outside, Brody Taylor is the fellow you passed in the hallway, held the door for, or gladly did a random favour yesterday; the one, you cannot remember today. On the inside, he is struggling with the realities of two sometimes incompatible worlds. Brody knows to strike the chords of human nature well, and those who might match him are few and far between. Yet eventually the snares of life and love threaten to overwhelm even him.

Sutherland had the mind (and the guts) to revive a literary form that is just perfect for individual episodes of a series: the novella. Well known to (and quite popular with) TV drama buffs, the “little sister” of the novel has for decades been considered the black sheep by traditional publishing – for no better reason than her lack of volume. With “Social Engineer”, the author reminds us quite successfully that the quality of the content makes a fine book, not its page count.

If you are working in corporate security, IT or HR, this book is, at the very least, a should-read. If your friends hint on your gullibility – as far as the digital realm is concerned, or otherwise – now and again, “Social Engineer” is a must-read. You may be able to finish it during your lunch break, but you will likely keep glowing with apprehension well beyond dinner.
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