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It's 1998 and a hacker attacks General Automotive. Brad Stapleton VP tries to block him but the hacker still gets in. He uses difficult to find schemes that keep Brad hopping. Brad thinks someone inside the company is helping, but cannot find out who. He is fired and starts his own business. Still trying to find the guy, he finally gets good information. Will he catch him? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781311806390
About Richard Porter Ray

Born in Clearwater Florida in 1935 in the midst of the great depression. Moved to Houston when I was six and lived there until graduation from U of H in 1967. Married my wife Lori in 1963 and had many happy years. She passed away in 1998 and I sold my business and moved to Florida. Along the way I was writing tech books and other writings. I started writing novels and have finished four so far.

It is one of my very enjoyable hobbies and I hope my readers enjoy them too.

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Review by: cr1275 on April 05, 2016 :
Great book could not stop reading it.
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Review by: Frank Lee on Feb. 12, 2016 :
This is a book about a hacker attacking a thinly veiled company called "General Automotive" (A thin veil for General Motors). It's a good story because every time you think you have the hacker figured out, you don't -- so you keep reading.

However, I am only giving this book 3 stars because of some problems. The technical aspects of this are too much for most readers. Even though the author gives lengthy (and often pretty boring) explanations of how the technology works, it's muddles up the story badly.

The author needs to proof his work. There were a plethora of grammar errors and mis-used words. Quote marks are missing or one-sided making the reader wonder if that is being said or thought by the character. Breaks in the story did not appear in the Kindle version (perhaps they were in other versions of story). One paragraph flowed into another even though the scene changed.

Furthermore, the author frequently got his character names mixed up. Brad was Mark on several occasions. Harold was Brad too!! Brad was Mark Staples at one point. Sometimes Willy's last name was Scane and sometimes it was Scene. Very difficult to follow where there is a fairly large cast of characters.

"The Year was 1990" it states at the beginning. However, the author took a lot of liberties with the year 1990.

There is a lot of talk throughout the book about websites and looking things up on the web. That could not happen in 1990 unless you were working at CERN. The very first actual website was CERN's in late 1991. The first commercial websites did not appear until 1993 so GA would not have had a website.

In the book, Lisa had a Pentium 100. Pentium chips did not appear on the scene until 1993.

Book mentions in past tense "Intra Netware". Intra Netware was released with Novell Netware's TCP/IP Suite 4.11 in 1996. It was not even in the planning stages in 1990.

And the history stretching was not limited to technology. Later in the book Harold mentions the Clinton / Lewinsky scandal as did the FBI agents. That scandal didn't start breaking until 96/97.

The OJ Simpson murder trial was also mentioned. That happened in late 94 to early 95.

While some time did go by in the book, it wasn't that much time. Perhaps 6 months to a year.

The book gets 3 stars because it's a compelling story but the author should have refined it and cleaned up the sloppiness in details. He also should have proofed the book or had someone proof it.
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Review by: Jim Yannes on Jan. 26, 2016 : (no rating)
So this story must have been written back in the early 90"s?? I found it too hard to read for all of the explanations placed in the book. Most everything you felt the reader needed an explanation for is common knowledge for most 12 year olds today. Does AOL even have chat rooms anymore? Too bad this isn't written by an actual "hacker" or at least by someone in the IT business. Maybe then it would have kept my interest.
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