Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Mike is a reporter who knows a lot of secrets. Jack is a drug lord who wants those secrets buried. David and Todd are Mike's cyber geek friends who are dot-com rich and seriously dangerous. Jack never really had a chance.

An Orwellian thriller about a band of mild mannered computer geeks who are lords of an unseen electronic empire.
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  • Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
  • Words: 134,390
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781452300870
About Kevin O'Kane

O'Kane is a reasonably presentable (most days) computer science professor with long experience dealing with computer technology and the college scene. Author has published numerous scientific journal articles and technical books which, he asserts, are mainly non-fiction but of no immediate relevance to the work at hand.

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Reviews of Omaha by Kevin O'Kane

Gayle Duckart reviewed on March 22, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed every word...definitely kept my attention from beginning to end. Hope to find the Omaha crew opening a new night club in CA soon!
(review of free book)
ade reviewed on Dec. 6, 2012

Best download so far an incredible page turner could make a brilliant film
(review of free book)
jackieone reviewed on Aug. 28, 2011

I tried, but couldn't get into this book at all. Too many words, too few points to make. Took too long to get rolling. Needs editing overhaul. The step-by-step view of the book is just irritating to me. Never got to finish this one.
(review of free book)
A. J. Davidson reviewed on May 31, 2011

I enjoyed this fast-paced techno thriller. There are some minor mistakes and inconveniences, but not enough to spoil the yarn. I liked the in-depth descriptions, which help set the scenes. The author allows us an insight into a world 'All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace'. A recommended read.
(review of free book)
yolandi reviewed on April 12, 2011

Excellent reading, kept me captivated.
(review of free book)
Doug Pardee reviewed on May 6, 2010

O'Kane has made some bold choices in his narrative style. Bold in the sense of "a burlap shirt is a bold choice". And like a burlap shirt, those choices continuously irritated me.

I gave up around page 30, because I couldn't stand to read any more. So I can't tell you if the story is any good or not.

"Third-person omniscient" point of view is rarely seen in modern fiction outside of an occasional piece of literary fiction. Present tense is rarely seen in modern fiction, although a few authors do use it with first-person narrative. Third-person omniscient present-tense is just weird; it reads like a screenplay warped into narrative form, where the actors are being given stage directions.

The present-tense narrative is occasionally turned into Yoda-speak, with "says Mike" instead of "Mike says".

There is a *lot* of description. Mike enters a night club and we get treated to 850 words (about 4 pages) of description of the night club before action resumes. No wonder this novel came in about 50% over the typical 90,000 words.

Like I said, it reads like a screenplay for a 10-hour miniseries rather than a novel. Set descriptions, stage directions, etc.

Repeated misuse of participial phrases also made me wince, although in my experience most people wouldn't notice. Some wrong words (hey, they passed the spell checker) didn't help.

The e-book suffers from a serious 'mechanical' problem. Some of the paragraphs are misformatted so that the lines overlap each other, making them very difficult to read indeed. Click on the HTML 'View' link above and jump to page 13; you'll see what I mean. After trying to decode more than a half-dozen of those, including one that was critical to following what was going on, I'd had enough.
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