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The Hacker Hunter

By Christopher Keenan

Copyright Lionwing Ltd 2011 - Published 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9570564-1-1

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Dear Reader,

This book is dedicated to the memory of John (Mac) McAleese MM, who died in late August 2011 aged 62.

John McAleese was the legendary SAS hero in black who you saw on the balcony of the Iranian embassy. Mac was watched by the world as he blew the front windows off the embassy and led the SAS raid that saved all the lives of those held hostage.

John McAleese was involved in the focus group used when creating this story. We had a great cultural mix in the group which included Simon, AKA Bob in the story who as you’ll find out is a Welshman, Alex AKA Alexander, who provides a Russian prospective, Henry and Ryan, both English, John, who you’ll no doubt know is Scottish and Jim who’s a true blue New Yorker. We had great fun reliving a few places and times plus writing the book gave us all something to talk about other than work and family for a year.

The Hacker Hunter is a work of fiction, though; we have drawn upon our experiences to create it. The ending was described as "The Italian Job meets Agatha Christie" by McAleese! I’d be interested to know how many of you worked it out before the last chapter, so feel free to comment and let me know on our website. I must warn the reader, I do not see myself as a writer, originally we had tried ghost writers but they just lacked the real life experience we felt was needed to produce this story. The Hacker Hunter was professionally edited twice but again we felt it took away its edge, so if you belong to the punctuation police this probably isn’t for you.

Finally, this version of The Hacker Hunter is for Kindle & E-Books distribution. As you get a sample of the book before buying we’ve decided to start you off with one of our favourite chapter (chapter 14). This decision was taken because the first few chapters of the book are about setting the scene and don’t actually give you enough of a vibe. There are chapters with fights, sex and all that you might expect from a spy thriller but the chapter we’ve selected as a sample is more about the mind games people play in the business, plus we had a lot of fun with Pavel.

I should stress that all characters and all the events depicted in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real events or to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Thank you for purchasing the Hacker Hunter

Christopher Keenan

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