A five-star ripper.
Easily swallowed techno language for any age of thriller palate, this is the third in the series, although the first I have tasted. Picture the sort of hackers that are able to turn off any major city’s electrical grid, raid banks through their computers, manipulate transport or start wars, and the chaos that follows. Consider the power that would generate in the hands of the unscrupulous, and you have some idea of the value to any buyer from Madrigal’s team of hackers, surfing the Dark Net. Besides being the ruthless leader, with a team of assassins at her bidding, Madrigal’s hacking talents are almost unparalleled.
And the disasters begin.
Is her lust for revenge unstoppable?
The only possible hope of thwarting Madrigal’s plans is the members of the Rubicon Group’s covert Special Conditions Division, including Marc Dane, ex-MI6 field technician. Among them is Kara, trusted friend, a Madrigal ex-protégé, a hacker of huge prowess.
Then to add to Marc and Rubicon’s woes, Kara goes rogue.
The plot is not overly complicated, but the surprises are continuous and the suspense is monumental. The action, both physical and cyber, is continuous and convincing. The protagonists battle from one disaster to the next, barely escaping calamitous attacks from their opponents. This is quite possibly the thriller of the year; a smorgasbord of entertainment.
Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers, South Africa, for this ARC. Published by www.bonnierzaffre.co.uk – ISBN: 978-1-78576-375-5.