Unholy Code by Thomas Waite (3 Stars)


Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story really started out with a bang.  It’s told from multiple points of view and, like I said, it really grabs your attention.  Radical Islamic jihadists reach the shores of the United States, then launch one strike after another.  Lana Elkins is the cyber expert trying to access their systems and obtain any and all information about their doings.  Along the way, she becomes a target, and this is where the story loses credibility and relies too heavily on coincidences to hold the story together.  Lana’s daughter is also a target, and you’d think she’d be under house arrest, but you’d be wrong.  Lana herself takes her own security very loosely.

Without giving away any spoilers, there are two sub-stories that are brought up, a lot of time is spent on them, then they are just dropped and never resolved.  As far as a character connection, I just didn’t find it.  All in all, it’s an entertaining read that will make you think about the scary world we live in.  The terrorist events depicted are realistic, and the threat of an epidemic is terrifying.  There is a lot of graphic violence, so beware if you are sensitive to that.


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