As 01-01-00 approaches, Susan Garnett, a senior analyst at the FBI's high-tech crime unit, and Cameron Slater, an anthropologist, must draw on their combined knowledge of ancient glyphs and modern algorithms in order to crack a code hidden in a formidable computer virus. Susan traces the virus's signal to its point of origin, an area near Tikal, the site of one of the largest cities of the ancient Maya. Susan and Cameron travel to the remote jungle, convinced that if they fail to solve the riddles, both ancient and new, before the turn of the new millennium, the virus could trigger a powerful event of global proportions.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.80(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is about a woman that loses loved ones in a computer virus related traphic accident and after recovering she devotes her life to finding viruses. After a freeze on computer screens for several seconds and then happens aging but its duration is less so she goes out on a search to find the hacker and stop the virus.Suddenly, an incredibly complex, global computer virus begins a countdown to the millennium, shutting down machines for the number of seconds equal to the number of days left until January 1, 2000. Add a mix of torturing terrorists and ancient prophesies, and what you get is Pineiro's (Breakthrough) enticing new novel, almost guaranteed to add more paranoia to the lives of the paranoid, yet, finally, to offer hope as well. Susan Garnett, chief of the FBI's high-tech crimes unit, whose family was recently killed in a hacker-induced car accident, is about to commit suicide. She is yanked back into the thick of life by the virus, which turns out to be linked to an extraterrestrial/Mayan mystery. Taking a cosmic approach to setting, the novel's omniscient narrator puts the Y2K countdown in perspective before zooming in on Susan, the expert Mayan archeologist who helps her, a SETI team whose search for alien life may be over and the terrorists who want to control the virus for their own ends. There is little chance of readers getting lost in the science of the book, as every aspect of it is explained, often using one character's ignorance to allow another to explain something. Paced at a steady rhythm, the narrative oscillates between the technical and the poetic. I gave the book 4 stars, because it has an incredibly sound structured plot. This book could have not been better other than the fact that I have read it about 13 Years after its publication witch who really cares about that.
this was an awesome novel. some parts i couldn't really understand (since it had a lot to do with computer science), but i still enjoyed reading it.
This was the best book i have ever read. It was so cool and interesting. I would recommend this book