Blackquest 40

Blackquest 40

by Jeff Bond


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Big Tech meets Die Hard in this techno-thriller Kirkus Reviews calls "a clever, spirited tale with a brainy, nimble heroine at the helm."

From IndieReader's 5 star (highest rating) review: "Bond weaves an entertaining story filled with deceit, robots, Russians, and tech entrepreneurs that all combine to give the reader a reason to flip pages furiously to find out what might happen next...BLACKQUEST 40 sparkles with imagination. Code flies from keyboards, setting off ingenious flying devices, hatching plots and subplots and, ultimately, giving heroes the chance to help the good guys win. This book is a delight, and one readers should download right away."

Deb Bollinger has no time for corporate training.

Her company’s top engineer at just twenty-seven, Deb has blocked off her day for the one project she truly cares about: the launch of Carebnb, an app that finds spare beds for the homeless. When she’s told all employees must drop everything for some busywork exercise called Blackquest 40, it’s an easy no.

Trouble is, her bosses aren’t really asking.

Blackquest 40 is the mother of all corporate trainings. A near-impossible project to be completed in forty straight hours. No phones. No internet. Sleeping on cots. Nobody in, nobody out.

Deb finds the whole setup creepy and authoritarian. When a Carebnb issue necessitates her leaving the office, she heads for the door.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Armed commandos, HVAC-duct chases, a catastrophic master plan that gets darker by the hour — Blackquest 40 is a fresh take on the Die Hard formula, layering smart-drones and a modern heroine onto the classic action tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732255227
Publisher: Jeff Bond
Publication date: 05/15/2019
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 1,192,207
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Jeff Bond is a Kansas native and graduate of Yale University. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Michigan, and belongs to the International Thriller Writers Association.

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Blackquest 40 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JBronder 13 days ago
Deb Bollinger is an IT engineer at Codewise. Although her coding skills are amazing, her pet project is an app that finds unoccupied places for homeless people to stay. On the day of the release of her app the company decides to have all the employees to partake in this mandatory training exercise. Deb is not one to follow the rules and specifically agreed to work for the firm if she didn’t have to do any of these menial tasks. When Deb tries to leave she learns that there is more to this exercise than what you first see and it bothers her how militaristic it is. She starts to worry and decides that she is going to get the other employees and herself out of this team exercise no matter what she has to do. This book has so much computer slang in it that I have to admit I understood some of it but most probably went over my head. But that didn’t change this book. It actually made it feel more real to me. Deb has a history regarding living on the streets and with someone that has mental problems. I loved how she wanted to change this situation for others. I also loved how she was tough, not going to take no for an answer, and was determined to beat this exercise. I do see where this is a nod to Die Hard and I loved that. I think I’m going to have to go back and watch this movie again to see all the Easter Eggs I missed. This is a great story and one that any thriller lover will enjoy. Jeff Bond did a great job with this book and I can’t wait to check out his other books. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
kade82 6 months ago
Second novels are tricky. A lot of times the premise holds great promise but ultimately fails to deliver. Other times a reader has high expectations and the novel doesn't quite satisfy. And then there's what occasionally happens, as it did with BLACKQUEST 40. I read the premise, liked it well enough to request a copy based on how much I liked THE WINNER MAKER, and attempted to keep my expectations low. I needn't have worried. BLACKQUEST 40 starts out strong -- and, more importantly, finishes strong -- as Codewise undergoes a mandatory companywide training exercise that causes Deb Bollinger, the books protagonist, to rebel and attempt to escape in order to take care of her schizophrenic mother and to debug her pet project, a way to help house the homeless using a wristband app Deb's gut tells her that there is more to the training provided by Elite Development than meets the eye and, even as an unwilling participant, keeps trying to figure out what is going on. BLACKQUEST 40 is full of suspense, an unexpected twist or two, and is sure to keep readers turning pages. I found it hard to put down once I started reading. Highly recommended! I received a copy from the author through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
72BRUIN 6 months ago
Blackquest 40 is a thriller/hi-tech novel worthy of Tom Cruise or Bruce Willis except that the protagonist is a nerdy female. When all the employees of her high tech firm are locked in and shut off from the outside world for 40 hours, the subterfuge, the killings, the threats, the schemes all multiply in this new stand-alone from Jeff Bond