The email pinged again. The attachment was a picture of the door to her flat. She reeled. Clasping her hand to her mouth as she retched again.
“It was never about the money, Rachel. It was always about you. I could use someone with your skills. I’ll be in touch. I know where you live. D.E.M.”
No good turn goes unpunished!
When Rachel is spurred to use her computing skills to find an abducted boy, she has no idea that it will bring her to the attention of an anonymous vigilante. Is the vigilante what he seems and what does he want with Rachel?
Rachel is coerced by the mysterious D.E.M. to carry out hacking on seemingly innocuous companies, helped by her friends Deborah, Cam and Cam’s ill-tempered boss, Dave.
As she gets drawn deeper into their world, she tries to find out more, only to put herself and her friends in grave danger.
When she finally realises that the mysterious D.E.M. isn’t a vigilante at all, Rachel is in a race against time to save her friends and prevent an escalation in the war between Israel and Palestine.
About the Author
Lee Ness writes both fiction and non-fiction books and non-fiction articles. His first book The Sports Motivation Master Plan passes on the experience of many years coaching athletes in multiple sports. His second book, Growth: Using the Mindset Model for Sporting Success, is a mini-book aimed at parents, coaches and athletes. Lee's articles appear in Athletics Weekly, on speedendurance.com and on stack.com. Lee is head coach at City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club. He has written the first in a series of historical fiction novels set in ancient Athens and is currently writing a modern thriller called D.E.M. - Deus Ex Machina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sometimes an impulse decision can start a whole chain reaction of events. This was the case with Rachel when she decided to use her computer skills to help find an abducted child. Her efforts bring her to the attention of an anonymous vigilante who keeps contacting her through email. The vigilante keeps emailing missions for Rachel to complete and each one gets more difficult. Rachel finds that she is getting to deeply involved in a dangerous game. The computer hacking she is asked to do becomes more difficult so she enlists the help of friends. As the stakes get higher Rachel finds out without knowing it that she has been enlisted into a secret organization. Her next mission will be to prevent a war between Israel and Palestine. I have to admit when I heard about D.E.M. Deus Ex Machina by Lee Ness I was apprehensive. Its a spy novel and it had a lot about computers in it. As far as reading goes, this isn’t what I usually like, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I decided to give it a shot because I thought it would be fun to read something that was different and it blew me away. In the beginning I was a little confused as to what was going on because the action moved so quickly. We start with an abduction with Rachel deciding she has to do something, then we see that Rachel’s actions have brought her to the attention of someone who is extremely dangerous. This all happens in a few pages, then we get into the mystery of who is giving Rachel strange tasks via email to complete and what do they really want from her. The first half of the book I was trying to guess who the person was that was giving Rachel things to do. Right when I felt I had it figured out the story goes in a completely different direction and goes from a mystery to a fast paced action novel. D.E.M. Deus Ex Machina has everything you could want in a book. The characters are fascinating and full of surprises and the story never gets boring. This book starts with a bang, slows down to let you have a vested interest in the characters then takes you on a roller coaster ride. This novel has a perfect plot and is a well told unpredictable story. Another thing that amazed me about this book is all the computer terminology in it. Lee Ness must have a lot of computer experience or did a lot of research because he gives a lot of information that went over my head. I enjoyed it because I felt I was learning while I read. The best part of the book is the characters in it. No one was what they seemed to be and the relationship between the main 4 characters changes throughout the book. There is never a dull moment in D.E.M. Deus Ex Machina and I found myself thinking it would make an excellent action movie. If you love spy novels, this one is great one. I saw on Lee Ness’s website that he is currently working on a sequel so I’m happy to see that this will be a series. Give this book a try you won’t be disappointed.
3.5 star If you enjoy spy and hackers stories this book is for you. The story has laughs, suspense, kidnapping, hacking, murder, and betrayal. When Rachel try’s helping the police with a kidnapping and they turn her away she takes to the internet. After she is contacted and the child is returned she is thrown into a world of hacking for an unseen person. After pulled in a friend to help her with the hacking she in turns endangers them but not on purpose. Now with the “client” calling all the shots and them being 2 steps behind every time how can they figure out who the “client” is? As they complete each new task asked of the “client” they try and investigate. Once they figure out who the “client” is they team up as the tasks were to see if they could complete the work and become part of the team. As they work together on the newest task Rachel begins to wonder if they are working for the greater good or someone evil. The more involved her and Cam become the more danger they are under. Now they have everyone after them and have no idea who to trust. Should they split up or should they fight the enemy together? I recommend this book if you like spy books with a ton of suspense.
This book was free in exchange for an honest review. First, I have to say that this book is not a genre that I read often. I was a bit leery, but Lee Ness brought me out of my concern. He doesn't give you the identity or the details to his characters right away. Much like the mystery hidden within the pages of this book, you get details piece by piece. Similar to working on a jig-saw puzzle, you have to move forward and get the pieces right in order for the secret to be revealed. Contains lots of technical jargon that may sway you if you don't read this type of book often, but I would encourage you to keep reading. The plot thickens.
This book grabs your attention from the first page. Intriguing, well crafted, easy to read and even funny at times! The topic is very much to my liking so I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. My only criticism would be that, what I expected to discover at the end of the book was revealed in the middle. What is it? Well… you should read the book to find out. ;)