[Diamond] gets all the little things right, as well as the big ones, in this riveting novel...A convincing, complex cyberthriller. -- Kirkus Reviews
A smart, wholly engrossing cyber crime novel about a talented hacker trying to escape his past...Diamond successfully re-skins the timeless crime novel template about a small-time crook gone legit, only to find he can't escape his past. As you might expect, the temptations of money, love and the forbidden are nearly impossible to resist, and that makes for great tension. Impala is full of hard-hitting insights that ring true. Impala is a must-read for any thriller fan with a computer science-degree, and is highly recommended for the rest of us. -- BestThrillers.com
Mystery and thriller readers are in for a treat with Impala, a story in which a man trying to change his world battles forces which draw him back into the seedier side of life. Russell can't back down and can't let go of anything completely. Neither can the reader let go of the winding, compelling story that is Impala... Impala does a terrific job of crafting a gritty, savvy and devious protagonist who moves through his world with precision and personal angst. The result fine-tunes a personal story and thriller, bringing Russell's purposes and decisions to life in a series of events that make for a compelling, unexpected mystery that's hard to put down and satisfyingly complex to the end. -- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
It took me exactly four pages to get drawn into Impala, and once caught up in the story, I couldn't let go... I didn't just enjoy a good read; I learned a few things about computer hacking too. A fast-paced, can't-put-down suspense story that will keep you guessing. -- Ellen Feld, The Feathered Quill
Impala is a fast-paced, page-turning, relentless story from start to finish... nothing will be the same for the protagonist by story's end. (5 stars) -- IndieReader.com
...fast-paced and suspenseful... Impala is filled with action and adventure, and the plot is clever and darkly humorous. I particularly enjoyed reading about the hackers' exploits and following Russ as he puzzles through the mystery of the key. Russ and Cali are grand characters, as is the legendary and reckless Mad Hatter. Impala is highly recommended. (5 stars) -- Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite
A computer programmer becomes the target of international criminals in Diamond’s (Warren Lane, 2015) thriller. Russ Eugene “Genie” Fitzpatrick, now approaching 30, works as an app developer in Richmond, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Russ used to be a programmer with fellow code-nerd Charles Allen “Hatter” Taylor in San Francisco, but the two haven’t seen each other in four years. Hacker Charlie got into deep trouble in the underground “dark web,” and while he had the FBI on his tail, he also had multiple women on the string, including his latest muse, Cali. “You’re just as devious as I am,” he once told Russ. “Only I embrace my inner deviant….And you run from yours.” But Russ stops running from aberrance after Charlie’s car goes off a cliff and his body is found, charred, with a bullet hole in the skull. Soon Russ gets heavily involved in a world of code cracking and head cracking, linked to an online market for illegal and/or stolen items called the Twilight Bazaar, known as “the ATM of the dark web” for global criminal organizations. After its servers suddenly go down, international thugs think Charlie may have given Russ an encryption key to the site—and its millions of dollars. Russ, however, is less concerned with money than he is with Cali; his heart goes vroom when he first sees a photo of her in front of a cherry-red Impala. Along the way, she tells him, “You dwell on the details….Most people let the little things slide.” The same could be said of author Diamond himself, who gets all the little things right, as well as the big ones, in this riveting novel. Details, such as the sound of silver bracelets jangling at a key moment, the thirst for a Mountain Dew after a rough night, and the moldy smell of a cheap motel blanket, complement the main action. The dialogue, too, is right on the bitcoin when the characters are sober—and also believably unfocused when they are drunk or high, which is fairly often. A convincing, complex cyberthriller.