Nineteen year-old Alice McArthur never had a choice. A shy girl from a small town, Alice has gained a reputation for her near-genius programming abilities, even getting the attention of EngineerCorp, a rising electronics empire. With her unique skill-set, she is hand-picked to test their network security by hacking into their global mainframe.
But something goes terribly wrong.
The next thing Alice knows, she wakes up on the floor with a migraine, unnatural powers, a server's worth of data in her head and the realization that this job was not what it seemed.
Now a fugitive from justice and on the run from the evil leader of a corporate empire, Alice doesn't know who to trust or where to turn. She must find a way to secure her freedom and stop those who would keep her prisoner for life -- or worse.
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This is an awesome book! It keeps you on your toes from page one. Cannot wait for more books from this author!!!!! Such a great find!
I have read all kinds of works by the likes of David Weber, John Ringo, and S.M. Stirling, to name a few. In all their stories there has always been a character, with somewhat humble beginnings, that rises above themselves to become larger than life. Alice MacArthur is one such character. Though she did not seek to become that way, she realizes early on that the power that she has been granted can be used to do good for the world, but only once she deals with the forces arrayed against her. She is constantly under threat, throughout the book, of losing her freedom--essentially her life--and yet she chooses not to stoop to the levels of her adversaries to achieve victory. Bottom line, great book, either as a standalone or the beginning of a series. Great technology (including both present and possible future tech), believable characters, and engaging plot. I finished reading this book with a feeling of great satisfaction, which can be rare in today's literature. This is a must-read!