When five hackers — an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cypherpunk, and an online troll — are scooped up by the U.S. government and told they face prison sentences or worse, they take the deal that’s offered them: working as white-hat hackers in service to their nation. Forced into an uneasy alliance, threatened by their warring personalities and sabotaged by rival hackers, the five begin to fear for their lives as their orders grow increasingly dark and strange. But it’s only when they discover the truth behind the sinister NSA program that they realize the stakes go well beyond anything they could have imagined . . .
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
Full Disclosure: I was little confused while listening to this…because I'm not hacker proficient. Did I enjoy the story despite that…yeah…for the most part, I did. The characters more-so than the plot. There is plenty of humor in this, albeit profane and lots of techno-action, and actual action, considering it’s a book about hacking and such.
The narration is surprisingly good, considering how many main characters there is in this. Ray Chase manages to bring these characters to life. Each of them having their own distinctive voice, including the two females, and even better, neither came off sounding like a whiny bitch.
☆3.8☆STARS - GRADE=B
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4/5
Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5
The Feels~ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone~ 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5
Ending~ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"
Book Cover~ Very Good
Narration~ ☆4.7☆ -Ray Chase
Series~ 1 #1
Setting~ USA (different locations throughout)
Source~ Audiobook (Library)