Friday, April 3, 2015

Blog Tour/Review/Author Interview: The Quantum Deception by Denver Acey

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The Quantum Deception, by Denver Acey
2015, 288p, Clean Suspense
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

What starts out as a calm night in Salt Lake City turns into chaos when a passenger plane crashes into the mountains. When reformed cyber hacker Tanner Stone links the accident to an ingenious Chinese computer virus, it’s up to him to prevent it from destroying the financial data of everyone in America! Thrilling, explosive, and packed with twists, this book changes everything you know about Internet security.

I loved the first book in this series and this book was just as good! It takes place two years after the first book. Tanner has changed his name, gotten married, is preparing for the birth of his first child, relocated to Utah and works at the NSA facility. Right away, a passenger plane gets shot down and, once they realize the significance of that particular plane going down, the race is on to stop a sinister plot from becoming reality.

I was hooked from the first page. Mr. Acey does a great job breaking down the complex world of cyber attacks to make an interesting and suspenseful read. There are lots of characters that work together to figure out what's going on. It makes me wonder how often similar scenarios happen that we are blissfully unaware of as we go about our lives from day to day. I am grateful there are people with the know-how and willingness to protect the masses.

You don't need to read the first book to understand what's happening in this one, but there are some things that will be clarified if you do. The reason Tanner was kidnapped in the first book plays a huge role in this book and I was able to understand the significance of it better. There were also some loose ends tied up from the first book. If you like a fast-paced read featuring suspense and cyber crime, this is a series you will definitely enjoy! 

I wasn't sure if there was going to be another book in this series. I was glad I had the chance to interview the author so I could find out!

1. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Wow! I still don’t know if I really consider myself a writer. There are so many good authors out there; it’s hard to think of myself that way. However, when I finished my second book and it got published, then I think I finally told myself that I could write.

2. What inspired you to write The Quantum Deception?
I’ve worked in information technology my entire life, so I’m very familiar with computer hacking and cybersecurity. I wanted to write book that explained these concepts to the average user, while also educating the reader on how to protect personal information on the Internet.

3. Is Tanner Stone based on a real person or is he completely fictional?
Good question! Tanner is a composite of different people I’ve met over the years. He doesn’t really exist, but I wish he did!

4. How many books are you planning to write in this series?
I have a third book in the works. I think three is a nice number to end on, but I never rule out the option to write a fourth book.

5. If there are more, can you tell us a little about the next book?
Sure. In the next book, Tanner finds himself investigating a mysterious note found on a dead terrorist who assassinated the Vice President. The note is encoded in a strange way that nobody at the NSA can crack. In an attempt to determine the contents message, Tanner travels to South America looking for clue, while trying to stay one step ahead of the terrorists.

6. Is there anything else you want to say about this series?
When I wrote my stories about Tanner Stone, I wanted to make the plot as real as possible. All the computer technology and terms are real and correct. Also, most of the locations really exist and are described as such.

7. What are some of your favorite books and what book are you reading now?
I enjoy all the Tom Clancy books, or anything that along that genre. I also like to read self-help books on finance and communication.

8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I enjoy being outdoors – hiking, swimming, biking, and golfing.

9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write when you can. Even if it’s only for ten minutes, try to squeeze it in whenever you have time.

10. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you for your support and encouragement in reading my books. I love reading your online reviews!

Thanks for the interview, Denver! I'm glad to hear that there will be more and am looking forward to reading your next book!

Few people understand the terrifying, yet realistic threat of computer hacking like Denver Acey. Acey has spent his entire professional career in the information technology industry where he has witnessed and even thwarted actual cybercrime. From his top-secret job working for the US government to securing computer networks at Fortune 500 companies, Acey is personally familiar with hackers and their unscrupulous activities.

But over the years, Acey has become increasingly frustrated with Hollywood’s inaccurate portrayal of cybercrime. Hackers are more intelligent and more sophisticated than simple teenagers, who guzzle down Mountain Dew while playing video games. Cybercrime is a billion-dollar business that encompasses organized crime and foreign governments. For these elite hackers, the fruits of success are iconic trademarks, innovative patents, and government secrets.

Because of his unique background, Acey decided to write a book to dispel hacking myths while highlighting the tenacity of cybercriminals. Utilizing actual computer hacking concepts and scenarios that he has experienced firsthand, Acey illustrates — in a simple way for even the non-techie to understand — how vulnerable we all are to cybercrime.


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