Thursday, March 30, 2017

Man Overboard

Title: Man Overboard
Author: J. A. Jance
Published: March 21st 2017 by Touchstone
Format: eBook, Hardcover, 352 pages
Genre: Thriller
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Ali Reynolds #12

I read these books solely for Leland Brooks, how dare J. A. Jance ship him off, I understand the reasoning behind why he left, but these books will be less entertaining without him there.

There is definitely a creepy factor to this book; the ability to develop Artificial Intelligence to the point that cyber stalking has no limits definitely has me worried. I do not know how much is real and how much is speculation, but J. A. Jance is riding a sharp edge here.

Roger McGeary was the only friend that Stuart Ramey, High Noon’s cyber genius, had at school. They were a united front when it came to the bullying that was directed at them. They lost contact after high school, so when Roger’s aunt Julia tracked town Stu to find out what had happened to her nephew he could not say no.

Children of a parent that has committed suicide are more likely to commit suicide themselves and psychiatrist Dr. Amelia Cannon has been studying this phenomenon for years. When her electronic files have been hacked, she decides that this is a good time to walk away from her practice and to care for her dying mother, unaware that the hacker, Owen Hansen and his alter ego, are using this information to cyber stalk her patients. Owen wants to see them die at their own hands and now it is up to Ali Reynolds and the team at High Noon Enterprises to stop him before there are any more deaths.

This high stakes game has Stuart going non-stop. The action is intense and the technical knowledge is heightened. Jance takes her readers into a backdoor of this technology that will leave you wondering how secure your smartphone is and who has access to your most personal information.

Though it appears that Jance is closing the Leyland door, she has giving you more insight into Stuart and Cami, two characters that are important, yet did not have their background stories fully told. A new character, or two, has been added so we will have to wait and see what they will have to offer. I just hope that the humor that was all Leyland Brooks can be brought out in other ways.

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