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Web Craze

Ron Cox

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Cox Publishing

Published : 1999

Copyright : Ron Cox 1999

ISBN-10 : HB 0-9662586-5-7
ISBN-13 : HB 978-0-9662586-5-3

Publisher's Write-Up

The Internet can best be described as a vast underground of interconnected electrical impulses. Who really knows what goes on in that unseen worldwide realm between reality and virtual cyber space? Is the Internet primed and ready for a catastrophic situation to occur? Is it possible that a computer program could take over the Human Race? Will the onset of the computer age mean the end of mankind as we know it?

In this novel, the unthinkable is about to happen. People no longer control their own thoughts as one man is called upon to try and stop this hideous dilemma. Does he have the determination and perseverance to overcome this horrific abomination? Will he have the strength and persistence to succeed?

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Review by Paul Lappen (190304) Rating (9/10)

Review by Paul Lappen
Rating 9/10
Matt Carrigan, a twenty-year veteran of the CIA, is fed up with the spy business and wants out. After escaping from an Iraqi prison, where he had spent the previous two years, Matt wants nothing more than to go back to America, quit the Agency, and see if he can rekindle a romance with Lisa Avery, his old girlfriend. Of course, it's not that easy.

He is enticed into one more assignment. All over the country, older people are suddenly and inexplicably killing their loved ones. These people are the epitome of Mr and Mrs Average American. It gets serious when all 300 people in a small town in Wyoming are discovered murdered. The initial thought is that this is the beginning of a militia takeover of America. That is quickly dismissed when the phenomenon of people banding together and committing random acts of murder starts happening all over the world.

It is discovered that the phenomenon is spread by the Internet. A person doesn't have to go to any particular web site, just being on the Internet at all for even a couple of minutes is enough for anyone to be taken over. A national alert is broadcast, telling people to stay off the Internet, and attempts are made to shut it down, but no one can get to every corner of the Web.

The cause of the phenomenon is a hacker virus, which grew and mutated while on the Web. It combined with a very popular shoot-em-up computer game, then expanded to the point where it can recognize, and deal with, any attempt, anywhere, to stop it.

Matt and Lisa race against time in the Pentagon, practically the last safe place in America (the President is already in a safe bunker in Utah), to deal with the virus. While they are separated for a time, Lisa somehow gets infected and disappears. Matt has to find her without killing her (she certainly wants to kill him), while being the only one who can sit in front of a computer for any length of time to enter the proper anti-virus commands, due to his mind-control abilities.

This one is really good. It's eerily plausible, it's well done, it would make a great movie and about the last half of the book is one long roller coaster ride. The reader will never again look at the Internet in the same way. Political suspense fans will love it.
Paul Lappen (19th March 2004)

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