Thursday 12 June 2014

Hacker - Ted Dekker

Outlaw Chronicles Book 3
Ted Dekker
Worthy Publishing
ISBN 9781617952753

From the cover to the description of the book I was hooked! The Back cover is: "My name is Nyah and I'm a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn't exist, but do.

Seventeen year old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker whose world is unraveling. Deeply scarred from a horrific accident that killed her father and brother, and left her mother with irreparable brain damage, Nyah is barely holding the last shreds of her life together.Now, her mother's health is deteriorating quickly and Nyah faces the grim prospect of losing her, too. One last ditch hope exists-an experimental brain surgery that could buy her mother more time. But Nyah must scrape together enough money to pay for it before it's too late.

Desperate and with no other choice, Nyah turns her programming skills to cracking the firewalls of the world's largest corporations. She exposes their weaknesses, and then offers her services to secure their systems from hackers.

But when the most dangerous job of her life backfires and forces her to go on the run, she encounters an impossible reality that shouldn't exist, but does.

A hack unlike any other. A hack that will take her beyond the firewall of the human brain itself. A hack, which may be the only way to save her mother now.

What if there was a way to tap into the unseen reality that surrounds us all? Would you hack in? How far would you go to find the answers to your deepest questions? The answer lies deep beyond the firewall.

Tap in, strap in, and experience the mind-twisting ride with Nyah. What you find waiting on the other side of the firewall might forever change the way you see yourself and the world you live in.

But sometimes things do not go as we expect. I loved the book until the very last chapter. The pace was amazing, great action, excellent story, well written characters. But then at the last chapter, everything get's tied up too nicely and cleanly. Too perfectly it felt like a cheap ending where the author did not know where to go and just tied off all the loose ends as quickly as possible. It really felt like it did not fit with the rest of the book. And that left me very disappointed with it.

In the Afterward it walks about the loose series: "The Outlaw Chronicles consist of Eyes Wide Open, Water Walker, and Hacker. Although related through one common character, Stephen, they can be read in any order. Written in the vein of Ted's thrillers like Thr3e and Blink, these are transformational stories that take the reader on an intense ride full of twists that unravel the deep mystery or reality in ways rarely seen.

To discover the profound origin story of how Stephen came to live out of the law of darkness, read Ted's novel by the same name: Outlaw.

Read The Outlaw Chronicles if you dare-you will surely never see the world in quite the same way again.

And maybe they can be read in any order but reading this one first I am not sure I would risk the others. Overall I was disappointed, no matter how good the story was until that last chapter. This likely would not bother most readers but it bothered me a lot. And I just can't get around it.

Books by Ted Dekker:
The Outlaw Series

Eyes Wide Open (2013 -Released originally in 4 installments - Identity, Mirrors, Unseen and Seer)
Water Walker (2014)
Hacker (2014)

Outlaw (2013)

Books of History Chronicles
The Circle Series

Black: The Birth of Evil (2004)
Red: The Heroic Rescue (2004)
White: The Great Pursuit (2004)
Green: The Beginning and the End (2009)
The Circle (2010)

The Paradise Series
Showdown (2006)
Saint (2006)
Sinner (2008)

The Lost Books Series
Chosen (2007)
Infidel (2007)
Renegade (2008)
Chaos (2008)
Lunatic (with Kaci Hill, 2009)
Elyon (with Kaci Hill, 2009)

Other books
House (with Frank Peretti, 2006)
Skin (2007)
Immanuel's Veins (2010)
The Blood Book (2011)
Genesis: The Birth of an Idea (2011)
Outlaw (2013)

The Books of Mortals
Forbidden (with Tosca Lee, 2011)
Mortal (with Tosca Lee, 2012)
Sovereign (with Tosca Lee, 2013)

Blink (2003, as Blink of an Eye 2007)
Thr3e (2003)
Obsessed (2005)
Adam (2008)
Kiss (with Erin Healy, 2009)
BoneMan's Daughters (2009)
Burn (with Erin Healy, 2010)
The Bride Collector (2010)
The Priest's Graveyard (2011)
The Sanctuary (2012)

The Caleb Series
Blessed Child (with Bill Bright, 2001)
A Man Called Blessed (with Bill Bright, 2002)

The Martyr's Song Series
Heaven's Wager (2000)
When Heaven Weeps (2001)
Thunder of Heaven (2002)
The Martyr's Song (2005)

Other titles
The Promise (2005)
The Drummer Boy (2006)
To Kill with Reason (2010)
A.D. 30 (2014)

The Slumber of Christianity: Awakening a Passion for Heaven on Earth (2005)
Tea with Hezbollah (with Carl Medearis, 2010)

Graphic novels
Black (2007)
Red (2007)
White (2007)
Chosen (2008)
Infidel (2008)
Green (2009)
Renegade (2009)
Chaos (2009)
Lunatic (2009)
Elyon (2009)

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