Buzzworm

Is He a Serial Killer or a Computer Virus?

Fiction - Thriller - General
358 Pages
Reviewed on 05/24/2014
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Author Biography

Theo Cage is the pen name of Russell Smith, a Canadian author. He graduated from University with a Fine Arts degree, fully prepared to live out his life as a struggling artist. At some point however, purely by accident, he fell into the fascinating world of advertising which led to two decades of creating TV, radio and print commercials. Eventually he ran his own agency, which helped to feed his two young daughters. His love of technology then led him into programming, computers and the web. He currently works in the IT sector as a senior manager.
Russ is a voracious reader consuming between 50-100 fiction and non-fiction books per year. His favorite writer is (was) Michael Chrichton; his favorite topics science and biology. Combining this love of technology and thrillers led to his first novel "Buzzworm", chronicling a deadly super-virus that infects the US intelligence community, and "Splicer" which deals with the hazards of biotech research.
Russ currently lives in Oakbank, Manitoba with his nature-loving wife. He is currently working on his next novel and painting whenever he finds time.
Theo Cage is the pen name of Russell Smith, a Canadian author. He graduated from University with a Fine Arts degree, fully prepared to live out his life as a struggling artist. At some point however, purely by accident, he fell into the fascinating world of advertising which led to two decades of creating TV, radio and print commercials. Eventually he ran his own agency, which helped to feed his two young daughters. His love of technology then led him into programming, computers and the web. He currently works in the IT sector as a senior manager.
Russ is a voracious reader consuming between 50-100 fiction and non-fiction books per year. His favorite writer is (was) Michael Chrichton; his favorite topics science and biology. Combining this love of technology and thrillers led to his first novel "Buzzworm", chronicling a deadly super-virus that infects the US intelligence community, and "Splicer" which deals with the hazards of biotech research.
Russ currently lives in Oakbank, Manitoba with his nature-loving wife. He is currently working on his next novel and painting whenever he finds time.
Theo Cage is the pen name of Russell Smith, a Canadian author. He graduated from University with a Fine Arts degree, fully prepared to live out his life as a struggling artist. At some point however, purely by accident, he fell into the fascinating world of advertising which led to two decades of creating TV, radio and print commercials. Eventually he ran his own agency, which helped to feed his two young daughters. His love of technology then led him into programming, computers and the web. He currently works in the IT sector as a senior manager.
Russ is a voracious reader consuming between 50-100 fiction and non-fiction books per year. His favorite writer is (was) Michael Chrichton; his favorite topics science and biology. Combining this love of technology and thrillers led to his first novel "Buzzworm", chronicling a deadly super-virus that infects the US intelligence community, and "Splicer" which deals with the hazards of biotech research.
Russ currently lives in Oakbank, Manitoba with his nature-loving wife. He is currently working on his next novel and painting whenever he finds time.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

When mysterious and extremely disturbing videos, containing confidential details of the affected people, start popping up on the computers of CIA employees, the CIA suspects a virus. The virus, affecting the entire intelligence community, however, seems to have special interest in a particular division of the CIA, one which handles highly classified satellite imagery interpretation. The CIA, fearing the worst, brings in a highly recommended hacker to help clean up their system, but then people start dying. A CIA programmer with a 'too good to be true' boyfriend with ulterior motives and devious ways, a hacker on loan from a Canadian prison cell, and a stressed-out police detective team up and start working a number of theories including terrorist cyber attack, technology meltdown, psychological campaign on CIA employees, and denial of service attack in a bid to get to the bottom of the problem. It is up to these three to track down the virus and/or whoever is behind it and save the CIA, the entire intelligence community and maybe even the entire nation from a likely disaster.

Wow, I absolutely loved reading Buzzworm by Theo Cage. It is filled with enough intrigue to keep you glued to the pages and reading nonstop to the ending you never see coming. Buzzworm is not your everyday CIA spy game novel; it is a very captivating story which combines all the aspects of a thrilling CIA story, but the plot is unique, utterly believable and very thrilling. The story takes you behind the scenes and gives you an in-depth tour into the back office operations of the CIA and the technology that holds together the intelligence community. What fascinated me even more is Theo Cage's transfixing description of the workings of the hacker community.