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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite
Aloysius Wachter was a simple twenty-something who was encouraged by his mother to set aside his aspirations as a hacker and wannabe graphic novelist to get a real job. As a high school dropout living in Chicago, his choices were limited, until his cousin came through with a sweet job offer to monitor the city's street cameras during the night shift. It seems like a good job, until a murder on his first night of work sends him on a journey that starts in Chicago and takes him from prostitutes to Chinese and Russian hacking schemes. What starts as mere curiosity over a beautiful woman fleeing the scene of a crime sends Aloysius into a new life of hacking and tracking criminals in a high-tech detective scheme to thin the ranks of crime in Chicago. The Hacker Chronicles by Patrick Oster is a thrilling twenty-first century mystery complete with damsels in distress, criminals, computers, and all the ways both good guys and bad guys invade our privacy to line their bank accounts.
I enjoyed this book because it takes on the mystery from the technological end of things. I've been surprised that more thrillers and mysteries don't incorporate computers, smart phones, and other devices that are so easily hacked to create thrilling tales of intrigue and mystery. Patrick Oster has done a good job of that in The Hacker Chronicles by giving us a solid story that builds up at just the right pace to see how Aloysius gets involved in hacking again (for a good purpose, of course) and quickly learns the ropes in a game that continues to grow to international proportions. This story is filled with plenty of intrigue, mystery, and action to keep you reading. If you're looking for a different kind of thriller that includes all the ways that technology can be used against you, then this is the book for you.