Wavelength

A Novel

Fiction - Thriller - General
303 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2016
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

The story begins with an electrocution of a man in a bathtub, a man whose name is familiar to the coroner. Was it a murder or a suicide? Wavelength: A Novel by Angus Morrison is a current-day mystery, filled with corporate greed, international politics, and terrorist acts. Hayden Campbell, a former CIA agent, is working as a speechwriter for the sixth richest man in the world, Aaron Cannondale. Hayden has a front row seat, observing the inner workings of bringing a new technology into the global market. From the naïve inventor, to those with malicious intentions, to others caught in the cross hairs, there are many characters interwoven into an intriguing and complex web. Hayden’s goal to not become entangled in Aaron Cannondale’s world becomes increasingly harder to maintain.

One of the most striking features of Angus Morrison’s book, Wavelength: A Novel, is the timeliness of the plot. It is an authentic twenty-first century rendition of what happens when personal greed is the primary motivator. Several times, there is reference to the dot.com collapse, and this venture into the bandwidth arena has similar possibilities. Mr. Morrison presents a cast of many characters throughout the world, but with Hayden being the central figure, it is not difficult for the reader to make the necessary connections. The author skillfully knits them together, seamlessly taking the reader from scene to scene, across the continents, from corporate boardrooms to a sail in the sea. The suspense builds, and the reader is compelled to find out how it all ends – and the identity of the man in the bathtub.

Kayti Nika Raet

Wavelength by Angus Morrison is a tech thriller set at the dawn of the 21st century and focuses heavily on the themes of greed and terrorism. Told from multiple points of view from computer programmers to Internet moguls, Wavelength takes the reader all over the globe from Brooklyn to Amsterdam, and gives us a peek into the underbelly of Russia and Afghanistan. Hayden Campbell is a former CIA operative who is now a speechwriter currently working for the sixth richest man in the world, Aaron Cannondale. He's there when Aaron decides to finance Peter Van Weert, a twenty-nine-year-old Dutch graduate student who plans to revolutionize the way we send data. But there are forces and people already at work, with plans on disrupting this new wave of technology and wreaking havoc on the free world.

Wavelength by Angus Morrison is a fast paced read, with writing that speeds along at a steady clip. With an intriguing premise, exotic locales, and an almost Wolf of Wall Street feel, Wavelength could easily blend in with many of the numerous thrillers Hollywood puts out, as it hits all of the notes of its genre. Luckily, it manages to set itself apart just enough with an interesting insider look at the post dot.com bubble, and with the idea of using water to bring high speed Internet to Europe. At first starting out by giving the reader a behind the scenes peek into tech start ups, Wavelength by Angus Morrison soon delves into terrorism, something that has loomed large in the minds of Americans post-911. Mixed in with shady dealings and corruption, Wavelength is a good novel for fans of tech thrillers.