I just finished reading Zero Day Ghost by Scott Olson, and wanted to quickly write my review before I forgot any details. My brain is reeling from this book.
The wow factor of Zero Day Ghost is mind blowing! This techno-thriller satisfied my need for graphic adventure, as well as my geek girl side.
Although I am far from a computer cyber security expert, I enjoy reading about hackers, and coding. I didn’t realize what a fantastical journey this book would turn out to be.
Zero Day Ghost spans the globe from San Francisco to China, and begins with an explosion of activity. Do people die? Yes, the body count is quite impressive, and includes a member of Emily’s family.
Emily’s life is changed in a heartbeat, and she finds herself on a quest for truth. As a hacker, truth is always relative. However, she must find out who murdered her Mother, and who is trying to kill her, before it’s too late.
I loved Emily’s strength of character, and her intelligence.The fact that there were several very intelligent women as main characters, had me cheering this book on from the start.
That is something you don’t find often in spy novels. Usually women are the sidekicks, go-fers, cannon fodder, and ingénues. They don’t often carry the brain power to topple organizations. Emily, and several other women possess this power.
So, who is on the side of good or evil?
That is one of the greatest strengths of this book. You never really know that answer until the end. I was running different scenarios as to who was working for whom? It didn’t help me. I was left mouth agape at the end.
The reader is led to believe various belief constructs along the way, as Emily navigates intrigue after intrigue. This is a true spy novel, in that you have no clue who is pulling the strings. Anyone could be writing the code, and anyone could be the “bad guy.”
What a lush, and delicious ball of twine to unravel as you read. It will have you convinced you were right, only to toss in a plot twist.I love plot twists.
If you are into computer code, AI, bots and all things techno-spy, this book has your name all over it.
Zero Day Ghost is a wonderful read that will keep you up late, and have you trying to decipher the layers of intrigue over your morning coffee. Good luck.
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Sue Cook lives in Freeport, Illinois with her husband Randy and two dogs. Her passions include assistance dogs, rescue dogs, music, acting, theater, poetry, and Doctor Who. She’s been in both film and theater and is a regular cast member of the podcast Doctor Who’s Line is it….Anyway? Sue is an advocate for the use of Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to maintain their independence. Quigley’s Quest, her first children’s book, addresses how a dog becomes a Service Dog.