Tanner Zane is a Mormon with a secret criminal past. Nobody suspects that, before his religious conversion, Tanner hacked into thousands of computer networks across the globe. He accumulated millions of dollars from his illegal activities until a sudden, life-changing event caused him to abandon hacking and give his fortune to charity. But Tanner’s guarded past is exposed when he is kidnapped by his mysterious neighbor and forced to hack into an impossible target – Los Alamos National Labs. Inside the government facility is a prototype quantum computer that is powerful enough to crack the digital safeguards of the Internet. When Tanner learns that cyber-terrorists will use the quantum computer to commit massive identify theft and corporate espionage around the world, he deliberately engages in an intellectual battle with his captors to prevent them from obtaining the device.
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: June 10th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Tanner used to be a hacker, a very rich and talented one. But that is all in his past. Now he has a good job, a new religion and a new look on life. On the day he finally gets a long vacation from work he gets kidnapped and to make him behave, so do his parents.
Kept at separate houses, Tanner has his toe broken so he cannot escape and not told where his parents are. This begins the story as we learn that Tanner has been taken because of his hacking skills. They believe that he is the key to getting the information they need. Because of his past Tanner has personal reasons he disagrees with the criminals and does not want to go through with it. But how will he stall them, and save his parents?
Quantum Breach takes a look at the internet and how easily available information is to find. With social networks and the internet is a place that you can never take any post back. With a focus on identity theft, we are given a lot of information on how hackers work and where some of their information is gained online.
Tanner makes for an interesting character because he is going through several issues that go beyond getting kidnapped. Internal struggles he must work through and still stay calm enough to figure a way out. The pacing is a bit slower at the beginning of the novel but really shoots off around the middle and doesn't slow down much from there.
The entire story is not told from Tanner's perspective only. As new key players come into the story we also follow them on their involvement. I particularly enjoyed Charles, he gets the exciting job of field work and a love interest too.
Overall it was an entertaining and interesting read. I learned a lot about online security and how easy it can be to find personal information online. The writing is kept pretty PG 13 (violence)
Few people understand the terrifying, yet realistic threat of computer hacking like Denver Acey. Denver has spent his entire professional career in the information technology industry where he has witnessed and even thwarted actual cybercrime. From his top-secret job working for the US government to securing computer networks at Fortune 500 companies, Denver is personally familiar with hackers and their unscrupulous activities.
But over the years, Denver has become increasingly frustrated with Hollywood's inaccurate portrayal of cybercrime. Hackers are more intelligent and more sophisticated than simple teenagers, who guzzle down Mountain Dew while playing video games. Cybercrime is a billion-dollar business that encompasses organized crime and foreign governments. For these elite hackers, the fruits of success are iconic trademarks, innovative patents, and government secrets.
Because of his unique background, Denver decided to write a book to dispel hacking myths while highlighting the tenacity of cybercriminals. Utilizing actual computer hacking concepts and scenarios that he has experienced firsthand, Denver illustrates -- in a simple way for even the non-techie to understand -- how vulnerable we all are to cybercrime.