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The Dangers of Information Collection

  • Dec 9, 2013
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+4
My review is based on a free copy received from the author but it is strictly my own opinion. This story seemed to grow from the recent mass shootings and the Snowden case (he is even mentioned in the book). Jake Conley is a private investigator who happens to thwart a mass shooting at a movie theater (note: the author claimed it was a movie that teamed Batman, Superman and Spiderman but this could never happen as Spiderman is owned by a different company) and is thrust into the spotlight as a hero. This catches the attention of Michaels, who works for a private agency that assists the government in surveillance. Apparently, being private they are able to get around laws that the government must follows.

The company (DSCC) uses a vast data collection and mining resource where they look for potential mass shooters based on certain characteristics defined in their mining software. Michaels immediately offers Jake a high paying job with DSCC and Jake goes to work looking over various individuals identified by DSCC.

At a DSCC party Jake meets Medalia, a Venezulen woman who is instantly attracted to Jake. Medalia tells Jake that her mother disappeared in Venezuela and her father works with DSCC hoping to find out information about her. The longer jake works at DSCC he finds that there may be forces there abusing their power to get what they want.

The book makes a point of the dangers of collecting too much information because there are always those who will use it. I would have rated it higher but I felt the author needs a little more "polish" in his writing style.

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With every syllable spoken, every word written, and every step taken recorded, evaluated and rated, there are two things missing; the entire truth and the absolute intent. A story of obsession, paranoia, love, and courage. When Jake Conley is thrust into the spotlight after stopping a deranged gunman at an L.A. theater, his new-found fame gets the attention of a private surveillance consulting company that recruits him to be a public relations asset and field consultant working in the world of data mining, hidden cameras, and drones. The benefits are overwhelming and seem to include a beautiful young woman from Venezuela, Medalia Mendoza, daughter of one of the company's biggest financial contributors, and whose mother has been missing for the last five years. Questions about the company's integrity and Conley's role with it mount until he is faced with the life and death decisions that affect everyone involved.
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