Saturday, August 2, 2008

Hunting Gideon by Jessica Draper


Hunting Gideon by Jessica Draper

Sue Anne Jones works for the FBI in the National Infrastructure Protection Center. Everyday she hunts down bad guys in virtual reality with her cat avatar Sekhmet; she tries to sink her claws into hackers and identity thieves. Then comes along Gideon, a cyber terrorist, quoting scripture, and predicting the coming of the apocalypse. He reroutes supply lines, giving much needed food to the poor in rural areas; he destroys a car factory, and in the process kills a man. This do-good thief, modeling himself off of Robin Hood, is now writing threatening emails to Sue, and she worries that he might know her real identity and find her.

This book was confusing to me in a few places, especially the first few pages, but eventually I got the hang of the new version of the Internet called the V-net, which is basically now turned into a virtual reality experience. This makes the hunt for Gideon an intense trip full of action and visual images. I really love Sue and her relationship with Loren and the fun and witty banter they exchange with each other. They made me laugh out loud several times. I ended the book wanting to spend more time with the characters, and really enjoyed this read. I’ll be looking for more by this author. Other reviews complain that the book is too preachy, but it really didn’t bother me because it naturally fit the character. I would totally recommend this book!

Jessica Draper is also the author or the Seventh Seal series.

2 comments:

storyengineer said...

I want to read this book. I'm glad you liked it. Now I definitely have to pick it up.

Jennie said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book too. I reviewed it for Meridian and reccommended it for a Whitney last year. It was fun and though, like you I thought I would be overwhelmed by all of the computer jargon, the author did an excellent job of leading me through it and bringing the cyberworld to life for me. And I didn't find it preachy.