BREACH Book Review

My Review & Thoughts on Breach…….

Breach is a thriller that actually managed to thrill the day lights out of me! It made me check my computer again and all my innocuous, decent friends look like nefarious hackers. Anyone with a decent grasp of computers made me wary and on my guard; suddenly I understood the need for many people to not share pictures and anecdotes about themselves.

Yes, I had been reading Breach and my complacency about the cyber world had been breached. I thanked my stars that I had always installed the latest and best antivirus on my laptop! Phew!!

I got this book via The Book Club and when I saw many of my friends getting signed copies by Amita I realized the hype and publicity about the book had some fresh story line, solid writing and deep insightful research behind it.

When I had started reading the book, I had thought it just another case of espionage and hacking but as the book progresses the story line has a lot of trails and slim insights into the actual world of cracking a code and breaching a firewall. Initially I took time to get into the story line as I was a bit unsure about many of the characters being introduced but soon I could see their importance and how it is everyday regular individuals who become a menace.

The tiny tantalizing morsels of information the author shares with us bit by bit or byte by byte left me breathless and hungry for more. The angle of students being involved is not new but where all these students lay was another surprise. This cyber network only sees and seeks knowledge, no riches or color or country matters; expertise is your only currency apart from Bitcoins that is!

The novel had a lot of things going for it including a topic that is most relevant and recent. Intellectual property thefts and misuse of data occurs so frequently that sometimes I feel we all are just sitting duck for cyber crimes. I found the book engaging and the writer ensured that the technical gibberish was cut out and presented in a way everyone could understand and relate to it. The world as the crime scene and so many smoke screens made me realize that how easy it would be for some to actually lose their life, money, secrets and sanity in the cyber world.

The author manages to keep not one but two parallel love stories going in the book and the love is so well meshed with the story that it takes on equal importance as the cyber crime to find the fate of lovers. Well written and well executed!

I found the book a mirror to our lives today and a must read for all of us so addicted to our smart phones & laptops.
The Blurb

How secure are your secrets in the virtual world?  Weeks before pharma-giant Acel is ready to file a global patent application for cancer wonder-drug Colare, its offshore data centre in Mumbai is hacked. The charismatic, young leader of its Indian business, Dr Udai Vir Dhingra, finds himself being blamed for negligence and breach of security. Battling market pressures, media scrutiny, livid American bosses and crumbling relationships, Vir must find the perpetrators, or see his career – and his life – spiral downwards. But the deeper he gets dragged into the shadowy world of masked online identities and muddied digital footprints, the more Vir discovers that nothing is easy or obvious, and everything has a price. Set across Mumbai, Washington and Guangzhou, Breach is a compelling and edgy cyber thriller that explores the dark and dangerous underbelly of our increasingly virtual existence

Amrita Chowdhury

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Meet the Author

Amrita Verma Chowdhury is the author of Faking It, an art crime thriller about fake modern and contemporary Indian art.
She holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley, where she was a Jane Lewis Fellow, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper Business School). Her work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication – something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband Sumit, their two children Shoumik and Aishani, and an assortment of pets including a cocker spaniel, a guinea pig and two turtles. She loves travelling, baking cupcakes with her daughter and hearing from her readers.
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