1 out of 4 stars
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Cynthia is head of security for Senator Mike McBride in Washington, DC. On her way back to work from break, she encounters a traffic jam caused by suspicious activity at the White House. As she tries to find out what happened, she runs into a stranger who escorts her to a nearby diner. A stranger who introduces himself as Sky. This smooth talking gentleman quickly wins Cynthia over and they begin a relationship that seems too good to be true. But Sky isn't Cynthia's only worry. She's also helped create a team of computer geniuses to launch a cyber war against terrorism in the United States. The fate of the nation may rest in their hands.
The main character in this novel did not feel realistic. When Cynthia first meets Sky, she is hesitant to trust him, but this hesitation only lasts a few pages. She not only allows his associate to have her car keys, but she also goes to Sky's apartment. Cynthia was built up in the first few chapters as the head of security for a government official. She has checks and balances in place because she does not trust anyone in the office alone. Yet somehow this character who knows the world is not to be trusted, within a chapter trusts a complete stranger.
Dorothy May Mercer did not develop the relationships between characters. It is understandable to have Dan and Cynthia's relationship not fully explained, because it occurred in a previous novel. However, Sky was a new character to the series and the relationship was never given time to develop. One page it didn't exist, and then the next they were suddenly in love. There was also a lack of communication between Cynthia and her brother, despite the two of them creating the team to launch the cyber war. It didn't seem like Cynthia was even a part of the cyber war except for a few cameo appearances and phone calls.
The cyber war itself was too easy. There was no conflict in it at all. The team took down recruitment websites, rerouted supplies, intercepted messages between terrorist cells, all with little difficulty. The only thing that was mentioned as a barrier was the time it took to accomplish everything. It is unbelievable to accept that foreign governments do not have safeguards in place for cyber hacking. Even with the latest technology, people make mistakes. It also made the novel drag, as nothing really happened. There was nothing to encourage someone to continue reading.
I rate Dan and Cynthia: Cyber War 1 out of 4 stars. Unfortunately, there isn't one thing I liked about this novel. Cynthia did not stay true to her character and the situations in the novel were unrealistic. There were not a lot of errors throughout the book, but the story itself needed work. The cyber war needed conflict to keep it interesting and the characters needed to interact more with one another. The book itself just wasn't believable.
I would only recommend this book to people who don't need a lot of realism or character development in their novels. Readers who want a well-rounded novel that has a lot of action will not like this book.
Cynthia and Dan
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