2 out of 4 stars
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Cynthia and Dan: Cyber War by Dorothy May Mercer is about Cynthia Patterson, a pseudo-receptionist in charge of the security of Senator Mike McBride. This book is the tenth in the McBride series of action novels. Although I have not read any of the other books in the series, I found the book to be easy to get through without any prior knowledge about the first nine books.
Cynthia and her brother Glenn Patterson, the owner of Fairfax Private Investigators, formulate a plan to take down ISIS by means of a cyber war. Upon leaving Glenn’s office, she finds herself stuck in traffic because a drone had landed on the White House lawn. She leaves her car in traffic, after learning it will take three hours to get traffic moving, and asks a man about the drone. This man, Sky Eastman, takes her to get lunch and they spend the afternoon together. After one afternoon, Cynthia finds herself falling for this man and wanting to leave Sergeant Dan MacIntyre, her boyfriend of three years. The rest of the story revolves around Cynthia’s love triangle and Glenn and his associates destroying ISIS’s social media recruitment accounts and attempting to discover why the drone landed at the White House.
I thought the concept behind this book was attention-grabbing when I read the description. I liked that it was very modern and up to date on current events, and I found the parts involving Glenn and his associates and their technology to be interesting. However, I found the dialogue to be very dry and the plot moved rather slowly. Generally, when I read a book description that says action-packed, I expect the book to be written that way. Another aspect of the book that I disliked was the ending. Without giving too much away, all I can say is that there were events that I felt should have been resolved and were not.
As far as the technological aspects went, I think the author had the right idea. There is a lot going on today with ISIS and even more going on with social media accounts and this was an interesting way of combining the two. As I said, I enjoyed that part of the book, I wish the author would have focused more on that instead of the love triangle.
Although I enjoyed certain aspects of this book, I didn’t enjoy it enough. There were multiple grammatical errors that also made this a difficult book to get through. I give Cynthia and Dan: Cyber War a rating of two out of four stars. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in current events and technology. I would not recommend this as a romance or action novel, despite what the description says.
Cynthia and Dan
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