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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Crucible of Fear: A Thriller" by D.W. Whitlock.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Crucible of Fear: A Thriller by D. W. Whitlock is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The main character, Dante Ellis, is a wealthy executive for a successful advertising company. An unexpected string of cyber-attacks from an anonymous source suddenly put him and his daughter in immense danger. What follows is an action-packed adventure as he tries to determine who he can trust and how to stop the nefarious attacks, which range from deep fake pornography to violent strikes against himself and those he cares for. Along the way, readers meet Briana Warren and Gary Wexler, who are also facing manipulation and threats from the same cyber-source. Will they succumb to the demands of this cyber-terrorist? Or will they find a way to identify the anonymous source and stop the attacks before it’s too late?

I am personally a big fan of works like the film Eagle Eye, where we are forced to reckon with the way that our advancing technology could backfire and begin to harm seemingly random people. I thought that this novel did an excellent job of following that theme as it intricately connected threads of technology, tying them together in a manner that made the cyber-attacks seem coincidental, and making it practically impossible for the anonymous sources to be identified. The plot was very clever, bringing twists and turns with every chapter.

This novel was set in the near future, at a time when technology has advanced to the point that drones deliver commonplace packages, artificial intelligence is a bit more advanced, and there is so much digital surveillance that a large group of people wear specific outfits to keep them from being identified by the surveillance technology. The futuristic technology was embedded into the story in a way that felt very realistic. I can easily picture myself living in a world that looks just like the one that D.W. Whitlock developed. This only added to the captivating premise of the novel, as it was easy to put myself into the shoes of each of the characters and wonder what I would do in their situation.

The writing style was absolutely engrossing, keeping me absorbed in the story and ensuring that I couldn’t put the book down. The writing appeared to be professional edited. The action was written and executed in a detailed manner, so I could visualize each event clearly. Some of the attacks were rather graphic, but this served to clearly define how high the stakes were and maintain the thrilling tone of the novel. The characters were all unique and realistic, with their personalities shining through their dialogue and their actions. My only complaint is that I would have liked more information on some of the characters, but that is a rather nit-picky complaint because there was enough groundwork and characterization to carry the story successfully.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The premise was realistic, and the suspenseful storyline was clever and well executed. I would recommend this novel to fans of cyber-thrillers, plots that keep you guessing, and high-stakes action sequences. However, because the book contains sexual content and graphic violence, I would not recommend this novel to younger readers or those who are sensitive to such topics.

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I love books about things that could really happen. I’m not scared of it, but I don’t think that people realize how much of this sort of thing happens already.
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I like futuristic books and movies, they give me a sense of what could possibly come.
The review was great
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I do hope that no harm comes to Dante and his daughter. I enjoyed your summary. Thanks for the amazing review and recommendation.
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I think I would have much fun reading this book! Thank you for your review
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Really enjoyed reading your review!! Sounds interesting and well developed storyline.
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Amy Luman wrote: 06 Aug 2021, 08:54 I love books about things that could really happen. I’m not scared of it, but I don’t think that people realize how much of this sort of thing happens already.
That's a really good point! These things really do happen and we all turn a blind eye to it a lot! Thanks for reading my review and commenting.
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