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He's secretly watched you for months. He's learned everything about you. Now it's killing time.Anna, a beautiful cellist, auditions for a prestigious orchestra. Allowing ambition to quell her suspicions, Anna performs solo for the creepy looking auditioner and gives the best performance of her life. It's also her last.Jenny Price, talented and ambitious police detective leHe's secretly watched you for months. He's learned everything about you. Now it's killing time.Anna, a beautiful cellist, auditions for a prestigious orchestra. Allowing ambition to quell her suspicions, Anna performs solo for the creepy looking auditioner and gives the best performance of her life. It's also her last.Jenny Price, talented and ambitious police detective leading the murder investigation, is struggling to make a name for herself under the command of her new, but inexperienced boss. Baffled by the killer's intimate knowledge of Anna's dreams and desires, the murder investigation begins to run out of steam.As her boss senses weakness and ineptly assumes control, Jenny resignedly accepts the aid of attractive but mysterious witness Brody Taylor, who comes forward with a bizarre story about webcams secretly mounted in people's homes right across the country. But Jenny is unaware that the charming Brody plans to exploit her to accomplish his own undisclosed objectives.An up-to-the-minute crime thriller that exposes the dark side of the connected world in which we now live....

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ISBN : 9780993005602
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Number of Pages : 468 Pages
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Invasion of Privacy Reviews

  • L.A. Starks
    2018-12-09 22:53

    My only regret is that Sutherland's first book (this is his second) is a novella. I look forward to the publication of his third later this year. The author's computer expertise shines throughout Invasion of Privacy, as the main character tries every hacker trick possible to break the defenses around a website showing live video from the houses of hundreds of unsuspecting people. The pace kicks up when it is apparent one of the website's users is surfing to find and talk victims into horrifying death traps in anonymous London-area office parks.

  • Alina
    2018-11-23 14:55

    I won a copy of Invasion of Privacy through the Giveaway Program.This is one of the most intense books that I got to read lately. Fingal aka Brody Taylor aka Brody Finn is a high top hacker.DI Jenny Price is investigating the case of Anna Parker , a young cellist who was brutally raped and killed. Fingal is challenged on a hack forum , his mission : to crack open Secretly Watching You , a site filled with videos from thousands of households across the UK. Without their knowledge thousands of people are being remotely observed by internet voyeurs all around the world. When two murders take place Brody finds out that the site is more than a challange. Secretly Watching You is the criminal’s playground and its up to Brody to discover who really hides behind the site.

  • Parham Doustdar
    2018-11-20 20:05

    I could almost anticipate the twists in this plot.Almost.I'm a programmer myself. The issues raised in this plot were perfectly plausible. The strategies the hackers use, their fears, their issues and differences, they were all nicely and realistically portrayed.Plus, I love books with multiple points of view, especially when it's from the two sides of the story! :-)

  • Sean Randall
    2018-12-05 18:53

    This is one of the most intense weeks I've ever read about. Sutherland deftly weaves dramatic, Humanly plausible police procedure with very high-level hackery to form a novel both intricately plotted and meticulously produced. He makes the note, in his about the author section, that the book is "professionally published". I cannot of course see the book cover, but judging on the content rather than the layout this certainly holds sway. The writing flowed free of errors or misspelling, the book feeling professionally edited to a standard above and beyond that of any one of the big houses. The characters were bold and real, the timeframe of the book compressing events into a hectic, headrush of a week that I cannot believe only took me four and a half hours to read. It felt so much longer, considerably more real. I could see this forming one of those five-day long dramas ITV have shown over the last few years, although it would probably need some creative adaptation to get into Brody's head (maybe he could narrate).When I say high hackery, I don't just mean mentioning of an iPad: the stuff here goes way beyond the Surface (pardon the Pun) and explores the deep, dark, gritty end of both morality and technology as they stand today. No novel I have read this year (this is the 140th), or indeed no novel I have read published in the last 4 years (currently 246) explore both with such compellingly powerful detail nor such accurate yet accessible way of discussing technology.It's a little late to pick up another work right now, but I have just procured the prequel novella and, tomorrow, will be subscribing to the author's newsletter. To you, mr Sutherland, I say this: Keep doing what you've done, you're on to a winning formula. Your characters, your technology and your plots fall into harmony with perfection. The twists are credible, yet not always obvious (I missed the ring), and your publication and quality is first rate. Your prices are more than reasonable, your tone authentic and the sky's the limit for such a complex character.

  • Pat
    2018-12-12 20:01

    Wow, That was good! Very, very good.Totally plausible in every sense and a really different take on a thriller. The hero of this story is a computer hacker, white hat of course. Brody Taylor (aka Fingal in the hacking world) is issued an irresistible challenge. At the same time a vicious rapist/murderer is stalking women online and luring them to their deaths. But how is he choosing his victims? Di Jenny Price is on the job, totally dedicated and committed to catching this killer but totally not equipped to deal with the online world.The two worlds collide dramatically as Fingal's quest and Jenny's case seem to converge. They decide they need to work together, but can they trust each other?I won't say more about the plot except it gets pretty twisty, but oh boy it was sooo riveting. Although quite long I was absorbed from start to finish. I just couldn't put it down.One word of warning - it was quite technical in parts so if you are a complete luddite and computer-speak makes your eyes glaze over this may not be the book for you. I'm just an average (or less) computer user but I was able to follow the narrative with no problem.

  • Kim
    2018-12-05 16:41

    This London-placed thriller works around two concurrent stories. The book centers around a sadistic serial killer who lures young women to the meeting rooms of business centers and then rapes and kills them. Beautiful and redheaded Detective Inspector (DI) Jenny Price is the principal detective working the case. The second thread of the story deals with white-hat hacker Brody Taylor. A white-hat hacker works as a security consultant for companies, working to break into their computer systems in order to find security holes that can be patched.Taylor is one of the best-known hackers in the underground community, working under the name Fingal. He's been challenged by another hacker to try to find security flaws in a new website. The site breaks into the signals of hidden security cameras and then sells access to voyeuristic viewers. The cameras are placed in bedrooms, bathrooms, and other areas where privacy is normally expected.Through his work Taylor is naturally very security-conscious, especially now that a Russian mob has put out a reward of £1-million to kill him. As Taylor works through different attacks on the computer site he realizes that he's looking into the life of at least one of the victims of the serial killer and that this may be how the killer chooses his targets. He teams up with DI Price to lend his expertise in finding the killer while still working to bring down the website.It's an intriguing story, a bit on the gory side for the serial killings. Readers not familiar with some of the tech talk can easily glide over it as Taylor and Price pursue the bad guy and find a little romance in the off hours. The bad guy is incredibly bad and his inner dialogue is dropped into the narrative occasionally both as hints to his personality and to keep the story flying.The book contains some startling ideas about privacy and security, not least the notion that someone could disguise a camera as a smoke detector and broadcast it to the world. There's a reason that lawyers on planes tape over the camera eyes on their laptops, and Sutherland, through the storytelling, manages to drop some hints about common manipulations to get people to turn over secure information. For thriller lovers who don't mind a little blood and a patina of romance this is a pretty gripping book -- the kind that inspires a little paranoia. You may never look at your computer or your smoke detector the same way again.

  • Alex Ames
    2018-12-14 17:58

    Good setting (as an IT person myself, I appreciate thrillers with good solid background) and some nice twists. A good read for the beach or a nightcap. Looking forward to the next book.The missing one star is due to some lengthy explanations that the book could have done without. Also slightly annoying after the first time are the recurring "resolution flashbacks" when a twisted improbable situation is explained at length afterwards. Less is more. (Mathew Reilly is able to pull this off, but here it feels "constructed").But I am nitpicking!

  • James Emilian
    2018-11-22 15:41

    Brilliant! Intense and well written plot.

  • Rowena Hoseason
    2018-11-28 18:59

    Invasion Of Privacy is snappily written by someone who certainly sounds as if he knows his cyber stuff but has a sharp enough turn of phrase to deliver the technobabble in entertaining and enlightening byte-size chunks. The heroine defies genre stereotyping. She’s a female detective who is smart, competent and charismatic – and doesn’t have to spend nine-tenths of her time fighting institutional bigotry (although she’s inevitably more capable than her inexperienced ranking officer). Her hacker counterpart, whose challenge to take down a voyeur web unexpectedly entangles him in a homicide investigation, is also likable and credible guy. And they all share great taste in coffee, and reference exactly the right cultural icons. Far from giving up by chapter three, as is so often the case with cyber-crime novels, I found my reading pace picking up as the plot grew more tangled and as the serial killer came closer to choosing his next victim…(There's more thoughts on the plot and characters over at http://murdermayhemandmore.wordpress.... )The author keeps the pace trotting along which is an admirable accomplishment given that he’s also explaining some fairly sophisticated web security systems and the concept of ‘human hacking’. So even if you personally know nothing about tech stuff and web bots then that shouldn’t spoil your enjoyment, or your understanding of the plot and the growing danger which surrounds the investigators. There’s also a convincingly chilling villain, and a bunch of other bad guys who bring a real sense of menace to proceedings.An accomplished thriller; one which leaves an obvious opening for a sequel and I’d be delighted to read that too. Sutherland has a talent for exploring the underbelly of the internet, and I look forward to exploring the dark web through his next story.8/10

  • L.E. Fraser
    2018-11-27 21:59

    3.5*Brody Taylor puts his elite white hat status on the line by accepting a pentest challenge posted on an anonymous, deep-web hacker board. When he finds a link between the site he’s trying to hack and a series of brutal rapes and murders, he teams with PI Jenny Price to stop a sociopath. But Brody must protect his real-life identity or risk dire consequences.Sutherland’s talent at weaving secondary plots into the main story produces an appealing read, and his deftly rendered protagonist prompts an emotional connection with the reader. However, some of the supporting cast come across as caricatures. McCarthy’s sexism is over the top, Jenny’s rapid disclosure of investigation details to a civilian is tough to swallow and the backstory on minor characters, such as Cortez, stalls the action.The novel’s structure and balance is sound, but a few unbelievable scenarios, such as a beat-up car parked for a long period in a wealthy neighborhood, deflects from the plot. Sutherland is skilled on the subject matter, which creates an engaging story, but superfluous technical details delays the suspense and there are numerous typos.An entertaining read with a protagonist worth following.UPDATE: *Mr. Sutherland contacted me for a list of the typos referenced and has fixed them*

  • Salisa
    2018-12-14 22:46

    One of the Best I've read. This story is about a serial killer who uses a website which broadcasts webcam footage worldwide without the webcam footage's recipient's know how. The people shown in this website has know idea that their life and everyday activities is shown online live for all the world to see. The Characters main Leads are Jennifer or Jenny who is Female Police officer for this case and a Hacker Brody. These two works together to bring the killer and the site down. Though in a way its not true. Jenny works to bring the killer to justice whereas Brody works to shutdown the site. I don't wanna say more because it may too much. I want keep the surprise for the would be readers. This story is very close to a lot of us i believe.It captured my attention. Kept me going back again and again and speculating what may be. Who is who and so on. However it also touches on relationship, friendship, love and the reality of the situations. I loved how this book was written it kept the readers on their toes and kept them engaged. which is important in my opinion. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.

  • Diana Febry
    2018-12-06 16:54

    Brilliant. If you enjoy fast paced, intelligent detective thrillers, make this your next read. The plot is quite complex, yet due to the skill of Sutherland, I didn't lose where I was once. He even managed to explain the computer hacking element in such a way, even I could follow it (and that takes some doing!)A serial killer, is luring girls to their death, with knowledge only their closest friends could have. The police, led by DI Jenny Price are mystified and struggling to find a common connection between the victims.Brody, a computer hacker, highly regarded within the on-line community, takes on a wager to "pwn" an on-line company, SecretlyWatchingYou. He has been set up to fail, and is unable to hack into the company.Only by working together, can Jenny catch the killer and Brody retain his reputation.Great writing, believable characters building up to a thrilling climax. Highly recommend.

  • Grace Murphy
    2018-12-11 18:40

    A well written, fast paced thriller. I was totally gripped within a few pages and couldn't put it down. An excellent story with superb characterisation and set in the fascinating world of hackers. A new series with an intriguing main character Brody Taylor.I absolutely loved this book.5 stars, a must read novel!

  • Eureka Bharali
    2018-11-25 21:39

    A mystery thriller well written. Characters, twists in the plots makes it a worthy read. The reader is also exposed to the numerous vulnerabilities in the world of Internet and the ways they can be exploited for reasons both good and bad, sometimes even fatal.

  • Kumar
    2018-12-01 18:53

    A brilliant crime/mystery involving real life computer hacking, centred around London.

  • Tom
    2018-12-16 18:37

    Found this novel a little hard to get into despite there being a horrible murder one page one. I think too much detail added to this.I'm interested in the problems social media and the internet pose for us as everything advances, so I kept reading this [and listening to it on audiobook via Audible too].I believe it's Ian Sutherland's first novel so I'm looking forward to reading his other books too.Characters are fun and well rounded and believable. And a good mix from the psycho to the boredly astute. Also the techie stuff is described well for non-techie's.Sutherland's tag line 'My books will make you change your passwords' is true. If you don't change yours after reading this book, well...!Good read, must read. Even if you're not a fan of tech-thrillers.

  • Sooraj Nair
    2018-11-19 16:48

    One of the best murder mysteries that I've read till now! Unpredictable. Well scripted. Perfectly written. Also, loved all the hacking and networking jargon and techniques mentioned throughout. I hope Ian continues this great series ahead!

  • Tony Fecteau
    2018-11-27 20:36

    Wow! I am left breathless. This book was a mix of genres that is perfect for me. We have hackers/computers/police procedural. The characters were fantastic and it was a very fun ride during the whole story. You like mysteries? This was a really good one!

  • Robert Cubitt
    2018-12-01 22:36

    What Ian Sutherland has given us here is, essentially, two stories for the price of one. Of course they intertwine and complement each other, but the stories are different in nature.In one story we have Brody Taylor, who is a “white hat” computer hacker; someone hired by corporations to test the security of their IT systems so they can fix any weaknesses, rather than a “black hat” hacker, who breaks into IT systems with criminal or mischievous intent.Taken with a fit of vanity, Brody accepts a challenge to penetration test the security of a website called SecretlyWatchingYou (SWY), set up by the mysterious crooner42, to call him by his nickname on a hackers’ chat forum. Unknown to Brody, the penetration test, or “pentest” to use “geek speak”, is only a sprat to catch a mackerel and crooner42 has a much more malevolent agenda.Meanwhile a serial killer is enticing young women to meeting rooms in rental office buildings in order to kill them. Detective Inspector (DI) Jenny Price must catch him before he kills again. This is where the two stories overlap, as the killer is using SWY to identify his victims and gather the information with which he will bait his traps.Almost falling into the hands of the police while looking for a back door into SWY, Brody Taylor realises that if he can get inside the police investigation into the serial killer, it may help him to get inside the website. So he offers his help to DI Price.One of the startling things this book reveals is just how vulnerable we are to having our privacy invaded, if Sutherland is to be believed. I, for one, believe him. It is pretty scary stuff.With regard to crooner42’s identity and motivation, that was easy enough to spot. I won’t give away any spoilers but I’d be surprised if most readers didn’t identify him fairly easily. However, the identity of the killer is harder to work out. he is introduced to us, but the clues we are given weren't enough to allow me to solve the crime until just before the fictional detectives, which detracted a little from my enjoyment.I’ve given this book 4 stars because I enjoyed it. The pace is fast, the writing of a good standard and Sutherland manages the tension well, building to not one, but two thrilling climaxes; one for each strand of the story. As well as being spot on with the technical side of the story, Sutherland has a good handle on police procedure and uses it well. I found myself looking forward to turning the page so that I could find out what was going to happen next. My main message is that I did enjoy the book. I would recommend this for all fans of murder mysteries and look forward to the follow-up, which is promised for October 2016..To introduce you to Brody Taylor and some of the methods he uses in his hacking, Ian Sutherland has written a short prequel called “Social Engineer”, which is also well worth a read, because Brody doesn’t just hack computers, he hacks people too. The prequel closes with a short extract from Invasion Of Privacy. I can assure you that if you start to read the extract you’ll want to buy the whole book. “Social Engineer” is available on Amazon, but you can download it for free if you go to Ian Sutherland' website.

  • Gloria Antypowich
    2018-12-02 22:01

    2 letters sum up my thoughts about Invasion Of Privacy by Ian Sutherland- Read them frontwards or backwards-WOW represents how I feel about this book!This book held me transfixed—filled with cyber geek speak, some of which I have heard, but none of which I have enough knowledge to speak with authority. I actually sent the author a message and asked him if the premise of the story had any basis in reality—and he quickly replied that things of that nature are indeed real.Most of us use the internet pretty regularly with little thought to the dark side of it. Yes—in the news we hear that countries around the world have entities that hack into government agencies, banks and credit card companies to steal information and security secrets. They also threaten infrastructures like hydro grids, airline companies…but the general public never seriously believes that they could personally be involved; that is until you read invasion of Privacy! This book took me places that I don’t want to believe exist!! For me it involved a dark world in cyberspace that could be equated to crime mobsters like Al Kapone –just a different decade and a different venue, but just as corrupt, just as territorial and just as deadly. It was shocking to read how easily the hackers accessed personal information, the techniques they used to get the information that they wanted, the multiple ways they set up false identities so that they could not be detected.To the outside world,Brody Taylor is a security consultant. In actual fact he is a top dog in the internet hacker world—a recognition that he has worked hard to achieve, and one that creates jealousy and anger in a few of those that he has beaten or exposed. High on a recent success as a security consultant, he lets himself be enticed by a request for help on CrackerHack, an online forum used by computer hackers from all over the world to brag about their exploits and swap ideas, tips and techniques. Brody spent much of his spare time on there. The message was from a member called Crooner42, a username that Brody vaguely recognised. Crooner said he was looking for someone with 'Advanced Pentest Techniques.’ Too late Taylor realises that he has been duped, but his pride won’t let him back down. He decides he will follow through with the challenge.While working every possible angle to find a way into the seemingly impenetrable site, he becomes aware that a sadistic killer may be following it to pick his victims. Brody’s line of work is illegal in the eyes of the law, but he finesses his way into a police investigation that is searching for a serial killer who is contacting women, arranging to meet with them and then rapeing and murdering them. He teams up with Detective Jenny Price and uses some of his skills to help solve the case. Of course there is something in it for Brody—in doing so, he discovers the elusive thread that lets him nail the challenge he accepted from Crooner42.But little does he know that in doing so he has placed himself and his career as a hacker in mortal danger.I highly recommend this book, and I will definitely be watching for another Brody Walker thriller. A job well done, Ian Sutherland. WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

  • David
    2018-11-19 22:00

    Gripping, technologically accurate (but not technobabble-heavy) thrillerI started with the prequel novella and immediately picked up this full-length book, reading it straight through until 5am the next morning. The technical accuracy is excellent, everything that's done is technically possible today. Definitely not science fiction, but a technological thriller. The plot moved at a page-turning rate with no obvious holes and some good twists. It did feel a bit predictable, just enough so that I wasn't hugely shocked at how it went and I felt like I guessed some of the plot as I was going; however this isn't a bad thing and the fact that the pacing and story were very enjoyable still is excellent (I actually don't like too many surprise plot twists as they would have made things a bit unrealistic). I *liked* being able to predict some of how the technology went because of my technical and security knowledge!The book is extremely readable for non-techies as well. All tech is explained in some of the best, simple terms I've seen and there is no technobabble that would make someone's eyes glaze over any more than some of the best thrillers in other genres that do a good job of covering, for example, the medical field in a way non-doctors can understand what's happening easily. It definitely kept the plot moving while I understood exactly what was happening technically and that it was realistically possible. I was a little disappointed, as a technical reader, at the lack of technical detail laid out for me to dig into, but I know the plot and readability would have suffered if it actually dived in.I did feel that the book delved into a bit more detail than necessary to define it as an "adult" book. There are explicitly described rape, murder, and sex scenes. They are central to the plot and while they are not drawn out for multiple pages it may be intense for some. I would say the violence is close to that implied by, for example, a somewhat disturbing episode of Criminal Minds. It's relevant to the plot and not unexpected in a book of this type, but I would have personally liked a bit less and this isn't a book I would allow my children to read regardless of their advanced reading level and strong interest in technology. But topically the book is inappropriate for kids all around, so that's not a major problem, just a personal preference for less myself.I'm definitely looking forward to book number 3, if it's anything similar I'll be reading it as soon as it comes out!

  • S.E. Berrow
    2018-11-26 15:54

    I absolutely loved this book. Crime isn't even what I would call 'my thing', but I just didn't want this book to end and I can't wait to read more of this author's stuff. Fortunately, there is a little downloadable novella that takes place before the events of this book featuring the same protagonist called 'Social Engineer' which is currently being given away for free... woot! It's on my (extremely long) list.A wonderfully twisty, complex plot with lots of different threads and red herrings thrown in to keep the reader off the scent until the nail-bitingly intense closing chapters. All the characters are strong and brilliantly flawed, including the two leads: hacker Brody Taylor and Detective Inspector Jenny Price. I really liked their working relationship and how they interacted with one another to drive the story forward. The "deep web" factoids, case studies and social engineering examples were all really well-researched, clearly explained and always relevant to the story, so the reader never feels bogged down with too much information. Though the context of the dark web is interesting and a bit different for a crime novel, the main thing that struck me about the entire book was how intimately the author described London. Living and working in the City myself, I thought all the locations were described so accurately and with such perfect atmosphere; I've never seen it done so well before. I was also pleased to hear quite prominent mention of Dartford, where I was unfortunate enough to grow up - somewhat off the beaten track!The writing is beautiful and wonderfully detailed, just shy of exhaustive to the point that had this work been traditionally published, I think an editor would have hacked out quite significant chunks, to the book's detriment. The devil is in the details as they say, and despite large amounts of exposition, Ian Sutherland has taken so much care over every single word that I was never bored. Also, despite this book being self-published, it has been so professionally produced and proof-read that you'd never know the difference. The author also tells me that he is writing a sequel presently due to drop early next year. I am so excited!I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a thrilling, modern and clever read. The ideal summer page-turner.

  • Petra
    2018-12-15 22:54

    My original Invasion of Privacy audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Brody Taylor is a security consultant and expert hacker who becomes involved in “researching” a webcam based “service” that seems to broadcast live feeds from people’s homes and businesses without their knowledge. When Brody realizes that this Internet site may be connected to a girl’s death, he inserts himself in the investigation and teams up with Detective Jenny Price who is hunting a serial killer who is raping and murdering young females.It took me a little bit to get into this story due to the different perspectives at the beginning, but when the action took off, the plot became really engrossing and I was truly captivated. It was a very clever mix of techno-thriller and crime procedural full of mystery and suspense. The author did a great job explaining all the computer hacking related stuff, and while I’m not knowledgeable enough to comment on how accurate any of it was, it all made sense to me, so I could follow the plot without any issues, and it provided quite a unique, fascinating story line.Written from multiple perspectives, including the killer’s, this was a thrilling, fast-paced cyber-crime mystery with characters you wanted to get to know more about. Brody especially was great with his unorthodox methods in order to achieve legitimate outcomes. I would certainly like to see him and Detective Price in a sequel.Matthew Lloyd Davies with his very smooth sounding voice provided an excellent, very natural narration with enough distinction between the characters that you always knew who was speaking. Great accents that were just right for the characters portrayed. I could quite happily listen to him narrate a much longer audiobook. There were no issues with the production.Audiobook provided for review by the http://audiobookreviewer.com

  • Chiwulun
    2018-12-10 15:37

    It’s a pretty good book, for being the first (hopefully) in a series, written by someone who is not an IT professional, and without too many similar books in the sub-genre. I liked the plot twists, character development, and the IT angle.As some others have pointed out, the author sometimes went into too much explaining of the details: both retrospective plot clarifications and technology explanations. Writing “he went on Youtube, a popular video-hosting website” is like saying “Bob bought Alice some flowers: nicely-smelling plants that humans traditionally give each other as a sign of affection”. It wasn’t like that with every IT piece, but with a bit too many. Show, don’t tell, etc. (If the author is worried that some of the audience may not know what Call of Duty is, he can make a footnote and explain at the bottom of the page or at the end of the book. It works for James Joyce or Bulgakov books; it will work for this as well.)(I am not saying, like some others, that the author should’ve omitted some technical details. Not at all! I was looking for a book that would give realistic descriptions of hacking/IT work (like the Mongoliad series describes medieval fighting realistically), and I think I found what I was looking for.)Also, I found slight holes in the plot. I doubt in the real life a police detective would clue in and trust an almost complete stranger so easily as Jenny did with Brody. I also found it annoying that everyone uses a tablet. In real life, IT professionals use MacBook Pro’s or something similar when going for a non-desktop device. You need better hardware than what’s currently available on the tablets to run heavy scripts, and the tablet OS’s are hardly suitable for professional hacking, programming, or data science work.But other than such nits to pick, it was a rather decent read; most importantly, for someone looking for IT-related fiction, there is not much better out there.

  • Jennifer Tooker
    2018-12-03 21:00

    Hackers, Serial Killers and WebcamsInvasion of Privacy resumes the story of white-hat hacker and penetration tester, Brody Taylor approximately 6 months after the end of Social Engineer. Brody has resumed his life online, with the occasional off line interaction, however they are few and far between. When he is solicited to pentest a fellow hacker’s less than legal voyeur site as part of a challenge, he reluctantly agrees. While not wanting to get dragged into a public challenge, his elite reputation is at stake and he is not willing to tarnish it. While perusing the site, he discovers that one of the subjects of the webcam video feeds was just found violently murdered. When a second body is found in a similar manner, Brody begins to wonder what is actually going on with “Secretly Watching You”. Could this be the method that a possible serial killer is selecting his victims? After having socially engineered his way into the police investigation, Brody and DI Jenny Price team up in an effort to locate the killer before another victim meets a grisly end. Brody’s real life and online lives are set on a collision course that could very well be the end of life as he knows it.This book immediately pulls you into the story and the action and suspense doesn’t let up for a second. Part police procedural and part cyber-thriller, Invasion of Privacy had me up at 3 a.m. sneaking in a few chapters because I wanted to know what happens next. Just when I thought I had it figured out some new piece of evidence turned up or something was said that had me rethinking my whole theory. Parts of this book are definitely not for the faint of heart and the ending will have you screaming at your book, or kindle or computer or whatever you are reading this on. If you want a gritty thriller that could very well play out in the real world, this book delivers!

  • Eilif
    2018-11-18 17:48

    This was a great thriller and a wonderful read. It is a very well written first novel, and there is also a free e-book with a prequel to this that I recommend reading first.Ian Sutherland introduces us to a wonderful and very likeable new hero - expert security consultant (read: hacker and social engineer extraordinaire) Brody Taylor, who gets mixed up with the police in a murder mystery, during a prestigious competition between hackers in an online forum - via quite an original but very plausible plot twist. As our hero gets more involved, also romantically, the story twists, turns dark a bit, and keeps up the level of suspense to the end. I found this to be the perfect page turner for a geek like me.Mr Sutherland is the first writer I have come across who tells a story where the description of technology is realistic and thorough, and a very important component of the story, and the "Deep Web" series this is going to become. It is so good to finally read about realistic use of technology, hacking, social engineering, instead of the normal Hollywood and "CSI descriptions", where everything is hacked by punching loudly enough on a keyboard for 10 sec.In "Invasion of Privacy", and the coming series about our hacker-hero Brody, technology is a key component in raising the thrill-level and there is no reason to describe technology in any other way than realistically in 2016, because the deep web and the scary possibilities that exits in a fully connected world, that is still just in the early days of virtual reality and internet of things, is more than scary enough for many great Brody Taylor books to come.PS. You may want to disconnect any web or IP cams you have at home after reading this

  • Marcus Case
    2018-12-05 14:49

    I was introduced to Invasion of Privacy by its impressive prequel novella Social Engineer (which I read as free download from the author's website).This is a substantial and exceptional book. The complex storyline grips from the start as it explores events from the diverse perspectives of multiple characters (on this point, the depth of characterisation brings considerable substance to the narrative). The atmosphere is conveyed with great attention to detail, the dialogue is authentic and convincing, and careful research is continually evident. With surprise and suspense woven in equal measure throughout, I found this a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining read.It is perhaps the author's style that demonstrates most strongly the sincerity of his commitment to the task. This is a writer clearly determined to craft a thriller that actually thrills. He is not afraid to bend the rules and does so in a manner that conveys unfailing sincerity and professionalism. His use of the passive voice, for instance, is the ideal vehicle to slow the narrative in contrast to the speed of the action scenes. For me, this was not only very impressive but also highly engaging. The occasional suspension of disbelief is easily achieved when immersed in such a compelling, exciting and rewarding tale.I'm always happy to lose a lot of sleep on the rare occasions I encounter the right novel, and a great deal of hard work must have gone into polishing and perfecting a product of this quality. Beautifully edited, it was a real pleasure to read.

  • B.M.
    2018-11-28 18:56

    INVASION OF PRIVACY by Ian SutherlandHaving enjoyed Sutherland’s prequel novella, Social Engineer, so much, I was delighted to read the full-length novel featuring the same intriguing ‘white knight’ computer hacker, Brody Taylor. While more of Brody’s character is revealed here, there is still much more to understand about what makes him tick in future books in this Deep Web series. All the elements of a good thriller are present: fast pace, suspense, incredible danger, lots of cliffhangers and tons of conflict. In addition, the characters are skilfully drawn and memorable, with the central pair, Brody and DI Jenny Price, well developed, interesting and believable. Sutherland writes fluent, readable prose that kept me turning the pages. My only disappointment was that the technical details of the hacking world that so fascinated me in the Brody Taylor novella, at times became ‘too much information’ in this longer work; I sometimes wished Sutherland had cut this detail down so I could get on with the exciting story. But this is a minor quibble, Invasion of Privacy is a great read.

  • Nick Rippington
    2018-12-18 15:40

    This is one of those books which make you consider hiding away from New Technology for good (think Gene Hackman in Enemy of The State). Some of the tricks that Ian Sutherland's 'white hat' hacker Brody Taylor gets up to will have you viewing suspiciously all your emails, phone calls and facebook messages for weeks to come. So much so, I am beginning to think it was a mistake to follow Mr Sutherland on twitter, knowing now that from our brief introduction he might be able to track ne down where I live, work and play. I've been expecting him to turn up on my doorstep any moment, demanding a cup of tea.In all honesty this is fascinating stuff and the relationship he strikes up with the single-minded and career-orientated police detective Jenny Price is an interesting and enthralling dynamic. It's an idea that has plenty of legs and, as an Independent author, Ian has created something very special. It is a well thought out thriller with plenty of suspense and twists. I look forward to reading more in the series.

  • Shirley Ford
    2018-12-06 20:00

    The novella – Social Engineer - introducing us to Brody Taylor was excellent, and this full-length novel has done its prequel justice. What an exciting story, I couldn’t put it down! It highlights computer hacking at its best and worst. Murders are being committed and the police are searching for connections. Meanwhile Brody has risen to the challenge to hack into a webcam web site. It is an ego trip for him; he is the best and has to prove it. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of the murder investigation and offers his assistance to DI Jenny Price. He is drawn both to her and to helping her solve the crimes and realises that it isn’t all about his ego. It is a complicated story with lots of technical detail, but explained in such a way that even I could follow the plot. Ian Sutherland obviously has a great deal of knowledge of the cyber world and uses it very successfully. The characters are great and I look forward to more Brody Taylor novels in the future. If I have learnt one thing from this story, it is to never install a webcam in my home!