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Scott Allan Morrison. Amazon/Thomas & Mercer, $15.95 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-1-5039-4689-7
Sergio Mansour, the 50-year-old hero of journalist Morrison’s well-paced debut, is a former Silicon Valley whiz kid who created Circles, a powerful social network that goes way beyond Facebook in its scope. He has left the company in the hands of an administrator team, but has stayed on at the San Francisco–based company to devote himself to research. He’s on the brink of perfecting a system that would guarantee online privacy. What could possibly go wrong? The answer, of course, is everything—including a murder, a missing thumb drive, Socialbots, and a murky business deal with China. Branded a terrorist and pursued by a hired killer, Sergio goes on the run. As the revelations start coming, thick and fast, he realizes that he must not only save himself but also his country. Morrison, who specializes in information technology, pithily explains all the techniques and data on which the plot depends without slowing down the action. Agent: Brandi Bowles, Foundry Literary + Media. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/23/2015
Release date: 01/01/2016
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