I liked it, though at times it felt like we had jumped into book 2 without realising it whats Mac the stockbrokers backstory that has the FBI claiming him as their own Weird Liked the suspense, characters quite well fleshed out. I expected to like this book It s by an e book thriller writer who enjoys technology, like me It features a female FBI agent tracking, and being tracked by, a serial killer who uses internet poetry chatrooms to identify victims sort of a Silence of the Lambs for the Facebook generation actually the Myspace generation, as it s a few years old now I even thought the title was a clever, non wince inducing pun.But I couldn t help but find the characters unrealistic and irritating An FBI agent is being threated, so she holes up with her stockbroker boyfriend and drinks tequila at a location she doesn t tell her colleagues about, and when bodies mount up the FBI gives her boyfriend temporary creds and a carry permit They find a tracking device and just carry it around with them for a while rather than ditching it The heroine keeps getting knocked out and there s a single random chapter told from another character s perspective I had to read the start of it several times to figure out who the narrator was.Connors has written some in the series, following it with Terrorbyte, which I may get around to reading one day, but my expectations will be much lower.www.bgmhall.com thrillers with a tech edge Ellie Conway Is An FBI Agent Who Works Serial Crime Cases As A Hobby, She Runs An Internet Poetry Chat Room When Someone Tries To Kill Her, It Soon Becomes Obvious It S Linked To Her After Hours Pursuits On Cyberspace Matters Become Complicated When Her Assailant Turns Up Dead In The Trunk Of Her Car As The Chat Room S Patrons Starts Dropping Like Flies, She Realizes There Is Something Far Deeper Going On Than First Thought Despite An Abundance Of Crime Scenes, No Evidence Can Be Found To Identify A Motive Or Perpetrator The Death Toll Rises And Eventually Includes Her Best Friend And Her Own Mother, Before A Chance Remark From Twelve Years Prior Surfaces To Provide The First Real Clue, Which Unravels The Killer S Twisted Goals I had my first experience of this series back in June, perhaps not entirely sensibly starting with the 4th book Flashbyte I said at the time I wanted to go back and start at the beginning and now I have As if being an FBI agent doesn t put enough on her plate Ellie Conway also runs a poetry chat room with friend Mac Sounds harmless enough but on the same night that she gets a record number of death threats the virtual becomes all too real When her would be killer turns up dead himself, in the boot of her car, it becomes clear she is dealing with than just a disgruntled poet The body count keeps rising and Ellie and Mac struggle to stay one step ahead of the seemingly omniscient murderer I really took to Ellie reading Flashbyte and as a character she is just as likeable in this book Despite the pressure she is under she shows she is one tough woman and still displays a sense of humour Things don t just fall into place magically for her, although the big break in the case does come from a chance remark Her family is complicated and, between finding out about her parents and brother and seeing her become closer to Mac, she becomes a character with depth The story packs one punch after another, some of them in a slightly stomach churning way As and chat room patrons turn up dead and Ellie and Mac keep moving to try and keep those around them safe a couple of good suspects emerge, but just when I thought I had it all sussed I discovered I was wrong There was some benefit from reading the books out of order, as I recognised some characters who turned up in Flashbyte, and eventually I will work my way through the others in the series.This is an eventful crime thriller, and from my point of view all the better for having a strong woman who I could imagine having as a friend in the lead It misses out on being five stars by a narrow margin, although I would rate Cat Connor s series as on a par with some of the heavy hitters of the genre. I promise I won t spoil the ending or any other part of this book as I really enjoyed it and would have been mighty pissed off if someone ruined it for me.I talk to Cat through Twitter so reading her stories is pretty exciting for me as well especially as I can tell her what I am enjoying From Cat s own profile The idea for her first Conway novel, Killerbyte, came about after Cat received a string of death threats while co running a poetry chat room, back in the days of MSN chat The thought that people could get so nasty online fascinated her.I really love a good thriller and I love crime stories and Killerbyte checks both boxes for me.Not only are there many bodies piling up quickly, the clues from each scene are laid out so that the reader feels like they can help solve the case.The characters are so well described and as the story progresses, I found myself cheering the team on as the book also explores the life of Ellie, the main character, who has her shitty moments too.I am instantly moving on to the next book in the series The jacket on this gives you a good idea of what to expecthowever what it can t do is tell you how additively good it is I thoroughly enjoyed this humorously captivating story, from start to finish Ellie Conway, the bold as brass, butt kicking main character starts the story in her own unique way I have no doubts as to why she s a Sagittarius yep, I m one too Her smart arse comments and choice words are splattered throughout the book, making her character very refreshing and lively, and Mac is just as good and knows how to have fun.Killerbyte is chillingly suspenseful with a very convincing storylineat points I didn t know whether to hide behind the sofa or close my eyesbut I couldn t stop reading The characters lives are turned upside down as the killing spree escalatesthis book is packed with action, and full on with unexpected and shocking twists to the plot I also enjoyed mention of some retro shows, such as A Team and Starsky and Hutch I thought the end a very good one, leaving the reader on a high note.If, like me, you enjoy suspense, FBI thrillers and shows such as CSI or Dexter, then you will really enjoy this book or ebook Killerbyte is the beginning the Ellie Conway series There is also Terrorbyte and Exacerbyte, due out March 2011 Can t wait This is a book that s been sitting on my Kindle for a while without my getting around to reading it Once I did though I rattled through it in a few days.Threats in an online poetry chatroom lead to a string of murders in which the killer constantly seems to be one step ahead of SA Ellie Conway and her colleagues.I can t tell you much without giving too much away, but the plot moves at a cracking pace and constantly keeps you guessing as the body count rises There s also plenty of black humour to offset the sometimes grim subject matter Sharply written with an eye for the absurd in day to day situations, Killerbyte won t disappoint. Ellie is FBI a good agent with attitude imagination She also has a hot manpal Mac, between them they run a web page it seems a stalker has decided Ellie is fair game.FbI or not this guy is not backing down With Mac helping they go on a cat mouse, hide seek, but nowhere seems safe They ve got to find out who this is The book just keeps going, never ending action it s a well written book I will read.Likeable characters great female lead I was lucky to win this on a fbook draw can honestly say, new addiction I received a copy of this book through voraciousreadersonly.com and it was a great thriller It caught my interest right away and kept me hooked all the way to the end. This is a great book to read from the minute you start the book you are on the edge of your seat, this a very good book and I have enjoyed it a lot
Cat lives in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, with her ancient retired racing greyhound and youngest two children,She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Inc, Kiwi Writers, and Masters of Horror Cat is the co director of the only bookshop in the world that stocks only New Zealand authors, Writers Plot Bookshop.She is currently published by Rebel ePublishers, USA.
- 418 pages
- Cat Connor
- 28 May 2017 Cat Connor