The novel also veered into Cory Doctorow territory, where Dakan provided a lot of info-dumps to make sure the reader was on board with all the hacking activity. I'll give Dakan credit, though, since that kind of thing was necessary for the story, but the method of getting those info-dumps across was a little out of place. For good measure, though, he made sure to name-drop Doctorow in the first 25 pages or so. After that, I sort of knew how the rest of the novel would play out.
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For all that, though, the novel is about on par with Mile Zero in its entertainment value. Neither book measures up to how much fun it was to read Geek Mafia, but honestly, I read the first book seven years ago. I'm not even sure how I would feel about that one if I went back and re-read it today. Regardless, I'd definitely recommend folks read the first book, but as for the two sequels, I don't see them as being necessary.
Each mark knows the members of the crew by different personae. Since each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character, in what is known as "third person limited" i. So when we read "Oliver saw Toni enter the room" we have to stop and think -- OK now, which member of the crew took the pseudonym "Toni" when dealing with Oliver?
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As a result, I spent at least two chapters thinking that Oliver has met with one crewmember when he had met with a totally different one. IT just occurred to me: If that's the case, he shouldn't have done it. Aside from that stylistic disagreement, I like everything else about this book.
Maybe closer to a 2. I had very warm feelings about this series, liking the first book a lot in particular. Looking back at my review of the second book, I apparently bleached out my memory of it because I really didn't like it, but hey, the third book is available to me so I'll give it a shot, right? The problems with this book are legion. The first quarter feels like a Cory Doctorow knockoff, the middle half a meandering mess of a cyberpunk mystery, and, while the end does kind of redeem thin Maybe closer to a 2.
The first quarter feels like a Cory Doctorow knockoff, the middle half a meandering mess of a cyberpunk mystery, and, while the end does kind of redeem things a bit, the full result is a hacker novel that provides little to truly get excited over. I feel badly about this, as I just want this to be a lot better than it ends up being. But the unfortunate truth is that the characters barely resemble who they were when they started out and not in a "character growth" way , and this book feels less like a necessary coda and more of an add-on.
I still think the first book is pretty great. This book pretty much solidifies, however, the way the rest of the series kind of falls apart. Unfortunate, but there are certainly other books and other series that do this better. Jun 03, Artnoose McMoose rated it liked it. This is the third of the Geek Mafia series, and though the book was left at a point to possibly be continued, I'm not sure if there will be any more in the series. The techie con artists get back to their geek roots and hit up hacker cons in search of new crew members, or at least trusted independent contractors.
The characters are still sort of whatever, and I never have understood the relationship between Paul and Chloe. Still, I found this to be the most exciting of the three books.
It always This is the third of the Geek Mafia series, and though the book was left at a point to possibly be continued, I'm not sure if there will be any more in the series. It always seems like they're going to pull it off, but then more bottoms drop out, and it really isn't until the very very end that you realize what's been going on.
Worth it if you like con stories, but not exactly good literature. If you have read the other Geek Mafia books you know basically what to expect here. Some tech, some political intrigue, and a lot of interlocking pieces.
More tech players than in previous books which was nice for me. My only complaint is the conclusion happens very rapidly. There seemed to be more things going on in the background that we are just supposed to accept as having happened than in If you have read the other Geek Mafia books you know basically what to expect here. Everything Under Daisy Johnson. Lethal White Robert Galbraith. Normal People Sally Rooney. A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles.
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Inspired by years of author Rick Dakan's research in the hacker community, Geek Mafia: Black Hat Blues , opens a new, self-contained chapter in the techno-thriller series. Black Hat Blues gives new meaning to the term 'hacker con'--you won't want to put it down. His words ring with honest research.
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Rick Dakan lives, writes, and plays in Sarasota, Florida, his home and native town. Prior to writing the Geek Mafia book series, he scratched out a rewarding if poor living writing role-playing game books for numerous product lines, including: He went on to become the initial lead designer of the best-selling online game, City of Heroes and has since written three novels, with more on the way.
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