Twenty-three-year-old Arnold Gold is a Seattle-based odds-maker and local computer genius. Described as a “part-time hacker and full-time virgin” by his friends, the awkward young shut-in flies to Vegas to try and get lucky—in more ways than one. But his high-stakes activity on the Net inadvertently thrusts him into a vortex of international terrorism. His dark net hacking has resulted in murder, and now it will take every last bit of Arnold’s genius intellect and legendary hacking skill to stay one step ahead of the murderous terrorists, the FBI, the local cops, and his lawyer. Gold’s only chance to save himself is to find the location of a bomb hidden somewhere in Vegas, and somehow prevent the explosion that will turn Sin City into the scene of the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11. Wyler’s wild new thriller is as horrifyingly plausible as it is darkly funny and enjoyable. Deadly Odds is not only a page-turner, it’s a terrific character-driven story about a young man who lives life through a computer and discovers its dark side. Edgy, twitchy, and filled with enough tech-savvy detail to keep both the techno-thriller and classic suspense fan enthralled, Deadly Odds is a new generation’s thrill ride.
I received a paperback copy of Deadly Odds at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
This was a fast paced and engaging thriller. The story grabs you from the beginning and keeps you reading from beginning to end. This story delves into the dark side of technology and the hacking world and lifestyle. These are very relevant topics in the world today. While the story may come across as slightly far fetched at times, it also is very believable and relatable to recent events that have been in the news. The main character, Arnold, is very shy and awkward. One spur of the moment decision changes his life in a blink. The characters, for the most part, are relatable and likable, and readers will find themselves really feeling like a part of the story. The story has many twists and turns and is a really fun read all around!
About the Author
Allen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity. He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute.
In 2002, he left active practice to become Medical Director for a startup med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest.
Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 70’s, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full time.
He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.