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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Book 92: ATONE FOR THE IVORY CLOUD by Geoffrey Wells



Atone for the Ivory Cloud by Geoffrey Wells 
ISBN: 9780998166612 (paperback)
ASIN: B01MR321PO (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Ice Wine Productions, Inc.
Publication date: March 1, 2017 (Kindle edition)


A brilliant composer and coder goes undercover to trap a cybercrime syndicate that has hijacked her website—to traffic blood ivory. She must survive impossible physical, virtual and cultural obstacles and choose between the opposing forces of privacy and responsibility.
Allison is stunned when the CIA leaves her no option but to go undercover to surreptitiously modify the code she wrote to protect her symphony. She is deployed from New York with a savvy street vendor to Tanzania, where he is from—and where the cybercrime trail goes dead. Their guarded love affair is sidelined when they are abducted by a trafficker who poaches elephants on a massive scale. To avoid betraying each other they abandon their CIA handlers and return to New York City. Allison must find a way to bring down the syndicate knowing that she might have to sacrifice her symphony, her loved ones and her privacy—for a greater good.

Allison Schwartz just wants to be left in peace and compose music. Sipho Membe, an exchange student from Tanzania, just wants to make enough money to live on and support his graduate education. Rex Van der Spuy is the chief technology officer for an international pharmaceutical manufacturer and is only interested in protecting the vested interests of his company. Three people living in the New York City area with widely divergent lives and lifestyles intersect in a story about smuggling, cybercrime, and more. All will wind up working with various federal government agencies in an effort to protect their lives, families, and interests. 

Allison is a gifted musical composer and coder. After dealing with identity theft and the theft of her music, she fights back in the only way she knows how...using coding to protect her musical compositions and what's left of her identity and privacy. Little does she know that her coding skills are needed in an effort to bring down an international cybercrime syndicate. A chance run-in at a local park, brings Allison, Sipho, and Rex together. That run-in leads to international cybercrime, ivory smuggling, black market deals, and more. 

Atone for the Ivory Cloud wasn't an easy or fast read for me, although I did finish it in one day. I found it difficult to keep up with the story because there is so much going on and it didn't feel as if the storylines would ever connect (they do). The author also used quite a bit of tech jargon that left this reader massively confused at times. At its heart, Atone for the Ivory Cloud seems to be part technothriller and part romance. The story starts off in New York, jumps to Canada, hops off to the Netherlands, before going on to Tanzania and Kenya. I liked the underlying premise to the story, but there was something that just didn't click for me. Perhaps international technothrillers aren't the right thing for me. If you're into technothrillers then Atone for the Ivory Cloud may be just the read for you.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the author via Partners In Crime Virtual Tours for review purposes. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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Author Bio:


Geoffrey Wells
Impressions on a South African farm, boarding school, a father who read from the classics to his children, and a storytelling mother, sparked Geoffrey Wells with a writer's imagination. Though the piano and drum kits and Mozambique led to his first thriller, A Fado for the River, his career as Art Director in advertising led him to the American Film Institute, and an awe of digital technology propelled him to VP/CIO at Disney, ABC-TV stations and Fox. Wells wrote an award-winning animated film, has visited elephant reserves, and climbed to the tip of Kilimanjaro. He lives on Long Island where he swims the open water and runs a video and design company. He writes thrillers about imperfect characters who, always with a diverse band of allies, fight villains that devastate our natural and virtual ecosystems.

"Atone for the Ivory Cloud is a compelling, fast-paced thriller with an exotic international flavor. Geoffrey Wells takes the reader on an enthralling ride, skillfully entwining cybercrime, music, and the fate of African elephants in a breathtaking tale of danger and romance."
Pamela Burford, best-selling author of Undertaking Irene.

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