Taking Up Serpents
Brody Taylor #3
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Would you kill yourself to save your loved one?
When Brody Taylor receives a ‘death letter’ from a fellow elite hacker, sent a week after his murder, its contents present Brody with an offer even he can’t refuse. With the investigation being led by his girlfriend, DI Jenny Price, Brody faces an unexpected personal and professional conflict of interest. Meanwhile, unaware of the victim’s true occupation, Jenny is stumped. How and why would a disabled Afghan War veteran be poisoned in his own home by one of the world’s most deadly snakes?
Working side by side, but with very different objectives, Brody and Jenny uncover a global cyberterrorist conspiracy. To prevent the cyberweapon from releasing its deadly payload, Brody realises he’ll need to lie to Jenny once again, knowing the truth will destroy their relationship. But with tens of thousands of innocent people scheduled to die within twenty-four hours, does he have any choice?
Forget nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The modern-day weapon of mass destruction is digital. And we’re all at risk.
Interview with the Author
Q - So, what makes the Brody Taylor Thriller Series special?
A - I wanted to write the kinds of books I enjoy reading. I love fast paced thrillers with surprising twists, especially if they border on becoming technothrillers. American authors like Jeffery Deaver, Michael Chrichton, Tom Clancy and Dan Brown tick the box for me. But I also love gritty modern British detective novels especially if the detectives are hunting down serial killers. In this case, I particularly enjoy Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Stuart McBride. In the end, both sets of authors have clearly influenced my writing, because my books are cyber thriller and British detective mysteries rolled into one series! I’m pretty sure that’s fairly unique.
But the most important factor I’ve adopted from all these amazing authors is their page-turning ability!
Q - What order should I read the books in?
A - I’ve written the series so you can read the books in any order, and all the story threads within each book tie up nicely by the time you're finished. If you do want to read them in order, I'd suggest the following sequence:
- Social Engineer
- Invasion of Privacy
- Taking Up Serpents
Q - So, why should readers give these books a try?
A - Because readers love Brody Taylor, the hero of the series. He’s a very cool hacker who blurs right and wrong all the time. Because he can do so much with his skills it doesn’t mean that he should, but he always does! His antics always take readers on a very entertaining ride. If you then add Jenny Price, a strong British female detective who first appears in Invasion of Privacy, you have a wonderful counterpoint to Brody, which increases the conflict levels and dramatic tension throughout this hacker series.
Each of the books have made the bestsellers list for technothrillers and other mystery and suspense categories. Most importantly, the reviews from readers are predominantly four and five star.
So, anyone who likes fast paced thrillers, with plot twists you don’t see coming, great characters and the backdrop of London will get a kick out of this series.
I was hooked on Brody Taylor after Social Engineer the novella that introduced his character, but this has been my favorite book in the series so far. Ian Sutherland is clever and engaging in his writing. I'm no expert but the technical details seem plausible to me and without spoiling anything, I must say that I found the ending very satisfying.
Thank you Mr Sutherland! I look forward to the next one.