The Alexandria Project
A Tale of Treachery and Technology
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"Thank you for your contribution to the Alexandria Project” is the message cyber attackers leave behind as they delete crucial data from computer networks across America. It’s not long before the nation is on the verge of collapse as Wall Street, the transportation system, government agencies, and the rest of our internet-based economy all fall victim to the attacks of unknown assailants.
As the public outcry builds, Frank Adversego, a brilliant but conflicted cyber security expert, finds himself under suspicion as well as trapped in a power play between the FBI and the CIA. Only by tracing the Alexandria Project back to the source can he clear himself.
What follows is a fast-paced, satirical tale of cyber sleuthing, international espionage, and nuclear brinksmanship that accurately portrays our increasing vulnerability to cyberattack. The surprise ending will leave readers both ready for the next Frank Adversego thriller, as well as concerned about where our headlong rush onto the Internet may be leading us.
“THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT is fiction that cuts close to the bone. But where George Orwell envisioned 1984 from the safety of thirty-five years out, the future that Updegrove describes may already be upon us. That’s what makes it dangerous, and that’s what makes THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT an important as well as riveting read.”
— Dan Geer, CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER, In-Q-Tel
The Alexandria Project first appeared as a serial at The Standards Blog, where thousands of readers enthusiastically awaited the next weekly installment.
Andrew Updegrove, an attorney, has been representing entrepreneurs, technology companies and venture capitalists for more than thirty years. He also represents many of the organizations that develop, support and apply the standards upon which cybersecurity is based, and is actively involved in dealing with cybersecurity attacks as they happen. A graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Compelling plot, engaging characters
I read a lot of novels and this is a very good one. The characters are believable and engaging and the plot is compelling with several clever twists along the way. Updegrove also displays strong knowledge of the numerous technologies supporting the story which adds much to its credibility. Highly recommended.
I'm somewhat jaded by thrillers where the plot twists are obvious long before they actually happen. No fear of that with this book! Updegrove has managed what many attempt but few can execute: a plot that is both credible and surprising. As with the best genre books, I learned quite a bit about the way technology works by following Frank's adventure, but without the heavy preaching that some authors find necessary. The story moves so nimbly that it's final twists are startling; that said, the vulnerabilities in our system that Updegrove exposes are all the more upsetting because the source is so credible. A great read - I can't wait for the next one!