The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers

The Silence of Six

byE.C. Myers

Kobo ebook | November 5, 2014

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“WHAT IS THE SILENCE OF SIX, AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?”
These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school.
Haunted by the unforgettable image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting for his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.
Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances and virtual identities – all the while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.
Title:The Silence of SixFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 5, 2014Publisher:Adaptive StudiosLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1634618661

ISBN - 13:9781634618663

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for fans of Cory Doctorow Whoa. Well that was a hell of a fun ride. I miss reading books like these that are heavy in the hacking world. It was like a cross between Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Person of Interest, both of which I highly enjoy. This book is smart and while I didn't understand all of the hacker jargon, I understood some of it and some of it was explained. However, because of the nature of these kinds of books that need quite a bit of explaining to get the point across, there was a lot of dialogue on how the characters would pull this off or there was explaining of how this certain hacking thing is done in the narration. It gets a bit much at times, but I also like that it isn't dumbing anything down for the reader. I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, especially those that go through the process of how it all happens. And with this one, I really love the mystery and going on the journey with the characters to "save the world." This story actually scared me more than any horror novel, because of how real the possibility something like this would happen. I thought the characters were quite interesting, especially Penny and Risse. They make some hard choices later in the book and it's commendable of them for being decisive enough to make it. This book was a really fun read, especially if you love Cory Doctorow books and such.
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Tech Thriller Reason for Reading: I became a huge fan of Carman's after reading the Atherton series and was excited to read another book by him. A book entirely written as an interview, an interrogation. 15 year-old Adam is being questioned by someone to go back to the beginning and tell them what happened. We have no idea who is doing the interviewing, though the assumption is that is that it is high ranking officials, either military or government. Though whether that assumption is true I have not ascertained and part of me highly doubts. Right from the beginning we are teased with foreshadowing, told that something awful has happened and this foreshadowing continues throughout the book. Adam's three cohorts are used as bargaining chips to keep him talking as he does not know what has happened to them, if they are well and if these "officials" also have them, as they claim. Through this Q&A format Adam tells the story of how he, a computer high-tech savvy expert with multitudes of invented gadgets and access to any computer in the world meets up with three other teens of various abilities who join together to help the world by tracking down online hackers and fixing weak security systems while leaving behind anonymous notes. They call themselves "Trackers" and they also physically go out on test runs with the gadgets Adam has invented while he stays back at the control room running the operation. They get pulled into a dangerous game when Adam is contacted by an attractive female teen who challenges him to a cyber game he can't refuse. Next thing he knows his system has been hacked, all his inventions and files stolen and now he is at the mercy of this young woman and a menacing man named Laslo who force him and his team to participate in criminal activities but Adam thinks he can outsmart them in the end. Obviously, due to the current interrogation, something drastically went wrong. I loved this story. It was a page turner. Each of the four teens were exceptional individuals, from different backgrounds and each was extremely likable in their own unique way. I am very eager to get on with the story in book 2. Trackers is very unique itself in that it combines video with text. Throughout the book, as the interview was progressing a file would be introduced and Adam would pull up a video that proved what he was saying was true. At this point the reader who has already been directed to a website inserts the password and has the opportunity to watch an actual video of the characters in action. There may also be other things for the reader to do such as examine items in evidence, schematics, etc. I must say this is extraordinarily cool. Unfortunately, I only have internet access on a PC shared with family members. I did watch the first couple of videos this way, but if I had had to read a bit then wait a turn on the computer before continuing to read on it would have taken me weeks to finish the book! Fortunately, for those not able to enjoy the instant gratification of the videos each is included as a written transcript as an appendix at the back of the book and this is the way I eventually ended up reading the book. It did not deter my enjoyment at all. A very exciting, unique, intriguing story!
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible story beginning of great new series Patrick Carman has created another masterpiece. This story, much like Skeleton Creek, is told in two parts: first the books and then videos to supplement the story. Who or what are the trackers? They are a group of friends who have cutting-edge technology and really want 'to do good'. They desire to use their skills and technology to discover truths and bring them to the light. The Trackers are: Adam, he's the brains behind the crew, the one who creates all the gadgets that start to get them into trouble; Lewis, the cautious one, who has computer skills, but also is the one to always worry; Emily - great skill with remote controls and nerves of steel. And finally Finn - he is the athlete, skateboarder, and always pushes the limits, but he is also the one who helps to take the edge off. The team has spent their time building tools to use for surveillance and investigation. But something has gone horribly wrong. And now Adam is telling his story to the authorities. The website with the videos is excellent and the videos are incredibly well done. I have read the book twice - the first time with just reading the transcripts of the videos at the back of the book, and the second time watching the videos. It does work without the online videos but they do add to the story. Adam was captured by someone posing as the Glyph Master who drew him to a website with puzzles from a secret language he helped create. He was drawn in, and by the time he realized he was in trouble it was too late. This book is great and looks like it will be the beginning of an excellent series.
Date published: 2010-05-01