Social Engineer by Ian Sutherland

Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Thriller & Suspense
File Size: 1082 KB
ISBN-10: 0993005616
ISBN-13: 978-0993005619
Pages: 86

Right from the start, I found Social Engineer by Ian Sutherland captivating. I like the idea of a white hacker, a person who hacks into a business IT system with the intention of finding the leaks and backdoors so the owners can protect against more nefarious hacker attacks. Brody Taylor, the protagonist, is adept at using social engineering to break into the most well-guarded systems. Unfortunately, he carries over this manipulation into his private life—only to have it backfire. Just as in real life, honesty trumps conniving ways.

I found the novella too short and was unhappy with the abrupt ending. Even though this is the introductory book to the Brody Taylor Thriller series where one could find out more about Brody Taylor and his capers, I felt cheated in the way the book ended. Perhaps I just favor the fairytale “lived happily after” conclusions.