What do you get when you mix a grumpy programmer who looks a lot like a turtle, a hacker who is attempting to get into your computer and a very large dog named Emma with an enthusiastic tail?
Well, if you are Hero O’Reilly, you just stir gently and add an established Cyber X-Man for help, a dozen or so boxes of Peeps, some advice with from your best friend and a sexy Very Special FBI Agent.
The result? A fast, fun trip through the emerging world of computer crime. Hero (yes, that is really her name, she was named for a character in a Shakespearean play by her English Lit Professor Mom) discovers that a hacker is busy spreading cyber bread crumbs all over her little piece of a big national bank’s network. Clues that are strange and mixed up and don’t really fall into any prevailing hacking methods. It is a problem that attracts the notice of one of the major network security gurus as well as the Feds. Not only that, but things start getting really ugly when strictly non-cyber techniques, such as bombs and kidnapping, start being used by the bad guy.
Unsurprisingly, this simple semi-technical question and answer has stunned some major publishers. A diverting, not overtly serious book about hacking that includes Peeps? No, way. Novels about computer crime are actually a form of complex science fiction and thrillers genre, i.e. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But engaging? No. So major publisher, who after all know what they are talking about, are convinced that entertaining novels that involve computers and computer crime are just too out of sync and weird and would not be accepted by a readership that is hooked on real things like vampires right now. And rightly so.
But, being notoriously hardheaded, Ms. White went ahead wrote and published the story as an e-book. She used as an excuse that today people have started advocating ‘thinking out of box.’ That, perhaps readers might actually enjoy and understand a semi-technically based story that is definitely not just for teckies, But rather Hero’s story is a total confection, an interesting, entertaining and engaging read. Hero is fun to know and even more fun to have adventure’s with.
Also, not being sure what box they are referring to, Mrs. White felt that this could mean that Hero was no longer just out of touch, but might mean that she was really on the cusp! Ahead of her time. A harbinger of what is to come. Just in case she is on to something, Hero has also decided to distribute her random and off the wall thoughts in a Blog just in case there are other fuzzy thinkers out there. Readers can find these odd thoughts at Hero’s Website, under the title, ‘The BOX. How far is too far?”