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REVIEW: "Cloud Crash", Phil Edwards

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Han
    BKCLDCRS.RVW 20101009 Cloud Crash , Phil Edwards, 2011, 978-1466408425, U$9.99 %A Phil Edwards PhilEdwardsInc.com philipjedwards@gmail.com %C Seattle,
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      BKCLDCRS.RVW 20101009

      "Cloud Crash", Phil Edwards, 2011, 978-1466408425, U$9.99
      %A Phil Edwards PhilEdwardsInc.com philipjedwards@...
      %C Seattle, WA
      %D 2011
      %G 978-1466408425 1466408421
      %I CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform/Amazon
      %O U$9.99
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1466408421/robsladesinterne
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1466408421/robsladesinte-21
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1466408421/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience n Tech 2 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 386 p.
      %T "Cloud Crash"

      To a background of the Internet crashing, and opposed by a conspiracy
      that has penetrated the highest levels of government, two (no, make
      that three ... err ... four ... better say five ...) groups of
      individuals race to save the world from ... a stock market fraud?
      hostile takeover? aliens? (No, I'm pretty sure the aliens were a red
      herring.)

      The story and inconsistent characterizations could use some work, and
      the plot twists don't make it very easy to follow what is going on.
      It's fairly easy to tell who the good and bad guys are: the politics
      and philosophy of the book are fairly simple, and one is reminded of
      the scifi and comics of the 30s and 40s, with heavily anti-fascist and
      (ironically) right-wing rhetoric.

      It would be tempting to dismiss the work as a simple "jump on the
      latest buzzword" potboiler, were it not for the fact that the
      technology is fairly realistic. Yes, right now everyone is jumping on
      the cloud bandwagon without much regard for real security. Yes, if
      you wanted to make a big (and public) splash on the Internet, without
      doing too much permanent damage, taking down power supplies would
      still leave the data intact. (Of course, an axe would do just as good
      a job as bombs ...)

      So, while the story isn't great, at least the technology is less
      annoying than is normally the case ...

      copyright, Robert M. Slade 2012 BKCLDCRS.RVW 20101009


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