Deadly Odds – Allen Wyler

Deadly Odds - Allen WylerFormat: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions
Published: October 2014
Pages: 346 Pages

The Blurb
Twenty-three-year-old Arnold Gold is a Seattle-based odds-maker and local computer genius. Described as a “part-time hacker and full-time virgin” by his friends, the awkward young shut-in flies to Vegas to try and get lucky–in more ways than one. But his high-stakes activity on the Net inadvertently thrusts him into a vortex of international terrorism.

His dark net hacking has resulted in murder, and now it will take every last bit of Arnold’s genius intellect and legendary hacking skill to stay one step ahead of the murderous terrorists, the FBI, the local cops, and his lawyer. Gold’s only chance to save himself is to find the location of a bomb hidden somewhere in Vegas, and somehow prevent the explosion that will turn Sin City into the scene of the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11.

Wyler’s wild new thriller is as horrifyingly plausible as it is darkly funny and enjoyable. Deadly Odds is not only a page-turner, it’s a terrific character-driven story about a young man who lives life through a computer and discovers its dark side. Edgy, twitchy, and filled with enough tech-savvy detail to keep both the techno-thriller and classic suspense fan enthralled, Deadly Odds is a new generation’s thrill ride.

Rating: 4/5

The Review
Thank you to Astor + Blue Editions for sending me a copy of Deadly Odds to read and review.

I seem to be reading a lot more Thriller and Suspense novels lately and do you know what? I’m really starting to enjoy this Genre. Deadly Odds is probably something different for you all and I’d definitely say give it a go.

This is my first novel by Allen Wyler and I have to say it won’t be my last; it was great. I’m a little bit of a computer geek so it was (weirdly) nice to read something that I understood. Granted, I wouldn’t know how to hack systems and the like, but it was fascinating to read about them.

Arnold is a self-confessed computer geek and unfortunately for him, he’s struggling with the opposite sex. He decides, one mad moment, to hire an Escort and heads to Las Vegas for tips on how to win a lady friend. His Escort ‘Breeze’ turns out to be something more and asks Arnold to do a lot more than he bargained for. Sometimes things aren’t always as they seem and he’s subjected to a life full of misery and pressure for a host of people.

During Deadly Odds Arnold hires a Lawyer, Davidson, and they unexpectedly form a natural bond. I really like this pairing of characters because they wouldn’t have even crossed paths if it wasn’t for the nature of business. Although, Davidson seems like quite a hard man he takes Arnold under his wing and cares for him more than just with the FBI and Police. Arnold has no immediate family and his friend has gone so it was nice to see someone giving Arnold love and compassion.

Sometimes with Thriller and Suspense novels you tend to find out quite earlier on what is going to happen and I was expecting this to happen with Deadly Odds. However, with most situations and even the ending I did not expect it to happen, at all. I even sat there on one moment and said ‘Noooooo’, there’s a real sense of suspense.

All in all, it really made me think about the world as a whole because situations like those in Deadly Odds are not too uncommon anymore and it’s scary. The nature of technology is fast accelerating and Terrorism is getting worse, so we really don’t know how the world is going to turn out.

You can purchase Deadly Odds on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Paperback.

Find out more about Allen at his website at www.allenwyler.com and on Twitter at @allenwyler.

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