Book Review: Assured Destruction: Script Kiddie by: Michael F. Stewart

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Non Sequitur Press

Publish Date: August 2013

Origins:  From Tribute Books Blog Tours for Review

Format:  E-book

Order Links:  Amazon 

Synopsis: Jan Rose no longer steals data from the old computers she recycles. She doesn't need to. As the newest member of the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit, the laptop of a murderer has landed on her desk. Her job: to profile and expose a killer.

But that’s not all.

A creep lurks in the shadows, stalking a friend, and Jan must stop him before the hunt turns deadly. The clock counts down for Jan to save her friend, her job, her boyfriend—maybe even her life.

Michael F. Stewart's Bio: After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.

Review: Janus Rose has school, work, a boyfriend, a very sick mother, and 2000 hours of community service. She’s serving her time as a civilian member of the High Tech Crime Unit. She’s working on tracking down how people’s account information is being stolen. In addition, a girl from school has approached her for help with a stalker. Janus has hard work and hard decisions ahead, but she’s a lot stronger than she thinks. ‘Assured Destruction: Script Kiddie’ brings us back to Jan Rose’s world. She’s a smart girl, but she has a very tough life, and she’s finding out she’s just a “Script Kiddie” (in the use here, a total n00b). Yet Jan is determined to solve the case, save her classmate, and help her mother as best she can. I enjoyed ‘Assured Destruction: Script Kiddie’ as I really like Jan’s character and it was good to see her grow even more in her computer skills and maturity. She’s learning to deal with the consequences of her actions and doing what’s best for others, not just herself. The “Assured Destruction” series is very well written and the characters very well-developed. I am looking forward to see what happens with Jan next!

Series: Assured Destruction (1), Assured Destruction: Script Kiddie (2)

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