Hacker by Ted Dekker ~ A Suspense/Thriller Book Review

The Outlaw Chronicles, Book 3
Ted Dekker

About the book:

"My name is Nyah and I’m a hacker. 
I know things most people would never believe. 
Things that shouldn’t exist, but do."

Seventeen year old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker whose world is unraveling. Deeply scarred from a horrific accident that killed her father and brother, and left her mother with irreparable brain damage, Nyah is barely holding the last shreds of her life together.Now, her mother’s health is deteriorating quickly and Nyah faces the grim prospect of losing her, too. One last ditch hope exists–an experimental brain surgery that could buy her mother more time. But Nyah must scrape together enough money to pay for it before it’s too late.

Desperate and with no other choice, Nyah turns her programming skills to cracking the firewalls of the world’s largest corporations. She exposes their weaknesses, and then offers her services to secure their systems from hackers.

But when the most dangerous job of her life backfires and forces her to go on the run, she encounters an impossible reality that shouldn’t exist, but does.

A hack unlike any other. A hack that will take her beyond the firewall of the human brain itself. A hack, which may be the only way to save her mother now.

What if there was a way to tap into the unseen reality that surrounds us all? Would you hack in? How far would you go to find the answers to your deepest questions? The answer lies deep beyond the firewall.

Tap in, strap in, and experience the mind-twisting ride with Nyah. What you find waiting on the other side of the firewall might forever change the way you see yourself and the world you live in.

My thoughts:

Ted Dekker's newest series, The Outlaw Chronicles, is just getting better and better! With this latest book Mr. Dekker takes us deep into the cyber world. The main characters, Nyah Parks and Austin Hartt, both have very brilliant minds but they are both very broken and wounded people.

Nyah is desperate to save her mother. In order to do so she needs to raise some serious money. Her solution is to hack into BlakBox and expose their security weaknesses and then approach them for a job to fix the security breaches. It all seems simple enough until she stumbles upon some information that endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Austin, whom we first met in Eyes Wide Open, has an inoperable brain tumor. He's tried traditional medicine to shrink the tumor, but all those efforts have failed. Now he's come up with a solution that he thinks will work, but it is very risky.

In an effort to save lives Nyah turns to Austin for help. As they work together to find a solution to their problems they discover something that will change everything. The key will be surviving long enough to implement the solution.

As with, Eyes Wide Open and Water Walker, there are many dimensions to this story. In fact one of the interesting parts about this whole series is that even if the storyline isn't exactly your cup of tea, the overall concept is earth shattering. The overriding theme of Hacker is Deditio which is Latin for Surrender.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book that sums up what the story is all about.
"To truly know--to understand--demands surrender of everything, even the very need to know. Only when you're ready to empty yourself completely will you know. Until then, you'll remain in darkness."

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