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Unauthorized Access

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Young computer programmer Rob Donovan receives an emergency call from his boss at the First Malden Bank in Boston after the first successful cyberattack in American banking history scrambles thousands of account records. First Malden’s survival is on the line as furious customers and voracious reporters descend on the bank. Rob is part of the team trying to fix the damage, ...more
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Kindle Direct Publishing
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Rebecca McNutt
Unauthorized Access was interesting and original, but the pacing was very odd and the main character was difficult to relate to.
Bennett Gavrish
May 02, 2013 Bennett Gavrish rated it really liked it
Grade: B

L/C Ratio: 20% Literary / 80% Commercial

Thematic Breakdown:
30% - Action thriller
20% - Relationships
15% - Technology
10% - Boston
10% - Violence
10% - Finance
5% - Journalism

Addictiveness: Medium
Movie Potential: 2 Thumbs Up
Re-readability: Low


While there's no shortage of tension or action in Unauthorized Access, the plot begs for a higher dose of mystery. Andrew McAllister starts the book with a thrilling depiction of cybercrime, but then he immediately reveals the culprit and the reasoning f
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Wendy Jones
I started reading this book this morning and could not put it down, I ahve been reading it all day. It is essentially a cybercrime book but mainly a very fast paced thriller. It starts mainly as a Cyberattack on an American Bank, which causes chaos as people's accounts are wiped out. When the FBI are called in they quickly decide that the attacker is Rob Donovan one of the computer experts at the bank. Protesting his innocence, Rob is believed by no one and goes on the run to try to prove his in ...more
Irene
Jul 11, 2012 Irene rated it it was amazing
Andrew McAllister has hit a home-run with Unauthorized Access.
The concept is interesting. The storyline captivating. The characters intriguing.
I could not put this book down, and when I did I was constantly wondering what would happen next.
If you are a fan of suspense, or love a good thriller. You need to pick yourself up a copy. It will have you on the edge of your seat.
$2.99 is a complete steal for a book like this!

An excerpt from my blog review:

"From page one I was impressed with Mr. McAllist
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Madeline Elayne
Jul 08, 2012 Madeline Elayne rated it it was amazing
Unauthorized Access is a delightful read. I read the whole thing in a single go after downloading the Kindle version (at an extremely attractive price!) The story follows Rob Donovan who is framed for launching a cyber-attack against the bank for which he works. Rich with believable action and characters with lots to lose, this story is a fast-paced, easy to read bit of pop entertainment.
I have to admit that if the e-book version was not so reasonably priced, I might not have given it a chance,
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Ella Medler
Jul 08, 2012 Ella Medler rated it it was amazing
Unauthorized Access is a very satisfying thriller. Different, yet very believable, Andrew McAllister has come up with one seriously scary scenario.
The story begins with a classic scene set-up – it is the only part of the book where the thriller label doesn’t apply. What starts up as potentially the best day in Rob Donovan’s life turns into his worst nightmare. He finds himself in jail for a crime he didn’t commit and, worst of all, no one seems to believe him when he insists he is innocent.
I won
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Mike
Jun 30, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
A well-told tale but I'm not entirely sure the plot wasn't one or two bits short of a byte. At a pinch I could believe Tim's part in inserting his code into the program without it being discovered, but I found Rob's attitude and Lesley's easy acceptance of his guilt just too far-fetched.
Logic drives the IT world and its application ought to have come to the thought processes of the bank's computer people. Rob was good at his work where attention to the tiniest detail is vital and he would NEVER
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Pete
Mar 24, 2013 Pete rated it liked it
Started out as a great read. Was even planning on emailing the author to remark on the great book.....but the ending was very weak. I really get frustrated when a book pulls me in for 85% of the story only to have an ending thrown together. Hard to find good business-related fiction. Thought this was going to be one I recommended...
Laura Leblanc
Jul 07, 2012 Laura Leblanc rated it really liked it
Unauthorized Access is a good thriller. I was leary that it would be too "computer tech" to hold my interest but that was not so. The cyber crime was just the catalyst to a rollercoster of events which introduces you to the characters and plot which will draw you in. I found it to be the perfect summer read.
kenneth  h.  robinson
Mar 13, 2017 kenneth h. robinson rated it really liked it
Who are You going to Trust?

A young bank employee finds himself caught up in miasma of lies, deceptions, and misunderstood communications with folks he works with and his girl friend.
Kelli
Jun 09, 2017 Kelli rated it it was ok
This is the second time I've tried to read this book in as many years. I still can't get myself to finish it. The premise sounds exciting, the other reviews convinced me to try again-- the execution is just so poorly done I can't justify wasting my time on it.
Susan
May 12, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing
Wonderful thriller
Ara of My Book and My Coffee
Nov 04, 2012 Ara of My Book and My Coffee rated it really liked it
“Thrill. Excitement. Agony. Three words I will use to describe how I felt while reading Unauthorized Access. Agony: because I can feel how hard it must be for the characters involved. Thrill: because, oh good heavens, this book is just full of it. Excitement: well, I was really excited to know how the main characters will deal with the situation. I loved it! I recommend this book." – Ara of My Book and My Coffee

I’m fully aware that this is fiction because I kept reminding myself that it is. Othe
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Renee-Ann  Giggie
Sep 01, 2013 Renee-Ann Giggie rated it it was amazing
I've always enjoyed a great "whodunit" book; the kind that keep you guessing from the first page to the last. Face it though, there are a lot of suspense sub-genres: Romantic, Military, Political Thriller, International... you name it, it's out there.

Recently a new member joined our writing group, Andrew McAllister, and he writes suspense. I was curious which sub-genre he was into. I didn't need to wonder too long because upon learning that I was a book blogger/reviewer, Andrew asked if I would
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M.H. Vesseur
Apr 12, 2013 M.H. Vesseur rated it liked it
Personally I like my crime novels realistic. In many genres the author can get away sometimes with wild imagination, like a ring to bind them all and so forth, but the crime writer needs two feet on the ground. The numbers need to be right. The coincidences kept to a minimum. The timing needs to be perfect. Andrew McAllister certainly delivers when it comes to realism. While reading his novel “Unauthorized Access” a large bank in my country suffered the consequences of a cyber attack, and quite ...more
Bert
Feb 24, 2014 Bert rated it really liked it
Rob and Tim, friends since grade school, wind up working for the. same Boston bank as computer programmers after college. Rob's girlfriend of seven years works for a television station as a reporter, and her uncle is Rob's boss. Tim is one of those quiet brooding reclusive types, percolating rage just below the surface, and he secretly hates Rob for stealing the girl away from him in high school. It was the only 22 days Tim felt fulfilled and accepted as a complete person. Just after Rob is told ...more
Gayle Hayes
Apr 10, 2013 Gayle Hayes rated it really liked it

I downloaded Unauthorized Access during the author's free promotion so I could support him as a fellow author. I intended to take a look at the novel so I'd know something about his work. I had already decided a few thrillers ago that this was not my genre of choice. So, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Unauthorized Access. I had to ask myself why this thriller appealed to me when I had stopped reading others with more intricate plots and complicated characters.

Andrew McAllister include
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Julie G
Apr 13, 2013 Julie G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
There isn't much rest for the reader in this technothriller. We're in on the action from the beginning of the plot to frame programmer Rob Donovan, which only ratchets up the tension until the book is simply impossible to put down. It's the ultimate in it-just-can't-get-worse-and-then-it-does storytelling.

I warn you, there is no easing in to this story. It begins with the bad guy setting his plot in motion and doesn't stop until the reader, almost, can't take any more tension. My heart was pound
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Philip
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S.E. Nelson
Mar 15, 2013 S.E. Nelson rated it it was amazing
Friendship, love, jealousy, betrayal and redemption make this book one of the best in portraying human nature at it's best and worst. This could happen in real life and the way people react in this story is what would probably happen if this was real. I found myself getting emotionally involved in the story. I got disappointed with some of the characters for jumping to conclusions so fast, with exception of Kirsten and Rob's parents. Kirsten was my favorite. I wished things had ended differently ...more
Julie
Jul 25, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: quite-enjoyed
This book was good. The writing kept making you turn the page (or tap the screen, respectively). But for the first half of the book, you didn't know who the bad guy was. Tim felt justified in what he did. He got the short end of the stick for so long that he felt compelled to do what he did. Rob had everything. His professional life was about to take off, he was engaged, etc. But to do that to someone you claimed was your friend? And don't EVEN get me started on Lesley. She should be a politicia ...more
Ellen Christian
Feb 15, 2014 Ellen Christian rated it it was amazing
Unauthorized Access is a book I had a hard time putting down. Sometimes books that revolve around computer crimes are too technical to really get into but Unauthorized Access has just the right blend of computer, crime, suspense and even a touch of romance. The characters and the setting are totally believable and the details about how banking and computer IT work just add to the real life feel. If you’re looking for a suspense thriller that is very easy to believe and keeps you guessing until t ...more
Mikael Carlson
Mar 18, 2014 Mikael Carlson rated it really liked it
I loved the premise and there is a sense of excitement, but was not the page-turner I thought it would be. It starts off exceedingly well, but trails off into a more pedestrian work the further towards the end you get. The climax was fairly predictable, and the last scene at the cabin lacked a lot of the drama I would have expected.

The author did a good job with character development, although I found myself rooting for the antagonist for much of the book as I didn't find the protagonist likeabl
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K.D. McAdams
Mar 12, 2013 K.D. McAdams rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. I enjoyed the concept and the flow of the story. The pacing was good and there were enough twists to make it feel real without making it seem like twists were being inserted for the sake of having a twist.

I would like to have seen a little more character development for the main character Rob and his girlfriend Lesley. By the end of the book I really didn't care if Rob went to jail or not and I was not too interested in him getting back together with Lesley. It wasn't that h
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Dushyant Rao
Sep 26, 2013 Dushyant Rao rated it really liked it
The story is kept very simple and there is no such thing called "climax" in this entire book! The story moves in a fast pace without leaving the main theme. Its yet another triangular love story where in the negative role is well shown in the earliest chapters.
It shows how much a person can harm you when you trust such a person the most. There are chapters that makes you a page turner, there are chapters which makes you laugh and ending has been kept simple if not dragging.

I was disappointed th
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JC
Picked this one up for free with my Prime membership and it was definitely worth it. The storyline is quite simple and one that's been done before, but that maybe why I enjoyed it so much - I needed something simple. I was kept guessing as to what would actually happen next, despite knowing who was good and bad right from the start.

I think what I liked most about this book is the details about software development and how Tim used them to work Rob over. Really interesting and pretty believable t
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Bob
Feb 12, 2014 Bob rated it liked it
Two long time "friends" both working in a Large bank, one is going with the niece of the CEO the and both working in the same department.
The one not dating the niece has long held a fantasy about her and has long been the but of jokes and put downs and decides to get even by inserting a virus into the banks accounting program and holding data hostage. The boy friend gets blamed and carefully planted evidence helps make a case against him. What remains is the course of the investigation against t
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Mandy Jones
Nov 10, 2012 Mandy Jones rated it really liked it
Rob's life is looking up, he was asked by his boss to work on a merger with another bank and he proposed to his girlfriend who said YES!!! Life is definitely looking up for Rob - or is it. You will have to read this awesome book to find out what happens in Rob's life. The author did a wonderful job of weaving mystery, suspense and thrills throughout the book. I was rooting for Rob the whole time wondering what was going to happen next. The character's were very realistic, likable, and the story ...more
Roxane Wilborn
Feb 27, 2014 Roxane Wilborn rated it really liked it
Picked this up for free one day on Amazon, and although it is no longer free, it is a bargain at $3.99.
Tim sets up his friend, Rob, in a computer program sabotage at a bank which employs them both in order to get Rob fired and disgraced in the eyes of Rob's girlfriend, Lesley, which Tim dated for a few weeks in high school but never had gotten over. Things go to far when the bank's customers lose money and the FBI get involved. Rob finds himself in jail and wondering who he can trust.
Lots of dra
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Bonnie
Mar 23, 2013 Bonnie rated it it was ok
Not exactly my cup of tea, but it kept my interest on some level to the end. I didn't feel much sympathy for any of the characters. Generally, the book had a lightweight, sophomoric tone to it. Not a thinker's book, but there was an element of suspense. It would have appealed to me much more when I was a teenager, many years ago. The book is probably Hollywood material.

So, in the words of Idol judge Randy Jackson, for me it was just okay.
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Andrew McAllister, Ph.D. writes both fiction and non-fiction, including the relationship advice blog To Love, Honor, and Dismay. He has a psychology degree and over twenty-five years of experience in the IT industry as a professor, consultant, and software company executive. In other words he can fix your computer software … but only if it really wants to change. He lives with his family in New Br ...more
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