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Fatal Encryption

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Dressed as Kermit the Frog on Halloween night, an unemployed Alex Bellamy wonders where his life went wrong. It could be worse. A few miles away, Zachary Ternoway is stabbed at his front door. In need of cash, Alex agrees to help catch a computer prankster at McKinleys' Department Store. But things turn serious when someone vows to permanently encrypt the store's data and ...more
370 pages
Published 2008 by Gypsy Moon Press
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Wendy Potocki

Looking for a Well-Crafted, Well-Written Mystery? Then This One’s for You!!!!

If you're one of those diehard mystery fans that love nothing better than to match wits, compile clues and figure out whodunit long before the author's solution is revealed, then this book is for you!!!

Fatal Encryption is a classic mystery that offers fans everything they look for including a compelling story, lots of suspects, tons of clues and a very likable amateur sleuth/murderer tracker downer named Alex Bellamy.
Fatal Encryption by Debra Purdy Kong
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

There are many ways that corporations and even the FBI and CIA hide information from the public to insure our safety. But, there are many hackers or as the more dangerous are called crackers who can decipher and break the codes or infiltrate the information to attack our country or destroy a company with one stroke on a computer keyboard.

Encryption means you make the files unreadable and no one can access them unless they have an encrypt
With all of the hype these days about Internet security, identity theft and computer viruses, it is no wonder that we are all just a little paranoid about how vulnerable we are. Everyday activities may put us at risk because someone 'out there' wishes to prove that they are superior to the masses by trying (and often succeeding) to compromise online security.

In Fatal Encryption, the second Alex Bellamy novel, a large family-owned retail chain approaches Alex. There has been an anonymous threat t
Susan Jane McLeod
You know a book is good when you talk out loud to the characters. I did a lot of that while reading Debra Purdy kong's excellent Fatal Encryption. I gave them good advice, but they just wouldn't listen, and so I had to worry about Alex and Tristan constantly.This happens, of course, because you care about the characters. And you will. Alex Bellamy is a computer systems-analyst solving security problems. This leads him into danger and he handles it like a real detective. A strong man of action, h ...more
Darcy Odden
Alex Bellamy, 28, is unemployed and struggling to make ends meet after being fired from Revenue Canada. Lena, his 20-year-old girlfriend, gets him a job with her employer, McKinley's Department Store. Someone is trying to extort $10 million from the store chain's owners with threats of making McKinley's electronic files inaccessible. Alex is hired to figure out the code to unlock the store's files.

The McKinley patriarch is in declining health and his three children, who now run the stores, don't
Todd Fonseca
Halloween—Port Moody, British Columbia: Unable to join the trick-or-treating fun due to the chicken pox, one young suburban girl is the sole witness to a costumed reveler responsible for brutal premeditated murder. Nearby, the wife of the victim’s brother storms home from a party and finds the body. But why was he killed? What did he know?

Alex Bellamy a young computer geek in need of work takes a contract job to solve recent network and computer glitches at his girlfriend’s company. He soon lear
A cyber-mystery with a cast of characters many of whom I would like to give a good shake and others whose foibles I find myself laughing and shaking my head over. Debra Purdy Kong is an award-winning author and with this book she has gained another fan. With a family corporate business going down the drain and the threat of a cyber-attack on all their computers, the dysfunctional family has hired Alex Bellamy to try to break the encryption codes set to go off and destroy the corporation's system ...more
All Halloween’s night is a time when ghouls, goblins and mayhem ensues for one evening. No one knows how true that is other than Zachary Ternoway. Zach is stabbed to death in his home.

Alex Bellamy keeps wondering at what point things got so bad in his life that he is at a Halloween party dressed up as Kermit the Frog. Alex ends up taking a computer analyst job at McKinley’s Department Store. Someone has hacked into the store’s computer system and encrypted files. Alex investigates what someone
Susan Pettrone
Jan 22, 2010 Susan Pettrone rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who love computers and suspense as well
Recommended to Susan by: a friend
Alex has never been so embarrassed in his life when his somewhat younger girlfriend Lena makes him go to a costume party dressed as Kermit. Sure, she looks good as Miss Piggy, although he does notice she didn't go to the trouble of making herself a snout, but the green shoes were a bit too much. Everyone at the party were students at Simon Fraser University was a good eight years or more younger than Alex and he felt like a fool mingling amongst them.

As Lena and Alex were chatting she asked him
Linda B
In Fatal Encryption, the author brings together the old and the new. The book is a well thought out mystery that combines computer geeks and old fashioned detective work. The book is dialog heavy in the style of the mysteries in which the “Inspector” questions suspects and listens in on conversations. In Fatal Encryption it is not an inspector, but Alex, a computer specialist. When he gets caught up in a family business, he just can’t help getting involved when someone connected to the business ...more
A good mystery novel

Fatal Encryption takes an average guy, Alex Bellamy, and plunks him into a cat-and-mouse game of computer crime and ‘murder most foul’. The author, Debra Purdy Kong, is a talented writer with a gift for creating detailed plots and settings. Her main character Alex Bellamy is a thoroughly likable and relatable guy, and was my favorite part of the book. His internal dialogue is very funny and he jumps off the page as a ‘real’ character, he is someone the reader identifies with
Robert Taylor
It was not bad but seemed to drag on in places. At times I was confused on how the story got to where it was. The plot and characters definitely developed better as the story went on.
Mindy Detweiler
My Take: This was a pretty good mystery. I always like to read about different ways that using computers can be used in mysteries. Something that we all take for cranted nowadays can cause alot of problems if it is used in a negative way. So much of our informationis online now and can be accessed by almost anyone. Anyway it was interesting to see how the author wove everything together and kept you guessing. The cover on my book was different than the one above and I think I liked my cover bett ...more
Julie Ferguson
This is the second in Purdy Kong's Alex Bellamy mystery series. I always enjoy a well crafted, well written mystery novel and "Fatal Encryption" is one of them. Not only does it have a gripping plot and three dimensional characters, there is a well-woven subtext throughout. See if you can figure that out while you try to identify the killer.

This is the type of book that makes you long for the next in the series as you approach the end - a page turner with more depth than most.
Oct 30, 2008 Jan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery, cyber enthusiasts
Recommended to Jan by: won through first reads contest
This was my initial "first reads" book. Fitting nicely into the mystery genre, this book had an intriguing plot -- computer hacks and encryption terrorists. It brought to the forefront of thought just how vulnerable we are as a result of relying so heavily on technology. The characters could have been more fully developed, though. All in all, it was an quick, enjoyable read.
Andrea Lister
I really enjoyed this book. Likeable, believable characters in a well crafted mystery. It kept me reading until the end and I am going to add the other books in the series to my reading list.
I enjoyed this book very much.
Not bad for free/cheap download.
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I've been writing and publishing mystery novels, short stories, personal essays, and articles for over 30 years. I guess the most well-known publication I've been published in is Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul.

Both books in my Alex Bellamy series, TAXED TO DEATH and FATAL ENCRYPTION centre around white-collar crime and take place in Vancouver.

My newer series features transit security cop, Casey
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