Las Vegas is gone—destroyed in a terrorist attack. Black Hawk helicopters patrol the skies over New York City. And immersive online gaming is the most dangerous street drug around. In this dystopic near-future, technology has leapt forward once again, and neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboa...more
Sam spends a little too much time on computers, and draws the attention of the Homeland Se...more
Brian Falkner, author of The Tomorrow Code and The Project, delivers an action-packed...more
I recently finished Brian Falkner's Brain Jack.
it is about a high school senior named Sam who just happens to be one of the world's best hackers. I think this book is a little world-building,but not really, because it makes use of events that never actually happened. This book is pretty fast paced as Falkner goes into detail about the various ways to hack all these networks that never really existed. So Sam hacks into a network and then... ge
There are a variety of characters, but some characters had no description. For example Sam’s friend Fargas is present in the beginning of the story, but he isn’t described that well and he is forgotten in the middle of the book. The main characters were well de...more
Sam's best friend should have either not been involved or should have b...more
Brainjack by kiwi author Brian Falkner. Another YA read, but well worth a look-in. I'm all into sci-fi, furturistic, end-of-the-world type stories and this one doesn't fail.
Basically, the future of the internet is neuro-headsets, where you view the internet inside your head. Close your eyes and you'r...more
Is that a killer way to start a story or what? Set in the near future, where Las Vegas is a smoking nuclear wasteland thanks to terrorists, and online gaming has become so addictive that people actually die from it, technology is everything. 17-year-old Sam starts out just trying to get some extremely expensive laptops and neuro-headsets from a massive US corporation that can't possible miss the money....more
I puzzled a bit about the ending. Sam essentiall...more
Basically, the author is a complete computer geek and goes into indepth detail [shallow, pointless detail I might add] about how the protagonist does his hacking. TCP this, firewall that, blah blah blah. I like computers and have a passing familiarity with networks, etc, but this was just over the top.
The thing that didn't make...more
Sam is about to find out. Sam is just the averrage computer trying to get some free stuff. But when he pulls off the biggest hack in the country and shuts down half of the country, the government tak...more
The way the story end...more
by Brian Falkner
It takes a true Picasso to create a work of Modern Art; it takes a Michelangelo to create a masterpiece; and it takes Sam Wilson to hack into the unhackable network. An action tale told in the vein of movies like IRobot, and video games like Resident Evil, Sam finds himself caught in a very powerful cyber web. He’s a cyber criminal busted by the U.S. Government, forced to work with an elite team of hackers to protect life as we know it. As luck would have it, his job ca...more
Falkner delves into the hacking underworld with the precision of a surgeon and the expertise of an engineer. He crafts convincing language of computer geeks that turns the characters into convincing super hackers in a technological thriller.
This book may be not be everyone, since the terminology is over the heads of us mere technology mortals. For all I know, he was making it up, but it certainly doesn't feel that way. And even though I di...more
After reading the prologue, I was hooked. I had to find out who was capable of creeping though my computer, finding all my secrets, and how this person figured out how to do it. I loved how in the beginning, I felt connected; Brian Falkner brings you right into the story. The story is how Sam, a teenage computer hacker, becomes connected to each of our lives though our personal computers. This is the story before it all happens, how and why he does it.
Las Vegas ha...more
Brain Jack by Brian Falkner was a book that was leading the reader one way, then took a tight turn onto the road of being a hero. It was an unexpected turn for better. It worked like a charm bringing a distant issue in the book to the front of the story. It applies all the variables to the storyline that would make a scenario like this plausible in reality.
This science fiction book is one of the best of the best. It uses real life examples such as airplanes, for example the Bo...more
After accidentally crashing the country's online systems for three days, teenage hacker Sam finds himself recruited and working for Homeland Security - and all he intended to do was use Telecomerica's giant bank account to purchase new state-of-the-art laptops and neuroheadsets for him and his best friend. Suddenly, thrust into the world of professional hacking, Sam begins to unearth information about Telecomerica and the neuro-headsets that go against even his unscrupulo...more