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The Adversary

(Chris Bruen #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  746 ratings  ·  124 reviews
“Reece Hirsch is writing and running with the big boys.” – John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

Former DOJ cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen walks into a dark Amsterdam apartment to confront a hacker known as Black Vector. This should have been a routine assignment for Bruen, but instead of obtaining a confession, Bruen finds the hacker’s dead body and
Paperback, 396 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer (first published August 6th 2013)
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Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Adversary by Reece Hirsch is the first book in the Chris Bruen mystery series. Former cybercrimes prosecutor, Chris Bruen is now employed by his law firm to protect large companies from hackers and cyberattacks. He comes up against super hackers known as Enigma and Ripley who have developed a Lurker virus and are threatening a major cyber attack to bring down New York city at the same time while framing him for the attack. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Even with not ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I won a copy of "The Adversary" by Reece Hirsch through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.If you like fast paced thrillers, this is the book for you. I loved it! The plot centers around computer hackers...and the battle against cybercriminals.

Chris Bruen is a partner in the San Francisco law firm Reynolds, Fincher and McComb, and an expert in data security law. Before that he had been a chief prosecutor in the Department of Justice's computer crimes section...his job had been to convict hackers.
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I need to start by saying that this particular style of book is not my normal cup of tea. I prefer thrillers set in a historical context. However, this title may have changed that particular interest. Overall, this was a quick read not because I wanted to get it over with but because it held my attention for a continuous span of time. I finish with a feeling of entertained satisfaction as well as mental stimulation.
If you have not bothered to delve into the cyber world of hacking and online
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thought this was a very good novel. I thought it was a good start for a new series. I read the first novel he wrote the insiders which was a stand alone---it was good but it was raw and the main character (I really had no feelings for . The main character in this series you could root for and be engaged with. I did not feel that there were to many fillers in the story and a couple of neat twist. I was worried how the novel was going to end but for the most part he pulled it off-it might have ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, fast-paced technothriller by an author who knows his stuff.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page turning techno thriller had a "been there, done that" story arc.
Kathy Gray
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great book that I won on Goodreads Giveaway. It took me a day to read. I learned a lot about technology, but in a good way. The story was very well done. It kept me interested even when they got into the technical stuff. Now I want to get The Insider to read.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reece Hirsch's first book hooked me on Tech Thrillers. I have been fascinated by the Internet ever since my son guided my toe into cyberspace. But Reece Hirsh opens the world of hackers for all of us.

In The Adversary, Chris Bruen, a former DO prosecutor works for a law firm that specializes in date security laws. He was sent to Amsterdam to retrieve all stolen copies of a source code from a hacker known as the Lurker. The settlement papers were a good deal for the hacker since he could avert
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I don't know where to begin. This book is full of suspense but it is informative at the same time. On the one hand you spend the time moving around the world chasing after answers to a crime that is getting ready to be committed. On the other hand you learn things about computer viruses that open your eyes to how easily a cyber-attack could happen to us today. While Hirsch takes us behind the scenes of computer programming and virus
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a very intriguing and intricate suspense thriller about cyber terrorism. the hero is a former DOJ cybercrimes investigator, now at the top of his field in the private sector. He is rather removed with personal relationships, citing his own personal firewall he won't let anyone penetrate. Abruptly, however, his sane world turns upset down when his girl friend is kidnapped and he finds himself on the run as he tries to find her before he is arrested for a massive cyber attack for which he ...more
With THE INSIDER Reece Hirsch delivered an amazing first novel with tons of promise. With his second, THE ADVERSARY, he delivers on that promise by giving his readers a new and many faceted narrative that provides both mystery and suspense. His protagonist, Chris Bruen, is a realistically flawed man with secrets in his past who finds himself plagued by a shadowy group of computer hackers and under investigation by FBI and CIA. He and his unlikely sidekick, Zoey, race across two continents in ...more
Amy Broome
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaways.

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for hacker/technical books, and normally most books don't deliver. This one does. It describes actual hacking methods, which I found enjoyable and plausible. The action portion seemed a bit over the top, with some superfluous globe-trotting tossed in (perhaps a nod to those who aren't as keen on hacking and just wanted action).

So for those who watched that cult classic Hackers, this book seems to pick up from there,
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first book won from Goodreads; and it turned out to be a very good one.

Don't let its subject - cyber-terrorism - scare you off if you think you are not tech savvy enough to comprehend what's going on. Mr. Hirsch doesn't try to impress with massive amounts of technical jargon that add nothing to the ultimate story or outcome. He explains - in very understandable detail - essentially just those technical aspects of computers and programming that are needed to understand and advance the
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read and liked Reece Hirsch first book, The Insider. This one is no different on the like level; but I don't think I'm cut out for serials. With more than a week apart, and several other books read in between, I had to backtrack before I could start on the new installment. Lesson learned and note to self: don't start reading until all the episodes are in.

I would love to read more of this author, so I would be watching out for his next book - hopefully, it's not a serial :)
Esther Somorai
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a totally well-written, smooth, exciting, hold your breath, tension filled, what's going to happen next read. Great character interaction and characters. You're there every step of the way throughout this thrilling, believable story. It gave me as a reader a lot to think about.

I'm so very glad I won this book from Reece Hirsch through GoodReads, first-reads giveaway. Thank you. ***Highly Recommend***
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the second novel by Reece Hirsch. I had the pleasure of being introduced to this author by winning a copy of his first novel in a goodreads giveaway. This second novel definitely doesn't disappoint. The reader is immersed in the world of hackers. It is hard to guess who can be trusted. A definite page turner and I can't wait for the next book!
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bought, lent with Amazon Prime.
Not enough twists for me, but ok read.
Reasonably fast read, not too long.
As this is a series, I might read the next book in the series: Intrusion
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a well-written, fast-paced tale about computer hacking and cyber terrorism. The characters are believable and the subject matter is very timely. Anyone who thought that the recent trouble at the Target stores is scary should read this book.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Bruen is a former DOJ cybercrimes prosecutor and is now a partner in a San Francisco law firm. Bruen’s client is Blue Cloud, a company that owns the world’s most popular operating system and whose source code was stolen by hackers. They want the hackers found and prosecuted. Bruen tracks hacker Pietr Middendorf to Amsterdam and finds him dead when he gets there. He finds a flashdrive hidden by Pietr that his murderer wanted. Chris is unaware of a hidden camera where the murderer is ...more
Elizabeth A.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
[Note: This is a joint review of the first two books in this series, Intrusion and The Adversary.]

Using computers, social media and the Internet are a part of the daily lives of nearly 3 billion people. That’s a staggering number, but one that makes it easy to understand why controlling the online world and, more importantly, the ways people access it and the information that can gleaned from those who use it, are things some will stop at nothing to achieve.

Enter Chris Bruen, former Department
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A solid piece of writing from Reece Hirsch; compelling and well-developed, the characters were believable and the style was hugely enjoyable.

The Adversary is everything that Hollywood looks for in its next summer blockbusters: easy to follow, enjoyable characters, and formulaic enough to not require too much critical thinking. This may sound like a slight, but it's not intended that way. This was a fun book that was easy to read, and fun to ride along with. There's nothing wrong with a book
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Adversary" is a very well written techno-thriller reminiscent of the movie "Die Hard," where computer hackers try to take over a city and cause widespread death and destruction. Trying to stop this mayhem is ex-hacker Chris Bruen, who gets involved whether he wants to or not.

Chris was a former Department of Justice attorney working on cyber crimes. He decided to take his skills private and joined a law firm where he basically did the same thing, only he could offer offenders with options
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was literally swept away with suspense in this book.

Most authors have their own unique way of telling a story. Some go to great lengths with extremely descriptive adjectives. Others feel they must have numerous subplots to make the story interesting. Usually when that occurs, I find myself having to refer back to the last time the author referenced that particular subplot to refresh my memory with those characters. Reece Hirsch lets the story flow smoothly, without interruption, from chapter
Shelly Donaghey
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
This novel starts with a big bang and the action doesn’t slow down, but there is something about this story that nags at me. First to the story itself which is mostly action packed with pacing that will keep you turning the pages long after you should have turned out the lights for the night. Our hero is Chris Bruen, once of the Department Of Justice who now works for a law firm where he specializes in data security laws. After a mission to stop a hacker in Amsterdam fails, he heads back to San ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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This review is based on the autographed FirstReads copy I was lucky enough to win. The author included a personalized, signed letter with the book, which made me appreciate my win even more. As was the case with The Insider, the protagonist (Chris Bruen) is a corporate attorney who specializes in cyber-security and becomes embroiled in a mystery that threatens his job and his life. The story begins with Bruen traveling to Amsterdam to confront a hacker; however, the hacker is murdered. Shortly ...more
Brian Verendus
Winning a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads was a blessing. Usually I don't pick up a new author unless he or she comes highly recommended by a friend. Yet, something about this book grabbed my attention and I was delighted to win a copy.

First, the pacing of this book is insane. I know it's 400 pages, but it is the definition of a page turner. I haven't had much time to read lately, but the book fit nicely into the free moments I've had to spare. I ended up reading it in 3 large
Lisa Mccarty
I received this book from a first reads giveaway. I must say that I am not a big computer fan and generally do not read books that revolve around this type of thing but this book was very exciting and entertaining. I found myself unable to put it down and will be buying his first book because I loved this one. He made it so easy to understand what was going on, even if you have no knowledge of computer terms and the way it was presented was interesting not boring. I sincerely hope that he goes ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Reece Hirsch's first book, The Insider, so I decided to give The Adversary a try. I'm glad that I did.
This is a good start to this kindle serial.
Chris Bruen, an attorney, travels to the Netherlands for a major client to confront a computer hacker that has stolen program codes only to find him dead. What should have been a quick and simple job turns out to be a problem that could cost more lives then it already has. 5 stars
This is going to be a great story and I look forward to episode
ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read, The Adversary and then Insider and now have read Surveillance by Reese Hirsch

Surveillance Reese Hirsch
Big Brother Is Watching!
Reese Hirsch does not disappoint. This book might be even better than Insider but maybe not. They are both tense thrillers. The characters are all interesting and you get a feel for how they “tick.” Ian Ayres visits a new company formed by cyber security specialists, Chris Bruen and Zoey his girlfriend. Ian has discovered a new organization called, “The Working
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Reece Hirsch is the author of five thrillers that draw upon his background as a privacy attorney. His first book, The Insider, was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. His next three books, The Adversary, Intrusion, and Surveillance, all feature former Department of Justice cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen. Hirsch is a partner in the San Francisco ...more

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