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(Chris Bruen #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  64 reviews
When a powerful client summons him for a midnight meeting, lawyer Chris Bruen knows something is very wrong. Zapper, the world’s most popular search engine, has been compromised and its most valuable asset—search algorithms—stolen. The company suspects that this most recent instance in a wave of high-tech crimes originated in China, and that the government itself is behind ...more
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Published December 9th 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
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May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story.

This second book was better than the first one, Chris Bruen character continues to grow on me. Story is about how we are knowingly or unknowingly being hacked. China, like many other countries in the business of hacking. This is always on the headlines, but like me knowingly give Amazon to collect information about my buying habits, what kind of books I like reading. At this techno age all we can do is be very careful.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found out about this book and author through Good Reads, due to a contest, and thought the story & series seemed like something I'd enjoy. I have to say I REALLY enjoyed Intrusion and will go back and read the others in the series. The topic, cyber theft, cyber spying and Asia are certainly completely relevant with what is currently being reported in the news with regard to N. Korea. In this case the spying & theft were done by China and involved a company not unlike Google. I found ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story. This is the second Reece Hirsch book I've read and I have enjoyed each of them. This was a page turner that never slowed down. Reece does a great job of using his knowledge of cyber crime to weave a plot that keeps the reader entertained and sitting on the edge of their seat. I really liked Chris and Zoey and hope they return in a future book. I will read everything Reece has written as he never disappoints and always takes me on a wild ride that I do not want to get off ...more
Michael Clark
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Visceral, current, edgy and fast. The kind of story Grisham would write if he had Clancy as a technical adviser, taking cues from the bleeding edge of the social underground to script the adventures of a superhero lawyer. Tale is woven with an insider's knowledge of the real world- Unit 61398, APT1, Bitcoin, Silk Road, assassins for online hire, and all the variations of hacker from white to black hat.

Intrusion was actually a book I couldn't put down, the story engaged me deeply by spinning a
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book especially all the information pertaining to China and their theft of US technology. It's just infuriating that the US will not do anything about it. I received the book free from Goodreads. Thank you Goodreads for the very interesting book.

When an internet search engine company is hacked by the Chinese, they call in their experts to determine the severity of the problem and how to recover the stolen algorithms used to make their search engine the largest in the world. China is
L.A. Starks
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A ripped-from-the-headlines thriller set in and around San Francisco. It's great fun to read about places I know, from Menlo Park to Stinson Beach to San Francisco itself. The theme could not be timelier: the book starts when a Google-like company has its algorithms stolen by the Chinese.

Hirsch clearly knows his tech & San Francisco environment. I would have liked to have gotten more sense of the organizations/countries--more of the macro conflict, a la Patricia Cornwell. This is a minor
Winter Sophia Rose
Engaging, Page-Turning Thriller!I Loved It!
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
wow this was a surprise. I really enjoyed the first novel in the series and gave it 5 stars this one was a series drop off. I really had to struggle to get thru this one. the first had good suspence and a good story and it was told from the main characters perspective and the reader was not told who the bad guy was. The author had a good idea by using China but did not had a clear idea .I was very tired of the china Hit man and what he was feeling in his head, waste of reading time I did not ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First, the obligatory line: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for a review in the "First reads" promotion from Goodreads.
I am easily giving five stars for a very enjoyable book that is outside of my typical reading genre. I do not read a lot of thriller/espionage/crime stories. I knew nothing of cybercrime or "big data" (or China for that matter) but that did not get in the way of following along with this fun, fast-paced story. "Intrusion" is very well-plotted and very well-told.
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
By: Reese Hirsch
Published By: Thomas & Mercer
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Reviewed By: tk

Chris Bruen is a privacy and security lawyer. His current focus is trying to find out who has stolen algorithms of an internet search engine. Although to some it may appear as no big problem. Kids trying to be hackers could be one possibility. Another larger possibility is a company with intent. What are they going to do with this information? Who would it benefit? Bruen will
Jo Reason
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Free copy in exchange for an honest review. I was thrilled to be awarded this on NetGalley, I love a good cyber thriller and this doesnt disappoint. There is so much action, thrills, twists and turns that you wont be able to put this down. I particularly enjoyed the part where the main character, Chris is in China, the author does a great job of describing the different aspects covered and on loads of things to do with China. There are explanations of what things mean regarding technical parts ...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
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads. This story keeps you on the edge and keeps you reading. It has a surprise twist at the end that I didn't see coming.
Kevin Rowe
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! If you haven't read Reese yet, and like twisty thrillers, make sure you do!! :)
Ashley Lewis
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I felt the urge to read more from this author even though I didn't like the first novel I read by him. I yet again really enjoyed this book! I don't think it was quite as strong as the last one, but still quite good!
Phoenix Reads
A fascinating tale of corporate espionage and hacking by the Chinese. The hero gets himself in all sorts of trouble by trying to prove who did it. I have to say I really enjoyed Intrusion and will others in the series. The topic, cyber theft, cyber spying and Asia are certainly relevant.
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
"It is a fairly open secret that almost all systems can be hacked, somehow. It is a less spoken of secret that such hacking has actually gone quite mainstream."

----Dan Kaminsky

Reece Hirsch, an American author, has penned a fast-paced, action-packed gripping thriller, Intrusion that narrates the story of a lawyer, who is called upon in the middle of the night to handle a search-engine company's delicate situation when some of their major algorithms are got stolen by some petty Chinese hackers,
Clare O'Beara
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this cyber crime story, which flits from Shanghai to San Francisco. A major search engine has been hacked and they suspect the Chinese government is the one responsible for stealing their algorithms. A lawyer who works in the field of privacy and data security offers to go to Shanghai and see what he can find out. Chris has got business Mandarin and he knows better than to bring his own computer or phone, but he is a conspicuous outsider and doesn't have backup on the ground.

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A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

When a powerful client summons him for a midnight meeting, lawyer Chris Bruen knows something is very wrong. Zapper, the world’s most popular search engine, has been compromised and its most valuable asset—search algorithms—stolen. The company suspects that this most recent instance in a wave of high-tech crimes originated in China, and that the government itself is behind the systematic theft of US
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

The author "Reece Hirsch" knows how to write a story that keeps you reading and sitting on the edge of your seat. What a scary read! This plot is so plausible and the characters are so realistic.

Chris Bruen, the main character, is a lawyer specializing in intellectual properties. The story opens with a phone call from his biggest client, Zapper, the worlds biggest and most popular internet search engine. They
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way-deep inside each person, is there really some unknown undesirable or worse, an evil trait or characteristic, just lurking, waiting for the trigger that will unleash it? And will the person, upon realizing that he had it in him, acknowledge or deny it?

On his third novel, Reece Hirsch, again, did not disappoint, action-wise and thrill-wise. He had both his main man and trigger man experience that battle within themselves. Only the dictates of their conscience and their moral reasoning spelled
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lent (like the first one) with Kindle Unlimited. One of the few books I hope will be good. Some authors I do not know, but the first book in this series was good, and I have already bought the third book (Surveillance) for a reasonable price.

A little too much info which is not needed (places, background info on history, people) and not enough hacking. The case, with all of its twists, even the surprise with the killer and the excursions into privacy law etc. where very good and I look forward to
John Johnstone
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
We all Google something everyday and hear or read about the size and power of Google, now you can read a thriller based on theft from a fictional Google caller Zapper. Chris Bruen a security and privacy lawyer at a law firm, is called in to investigate a hack into Zapper. Being a very hands on investigator Chris and his colleague Zoey have narrowed down the culprits and he decides to make a visit. Be warned this is not just a cybercrime investigation, Reece Hirsch has given us the whole shooting ...more
Marc Byers
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, The story flows great, hard to put the book down and reads very easy and fast. There is a little less technology then The Adversary, but was certainly more action packed. The computer hacking side of things takes a back seat to multi-national corporate and governmental issues. Chris steps out in it a little more than before and certainly feels the weight of some pretty serious attacks on him during the book. The ending is a nice twist and pretty hard to see coming due ...more
Tory Michaels
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I read it, word was just coming out about the Sony hack, so I was absolutely caught up in the timeliness of the tale.

I found the entire story to be believable and all too possible in this day and age. I kept holding my breath at various places, afraid that Chris might actually bite it at one spot or another. The pacing was phenomenal and I had to keep reading.

When I read this, I didn't realize it was part of a series, but that didn't give me any trouble while reading it. I definitely want
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was up into the wee hours of the morning finishing Intrusion. This a fast-paced cyber-crime thriller stars San Francisco lawyer Chris Bruen and his "maybe-girlfiend" computer forensic investigator Zoey Doucet. After a nail-biting trip to China, in search of evidence to connect the People's Liberation Army to the theft of the search algorithms, Chris returns to San Francisco, where the investigation continues. I enjoyed the descriptions of San Francisco and the unexpected plot twists at the ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A big thank you to Reece Hirsch and Goodreads for giving me a copy of this book!

"Intrusion" was fast-paced, easy to read, and hard to put down: in other words, the perfect thriller! Chris Bruen, a privacy attorney, is sucked into a nightmare when he travels to China to try and determine who stole his client Zapper's --a google search engine-- algorithms.

Piracy and cyber crime: all the more terrifying because it reads so true. . .A must read for anyone interested in cyber crime and the future of
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery-arc
I received a free copy from publisher via Net-Galley.This is my very first Cyber Thriller novel.Surprising since I am in the IT industry.I now can add this to the list of categories I like.As you may also have guessed I am new to the series.I enjoyed the book from start to finish and I am grateful for the opportunity of reviewing it.The cover was not what drew me to the book, but it has grown on me.(did hate it though)
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again I must thank Goodreads, the author and the publisher for allowing me to read this novel. I found it to be very timely as I found out recently that my personal info may have been hacked by you guessed it t he Chinese. It was a face paced, topical and thoroughly enjoyable novel.. This is not my first novel written by Reese and have found them all to be well written and worth reading Kudos again
Kristie Payne
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intrusion grips you from moment one. This is a complete page turner you can't put down!! A must-read thriller that includes cyber-espionage and a deadly game that involves major players in the world economy today. I would love to see this as a movie on the big screen. What a great read! Reece Hirsch is one of my new favorite authors.
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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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