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The Quantum Deception (Tanner Zane #2)

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What starts out as a calm night in Salt Lake City turns into chaos when a passenger plane crashes into the mountains. When reformed cyber hacker Tanner Stone links the accident to an ingenious Chinese computer virus, it’s up to him to prevent it from destroying the financial data of everyone in America! Thrilling, explosive, and packed with twists, this book changes everyt ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Tanner's services are called upon when his co-worker is killed in a plane accident. Tanner was scheduled to be on the flight, but cancelled at the last moment. It turns out to be a terrorist attack and Tanner was the target.

This book is action packed from page one. It kept me turning pages to see what could possibly happen next. Missiles, kidnapping, computer viruses, terrorism, a nations financial status at stake... I'm not forgetting that Tanner is a reformed computer hacker who is able to cra
Katie W
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great thriller because it's very realistic. In fact, that idea alone made it very eerie. I live in the same area where this took place and to see a plane crash not too far from me and see the market crash the way it did would be really scary.

Tanner is back, in the second installment, with a new name, a new job, a new wife, and a new baby on the way. He's working at the NSA and is still as smart as ever, since he's the one who linked the plane crash that killed his co-worker and friend
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series and this book was just as good! It takes place two years after the first book. Tanner has changed his name, gotten married, is preparing for the birth of his first child, relocated to Utah and works at the NSA facility. Right away, a passenger plane gets shot down and, once they realize the significance of that particular plane going down, the race is on to stop a sinister plot from becoming reality.

I was hooked from the first page. Mr. Acey does a great job
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This is the second book in this Tanner Zane series. The first book is "The Quantum Breach" and you really should read that book before diving into this book. It will make so much more sense.

This book starts out right in the thick of things. I was immediately pulled in- right from the very first paragraph. The pacing was fabulous and full on. It's exactly what you would expect from a cyber thriller. I love when I am drawn in from the very beginning and kept there, captive, the whole book.

James Staiti
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good suspenseful read

The story has high tech and heroics. There are typos, though the story rises above them. I enjoyed reading this novel.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
After slogging my way through 3/4 of the book, I finally gave up and skimmed (barely) to the end. I was bored with the execution of the plot.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the read. Good suspense and not any cuss words or sex. Thank you.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This is the second book I have read this summer by Denver Acey. I did not want to put it down till I was through. It takes place two years about after The Quantum Breach ends. It is exciting, modern story with a real understanding about computers and what is going on around in the world. It has lots of agencies working together as Tanner figures out what is going on.

Tanner Stone has had his name changed by FBI. He now works for NSA and lives in Utah. He has married Megan and she is eight
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. this series!

In The Quantum Breach we watched Tanner get kidnapped and forced to hack into the newly developed quantum computer.

Now he is fully sanctioned to use the quantum computer to thwart cyber attacks.

This book opens up with a scene of a woman taking down the plane that Tanner was suppose to be on.

His partner was on that plane...

Why would someone want to take out these two computer specialists?

Because they are THE VERY BEST at what they do!

Using all of his computer skills
Jeff Kurosoki
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought that this book was awesome! The author did a good job of explaining how the operations of how they find people. I think it is scary though that some of the ways the NSA spies on us are real. It had a good pace to it. It was just the right amount of suspense mixed with action. For instance, the part when the assassin rigs the house. The fact that you knew what was happening and the character did not made it even more suspenseful. My favorite character was probably Tanner, the main one. ...more
Tanner Zane is back, now Tanner Stone living in a new location with a new identity. Tanner has started a new life working for the NSA and is looking forward to being a father. When a commercial air-liner leaving Salt Lake City is shot down, Tanner and his team soon learn that this attack was personal. In a race against time, Tanner and his team must unravel who caused the attack and who is trying to kill Tanner.

This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed this one just as much as the fir
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

This is the follow up to Quantum Breach. I liked it. It is smart, full of drama, characters that I like, suspense that keeps you guessing till the end. The technology is out there. There is a race to keep the America strong and not take down the financial date of our country. I did not want to put the book down.

Tanner Stone works now in Salt Lake City in a NSA with Quantum computer. A super secret fast computer. Tanner is married and expecting his first child. He was supposed to be on a
Melissa Green
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Editing, Editing, Editing! An enjoyable story, but really needs an editor. NOTE TO ALL SELF-PUBLISHERS: SPELL-CHECK IS NOT AN EDITOR AND IS UNRELIABLE! Also, though I understand the concept of artistic license, some things about the story were just not believable. For example, the main character's first name is Tanner - not a common name. It is not believable that the FBI would relocate him and give him a new identity, yet let him keep his unusual first name and give him a job doing the same wor ...more
Bryan Cacciatore
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Utah Code Breaker follows Tanner a couple years after his previous adventure in The Mormon Hacker. This one adds a lot more use of technology and a lot more action that it's predecessor though. Even though written in the same style, this book feels a lot more mature and into the groove and is a lot better with pacing and keeping the pages turning. Other than a few spelling mistakes (most notable the spelling of Bryan's name changes back and forth a few times), I have no complaints about the ...more
MaryAnn Dennis
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved it! It was exciting and interesting from the very beginning. I love that the NSA team has to think through the different problems and work to find solutions using extremely high tech equipment. I think I liked it even better than the prequel - The Quantum Breach, although I think both books could easily be turned into movies. I love that these books are exciting and dangerous while staying clean and appropriate for all audiences. You can tell that the author has a lot of knowledge on the ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction, mystery
This was a fast paced cyber mystery novel. I wish I had read the first in the series before reading this book, because I felt there were characters that I was missing background info on. Otherwise, the story was well done. The mystery was well written....although I guessed who the bad guy was, I imagine most won't! (I read WAY too many of these stories!) Some of the scenes were totally unlikely, but since it is fiction, I was ok with them. I think my favorite characters are two brothers who were ...more
It makes you wonder how many incidents like this actually happen, as we naively live our lives not knowing about cyber terrorism plots, that have failed - & hopefully continue to fail.

This book was very good, but scary at the same time. I felt like closing my Facebook page after the first book in this series, and now don't know how I could protect myself, and my family,from a situation that could very well happen. Very thought provoking, and makes me want changes with the government debt, an
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-conceived, fast-paced technical thriller that is drowning in it's own verbiage. It desperately needs a ruthless editor to cut out all the info dumps and unnecessary details that clutter the plot. After a while, I had to start skimming or lose the thread of the story. However, the author's knowledge (or excellent feigning) of the intelligence community, cyber warfare, and malware is superb, and his plot is very clever and engaging. It's definitely worth reading, but with a great ed ...more
Ray Briggs
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought the book because the title caught my interest and was pleasantly surprised to find that the book was very enjoyable to read. I understand that there is a prequel to this book, but again was pleased to find that it was not necessary to read it prior to this one. The information of the sites used in the book are of course fictional, but was mixed with enough facts to keep the interest level high
Howard Rensin
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is GREAT. It moves well and the ending is very exciting. I was a little doubtful at first when it started out talking about the geeks at NSA but it has developed nicely and the ending is very action oriented.
The author's first book "The Mormon Hacker" is a prelude to this book. Unfortunately it is out of print and not available as an eBook. I hope Mr. Acey writes a lot more books like the Utah Code Breakers, because he has shown a real talent for action writing.
I read the first book in this series about a year and a half ago, liked it and I found that this one is even better. For me, this was a page-turner with good characters and an especially brilliant protagonist. I rate it 4.7 stars.
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a scary possibility this book presented. Full of suspense and drama and based in Utah with both members and non members involved it is a journey of suspense into cyber reality. Great read - kept me reading.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Good book. I liked it better than the first one. Good plot and very clean. Even though there was a complaint from another reader, the book was edited and the spelling corrected. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book. Lots of technology I didn't know about.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read and it was based in SLC Utah. Cool.
Charlane Lucardie
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boy - this book really makes you think of what could happen in the world today. This book is totally plausible. Well written and very suspenseful.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cedar-fort-books
If you liked The Quantum Breach, you'll definitely like this one! It takes you into the world of spies, cyber hacking, and Internet safety. Great read!
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this book...

A more realistic portrayal of hackers and the scope of cybercrime. Makes you think how little privacy we all have anymore.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First rate story telling about cyber space.
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Few people understand the terrifying, yet realistic threat of computer hacking like Denver Acey. Denver has spent his entire professional career in the information technology industry where he has witnessed and even thwarted actual cyber-crime. From his top-secret job working for the US government to securing computer networks at Fortune 500 companies, Denver is personally familiar with hackers an ...more
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