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Surveillance

(Chris Bruen #3)

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When former computer-crimes prosecutor Chris Bruen and retired hacktivist Zoey Doucet open their San Francisco law firm, it’s the best day of their professional lives. That is, until their first client walks through the door.

Ian Ayres is an “ethical hacker” who was hired by a company to test the security of its online systems. On the job, he uncovered some highly
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Paperback, 313 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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DamonS I personally would read them in sequence, because it explains a few things about the character connections and their experience history, but the books…moreI personally would read them in sequence, because it explains a few things about the character connections and their experience history, but the books can stand alone without needing to. The immersion into the series is better fulfilled if done in order.. (less)

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Sue
SURVEILLANCE, a cyber thriller by author Reece Hirsch’s is the third book in the Chris Bruen series. 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.

I was fortunate to receive an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When former computer-crimes prosecutor Chris Bruen and
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L.A. Starks
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you can be found anywhere and by a multitude of technologies, how would you hide? Hirsch's familiarity with the tech industry and his research into the NSA turbocharge this page-turning thriller. Recommended, especially for thriller readers.
Judy Dubrule
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won
Excellent. Could not put this book down. Something just keeps happening. The scary part was that is could all happen. The internet is so new that most people don't understand it. Privacy is a thing of the past. When you meet someone new, your friends and family tell you their life story. This book really makes you think about things like that.
A. HAMBLY
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cyberspace thriller!!

A cyberspace thriller that takes you into a world of greed, cover up and corruption. The story travels from San Francisco, to Mexico and Equador in a fast paced game of cat and mouse.
Lots of high tech detail...way above my head.
Donna Valente
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from Goodreads giveaway .Really good book!! Loved the main character. Everyone should read this.
Marcia
Fascinating Cybercrimes Reading

If you decide to read this book read Book 1, The Adversary and Book 2 Intrusion. Surveillance can standalone, but the back story of Chris Bruen and Zoey Ducet will lure you further in to their exploits if you fully understand their back story. I hope Hirsch writes Book 4.

I chose this book for obvious reasons, it was the third in a series, and I loved the two that came before it. I seriously could not put these books down. Now you need to know this about me, when I
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Dave
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you author Reece Hirsch for this signed copy of Surveillance. Also, thank you to goodreads.com for hosting this opportunity through the First Reads program.

I think this was a really good read. At just south of 300 pages, expect pretty much non-stop action from essentially beginning to end, with a few sections between to catch your breath. I was quickly drawn in to to story and just didn't want to let go.

There is a good character set of believable people, having normal skill sets for their
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Francisco Moraes
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an early copy of this book from the author for exchange for an honest review.

I devoured the book, page by page and enjoyed reading the new Chris Bruen story as much as I enjoyed the other two novels in the series.

The story picks up with Chris and Zoe opening their new practice, getting the new office started when their first customer walks in after discovering the existence of a secret government agency. Things get busy as the trio is chased by the operatives from the
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Laszlo
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Thanks God I'm in the second half of my life, ....started back in just after the II WW. ,.....
Security !....??....Privacy. ?? ...that is the question !??!
Nice story line, well told !
Thanks Laszlo




Ps. Thanks Reece to sand it to me ,....to put me in thinking mode !
Nenette
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was just one seemingly quiet moment at the start when Chris and Zoey opened Bruen and Associates for the first time. After that it was non-stop action all the way to the end. I read as fast as the actions unfolded, as it couldn't be helped. I'm grateful I started this on a weekend, though I don't think I'll go to the extreme and call in sick if work will get in the way of reading. I still need my paycheck to buy books, after all.

One thing I'm missing from this book/series is the actual
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Paromjit
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic non stop thrill ride from beginning to end. It is the first book that I have read of the series and I am hooked! It gives us a gobsmacking picture of how all encompassing government surveillance actually is and its capacity to spy on citizens. Chris and Zoe are forced to go on the run after government agents enter their offices and kill people. They are after a client that is an ethical hacker who has come across dangerous information. It is a story of adrenaline charged ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away with this story. Everyone was being watched for nefarious purposes. Chris, an attorney, his girlfriend Zoey and Ian have become embroiled in eluding an agency that does not have their best interests in mind. Believe me, that is an understatement! This free, Goodreads Giveaway was very well done. It included lots of information about how we can be observed without our knowledge. It was also full of tons of excitement, and twists and turns in the plot that kept me unwilling to put ...more
Elizabeth A.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
There’s a saying that no good deed goes unpunished, and surely something similar to that has to be top of mind when Ian Ayres walks into the San Francisco law firm of Chris Bruen. A so-called “ethical hacker,” someone who hacks into companies at their request to test their cybersecurity and show them where their weaknesses are, Ayres found far more than he bargained for on his last job.

While conducting what he thought was a routine security probe, he came across information that indicates the
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Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
This novel will make you think twice about looking things up on the internet, who you call, and going any place with security cameras. Reece Hirsch writes a very compelling novel about how the government is always watching what we do and who we meet, not to mention what we research on the internet, what we buy if it is of interest to them. Hirsch will leave you chewing your fingernails with how she created this stunning techno thriller. In a world where everything we do is completely ...more
Heather
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC from the author for review.

Reece Hirsch writes a good Cyber Thriller.

Chris and Zoey are back home in San Francisco and seem to be getting settled. They have opened a new Privacy and Security law firm together. Everything is going well as they work to set up and organize the office. That is, until the first new potential client walks through the door and their lives are turned upside down and they are in danger again.

This book revolves around domestic surveillance. Although Chris and Zoey
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Linda
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC in return for an honest review, and all I can say is I was blown away with the story that rings true of Big Brother is watching you! Chris Bruen, a former computer crimes prosecutor, decided to open his law practice, he had no clue how the first client would change his life for the worst! When Ian Ayres turned to be an ethical hacker, he had no idea that is legit hacking for one company that hired him to search for bugs would prove to be his downfall when he found data that ...more
Linda
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Former DOJ cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen has opened his own law office and has hired Ian Ayres to test the security of the company’s online systems. Ian uncovers highly classified information that shows the existence of a top-secret government surveillance agency and a skeleton key program that can break any encryption. Now Ian is on the run as well as Chris and Zoey Doucet, employee in charge of the firm’s computer lab. Chris and Ian head to Mexico while Zoey heads to Ecuador with the help ...more
Rich
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
The first novel was good in the series but these next two novels have not come close. This novel was better than the 2nd offering but still it was a stretch at times and it just swung and missed we me. I t had a good idea but was just not carried out on. some sections seemed as filler and some scenes were a stretch to believe and the ending, I was not wild about. It is doable.
Len Grabowski
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great story ,scary that it could be true

Enjoyed that there were three different plots going on at one time. Very believable,well written. Made technical stuff easy to understand. Truly a joy to read.
Joseph Lopez
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SURVEILLANCE is the third book in Reece Hirsch’s Chris Bruen series. The titular protagonist of the series, Chris Bruen, is a former Department of Justice cybercrimes prosecutor who has since turned to private practice. In the previous two novels, Chris worked at the fictional law firm of Reynolds, Fincher & McComb LLP in San Francisco. But after his firm's involvement with the Russian mob, suspicions of cyberterrorist associations, and assassination plots, Chris perhaps rightfully decides ...more
Isis
I would like to thank Thomas & Mercer, as well as NetGalley, for a copy of this e-ARC to review. Though I received this ebook for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.


Goodreads Teaser: "When former computer-crimes prosecutor Chris Bruen and retired hacktivist Zoey Doucet open their San Francisco law firm, it’s the best day of their professional lives. That is, until their first client walks through the door.

Ian Ayres is an “ethical hacker” who was hired by a company to
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Roberta
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(advance reading copy)
You may consider yourself a knowledgeable and savvy techie or someone well beyond, but this captivating thriller will reveal how pathetically uninformed you really are about cyberworld capabilities.

Chris Bruen had just opened his privacy and cybersecurity legal firm in San Francisco. When his first client, Ian Ayres, walked through the door both lives changed forever. Ian was a former black-hat hacker before turning to private practice and becoming a white-hat hacker to
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Clare O'Beara
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the previous Chris Bruen technothriller 'Intrusion', about industrial espionage on a Chinese scale. This latest work shows Bruen, a tech-savvy privacy lawyer in San Francisco, opening his new company. A client with apparent paranoia arrives but when they briefly leave the building an assassin enters and shoots the receptionist and computer operator. Maybe the client wasn't overstating his case.

A few reasons are stopping me from giving this book five stars. One is that the main
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Gina Burgess
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MY REVIEW
This is an extraordinary thriller and suspense. It gives you an insight into just how invasive to our privacy the government can be, and that is scary. The story line is non-stop flood with a pace that makes it hard to remember to breathe.

The characters are very well developed; each one acting, talking, and responding in character. In fact, the whole story is very well written, and quite believable. I found myself quite sympathetic with the main characters. One of them does something
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Kevin Rowe
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ll start off honestly (sorry Reece)…I don’t even remember how I stumbled across Reece Hirsch’s first book that introduced his character, Chris Bruen. I am very glad that I did, though! From the very beginning of this character’s introduction in The Adversary Hirsch has the reader fully engulfed in his world of cyber crimes and technology, and sets a fast pace that makes it very hard to put these books down.

It’s been just over a year since Intrusion (the second Bruen adventure) was released,
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Cathleen
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Surveillance" is a very scary read. There are so many rumors, posts and articles floating out there about how the Government is "watching and listening" and reading this book just made me feel very, very uncomfortable. I don't very often give out 5 stars and this is definitely in that category.

"Surveillance" starts out with a bang and just takes you on a serious thrill ride and a ride that takes you from the US to other countries. The main characters are on the run from the US Government who
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Carla JFCL
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three separate but very related plots come together in this fun, fast-paced, cyber-suspense novel; I enjoyed it a lot! It’s obvious the author knows his stuff, which actually makes this book more than a little scary if even half of the security and spying elements of the story are true. It truly seems there is no such thing as privacy anymore.

I read an advance reader copy of this book which was provided to me by the author...so there’s that disclaimer out of the way. Over the years I have read a
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Bourbon, Books and Brenda
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
The story started off awesome, but as the story continued to progress, I felt like I was being force fed a political rant. I understand that this story is about "surveillance" and NSA, but good heavens, the repeated, continuous Snowden references were enough, but to actually bring Snowden into the story (yes, one of the characters in the story actually has a conversation with Snowden), I almost quit reading. Snowden's actions do not need to be glorified in fiction or non-fiction. If the author ...more
Susan
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jeannine
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
It took me two weeks to read this but really I if I had the time I would have read it in one night and finished. Sadly, I can't do that any more. Within a busy life I read this book every spot I had free whether small or large. The story grabbed me in the first few pages. I'm not normally a fan of serial characters but I make an exception for Reece Hirsch's book and his character Chris Bruen. I'm an IT person with an interest in security/privacy areas and this was a thrilling ready. It shows ...more
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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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