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End of the Road

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Great minds can change the world

or leave it in ruins . . .

When tech prodigy Jade Veverka creates a program to communicate with her autistic sister, she’s tapped by a startup to explore the potential applications of her technology. But Jade quickly begins to notice some strange things about the small Kansas town just beyond the company’s campus—why are there no children any
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Witness Impulse
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Sherry Fundin
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
LS Hawker is a familiar name to me, so I was happy to grab End of the Road and check it out. Conspiracy and cyber terrorism, how can I pass it up?

Something is very wrong in Miranda Kansas, where Jade and a group of cyber nerds are hard at work creating a computer program, a form of artificial intelligence that Jade began to help her sister, who has autism.

The main characters are a group of computer geniuses who were chosen because of their computer skills and their ability to think outside the b
Nycki Heisler
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Hawker has done it again! Another fascinating tale told with many twists and turns. Her grasp of modern day technology, film, pop culture, and the human psyche is unnerving. End of the Road will take you on a startling journey through some of the scariest realities we face in 2017 as well as giving you insight into the world of autism and its effects on the family system. If you enjoy a thriller with true depth, or if you are in anyway a part of or involved with "nerd culture." this book wil ...more
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Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In End Of The Road, author L.S. Hawker weaves another riveting thriller that is full of intrigue, action, drama, suspense, secrets, and murder.

The author takes the reader on a wild roller coaster ride as tech researcher / programmer Jade Veverka tries to protect and maintain control of her invention, a computer program that communicates with Autistic people, but secretive dealings by her employers, and a strangeness about the surrounding small Kansas town, has Jade realizing that things aren't w
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jade is very smart and she has created something that could change the world. Little does she know that it could change it for the worse. She has been creating a possible AI. Something to enhance communication between people and between computers. Of course there is something hinky going on, and Jade along with her colleagues and friends who are also working on the project find that out.

I liked the thriller aspect and the sci-fi possibility of technological singularity. Jade was interesting and
Meagan Palmer
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from this author

This book was ever so slightly slower than the others I've read by this author, but only because of the need to describe in detail some technical parts of the story. Other than that (unless you're one who finds IT fascinating) , this book was incredible. I love how this author always keeps you guessing up to the end. Her books are well-thought out, and well-written. I rarely, if ever, come across typos or any editing problems. I appreciate that because constant
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
wow. so many 5 stars...? this is my third book by L.S. Hawker and the first two blew me out of the water but this one, I'm like... what the hell happened? This reads as for 8 to 10 year olds, maybe Y.A. It was a good read but, definitely no twists or turns, not scary, not thrilling. I'd say cute.
Chandru CS
It is a good thing I don't know

Cuz I coon ben ovr n pig ub a dime. This new super-slo-mo-slur voice haunted Jade’s dreams. No, that wasn’t quite right. Mom’s old voice haunted them. In the dreams, Pauline would say, “I was shining you on! Pretty funny, huh?” And in the dreams, Jade was always furious at her mother for doing this to her.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
I finished reading "The Circle" and then read "End of the Road"...LS Hawker's story is so much more intense and she doesn't lose the opportunity to write a great story!!! This would be a much better movie!!! ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by L.S. Hawker. Fabulous page turner!
Robin Visser
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent story.
Book #44 for 2018
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Here's another one with big-ass spoilers in the cover blurb, so do yourself a favor and don't read the cover blurb! Geez, what is up with publishers? Do they not understand that putting almost the entire plot in the cover blurb kills suspense and maybe they shouldn't oughta do that for a suspense novel?? Fo
Elena Hartwell
Feb 27, 2017 added it
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Tense, thriller meets amateur sleuth. It's in a genre all its own. Young, smart, beautifully-flawed protagonist in a high tech world. ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fan-freaking-tastic! LS Hawker does it again, she never ceases to amaze me! OK guys, trust me, this was one suspenseful book! Was it my imagination? Or was the Twilight Zone theme song playing in the background while I was reading this?

Talk about edge-of-your-seat suspense and action. Wow! Loved the characters, just loved them! I can't even decide who was my favorite. Character development was excellent. These people (Jade, Olivia, Elias, Berko) were superheros in the unconventional way. They we
Chloe Hawker
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Sometimes, you read a book, and the characters hang around with you long after you turn the last page. Jade, Berko, Elias, and Olivia are unlikely friends who come together through their wits and the impossible circumstances they weather together, and this book made me feel like I was one of their number, too. Though they're definitely all smarter than me.

In all seriousness, this book introduces a diverse cast of interesting characters who defy stereotypes (a Kansas farm girl who was an all-star
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read all three of LS Hawker's books now, and I have to say, END OF THE ROAD was her best yet. Full of twists and turns, it is extremely well written and has a fantastic, well-developed cast of characters. This book kept me guessing at every turning point. Well done! ...more
High-Tech Suspense

End of the Road was a slow burn, the groundwork went on for close to half the book. Once we hit full speed, I was willing to go the distance, but until then, I almost forced myself to keep going. The plot was very...on the nose, in regards to the dangers of what can be accomplished when technology gets into the wrong hands. I’ll admit, this book further stoked my deep-seated fears regarding the dangers of the wrong people in power. It was published in January 2017, but almost
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting plot, strong characters, not real happy with the ending - left me hanging!
Four computer people are hired for their skills to create a program for a "private" company. Jade created a program that helps Austin people communicate. The company wants it to expand on it. As the four continue to work, they realize all is not what it seems.
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LS Hawker grew up in suburban Denver, indulging her worrisome obsession with true-crime books, and writing stories about anthropomorphic fruit and juvenile delinquents. She wrote her first novel at 14.

Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” edited a trade magazine, and worked as a traveling Kmart portrait photographer, but

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