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The Computer Heist (The Travelers #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
"King strikes another vein of modern noir gold. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

Theft. Deception. Murder. The Travelers, husband and wife con artists going by the names Joe and Tess Campbell, agree to wreck a computer server and steal a newly developed data-mining program. A simple, lucrative job. Or it would have been if their employer had told them half the truth. Instead, they dis
ebook, 181 pages
Published March 23rd 2016 by Blurred Lines Press
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Bill Ward
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good, fast moving, crime thriller with two very original heroes, a term that I must use very loosely, as the main characters Joe and Tess are con artists. They do have a moral compass of sorts, which I found really fascinating. The plot starts simple but becomes quite intricate and moves along quickly to a clever ending. There is a varied assortment of characters but Tess is definitely my favorite! There was a sense of realism throughout the book which I appreciated. Would make a ...more
Greg Spry
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Computer Heist (The Travelers Book 2) by Michael P. King is a mostly well-executed thriller in which unscrupulous individuals each attempt to rip off a software company for their own benefit.

I have yet to read The Travelers Book 1 but had no trouble following The Computer Heist, which works well as a standalone novel. The plot and prose flow smoothly and logically. The author does a great job of integrating the different characters' greed-based motivations and actions to create a cohesive an
Michael King
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
From Kirkus Reviews: “King’s (The Traveling Man, 2015) latest thriller picks up the trail of his married con artists as they descend on a software company. . . . After surviving their previous con in Seanboro, this ruthless, manipulative couple once again hopes to fleece a deserving mark. . . . Personal lives, however, tend to skew even the best-laid scams. . . . King returns in fine form with his devious creations in tow. . . . The violence here, though brief, is unexpected . . . the repercussi ...more
Karen Ingalls
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story does move fast and the characters and plot are believable. I did have difficulty keeping track of which character was which and the relationship the characters had to one another. An enjoyable read all in all and I would recommend it to anyone.
Romuald Dzemo
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Computer Heist by Michael P. King is the second book in The Travelers series, a well-crafted story featuring interesting characters, a meticulously imagined and well-executed plot, and a couple with unusual hacking skills. Joe and Tess Campbell think its fun to hack into computer systems and steal data. Now hired to do what they would consider a very easy and simple operation, they soon find themselves caught up in a deadly game between the police and the real criminals.

Can they evade gettin
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book whips along at a great pace, with multiple viewpoints and innumerable twists and turns. There doesn't seem to be a character in sight who's not out to do all the others down, and money is a considerable motive for everything that happens here.
There are one or two improbable things: the idea that there would be no backup to a new computer program - as at first appears to be the case - seems unlikely. And Joe and Tess, the husband and wife team who are the mainstays of this series of bo
Jim A
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Cons trying to con other cons. Blackmailers, thugs, All make up the characters of this novel.

The author makes Joe, the master conman, out to be dumber than he needs to be in able to make the story work. In the end Joe and Tess make off with some money, but the ineptitude of Joe causes them to leave a lot of money on the table.

Second of a series. This one can be read as a stand alone. There is very little reference to book one.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced

This is a fast paced tale about what was supposed to be a simple take down of a computer program. As you may suspect, nothing goes right for most of players. Players get greedy, someone dies and the tale gives the reader a satisfying denouement
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bonnie n Clyde for the 21st Century

Not a high-tech thriller but a thriller none the less. Twists and turns and switchbacks abound until you're not exactly sure if you can trust anyone. Fun story, good dialogue, and characters you'd like to meet again. No need to read book number one you can always go back for it, the story stands alone.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What's In Your Computer?
The Computer Heist (The Travelers Book 2) by Michael P. King
I just finished this fun book by Michael P. King, an author who is new to me but will not be soon forgotten. As the title, "The Computer Heist," implies this story involves cyber crime, but there is a whole lot more! This well-rounded, "current" story had murder, double-crossing, money, sex, bribery, greed, and all the great characters that I expected and hoped for. All of this fun takes place under one companies
Мария Райкова
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Computer Heist by Michael P. King is the second book from his Travellers series.
If you have few days off and plan to spend them in bed with an interesting book The Computer Heist is a really good option. The story is about a simple theft of software program that turns into something quite different. The travellers known as Joe and Tess are a brilliant in rip-offs and won’t let themselves unpaid.
The story line is intriguing and loaded with enough action to keep away from falling asleep. The
Elizabeth Ehlen
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
They’re Joe and Tess Campbell now, but they’re up to the same old tricks.This time it’s a pretty easy industrial sabotage job, but they are pretty sure that they are not being filled in on all the details. Will those details come back to bite them? It’s rare that they aren’t controlling all the minutiae but this one might have too much going on for even them.

The second book in the Travelers series, and follows married con artists on their latest job. While at first I found it a little hard to g
Larry Landgraf
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Winner!

From page one, this book took off and never slacked off. It’s fast paced and held my interest to the very end. I don’t know if Michael King is an ex-cop or an ex-thief/conman, but he knows both sides of the fence. The story is very realistic and could have been taken directly from one of Michael King’s case files if in fact he is an ex-cop. This is one of the best books I’ve read the past couple years. I felt like I was watching the story play out rather than reading a story. The charac
Eva Silverfine
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Computer Heist is an equal opportunity caper–even the most benevolent of characters is trying to get something over on someone else. A fast-paced plot with a cast of morally challenged but realistic characters, I read it too quickly! Although The Computer Heist is a stand-alone work, I recommend reading The Traveling Man first to gain a more in-depth look at the grifter couple at the core of these stories.
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I was glad to read the next book in the series. This is a fun and very interesting series for me. I couldn't wait to read more! What I great series!. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Urg! What a fashion show, with the writer making sure the reader knew exactly what everyone was wearing at each scene. So much double crossing I haven't seen in a long time.
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