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Taking Up Serpents

(Brody Taylor Thrillers #3)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Would you kill yourself to save your loved one?

When Brody Taylor receives a 'death letter’ from a fellow elite hacker, sent a week after his murder, its contents present Brody with an offer even he can't refuse. But the investigation is being led by Brody’s girlfriend, talented police detective Jenny Price. Unaware of the victim’s true profession, Jenny is stumped. How and
Kindle Edition, 409 pages
Published October 23rd 2016 by Brookmans Books
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Really enjoy this series. Appreciate the programming references and hacker information, which seem plausible.

I'm not very knowledgeable on different writing styles, so don't know what to call this. I do know it gets very tedious to me when a book series repeats it in every book. That style is when the writer tries to create suspense/tension by throwing obstacles in the path of the main characters putting them in harms way. Especially happens just as they are about to solve the mystery or while r
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4.5 stars - a great techno thriller.

This was another awesome book from Ian Sutherland. Brody Taylor (aka Fingal in the hacking world) is back. Six weeks after the events of the first book he is applying for a job at GCHQ as he figures this will help him take down Vorovsky Mir (VM), the Russian hacking network. Its leader, known as Contag10n was responsible for his friend Danny's death.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend, DI Jenny Price, is looking into two deaths where people have been killed by black mam
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book its right up there with the best techno thrillers
look forward Brody Taylor returning to us soon hopefully
Nick Rippington
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Forget nuclear, chemical and biological terrorism, the modern-day weapon of mass destruction is digital... and we're all at risk'. With that frightening warning Ian Sutherland launches into the third of his techno-thriller series - and it is one thrill-a-minute ride complete with a giant hitman whose chief weapon is the deadly black mamba snake. Sutherland's hacker Brody Taylor is the geek's James Bond, using his skills to help the police and particular his girlfriend Detective Inspector Jenny ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this thriller about a 'white hat' hacker and his developing relationship with a sharp, hot female police detective. As a retired technology person myself, the technology aspects, which proliferated the plot, rang true. While I have no direct experience with hacking smart devices, I can easily accept that it is possible, maybe even likely. The suspense and excitement in the story surround a plot with a timeline, in which thousands may die if the plot is not stopped. The technolo ...more
Erik Sapp
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I've read the other two books and really enjoyed them, so I had high hopes going into this one. It didn't fail.

I enjoyed the pacing of the book. It kept me on my toes without feeling like I was trying to drink from a firehose. The twists and turns were obvious in a few cases, but came out of nowhere in others. The author did a good job of wrapping up this story, while still leaving hooks for future books.

My one issue was the end of the book. The actions of Jenny's boss were unexpected, and out
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DNF: 50%
The mystery was intriguing enough to get me halfway through. But the relationship drama was a bit much and somewhat cliche. The plot got more and more far fetched and after a key scene halfway through became simply unbelievable for me and I gave up.

Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Whilst it thought the 2nd book in the series (Invasion of Privacy) was a bit slow, it was clearly setting the scene of characters for this book. Taking up Serpents was extremely well written with a great pace. I hope there will be more Brody Taylor books
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-it-a-try
Wasn't sure about this book at first, but the end is quite good. I had to stay up and finish it last night. ...more
Tony Fecteau
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing read! It had everything I need in a story. Computer forensics, friends, saving the world and lots of action. I am really enjoying this series.
Robert Cubitt
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more I read about technology the more worried I get. The advances in computing and its capabilities no doubt help us enormously, but it also seems to make us more and more vulnerable to theft, fraud, being spied on and, if this book is to be believed, murder.

“Taking Up Serpents” is a work of fiction but, as it is written by someone with an extensive background in the security aspects of technology, it has a lot of credibility in terms of its plot. I have no idea if what Ian Sutherland descri
Jennifer Tooker
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full Disclosure, I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sutherland does it again!

Taking up Serpents continues the story of Brody Taylor, white hat hacker approximately 6 weeks after the close of “Invasion of Privacy”. Still reeling from the loss the events of the past few weeks including having his online identity compromised and almost being murdered at the hands of the Russian mafia, Brody attempts to move on and resume life in the real and
Dot Day
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I first read an Advanced Review Copy of Sutherland's new book, Taking Up Serpents,a thriller featuring his cyber expert, Brody Taylor. Brody's life is in danger and his choices put also at risk his significant other, a detective who helps him through the thrilling dangers. I am not doing credit to this extremely well-written thriller. I halfheartedly expected to be bored or confused because I am only a step beyond computer novice. Neither adjective applies, however.
The author does an excellent
Cary B
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, cyber
Here we have another compelling thrillathon from Ian Sutherland, his third cyber-crime novel that I've enjoyed. Great stuff!. I really wasn't sure when I read the blurb about snakes and forced suicide. What on earth? But Sutherland draws you into his cyber world with a sure hand and creates his own reality, which sucks you into waves of danger and excitement. You completely relate to his real, likeable, and sometimes very dislikeable characters. Brody and Jenny and her team are here again, along ...more
John Milburn
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tense and fun page turner

I compromised my sleep for several days to finish this one. Lately thrillers have not been my thing because of the recent popularity of the unreliable narrator. This one earns its twists honestly and in the end you will happily acknowledge you could have figured it out- you just didn't ;)
Phoenix Reads
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this thriller. Well written and suspenseful with an unusual character (love him) who handles dangerous situations with his computer (he's a hacker - a white hat - good guy) instead of with his knuckles or guns. I ordered the free Novella and was hooked. After the first novel, I signed up for his newsletter so I would not miss the release of this sequel. Highly recommended. ...more
Sean Randall
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another absolutely fantastic week with a superb cast of characters. I had no idea this was out, but can seriously say that Sutherland's lost nothing and knows how to upscale his works. Spectacular, hackery fun! ...more
Chip Luonuansuu
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ian Sutherland's latest and best book yet. Someone is killing people with snakes, and a world wide threat is coming. Brody Taylor uses his hacking skills to help the authorities.put a stop to it all. ...more
Gripping suspense in this fine addition to the series. Technological realism was still spot-on, though less of a focus. Will definitely continue reading and recommending this series!
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Ian Sutherland is a crime thriller author. Leveraging his career in the IT industry, Ian's stories underscore the threats we face from cybercrime as it becomes all too prevalent in our day-to-day lives.

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Brody Taylor Thrillers (3 books)
  • Invasion of Privacy (Brody Taylor Thrillers, #2)
  • The Brody Taylor Thrillers (The Brody Taylor Thrillers, #1-3)

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