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Atone for the Ivory Cloud

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  6 reviews

A brilliant composer and coder goes undercover to trap a cybercrime syndicate that has hijacked her website—to traffic blood ivory. She must survive impossible physical, virtual and cultural obstacles and choose between the opposing forces of privacy and responsibility.

Allison is stunned when the CIA leaves her no option but to go undercover to surreptitiously modify the c

Paperback, 278 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Ice Wine Productions, Inc
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Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I was asked to review this book, I could hardly say no. As a blogger that likes to tie music and books together, a book about a composer was just far too tempting. And I definitely wasn't disappointed. While the music wasn't the biggest focus in this book by far, it was always there, just hovering beneath the surface, always playing a role even if they weren't talking about it at that exact moment.

This book is f
Stacey Schneller
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast paced book that I really enjoyed very much. I was kinda of leary at first but the blurb of the book just sounded too good to pass up. I am glad that I stuck to it. It was amazing. 

Alison was not a character who I would want to be a friends with. She seemed like a cocky person but I did feel sorry for her when her identity got stolen and she had to put her music into a code. I also thought the other characters were a little bit off but I still loved the story. 

There were twists an
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I gave the book 4 stars because the plot, characters, and fast- paced writing style kept me wanting to know what happens next. However; I did find the technical computer jargon completely confusing. Much of the storyline was lost to me because of my unfamiliarity with the specifics of cybercrime. There were parts that were a bit convoluted to me, and way over my head. I felt that the romance was the weakest part of the storyline and nonessential to the plot. I will say that I couldn't put it dow ...more
Dan Mariani
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cyber-thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Geoffrey Wells weaves an intricate tale that spans the urban sprawls of NYC to the harsh plains and beauty of Africa. Follow Allison and Sipho as they become pawns of an international ivory poaching ring and unwitting players in international espionage, and how they evolve to survive.

Wells combines a deep understanding of computer code and language and an appreciation of music that drives key elements of the plot. The characters are w
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geoffrey Wells follows up his debut novel, A FADO FOR THE RIVER, with a gripping page-turner in ATONE FOR THE IVORY CLOUD. Once again, Wells has produced a genre-crossing thrill ride of a book with something for everyone. Part thriller, part romance, part adventure against the backdrops of cybercrime and security; musical composing; and the world of the blood ivory trade, ATONE works on all levels. It’s rare to find a novelist who can combine so many moving parts and blend them into a novel that ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this novel difficult to follow. This senior citizen is not up on all of the contemporary cyber-crime and security issues. For example, I had to look up what a Tor account was. I wish the structure of the novel would have been such that the security techniques would have been explained rather than just mentioned. I was lost most of the time with all the talk about coding and programming. The same went for the idea of music composition and collaboration online. Perhaps younger readers more ...more
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Impressions formed on a South African farm, boarding school, a father who read from the classics to his children, and a storytelling mother, sparked Geoffrey Wells with a writer’s imagination. Diverse interests of piano, playing drums, running track, observing elephants in Botswana and exploring Mozambique, gave Wells a framework for his first thriller, A FADO FOR THE RIVER. He found adventure cli ...more

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