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Security Breach

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"High-stakes, high-octane kind of book."
- Lee Child

When you move, they watch. When you speak, they listen. They track you by what you touch and how you walk.

Welcome to the not-so-distant future, where terrorism is so feared that near-total surveillance is a way of life. In Washington, a young American agent, Kat Polinski, is on a routine assignment: break
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Grand Central Publishing
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Kartik Malhotra
Too much drama

Not believable, not captivating, not impressive. The characters and weak and the plot is made complex just for the sake of it. Nothing memorable. Not one name, not one character, not one scene.
Francisco L. Garcia
Too long and convoluted. It is beyond belief that one person can survive that many encounters.

Too long and convoluted. It is not believable that one person can survive that many encounters. No one is that good.
Subbu Ananth
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Humphrey Hawksley brings in his expert knowledge of the British coast and his understanding of international affairs into this novel. I struggled initially with his present tense narration, but gradually got used to it. The novel is a great page-turner with the lead "heroine" Kat capable of amazing stunts and extra-ordinary hacking abilities. I liked the meticulous manner in which Hawksley has described each of the scenes. Many a time, I felt that I was in that scene-- all there more difficult w ...more
Ishan Nag
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
2 stars looks bad ..but as per Goodreads "it's ok" , so was the novel . The protagonist Kat polanski is a rich young girl who is a hacker , gets trapped by Govt. and in many dangerous situations .

Some of the tech funda in the novel was very good .The villian is a women too , though all powerful she felt comical to me at later stages

The plot was good i would say - Spies + Oil, Big powerful firms + Russia + Terror Hype + Privacy but the treatment wasn't ,given the fact the author was a BBC journ
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, intelligent, intriguing, and suspenseful!

This a political thrill ride of murder, surveillance, power, and corruption that reminds us that the line between good and evil can be very blurry.

The main character, Kat, is smart, tough, and tenacious. And the supporting characters are multi-faceted and complex.

The story is well written and well plotted with multiple twists and turns that will keep you enthralled to the very end.

This is a highly exciting, action-packed novel that I couldn’t
Aug 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Spy, Thrillers, Mystery
A real thriller with lots of action and good guys are bad guys are good guys are bad guys.

Kat Polinski, the protagonist, is one very resourceful and determined lady. Lots of interesting secondary characters.
Eileen Hall
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hawksley writes an exciting thriller.
He is writing about what he knows through his day job.
Looking forward to reading more.
Very highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Endeavour via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
This was a ok read.
My main problem was I just could not engage with the main characters and therefore it was a real struggle to keep reading.
The end of the story left a lot of loose ends but was a relief to myself.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
If you are an Indian, you would have seen the twists a thousand times in our movies. And, not to forget how the villain miraculously appears in the climax armed with ammunition and men and how easily he gets killed off...
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Humphrey Hawksley is a journalist and an author who has been a foreign correspondent for the BBC since the early 1980s.

Hawksley was educated at the Junior and Senior schools of St. Lawrence College, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), in the coastal seaside town of Ramsgate in Kent, in south east England.

After school, Hawksley joined the Merchant Navy, and sailed across the world.