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IT BEGINS WITH THE SOUND OF A VOICE . . .Derek Nilsson is an elite programmer toiling away at BitJockey.com while he spends all of his available time in pursuit of an enigmatic and possibly world-altering trove of data that has disappeared off the grid. When a message comes through his computer claiming to have all of the answers Derek seeks, he has no choice but to go whe ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Story Plant
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Nilo Sérgio
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is hard to do a short description but allow me to try:

The main setting is in Chicago, a city that I know and love. Nice.

It starts with a somehow classic “hacker” that has a regular job, during the day, and tries to break the encryption of a chunk of data that he and a friend grabbed when working on a telco.
The hacker house is perfectly described (being there, done that) as a true mess with the usual trash, books, computer listings (do anyone print a program those days?), and a cat. Nic
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Kat
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Derek and George only want to find the hidden cache of information stored somewhere out in cyberspace by a notorious (now imprisoned) hacker, but, when a mysterious voice starts talking to Derek and an irresistible woman sets her sights on him, that information suddenly becomes a lot more important.

There was something immensely alluring about the book description. It mentions a voice coming from over a computer, which is fascinating to me in itself. But then it goes on to mention goddesses and m
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Maria
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rich with detail and complexity, Soundrise caught me completely off guard from the moment I began reading it. The words flowed freely on the page and truly, I was enchanted by the detailed descriptions of everything from the characters of the story to the tiniest details such as one of a place they briefly visit to stay one night once the adventure part of the story kicks into high gear. Derek's character (as well as many other characters in this novel) is so well executed I felt like I know him ...more
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I would like to thank the author and publisher for providing an electronic review copy of this book.

"Soundrise" by Lynn Voedisch is a techno-mystic-thriller that follows the adventures of programmer Derek Nilsson as he leads a group of talented hobbyist programmers in the task of decoding mysterious data he and his friend George obtained a few years earlier. The story starts in computer geek hacker/programmer territory and quickly develops with the contributions of mysterious voices possibly fro
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John Tobler
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Lynn Voedisch has written a suspenseful new thriller that blends novel scientific ideas, cyber-detection, Egyptian mythology, personal redemption, and a potential catastrophe into a potent fictional mix. Although quite speculative, her novel's core ideas have been well researched. She has presented them with originality and clarity and has woven a thoroughly intriguing plot from this mixture of concepts.

However, Voedisch's tale is not merely technical, it is quite human. She has endowed h
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Max Bondorovsky
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it

I went into reading this with high expectations that were set by the good reviews and the premise but unfortunately I finished the book being disappointed.
Firstly, I was not a fan of the writing style - the writing felt rough and jumpy. Some bits were very rushed while others dragged on unnecessarily but worst of all were the cringe worthy metaphors.

At the start of the book I really enjoyed the main character but his arc seemed to unrealistic - from a complete nerd who is scared of talking to
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John Straley
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this new novel by Lynn Voedisch. I was pulled into the plot by how she created fully formed characters right off the bat. Each of the people she renders balance real life conflicts that all of us can relate to as they shoulder some of the most mysterious circumstances I’ve come across in fiction. Her characters (both men and women share the limelight) tackle everything from what’s the best road food on a long drive … to the complexities of dark web computer coding and the magical powers ...more
Randy Richardson
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Lynn Voedisch’s Sound Rise, two worlds are on a collision course in a race for a technological treasure trove of data that could change the world. Pitting a modern-day computer hacker against an ancient Egyptian goddess, Voedisch’s wildly imaginative blend of sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and romance is a timeless adventure about a quest for power. Yet it’s also a young man’s journey of discovery that will forever change him. Well-researched and beautifully written with an unforgettable cast of c ...more
Karin K
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I’m not an avid Sci-fi/fantasy novel reader, I do enjoy the genre in film format. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed the Chicago references most. I got a little lost with some of the hacker language. (I’m a novice when it comes to tech so not sure if that is a valid comment.) The plot was very inventive, delightfully strange at times and the topics explored were clearly well researched. The story moved a nice pace, I could see this translating to a film or a series on the screen.
J Morris
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lynn’s unique style of story-telling quickly engages you, the reader, and holds your attention as the fun, suspenseful, and mystical story unfolds. An enjoyable read set in Chicago’s unique neighborhoods.
James Merriner
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have reviewed numerous books in my career and never before used the phrase "page-turner." Lynn Voedisch has written a page-turner with class. It has an intricate and credible sci-fi/fantasy plot, carried by sensitively drawn characters. The prose is fluid and at times lyrical. Five-star. ...more
Jason Eisberg
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Lynn Voedisch
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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