Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CFBA - Loss of Carrier

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Loss Of Carrier
BookSurge Publishing (October 27, 2009)


Russ White

Russ White is an internationally recognized internetwork engineer. He has co-authored eight books in the field of network design and routing
protocols and is a regular speaker at international networking conferences.

In addition to working on several expert and senior-level network engineering certifications, he is a certified firearms instructor.

Russ, his wife, and their two children live in the Raleigh area of North Carolina, where they enjoy spending time on Jordan Lake and attending Colonial Baptist Church. Loss of Carrier is his first novel.

Bright yellow cables against a blue shirt? Carl never would have approved of that color combination. Why was his face so white? His eyes should be closed, not open. Why hadn’t one of the security guards seen this and reported it to the police? The lights were off, the cameras were useless in the dark.

Of course, the cables wrapped around Carl’s neck explained why the server wasn’t working. Loss of carrier.

Jess Wirth lives a dreary life. He spends most of his time crammed inside a cubicle, toiling as a network engineer and stewing over the details of his ugly divorce. But when he finds his co-worker dead in the basement of their office, Jess’s life takes a surprising—and unpleasant—turn.

The police quickly declare the death a suicide, but Jess isn’t so sure. Not long after he begins digging into the victim’s work, another co-worker turns up dead, convincing him once and for all that something sinister is brewing behind the cubicle walls.

His investigation leads him to a mysterious woman name Leah, who pushes him to entrust her with the information he’s collected about his dead colleagues. Wary of Leah’s motives yet inexorably drawn to her, Jess keeps her at arm’s length...until an attempt is made on both their lives. Realizing they are close on the trail of a dangerous criminal, the pair race to expose a data theft ring before they become the killer’s next victims.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Loss Of Carrier, go HERE

This debut novel was an interesting read, but as a self-published book its main weakness was a need for additional editing. It contained several unrealistic scenarios and inconsistencies which were distracting. And even though the title was explained in the course of the story, as a non-computer geek I still found it to be rather cryptic and not one that would necessarily draw me to the book. But overall, I enjoyed the story's mystery and suspense and think that, with some tightening up of these details, it has a lot of potential. The high-tech setting will be a definite draw for many who live and breathe computers!


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quilly said...

The whole time I was reading the author bio I was thinking, "Oh, this is going to be a fascinating book -- not." I am happily pleased that White was able to turn his job into a tale of intrigue that held your attention even if it wasn't flawless.

Cindy said...

Thank you for another review. I love to read but don't have the time and money to spend on books that won't hold my interest so I enjoy coming to your blog to see what you recommend!

Kim said...

A hearty amen from this corner as you already know! ;)

I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for YOU Linda! Your friendship is such a blessing to me! I wish we were neighbors and could get together for coffee and fellowship!