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Friday, April 19, 2013

Indie Book Review + $25 Amazon/Paypal GC Giveaway: Assured Destruction by Michael F. Stewart

Author: Michael F. Stewart
Format: ePub
Release Date: March 22, 2013
Pages: 154
Publisher: Non Sequitur Press
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Thriller

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Synopsis from Goodreads

You can learn a lot about someone looking through their hard drive...

Sixteen-year-old Jan Rose knows that nothing is ever truly deleted. At least, not from the hard drives she scours to create the online identities she calls the Shadownet.

Hobby? Art form? Sad, pathetic plea to garner friendship, even virtually? Sure, Jan is guilty on all counts. Maybe she’s even addicted to it. It’s an exploration. Everyone has something to hide. The Shadownet’s hard drives are Jan’s secrets. They're stolen from her family’s computer recycling business Assured Destruction. If the police found out, Jan’s family would lose its livelihood.

When the real people behind Shadownet’s hard drives endure vicious cyber attacks, Jan realizes she is responsible. She doesn’t know who is targeting these people or why but as her life collapses Jan must use all her tech savvy to bring the perpetrators to justice before she becomes the next victim.


      Assured Destruction is a story that follows a young girl named Jan. Janus and her mother run and live at their own store, a computer repair store named Assured Destruction. Jan is great with computers. She loves them so much that she has created her own family on computers with the hard drives she hasn't destroyed when she was supposed to. One day while at school, some bad things happen to a couple of students at school. The problem is that they just happen to be people in her “family” or the ShadowNet. No one knows about the ShadowNet because she knows it is wrong to use other people's hard drives. But she isn't the one ruining their lives, but she is ultimately the problem. She has to work fast before more people she knows become the victim of cyber attacks.

      What a fun read this was. I love these fast paced, cyber reads. This was great from beginning to end. Stewart wasted no time building this incredible story for us. I love our lead character Jan. She has got to be one of my favorite leads. She isn't a bad person, but she isn't entirely good either. She is basically stealing people's lives and giving them their own personalities which are just an extension of her. Some may think she is nuts, but you do see where she is coming from. But her flaws make her all the move lovable and realistic. She is sassy, strong, and a bit quirky. I loved her mom in this book. The relationship between her and Jan was very realistic. I love that her mom is present and does what she can given her condition. Her mom suffers from MS, but I love that she is there for her daughter. A lot of the time, parents are rare or almost nonexistent.

      The story was so exciting. Stewart really understands the world we live in and did a great job with bringing this to life. This story is very modern and easy to relate to. Even though it is quite the cyber thriller, you don't have to be a tech genius to understand this world because it is our world. It was an amazing mystery. You know Jan didn't do anything, well much. But who else knows about her ShadowNet? Could one of her customers know what she did and are making her pay for it? I loved the twist we are given. Stewart will really keep you on your toes.

      I highly recommend this read to anyone, well teens and up. I love that this is not a boy specifically for a guy or a girl, it is written for everyone. There is a love triangle involved, but it is handled well and Jan is not the kind of chick to whine and be confused. This is a fast read and there is not a boring moment in sight. Assured Destruction is a must read for those looking for a fun, suspenseful and original YA read. Stewart is one hell of a storyteller. Add this to your wishlist right now. You won't be sorry.


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!

About Michael F. Stewart
 Michael sees writing as a brilliant excuse to tramp across the world, and it has taken him abroad as a leader of Antarctic expeditions, crew of a tug boat on the Baltic Sea, paddling the Zambezi River, climbing in Sumatra, spelunking in Belize and, of course, singing inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid while lying in its rose-colored sarcophagus.

Travel and a fascination with reading and religion spawned 24 Bones, which draws from Egyptian myth and is influenced by Jungian and Gnostic themes. Re-released in 2013.

His second novel, a 2011 Epic Award Finalist, is closer to home but a setting no less exotic, the Alberta Tar Sands. A horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire titled THE SAND DRAGON.

In 2012, HURAKAN launched: a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle.

In addition, a full length graphic novel THE TERMINALS is in production and has already been optioned for film and television.

His four YA graphic novels for the Texty Award winning Boldprint series are published by Oxford University Press Canada.

He's very excited to be publishing the Assured Destruction Series in 2013.

In addition to his writing career, Michael is a four time world champion dragon boat athlete, father of four girls, and husband. He tries very hard to keep life an adventure both on and off the page.

Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.

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  1. Wow, Diana, what a great review. Thank you so much! If you or anyone has any questions, I'm pleased to answer. :)

    1. Thank you so much hon and you are welcome. I am so glad you enjoyed this. I look forward to reviewing more of your work. Thank you again :)

  2. Yay, Diana! I'm thrilled by how much you enjoyed Michael's book. Thanks for the stellar review :)

    1. Thank you hon. I had a blast with this. You are so welcome and thank you for having me again :)


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