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AntiAmerica

Narrated by: Molly Lankford
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AntiAmerica stands at the center of the largest US anarchist uprising in 100 years. 

When hacktivist group AntiAmerica hacks the nation's largest banks, the financial industry is left teetering on the brink of collapse. Hacker and teen runaway Alanna Blake is forcefully recruited by the government to track down the only link to AntiAmerica, her missing ex-boyfriend Javier. She relies on every bit of her social engineering cunning to navigate a conspiracy of lies and deceit, which imperils both the lives of everyone closest to her and the secrets to a past she longs to remain locked away forever. 

This book contains content surrounding drug abuse, mental illness, physical abuse, and suicide.

©2018 T.K. Falco (P)2018 Regalia Press

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Excellent

Fast paced page turner, difficult to stop listening to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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There's nowhere you can hide.

There's barely a moment to draw breath in this extra.slick fast paced thriller as young Alanna Blake tries to find, and protect, her missing ex-!over. Jarvier was not answering her calls and her initial attempt to find him - breaking into his apartment - left her with the choice of working for Goverment agents to find him for them, or facing prison time. Using her hacking skills and ca!ling on favours from erstwhile friends and others, she continues the search as she also plays a double game with the agents, trying to stay one step ahead of them to prove accusations against Jarrvier are unfounded. But someone always seems to know what she is doing.

The book is intriguing, exciting and, although the more technical aspects of what she was doing were explained, often went beyond this reader's comprehension. This didn't matter, though. The sheer speed of the ongoing action just swept everything along. And always the question, just who was behind the fast growing protest group, AntiAmerica?

The narrator, Molly Lankford reads as fast as the action of the book is written - it is rather disconcerting at first. And although her diction is clear, the downturn in cadence at the end of most sentences made the delivery depressing and the speed gave her voice a touch of unwelcome abrasiveness. Reducing playback speed to 0.75 greatly improved this and allowed the attractive tonal qualities of her reading to be heard. One major problem, however, was her not attempting to give separate voicing to the fairly numerous protagonists, other than a pseudo accent for two of them. This would not have been usually have caused difficu!ties but in this case, where areas of the book depend on conversation between characters with no ascribed names given, it made determining who was saying what rather tricky.

My thanks to the rights holder of AntiAmerica, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. It was a really fast ride and, despite the small problems mentioned above, totally absorbing. None of the characters were empathic and get there was a magnetic quality to the story which kept me totally engage, a bit like watching a car crash, I suppose, or an avalanche rolling down towards a low lying village. Mesmeric and unstoppable.
If you like your action non stop fast, this could well be for you.

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She a fighter. There were plenty of twists, to kee

Did not feel like a calm moment at all in this book. It was extremely fast-paced. The hacking information was on point and felt extremely realistic to what is on point nowadays. I liked how everything was against her, that nothing was going her way. Even though everyone kept throwing stuff at her, she never stopped. She carried on and did what she believed was right for her. Not what the world believed.

She a fighter. There were plenty of twists, to keep you on your toes.

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  • Laura
  • 29-01-19

Intense Thriller

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving a review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is a fast-paced political thriller. Alana is a computer hacker and completely competent in all things related to technology. Her boyfriend Javier, also a hacker, has disappeared. When Alana doesn't hear from him in a few days, she breaks into his apartment to determine what may have happened to him. Unfortunately, the FBI was present looking for Javier too. The FBI believe that Javier is involving in a domestic terrorist group AntiAmerica while Alana is completely convinced he is not. She forms a deal with the FBI to find Javier but at the same time, contrary to the FBI's wishes, she is working to clear his name.

There is a lot of technical jargon, which I did not always understand but that did not detract from the story. This is a well written thriller that moves along at a breakneck pace. It seemed as if every moment was filled with something interesting and before you could completely digest it, you were already moving on to the next interesting tidbit. The moment you feel you have a handle as to what is going to happen next... no, there is a twist you did not see coming. I really enjoyed it.

The narrator, Molly Lankford, narrated this book at a good pace, which to me increased the intensity of the story and created the anticipation/anxiety of what was going to happen next.

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  • bluepits73
  • 28-01-19

Fast Paced

The author does a great job of keeping this book very fast paced all the way through. It had the feel of a modern conspiracy type book, but (obviously) with fictional characters. It did make me kind of think about how things are going in the USA, how much of our lives technology is a part of and how easily controlled and manipulated we could be. Overall, I enjoyed this listen with all of it's real life implications and possibilities as well as its fictional twists and turns.

The narrator did a great job on this performance and fit Alana's character well and also was a great fit for this type of story.

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  • Darc
  • 21-01-19

Hackers & Hacktivists Vs Big Business & Government

Alana Blake is a runaway teen making a living by selling data garnered by social engineering. Not sure what social engineering is? Neither did I until I read this book. It is full of techie terms of the new age and you will figure them out, as I did. I found the book a little hard to follow at the beginning, because of all the techie terms, but after a chapter or two I was hooked. Alana is forced into working with the FBI after she gets caught breaking and entering her boy friend Javier's apartment while trying to find him after he disappeared. The FBI are convinced that he is part of the AntiAmerica group of anarchists who hacked the main banks and funneled funds away after learning the banks were stealing from the clients and the government was aware of it. Alana also has some secrets that you will find out about as you progress through the book. I thought the book was well written and has an interesting bunch of characters and an excellent plot with a surprising ending. It leaves you wondering if this could actually happen. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 14-01-19

very fast paced

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a really intense book. The story is non-stop but fairly well written. There is lots of action and everying, including the narration, is at a break-neck pace. I actually reduced the speed a little bit to make it more comfortable to listen to. The narration is still well done, though. All in all, if you like a good cyber-thriller, I think you'd enjoy this book.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 27-12-18

ok....wow is a word...

holy crap this book is okay wow it was very very intense so many things in 6 hours wow the book was very very good it was more than enjoyable it was superb it wasn't an easy one but it was incredible
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  • TinkerMel
  • 23-12-18

a techno thriller

Not over all a bad book, but it seemed really fast, and I was a tad bit confused on some of the hacker lango? the writer just assumed we knew what it meant. with said, its not a bad read. it has some good parts to it.

Narration was OK. She had a great voice, but read VERY fast. nothing changing the speed couldn't fix.

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  • Teresa
  • 20-12-18

AntiAmerica Review

AntiAmerica was an interesting listen albeit a hard listen for me meaning it was read in what seemed like fast-forward and was very intense. I think the audiobook was good and a little frightening as this seems to be where things are at the moment. I also felt the narrator was good but the combination was too much.

This was a technothriller and therefore on point. There was a lot of information but it seemed over the top with the pace of the read along with the read itself.

The narration had an angry tone to it that seemed to overpower the story. It sounded harsh and that's where I found it hard to listen to. Perhaps if it had had some places where the reader used a softer tone to offset the harshness it would've worked better for me. I'm sure Molly Lankford will sound better if slowed down and less angry sounding. She has a pretty voice.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.