The Martingale Cycle

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 26 ratings

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You shared your life online. Now how will you get it back?

Twitter. Facebook. WhatsApp. Google Maps. Every day you share everything about yourself - where you go, what you eat, what you buy, what you think - online. Sometimes you do it on purpose. Usually you do it without even realising it. At the end of the day, everything from your shoe size to your credit limit is out there. Your greatest joys, your darkest moments. Your deepest secrets. If people want to know everything about you, all they have to do is look.

But what happens when someone starts spilling state secrets? For politician Bethany Leherer and programmer Danielle Farr, that's not just an interesting thought experiment. An online celebrity called sic_girl has started telling the world too much about Bethany and Dani, from their jobs and lives to their most intimate secrets. There's just one problem: sic_girl doesn't exist. She's a construct, a program used to test code.

Now Dani and Bethany must race against the clock to find out who's controlling sic_girl and why...before she destroys the privacy of everyone in the UK.

©2016 Matthew Blakstad (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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  • Book 1

    • Sockpuppet

    • The Martingale Cycle, Book 1
    • By: Matthew Blakstad
    • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    You shared your life online. Now how will you get it back? Twitter. Facebook. WhatsApp. Google Maps. Every day you share everything about yourself - where you go, what you eat, what you buy, what you think - online. Sometimes you do it on purpose. Usually you do it without even realising it. At the end of the day, everything from your shoe size to your credit limit is out there. Your greatest joys, your darkest moments. Your deepest secrets. If people want to know everything about you, all they have to do is look. But what happens when someone starts spilling state secrets?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very timely book - and a brilliant read

    • By Molly Flatt on 24-06-16

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 2

    • Lucky Ghost

    • The Martingale Cycle, Book 2
    • By: Matthew Blakstad
    • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Early one Monday morning, much like today, journalist Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard. He thanks her. They've both just earned Emoticoins in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoins are changing the face of the global economy - but someone or something seems to be controlling the game for their own nefarious purposes. As Alex begins to pick apart the tangled threads that are holding the virtual game together, she finds herself on the run from very real enemies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A sign of things to come?

    • By Spicewalker on 07-03-18

    Regular price: £19.99