Saturday, May 3, 2014

Review: MONA by Dan Sehlberg


MonaSamir Mustaf, a Lebanese MIT Professor knows heartache and pain, having lost his family due to a devastating cluster bomb brought into his home by his young daughter Mona, he vows for revenge if only to satisfy a deep seeded urge for violent retaliation. Knowing he can’t bring his daughter back from dead, he uses his education and skills in information technology to aide a terrorist organisation in disrupting the world’s economical balance brining chaos and fear into the homes of innocents across the globe.

Eric Soderqvist is a professor of computer science in Stockholm and his wife Hanna, an employee at TBI, the most internal of Israel’s banks – both unwilling find themselves pawns in Samir’s plight.

Eric, having created Mind Surf, a radical new technology which blurs the lines between AI and biology to bring the wonders of the World Wide Web to the blind by virtue of the ability to surf the net by thought alone has his worst fears realised when Hanna and Mind Surf investor Mats Hagstrom enter into a coma after testing the tech. 

Hanna, for her part, happens to be looking at the TBI’s website, ground zero for Samir’s evolutionary computer virus, Mona, whilst testing Mind Surf. The computer virus infects Hanna sending Eric on a spiralling mission across continents in search of the anti-virus that only Samir has.

MONA is an engrossing and addictive tech-fi thriller that infects the readers’ imagination from the heartbreak prologue through to the satisfying epilogue.

Author Dan Sehlberg has written a true readers’ delight, think Michael Crichton (author of NEXT) or Daniel Suarez (author of DAEMON) – only better.

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