Holy suspense Batman~ Tracy Deebs got me on this one.
First, thank you to The Novl and Little, Brown Young Readers for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review. #LBYRPARTNER
Now on to the goo parts. This book was a ONE SITTING end to end finish. I picked it up and could NOT STOP READING. It was phenomenal on action and suspense. The characters were amazing and I was rooting for them the entire time.
Phantom Wheel follows the story of six hackers and our story begins with a CIA audition. Well, what we thought was a CIA audition. One hacker walks out of the test only to contact the others stating “You’ve been played”~ and then the real fun begins.
Dear Film Production Companies, please pick up the rights to this book cuz it would be a BEAUTIFUL action film. Okay, I’ll hold on my gushing now to write a ‘non spoiler’ type review but I did love this book all around.
I did not realize how much I was missing a good hacker book. Our day and age, technology is everything but it’s hard to find books that focus on CURRENT tech rather than futuristic tech. Full disclosure thought, I am not a programmer or a hacker, so I cannot say how valid some of the lingo or technology items are in the book. I took it all with a grain of salt but loved every minute of it.
Where to begin! The plot is immediately gripping and the character development kicks off immediately. Tracy Deebs gives you background on each character and changes POV seamlessly. There is one character, Harper, that calls everyone by nicknames. Anytime the Harper point of view began, I didn’t even need to look because the language change was so distinct, you just knew. (hahaha) I do have a character I’m partial too. I related a lot to Issa. Her character is one of the odd balls out in her background (along with Harper). She’s also the first POV you get in the novel. So that could also be the reason I’m partial to her character.
Non-stop action! Anytime I thought this would calm down for a bit, it didn’t. I needed to keep going. So I did, without regret, read this whole book in one sitting. I’m sure there are normal people out there that can put a book down during intense scenes, however I’m not one of them. (LOL) I also would challenge you to put this book down. It’s a quick read and so well written.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys heist, cons, hacking, science fiction, or action. There’s a lot going for this book and would say most people that enjoy reading, should give this a chance.
- Overall Rating: 4 Stars
- Plot: 5 Stars
- Character Development: 4 Stars
- Dialogue: 4 Stars
- Writing: 4 Stars