Ultimecias Reviews

Counting From Zero review. I have to be honest, when I first started the book Counting From Zero by Johnston, I thought it was going to be a long, confusing read. I could not have been more wrong. The amount of technical and computer-related info thrown at you in the first pages of the book may seem a bit overwhelming for those of us who dont completely comprehend the inner workings of all the marvelous devices that are so intertwined in our lives today. Johnston does try to make some simpler explanations, to help out, but even those didnt always help. Maybe its just me. Despite my initial confusion, the story was excellent! The main character is intriguing and likable. The story moves along at a nice clip with a nice balance of action and more cerebral plot markers. As an added bonus, I think I did come to better understand some of the security issues discussed in the novel, and want to learn more. To help the reader with that, Johnston includes a terrific listing in the back of the book of internet and print resources. My one real criticism is that I would have liked to have seen more development of secondary characters and plot lines. I want to know more about the bad guys. Is there a bigger conspiracy at hand? What about the two female leads? Will Mick (Alec) end up with one of them? Is Kat really what she seems to be? I am hoping wildly that this lack of development is not an oversight on the part of the author, but a deliberate attempt to leave the good reader wanting more and waiting expectantly for a second book to follow. Please, Mr. Johnston?

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