Saturday, October 1, 2016

No One Lives Twice (A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book One) by Julie Moffett

From the Back Cover:

Get your geek on! Prepare for adventure with reformed hacker and trouble magnet Lexi Carmichael as she does whatever it takes to help the good guys win.

I'm Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I've never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella.

Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared. So, I've enlisted the help of the Zimmerman twins—the reclusive architects of America's most sensitive electronic networks—to help me navigate a bewildering maze of leads to find her.

Along the way, my path collides with a sexy government agent and a rich, handsome lawyer, both of whom seem to have the hots for me. Hacking, espionage, sexy spy-men—it's a geek girl's dream come true. If it weren't for those gun-toting thugs…

My Thoughts:

This was a really fun read! I ended up reading it in one sitting and I'm about to download the second book in the series. Yep, it's that good. Lexi Carmichael is an employee of the NSA and certifiable geek who stumbles into a mystery when her best friend disappears. There were a few inconsistencies which took me out of the plot, but overall, this was a really fun read and I'd recommend it. I don't think the author has much of a geek/tech background, but that was okay because she was able to gloss over a lot of things. I need to go on a mini-rant for a minute simply because I am geek... and I owe it to all the other geeks out there:

I don't know any techie or self-proclaimed geek who doesn't have a cell phone. We're techies for a reason! And we of the techie sisterhood drool over any new technology like other women drool over designer shoes. Hell... I'm on a waiting list to buy a personal social AI robot for my home... (That's right, Jibo, come home to momma). The fact that the main character doesn't have a cell phone because she wants to avoid her mother doesn't make sense -- Hello call block and caller ID??? It also doesn't make sense that she accepts a cell phone as a gift from a suspect -- without it dawning on her immediately that her phone is bugged or they've got GPS monitoring her. She works for the NSA! They're supposed to be paranoid!!! And everyone... everyone... in this country has heard of the NSA, contrary to what the book claims. Hell, I've been playing on the NSA website for years and years -- They have awesome puzzles, by the way. You should check them out. To make matters worse, there was a reference to the heroine running for a pay phone at one point in the book and I had to stop reading to check the publication date. Were there still pay phones in 2010? I don't think I've seen any since the 1990s.

Okay, mini-rant over.

Overall, the book was good. It was entertaining and if you can gloss over the unbelievability of the characters and plot inconsistencies... it was good. But if you're one of my fellow geeks or techies, you might find yourself annoyed even to the point where you shout at your Kindle or ereader (because that's how we geeks roll), "THE PHONE IS TAPPED DUMBASS!" Other than that? I enjoyed it. I'm going to check out the second one and hope it's better.

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