Review: Taking Up Serpents by Ian Sutherland

One’s an incident, two (may be) coincidence, but three’s a pattern. This is true for murders and novels. Taking Up Serpents, his — at least by this writer — long awaited third hit, is direct evidence that Ian Sutherland is a serial writer. His comfort zone is the realm of deadly thrillers.

Cover: Taking Up Serpents by Ian Sutherland

Kill your loved one or kill yourself?

Brody Taylor is at it again. Spurred into action by a mysterious letter sent to him by a recently deceased fellow hacker, Brody starts out to bring down an organisation of cyber criminals and ends up in the thick of a conspiracy that goes way beyond the random bit and byte.

Taking Up Serpents is a page–turner that leaves you satisfied, yet still yearning for more. Brody’s technical exploits are as accomplished as always, but it’s his struggle coping with real–world issues that sets this book apart (providing a convenient “backdoor” for new, unsuspecting readers).

Readers of Social Engineer and Invasion of Privacy will be relieved and happy to meet old friends (Jenny and her team, Stefan, Doc, Leroy) and adversaries (Da Silva, Contag10n) again. Yer man sure knows how to tell a tale well.

If you happen to be still unfamiliar with the Brody Taylor series of deep web adventures, you may want to read my reviews of the already published parts (search for “Ian Sutherland” in the archives) or — the night is still young — explore the Brody Taylor universe and get instantly hard–wired.