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Monday, June 9, 2014

Hacker Outlaw Chronicles Series #3 by Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker’s latest offering is a story about a young girl named Nyah, who is a computer genius and hacker, who runs into financial difficulty trying to provide for her mother’s medical needs. Nyah makes the decision to attempt the biggest hack of her life; this is where everything turns on a dime. Hacker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering world around us, the seen and the unseen, and reminds us that there's far more to who we are than meets the eye.
Hacker is a story that addresses current issues that we are facing across the globe and spiced it up with morals, bravery, and tough decisions. If you know nothing about hacking, this book will give you a sense of the possibilities and as usual Ted Dekker will get you to thinking about the future.

Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Dekker seamlessly weaves real life faith and hope into an addictive thriller. I highly recommend this book for the thriller and fiction fan. There are story twists and plot turns that you would never see coming and it keeps the pages turning faster and faster until you reach the end. This is a fast thrilling read and you will stay up reading until it’s over.
Excerpt of Interview questions with Ted Dekker:
1.       Your main character in Hacker, Nyah, makes a living by cracking the firewalls of major corporations. What role does technology play in her development as a character?
TD:  Nyah roots a great deal of her identity in technology. In doing so she defines who she is by what she does. She even says so at the beginning of the book. I am a hacker. We all do this. For her, technology is what she knows, it’s what defines her, and provides the comfort zone. But it’s also her prison, which she comes to discover later. 
2.       Why do you consider Hacker a modern-day parable?
TD: Parables are meant to re-frame the world differently so we can experience it again for the first time. Hacker takes a simple concept that many people already believe, that there’s another reality so near to us that we’re unaware of its presence most of the time, and puts it center stage. The story doesn’t have a moral or try to make a point per se, because that’s not what parables are for, but it does ask you to look at the world through new eyes—Nyah’s.
3.       The central question in each book in this series is, “Who am I?” What prompted you to explore that question?
TD: The question of identity is central to all of life and, in fact, most of my own striving and struggle can be traced back to it. We define ourselves, almost without thinking much of it, by what we do. I’m a mother, a father, a man, a woman, a writer, an accountant… The list is never ending. But strip that all away, as death will one day for all of us, and what remains? Are you, at your core, really a mother or a father or an accountant? Or are you something far more and we’ve only bought into the notion that this costume, which we call the body and our careers and talents, is really who we are?
I received a copy of the book from Worthy Publishing in their First Look Blog Tour. I have a free copy to give away, just make comments on my blog/Facebook page and leave email, I will pick someone at random and contact the winner.