Authors Showcase: The Master’s Key by Helen Hanson
July 4, 2015
The Book: The Master’s Key
The Author: Helen Hanson
The Story: Clint Masters returns from the clutch of disaster . . .
With his allies at the CIA, Clint battles a mysterious new threat targeting his company and the citizens of Boston who now live in fear. Under a gag order from his last confrontation, Clint can’t reveal the truth about the tragedies.
In spite of city-wide panic, Clint sees the terror attacks as personal. And he learns that not everyone at the CIA wants to catch the killer.
With public suspicion at redline, Clint must fight to survive. But can Clint capture the elusive and ruthless maniac? Or will he become the next victim?
An espionage and suspense thriller with a techno bent, THE MASTERS’ KEY is set in Boston and DC.
About Helen Hanson:
Bestselling Kindle author Helen Hanson writes thrillers about desperate people with a high-tech bent. Hackers. The CIA. Industry titans. Guys on sailboats. Mobsters. Their personal maelstroms pit them against unrelenting forces willing to kill. Throughout the journey, they try to find some truth, a little humor, and their humanity — from either end of the trigger.
While Helen writes about the power hungry, she genuinely mistrusts anyone who wants to rule the world.
Helen directed operations for high-tech manufacturers of semiconductors, video games, software, and computers. Her reluctant education behind the Redwood Curtain culminated in a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrated studies in Computer Science. She also learned to play a mean game of hacky sack.
She is a licensed private pilot with a ticket for single-engine aircraft. Helen and her husband spent their first anniversary with their flight instructor studying for the FAA practical. If you were a passenger on a 737 trying to land at SJC, she sends her most sincere apologies. Really.
Born in fly-over country, Helen has lived on both coasts, near both borders, and at several locations in between. She lettered in tennis, worked as a machinist, and saw the Clash at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium sometime in the eighties. She currently lives amid the bricks of Texas with her husband, son, a dog that composes music with squeaky toys, and another dog that’s too lazy to bother.
Review by Brooks Frederick:
The suspense builds right from the start in this new high tech thriller by “3 Lies” author Helen Hanson. Clint Masters finds himself the target of a campaign of destruction waged by his former partner and best friend, Todd Westerfield. Westerfield uses computer code and encryption information only known to him and Masters to frame his old friend in a series of technical mishaps leading to accidental deaths in the Boston area.
One of the great strengths of the book is its detail in the descriptions of high tech processes, from the way a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack can be mounted, to the ways corporations protect their systems, how people meet on the Darknet, and even paying with Bitcoin. Another world unfolds before our eyes, a world in which practically anything is possible, if you know which keys to press.
But the geeky stuff is leavened with snarky humor throughout as well. Laugh-out-loud situations and comments abound, even as the situation grows more and more desperate for Clint Masters.
The CIA is deeply involved too, and this is central to the story, but as in all the classic Le Carré or Baldacci thrillers, their support is anything but unconditional. Ultimately Masters has to battle the demons on his own, leading to a sensational, unforgettable finish. Anyone looking for a gripping high tech thriller set in today’s complicated world need look no further.
Review by cjisanaleut:
Wow! This book is a thriller! It puts you on the edge of your seat almost immediately and keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Ms. Hanson is a talented author and does an excellent job of grabbing your interest and hanging on.
From the beginning when Clint Master’s girlfriend is kidnapped and he is shocked to find not only her parents but her Supreme Court uncle are claiming she has simply made a sudden trip to CA to visit a non existent cousin, then when he visits her Uncle, he finds himself under arrest, then served with a restraining order, he realizes he is on his own. Beth requires dialysis treatments, and he knows time is limited.
Clint discovers that eight, of nine justices have had someone close to them kidnapped as well, he knows something important, more than ransom is going on. Clint gets involved with the CIA, while also dealing with a vindictive almost ex-wife, who shows up, announcing she is pregnant and wants to reconcile. Clint struggles to rescue Beth before it’s too late, while dealing with a growing suspicions that his best friend and business partner Todd may be somehow involved in the kidnapping and a possible traitor to his country.
Be certain to read the first book in this series 3 Lies first or it will be difficult to follow the plot.