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A Restaurant in Jaffa

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Thanks to Mr. Sorenson and Netgalley for the advanced reading copy!  

It took me a while to get into this book but by Chapter 28 I was hooked.  What originally drew me to this book were the historic elements of the Palestine/Israeli war as I had been wanting to read something that delved into that a bit.  While details about that conflict were included, it really went more towards the cyberterrorism-techy side of the story, but I didn't even care because the story was just so enthralling!  I didn't even miss the elements I had searched out the book for in the first place!  

I have absolutely no computer programming knowledge but the elements necessary to understand what was happening were explained so concisely (and not in a cringe-y oh now they have to explain it to me like I'm dumb way) and with enough detail that I never felt lost or confused by the technical aspects.  So don't let the whole #cyberterrorism plot scare you.  

There were parts that really had my adrenaline going.  The background stores of the characters were very well-written and attention grabbing.  All in all, a fantastic read.  Definitely will be keeping this author on my To-Read list in the future!  

**Trigger warnings for torture and also some Holocaust flashbacks.**
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I received a free copy of the ebook and wanted to leave a review.  I thank DartFrog Books, the author and NetGalley.

Computers, a great benefit to mankind,  But at what cost?  The computer industry makes some people wealthy, and others bankrupt.  Computers are also a vehicle capable of devastating impact when hacked by those with nefarious intent.  Smart people trying to be more clever than the other guy.  All at A Restaurant in Jaffa.
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Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy. Before reading this book, I was skeptical that this was just another stereotypical Arabs-are-the-terrorists book. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this book was very balanced in painting EVERYONE as the bad guy. It also accurately shows how American intelligence is incompetent, politicians are corrupt, and Hasidic Jews can be oppressive. I am not in the computer science field, but I was able to follow along and was happy that this book is not so unrealistically sci fi. Actually, the examples of how Amazon, Facebook, and medical systems can be hacked have now made me a bit paranoid, and I hope and pray that the NSA and any security-related office reads this book! I love that there is a strong heroine in the book, and this book appeals to both male and female because of the strong computer-nerd hero, too. While there are some expletives, intimacy, and violent scenes in the book that prevent me from recommending this to the school library, I will recommend this book to those who think will enjoy a computer science adventure book. The ending, comparing humanity to different foods and ingredients really tied the title to the overall story, and it makes for a great discussion point. Thank you for the happy ending!
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