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Hacking George

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Totally got wrapped up in George’s character and his persistence.  I suspected who the antagonist was semi-quickly but really enjoyed the story ….understanding George’s mind and his reasoning process.
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It's an entertaining story about meddling in other's lives, playing God and the consequences, but it was told a bit lengthy an verbose. That of course matches Georges character, that's how he is.
For me it could have been a little bit more concise and more suspenseful.
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I loved reading this book, it had a little bit of everything - mystery, suspense, and humour that literally made me laugh out loud! Loved the storyline and had to keep reading to see how it ended.
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Great read.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this book in exchange for my review.
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I really thought I would like it more. I mean it is a brilliant book and a brilliant story. Some descriptions and parts of the story were too long for me, so I somethimes lost the focus of the book. I liked the characters, I think they are well developed and real. The plot is good! I would say that it is a fun and light read and it is for everyone who likes mixed genres.
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Thanks to NetGalley and to BooksGoSocial/Double Bluff for providing me an ARC of this book that I freely chose to review. 
This is a very peculiar book. There was something about the description that attracted me to it, and once I started reading I kept going, although for a while I wasn’t sure I liked any of the characters very much. Although that is not a prerequisite for me to like a book, it means that the book has to make it up in other ways. My opinion changed, and although I am sure that the protagonist, the George of the title, would test my patience to the point of distraction if I were to spend any time with him in real life, I grew quite fond of him, by the end. And he wasn’t the only one to make me feel that way.
The plot of the book made me think of the movie Phone Booth, at least a big part of it. No, it is not that tense or claustrophobic, and the main character isn’t at all like the protagonist of that story. But it was the sense of somebody just deciding to play God (as the description puts it), or to take revenge on somebody and going to extremes hardly guaranteed by the actions they are intent on punishing. When I watched that movie I kept thinking that there are people who have committed horrendous crimes, and yes, I could see the logic of taking justice in one’s hand in that case, but it all seemed rather perverse and pointless in the case at hand. And, as I said, I felt there was some of that here, but the author goes beyond it, cleverly constructing characters that have a heart, feelings, and although they might be the complete opposite to us, we understand them and empathise with them. This is Palmer’s first novel (although he has been doing creative work and knows a lot about books and about writing, and so does his wife), and he shows a great talent for endearing us to George, and oddball, an accountant by trade and by mindset, an obsessive man who needs to plan everything in advance and would not take an impulsive decision to save his own life. (I suspect he might have been given a diagnosis of mild autistic spectrum disorder in real life, if he’d ever sought one, but I can’t see him doing that, as he is perfectly happy, or almost, with the way his life is). He is the hero as anti-hero (or the anti-hero as hero), and although he seems to be a total looser when we meet him, things don’t turn out as bad as one could imagine to begin with, especially considering who the baddy is. (I can’t say much more to avoid spoiling the plot and the story for other readers). 
This is a bit of mixed genre novel. It has plenty of wit and humour (much of it observational humour), a certain degree of mystery (we know much more than the protagonist does from the beginning, although not everything), and at times even a touch of thriller. I have mentioned the romance, that is pretty unusual as well, but not without charm. 
The story is told from the point of view of several characters, mostly the main three characters, but also some of the secondary ones, and the author is very good at putting us in their shoes and making us share their experiences, always from their point of view. We might never have done the things some of them do, but we see their thought processes and understand their doubts, their feelings, and why they eventually do what they do. As I said, even if the characters have very little to do with us, the author manages to immerse us in their worlds and that makes us appreciate their adventures and reactions all the more. And, funnily enough, we are not alone in this, as the characters themselves experience a similar phenomenon. If George and his nemesis seem the complete opposites to begin with (George living in the realm of order and law, and Goldtooth in the world of chaos and lawlessness), things are not as they seem.
Apart from the way the story and the characters are depicted, I also loved some of the fabulous secondary characters, even those we only get to hear about second or third-hand. They all have their personalities and their quirks, and that makes them more real and true.
I thought the repetitiveness of certain actions and the slow rhythm, especially at the beginning, suited the main character and the nature of the story pretty well, but some people might find it a bit frustrating, especially if they are fond of quick-paced and action filled blockbusters. This is not that kind of book. But it has a few surprises up its sleeve, and it will leave readers with a smile on their faces. And that is something we sorely need today.
I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys quirky characters and situations, oddballs and charming weirdos (or not so charming), has a sense of humour and appreciates British humour, and who does not mind investing a bit of time in a seemingly random story about a nobody, but one that ends up being delightful. So, yes, I recommend it to pretty much everyone.
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A pretty quick and fun read that is essentially a humorous espionage tale. I stayed mostly engaged, and suspect those seeking a light thriller will enjoy this.

Thanks very much for the free review copy for review!!
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A MUST READ! 
Not my normal genre but so pleased I have read Hacking George and am looking forward to Bob Palmers' next edition. The first couple of chapters were hard going but by chapter 4 when I was truly in it, I went back and skimmed them which helped. I think we all have a bit of "George" in us some time. I found the writing great and very witty and laughed a lot while reading. Goldtooth and Angela could be standalone characters with books about them! I am sure everyone who reads the book will change their first impression of George by the end
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I made it to my requisite 50% point, but I couldn't take all the talk of masturbation, orgasms, etc. Then there was all of the profanity.  There may be some readers who can accept this without feeling that it dirties them, but I'm not one of those.  If it's not a book I would be willing to have a grandchild read, I'm not interested, either.  Since we each have our own interests, likes and dislikes, I wish they would label all books like a few authors do.  Then NetGalley wouldn't get so many bad reviews.

In all fairness to the author, I won't be posting my review in my usual places.
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Hacking George is the first novel by British author, Bob Palmer. It’s a road rage incident that sets fifty-eight-year-old George Sanderson on his mission of taming chaos by his own intervention. After the fact, he learns that the incident that netted him a visit to A&E and an introduction to brave bystander, Angela Hayworth, also resulted in the death of a baby in a gridlocked ambulance and a lottery win by a motorist caught in the same gridlock.

Already a bit of a control freak, George wonders if he can do anything to affect the things that annoy or upset him. Currently jobless for the last six months, he certainly has the time. He starts with road safety in his own street, Claremont Avenue, where he conducts an uncontrolled experiment, draws dodgy conclusions and inflates his ego. Sharing his exploits with his only friend, Ray Caldwell over their weekly chess game, he begins mentally referring to himself as The Puppet Master.

George unfortunately attracts the notice of a self-described expert in extortion and manipulation, a skilled hacker calling himself Goldtooth, through his unsympathetic, even patronising, exchange with a beggar at an outdoor café table. This vindictive hacker is at a loose end, and he decides George needs an attitude change. With consummate ease, he infiltrates every aspect of the divorced accountant’s life, although his punishment does seem wildly out of proportion with George’s offence. 

Buoyed by his first apparent success, George plans further interventions, with some rules, of course: it must be indirect, lawful action that does not directly or indirectly cause serious physical or mental injury or death. So when Angela shares her worries about being made redundant by her new boss, George decides this worthy of the Sanderson Intervention Technique. 

But despite some research, he doesn’t have all the necessary information. And he forgets Newton’s Third Law of Motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So George’s second success is tempered by a potential tragedy which he manages to rationalise away in his head. 

Thanks to Goldtooth, however, his neat and ordered life is about to come crashing down around his ears. Poor George! But George Sanderson is not one to take this lying down because, after “why me?” comes “who?”, and despite stern police advice to leave it to the professionals, he can’t sit still and do nothing.

Palmer’s eccentric protagonist might not initially endear himself to the reader. He may be a man with the best intentions, but he’s high on practicality and low on empathy. He can be irritatingly pedantic and particular: “He’s an i-dotter, a t-crosser, a triple checker, a plan for the worst and hope for the best kind of guy.” Still, his experience does moderate him enough that the reader will be cheering him on by the closing pages. Bob Palmer’s debut novel is entertaining, enjoyable and often laugh-out-loud funny cosy crime fiction. 
This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and BooksGoSocial / Double Bluff Books.
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This book offers an interesting mix of genres but for me it was the unusual humour which really shone through.  The characters are amazing and I loved seeing them develop as the story progressed.  Somehow the author made far fetched, whacky scenarios seems so credible and real that I was completely sucked in.
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Another new book to read and a new author too and all I can say is this one wa really amazing to read and I loved it from start to finish, couldn't put it down once a started to read it and just wow I really did enjoy everything about it.
The plot was amazing throughout, it did have me guessing from the first whole outcome happened but when I did find out everything in the end I was really shocked I didn't expect it at all,a mean I just don't understand why some people would go to the lengths to do something like that.
George and Angela were really amazing throughout this book too these two were my favourite characters and along with the scooter boy as well.
I would for one read more from this author as this book was really really good and I will for one reread it again in the future.

Thank you netgallery for letting me read hacking George I really enjoyed it a lot and can't wait to read more from this author.
I have shared my review on my goodreads page and my Instagram page as well.
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The book sounded interesting and I enjoyed the first 20% but after that it seemed like a lot of "aimless" rambling. 

I did finish the book because I owed the publisher (and NetGalley) an honest review, but it was a slog to get through this one. If this was a book borrowed from the library, I wouldn't have finished it.

(BTW, the cover is nicely done!)
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When I first read the blurb for this book, it seemed luke something I'd love. Unfortunately that wasn't the case with this book.
I didn't find the characters interesting.
Normally that wouldn't be a very big problem if the I liked the writing style. But with this book I just thought there were too many paragraphs just describing things and I got bored.
Because of these two reasoms I decided to dnf this book.
But I feel like many people could enjoy this book, I'm just not one of them.
DNF at 17%
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What a pleasant surprise! Hacking George by Bob Palmer was a perfect balance of genres, from comedy to espionage, with even a touch of romance. There was honestly so very little about this novel that I did not enjoy. The characters were so wonderfully written that even the grouchiest curmudgeon since Ove shown so brightly through their flaws,

George is a very particular type of person. Having been laid off from his accounting job, the divorced bachelor has resigned himself to a life of routine. Having only one real friend, a man named Ray with whom he plays chess with every Saturday, George’s social life is incredibly lacking. 

When a car accident leads to a road rage incident, George crosses paths with a woman named Angela, who shockingly finds his overly detail oriented mind endearing rather than an annoyance. This gets George thinking, since  he can piece together every bit of fate leading up to this seemingly random event, then clearly he should also be able to influence the rest of the world around him.

What starts as a side project slowly takes over his life as George tests his new process to influence events in Angela’s life, causing the two to grow a deeper bond. But little does George know that there is someone else in the background trying their best to influence George’s life in very negative ways.

While this summary may not come across as light hearted, and not everything in this book is laughter and roses, Hacking George by Bob Palmer is one of the best novels I have read in a very long time. Very reminiscent of the work of Fredrik Backman, these deeply flawed characters we meet find a way into your heart before you know it. 

A very solid 4.336/5


Thank you so very much to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial publishing for the opportunity to read and review this title in exchange of my honest review.
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After overhearing a conversation in public, a computer hacker holds a grudge. After becoming the victim of a road rage incident has unforeseen consequences, George believes he can indirectly manipulate the world around him to his liking. What happens when the hacker decides to make an attempt at destroying George’s life?

This book has such a unique plot and is unlike anything else I’ve read. The writing style is nice and easy to read. I couldn’t wait to see what George was going to do next!
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Surprisingly I really like it! It was actually an easy read, the dialogue is so fun and engaged us.

For the plot I found it unusual and I kind of struggle but after a few pages then I got where the narrative going. the characters here especially the MC George I found his character is very real that I could totally relate. it has a nice setting as well very well written.

Overall this book rather than thriller, it's more quirky odd but in a humor way. I totally recommend this book for those looking for suspense genre but you don't want to get over thinking, this is for you.
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This was such a bizarre book! I did struggle to get into this to be honest, I couldn’t quite work out why every detail of the central character’s life was recorded, even (or perhaps especially) the more mundane aspects. But actually the further I read the more I started to enjoy it, George is actually such a great character! 

This is a loooong novel, it felt like I was reading for hours only to find I’d covered about 10%. But it did mean that I really felt like I knew George by the end, and his relationship with DS Tyler had me laughing out loud at several points. 

The overall story is kind of daft, but I think that - coupled with the very odd portrayal of George - is part of its charm. 

I’m glad I persevered with this, and I’d recommend it for a light (albeit long!) read.
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George is a single unemployed accountant and he was just made redundant by the company he worked for for many years. One day while having tea out of tea shop a homeless man asks George for a handout when George tells him you have to give something to get something the man at the next table over here’s the conversation and gives him a couple of pounds and then makes friends with George. Later on that day George is in the traffic jam George bing George does his best to follow the traffic laws but unfortunately still gets in an accident not only was he rear ended but the driver got angry at George and decided to take it out on poor George. In the car right behind them was Angela a kind lady who not only brings George to the hospital but they tentatively start a friendship that is blossoming into more but unbeknownst to George he has made someone angry and someone he made angry knows how to hack into peoples computers. Little does this person know that George is a rule follower, but he’s also good at revenge. This man has done his best to ruin poor George’s life he put porn on his computer and tried his best to break up him and Angela; Who are now going hot and heavy. When George find out about his stalker and who he thinks his stalker is he starts his revenge in chaos operation. I will not say anymore because the book was so good and George‘s taciturn nature rule following complaint lodging persona was still so likable. This book was funny on so many different levels and you can’t help but to root for George and Angela and feel sorry when they have a falling out. I highly recommend this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I received this book from the Gally and the publisher but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review but all opinions are definitely my own.
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This is a cracking, easy to read adventure about George, a middle aged, lonely divorcee who finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy.

It's really well written, although, I did find it meandered a little about 50% in. Having said that, overall, it's a delight and I highly recommend to those who enjoy Richard Osman and other interesting, gentle, escapism reads.

Congratulations to the author and thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the opportunity to preview. I so enjoyed it and will be looking out for the author's next book 'Last Boy in America'.
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