This book s biggest crime for me was the lousy portrayal of computer viruses No, they do not cause the words on your screen to fall down to the bottom No, they do not actually show you pictures of worms It just isn t plausible.
The second biggest crime was not giving me anyone to root for The narrator is trying to defend this one woman named Rae Everyone dislikes Rae and the narrator isn t even that fond of her Sure she reminds the narrator of her dead mother but the narrator didn t really get along with her mother that well either.
Unconvincing romance subplot Characters just kind of breeze in and out of the plot until the author decides it s over No sense of building to something or getting closer to a truth.
The author s book The White Tower is better so I d suggest you try that one instead.
The premise of the book about computer viruses, cyber crime and relationship issues of the central characters was promising Unfortunately it didn t really deliver on the promise While parts of the book were beautifully written and, at times, lyrical, other parts were somewhat tedious, jumbled or rushed The story flowed and it was, mostly, easy to read however parts of it were so clunky or awkward that it required rereading or just be skimmed over Most of the characters weren t particularly engaging or well developed I wanted to like this book, but there were too many aspects that just didn t work for me, so I couldn t rate it as anything other than ok.
This is an extremely well written book with lovely language The author has a good grasp on descriptions that create pictures in my mind I loved to see Australia through they eyes of an Aussie, although I struggled with the concept of it being warmer in the North and summer being in December The characters were mostly believable and well rounded with the exception of the main character I found her strangely lacking in emotion which was especially jarring since she was the narrator of the story Overall, it s a soothing read with incredibly lovely language if a little slow at times.
I m glad this wasn t the first Dorothy Johnston book I have read I started with The White Tower which I much prefer I must say that DJ s writing is a cut above in its surprising eloquence and tight description of people places and things Having read Through a Camels Eye and The Swan Island Connection I can understand why this story didn t quite hit the mark Several reasons Too much use of the metaphor Powerful tools but can be overdone I didn t like most of the characters and balked at the physical relationship between Sandra and Ivan So much tech talk just brings out the speed reader in me Finally, I had to plod on to the finish because I wanted to know who done it but it was all a bit of an anti climax finish DJ s writing and plot choices Newly hired Sandra Mahoney s boss, Rae Evans, head of service industries branch of Industrial Relations, admits to donating a payment to Access Computing She thought the company deserved the donation The check is paid to Angela Carlishaw, Director of Access Computing An unknown woman who on sabbatical in Scotland and unreachable Who is this unknown person that has not surfaced The payment was sent to her company Does she exist Sandra wants to prove Rae innocent.
Kerry Arnold, Certified from Admin at Industrial Relations, signed the grant for the monies to Access Computing He authorized the monies with a yes on his computer Could someone else had stolen his password and increased the amount Kerry states he signed for the grant on Thursday On Friday, the grant went to Finance Finance made direct payment to Access Com
I m not going to talk a lot about this book, cause yeah, I don t have a lot to say about it I barely remember half of what I read even though I just finished the book like an hour ago But what bugged me the most about this book was that it was made out to seem like such an awesome story what with the protagonist being a single mother Wow, being able to balance a job, a kid, an affair, w Þ The Trojan Dog ✓ While the author is a skillful writer with a strong command of language who is adept at creating rich imagery, being able to visualize the setting and maintain a strong sense of place do not compensate for poor character development or disappointing technological detail I never achieved any emotional involvement or empathy for the protagonist who I saw as trashy, impulsive and immoral I have no interest whatsoever in reading anything further about Sandra Mahoney The strange title, mysterious cover and reference to the author s numerous awards elevated my expectations for this work which were ultimately very disappointed For a story with a technological premise, the expected detail needed to immerse the reader into that environment was lacking as well Even after making my way through the entire book a A Powerful But Unpopular Bureaucrat Is Accused Of Theft And Computer Fraud, Sandra Is Convinced The Charge Is False While Trying To Track Down The Real Culprit She Becomes Caught In A Tale Of Crime, Loyalty And Betrayal, Against The Backdrop Of A Country On The Cusp Of Political [Dorothy Johnston] ✓ The Trojan Dog [latin-american-literature PDF] read Online ↠´ Change The Trojan Dog is primarily a literary novel on the subject of cyber crime rather than a crime novel The prose is lyrical and peppered with beautiful descriptions, such as swirls of fog sat on the hard ground like a congregation of bad tempered ghosts However, if you want a fast paced thriller, this won t be the book for you All the elements of the genre are there, a host of suspects, love interest, and a disbelieving detective I didn t mind the slower pace, but I felt there was far too much political backstory, especially involving the protagonist s mother Some of this was to establish Sandra s reasons for believing in Rae, but this could have been accomplished with far less political history The second half of the book was faster paced, and lost none of The main character in The Trojan Dog, Sandy, isn t a super hero, didn t really know much about cyber crimes, but was totally human She had flaws for sure she wasn t the best mother and her marriage was in shambles She wasn t confident with her job skills but was obviously good at it Her boss, Rae Evans was facing trial for computer theft and fraud Sandra and Ivan, co worker turned lover, wanted to get to the bottom of what happened so they became detectives The book was a little slow at first but it held my interest It is not a fast paced thriller or even a love story It s about a computer crime with a few red herrings thrown in.