Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Hacker: Client. Coder. Chaos. by Stanley Moss

Title and Author: The Hacker: Client. Coder. Chaos. by Stanley Moss
  • Print Length (Paperback): 232 Pages
  • Publisher: Finger Print (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8172344252
  • ISBN-13: 978-8172344252
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense and Espionage, Contemporary Indian IT Industry

My Review:

The story takes place in Gurgaon, India and is a dark take on the IT industry in the country.
All the action happens in a small IT company, Talsera where an employee Vikram is dismissed and who, miffed by his dismissal, decides to seek revenge by hacking into the company's confidential data and chats aiming to destroy company eventually. The story explores the different mindsets of people who have all come from different backgrounds with varied principles and who all behave differently when placed in similar demanding situations. There is an over ambitious woman who has earned the nickname of "The Destroyer"
because she is always taking credit and destroying anyone who stands in her way of success. Then there is the nicknamed "Shaitaan", otherwise called Vikram who although very brilliant is also afflicted with sociopathic tendencies. There are simple and loyal people like Hari Bhaiya who has no qualms about taking over work that he is not paid for and seeks happiness and contentment from his efforts towards the company he loves. Finally there are multiple other characters also who all have their own situations to deal with and who all provide varying perspectives of the same "money minting" IT industry.

The first thing that struck me while reading this book was the in-depth knowledge of the author, who although a non resident has provided real colors to an alien setting. He provides a vivid picture of India and of situations that to me only an Indian and that too one who has either seen it or experienced it can convey. His extensive research and excellent plot development skills are evident as we read the story. The story is admirably conceived and presented with no loop holes. The characterization is firm and real like.

The cover of the book is also very innovative and eye catching. I loved the whole crowded scene and the mysterious shadow on a keyboard combination idea which attracts and tantalizes the reader almost at once.

The story moves at a medium pace and successfully manages to keep the reader hooked. The writing is simple, elegant and the author keeps the interest alive all through the book. Kudos to Stanley for writing such a classic and beautiful story.


A story worth every penny spent and then some more, I give The Hacker: Client. Coder. Chaos. a 4 out of 5 and highly recommend this book to everyone. 
A must read book on the dark side of the Indian IT Industry with plenty of mystery and a high dose of cyber espionage with high voltage drama to thrill you. :)

received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads and I am very thankful to the author and publishers for introducing me to this great book. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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