Thursday, March 18, 2010

L.A. Bytes

Title: L.A. Bytes
Author: P.A. Brown
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-60820-041-2
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary Suspense
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

When a local hospital is hacked, Chris is contacted by an old acquaintance to solve his computer problems before any damage to patient records can be done. It quickly becomes apparent that the hacking is far more extensive than originally thought when several patients, including Chris’ husband David, receive the wrong medication and one person dies. As they race to discover the hacker’s identity, Chris and David are thrown into one dangerous situation after another. Can Chris, and his computer skills, stop the person responsible before he can fully engages his cyber-plot, or will the City of Angels be brought to its knees?

L.A. Bytes is the newest release in P.A. Brown’s L.A. series and it’s another winner. With a computer hacking premise that could have been pulled from the headlines of any major newspaper, this thriller caught my attention from the very first page and kept me wanting more as I raced to the end. It’s a true rollercoaster ride that could be all too real in the electronically-controlled world in which we live. By adding Chris and David to this possibility, P.A. Brown created a complicated and well-written plot that’s guaranteed to please just about anyone who loves a fast paced suspense story.

The change…the deepening of Chris and David’s relationship is nicely handled. That’s one of the great things about this series – we, the readers, have gotten the chance to see their relationship through all the possible phases, and seen it come out more intense and stronger on the other side. Ms. Brown has taken two vastly different individuals and, through creativity and flair, changed them into a committed couple, intent on the happiness and safety of the other. David and Chris are at heart, the backbone of this thriller story, but it’s what goes on around them as they search for the computer hacker, that fuels the plot.

I’m not a computer expert, but it safe to say Ms. Brown did her research, and while some of the terms flew over my head at the speed of light, it didn’t keep me from enjoying this complex storyline. In fact, as I think about it now, it didn’t detract from the story at all and to my way of thinking, that shows a writer’s true talent.

There are plenty of twists and turns, dangerous situations, a couple of near-death experiences, an explosion and a terrorist bent on bringing LA to its knees. At heart - what makes the reader care - is Chris and David’s determination to keep the other safe no matter what the cost. But what keeps them riveted and turning the pages is the computer hacker/terrorist, what’s he’s done to the two lovers and the possibility he could succeed in destroying the infrastructure of L.A.


P.A.Brown said...

Thanks for the review. I'm glad you liked the story. I did do a lot of research for the computer details, but it didn't hurt that I was in the computer field for 15 years, though I never fought any hackers. Probably good for me and the world. LOL.

Renee Vincent said...

Congratulations P.A. Brown! To have a great review under your belt is quite an accomplishment. Revel in this grand momment!

I wish you much success!

Lise said...

Incredible review, without a doubt. Obviously every strand of the book is woven beautifully together for a complex and rich story. Congrats on the continued success with your L.A. series and I'm looking forward to reading this one, having enjoyed the past titles, too.

Paris said...

Congratulations on the wonderful review! Both the plot and the growing relationship between your characters make this sound like a must read.

Welcome said...

PA-You've done another wonderful job with this newest release in the LA series. I love the characters and their growing relationship and can't wait to see what you do with the guys next.

mystical nymph said...

These stories just keeping getting better, and I look forward to the next release in this keeper series.