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Nolan Kilkenny is a former Navy SEAL who is now pursuing his doctorate in advanced computer technology. While investigating a seemingly harmless technical problem in a complex, highly secured computer network, he becomes involved in the CIA and FBI's fierce hunt for three computer-age information pirates. The ruthless, brilliant thieves have stolen SPYDER - the CIA's ultraNolan Kilkenny is a former Navy SEAL who is now pursuing his doctorate in advanced computer technology. While investigating a seemingly harmless technical problem in a complex, highly secured computer network, he becomes involved in the CIA and FBI's fierce hunt for three computer-age information pirates. The ruthless, brilliant thieves have stolen SPYDER - the CIA's ultra-secret electronic intelligence gathering project that can pry open the most heavily-guarded computer networks in existence - and United States government will do anything to get it back. Suddenly, Kilkenny is leading the search for SPYDER...and is in sharp focus in the crosshairs of those who will stop at nothing to possess the ultimate spy weapon....

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Number of Pages : 187 Pages
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Spyder Web Reviews

  • Stephen
    2018-12-06 10:50

    Tom Grace called the Rush Limbaugh show yesterday and questioned whether he should try to get a job as an architect again, because doing so might help President Obama's unemployment numbers in some minuscule way...and he did not want to do that. Think about the petty little partisan shithead mind that came up with that thought for a moment before you even contemplate purchasing one of his books and supporting such a dickwad. First of all, um, no, Mr. Grace, you would not be helping Obama's employment numbers if you got a real job. You have been writing for years since your last architectural job and you would have used up your benefits long ago. You would fall into the category of the long-term unemployed, whose benefits were recently cut by republicans, thank you very much. You would be described in the media as someone no longer looking for work, regardless if it is individually true or not. You would no longer be counted in the unemployment statistics, essentially being informed that you do not matter and you are on your own. You might have paid into the unemployment fund for decades, but you only get weeks worth of benefits. And let me tell you what you would be facing out there in a post-Reagan world if you decided to get off your ass and get your hands dirty like a man: Employers who laugh at the idea of keeping you around long enough to have to pay a pension. Employers who do not pay a living wage and force you to accept public assistance to make up the difference, creating more tax burdens of the kind I am sure you will complain about. Employers spoiled by the idea of at-will employment, who can and will fire you without reason or hesitation. Second of all, suck my fuckin' dick you disrespectful fucktard. I will NEVER buy one of your books. You might be sitting pretty, all cocky and full of yourself at the moment, but just remember that karma is a bitch. I never met you, but I know you. Catholic boy, Michigan, advanced degree but little job satisfaction due to underemployment. I get it. But I remember where I came from. My grandfather risked getting his head bashed in in the Flint sit-down strike to ensure that millions of Americans couldn't be fired at will, would be paid a day's wage for a day's labor, and corporations wouldn't be able to pick up and haul their factories anywhere they wanted without regard for the cities they left in shambles. Fast forward about 80 years later and we've come full circle (and I know because I am working 12-hour shifts, no scheduled breaks whatsoever, no meaningful benefits, physical risks aplenty, and absolutely no job security). You should be ashamed of yourself for your chosen sickening ideology.In a way I should thank you. You have motivated me. I have been tinkering on a project for some time now, the kind that will likely result in my not having to be a wage slave for the rest of my life. If a mental lightweight like yourself can scrabble together a second career, so can I.Finally, I would like to know why you feel the need to artificially prop up your book ratings by rating your own books? I know you are not the only author out there doing it, but you gave yourself two 5-star ratings of your work Polar Star, if I interpreted what I read correctly. (What the fuck is with you? Did you also plan to create architectural design awards and give them to yourself to bolster that career as well? The work should speak for itself.) I'll put it this way -- I said my piece and I'm done. Do you think it would be appropriate to copy my comments on this one book and paste them onto every one of your books on goodreads just because I can...maybe even adding facts about your Limbaugh show comments to your Wikipedia page just because I can?

  • Jill Manske
    2018-11-21 11:46

    How can you have a really good plot and still end up with a mediocre book? Have Tom Grace write it. Industrial espionage in the digital age is a fascinating theme and had a great deal of promise. Unfortunately, one-dimensional characters and formal, stilted dialog, along with a meandering storyline and tedious detail spelled its demise. Detail? Make that excruciating detail. Unless you're a Bill Gates wannabe, it's way too much. And then in other areas, maybe to be perverse, Grace treats readers like kindergartners, explaining his references as if none of us finished high school. I slogged through, even though I really wanted to chuck the book across the room, hoping it would improve. It didn't. So, if you think you might want to read Sypder Web, don't bother.

  • Balthazar Lawson
    2018-11-28 15:53

    There were a lot of confusing aspects to this book especially when it came to describing all the computer action. It attempted to be too detailed and was, therefore, confusing and in the end added nothing to the story. Cutting a lot of this out would have made it a more interesting read instead of the long drawn out experience it was. The ending was rather dumb and more like the ending of a weekly TV show than of a novel.

  • J
    2018-12-03 11:38

    Really 4.5 stars. Minus half a star because the opening was a little hard. Foreign chinese names as well as the use of multiple names for the same character (first & last used interchangeably) made it hard to get the characters straight and get into the plot. Around page 10, I started to get ahold of the plot. By page 50, the story was humming along. By page 80, I was hooked!Since this is the first book in a series, here are the major character development points:- Nolan Kilkenny is honorably discharged by the Navy after serving in the elite SEALS program. He has an interest and aptitude for computers and finds work at his father's MARC research facility on the campus of the University of Michigan.- Nolan Kilkenny and Kelsey Newton grew up together as close friends and shared a similar gift for computers. Newton got her PhD and is now a Professor at U of M conducting research through the MARC facility. The Kilkenny and Newton families are close and have always desired their children to intermarry and produce grandchildren. Nolan and Kelsey have resisted pairing up and insisted they were just best friends. However, at the end of the novel, Kelsey admits romantic feelings which Nolan shares.After reading a bunch of non-fiction books, it was thrilling to be immersed in a good fiction novel. This book came at a great time. The book was an easy read (after the opening) and a really fun adventure. I did skim occasional paragraphs that discussed technical computer stuff in detail. Not really my thing.The author is a local boy. And many scenes are set in Ann Arbor - worth a read just for that! It felt very natural, like someone writing about what they know. Nothing forced or awkward in the plentiful local references. The writing itself was also very polished; it did not feel like an amateur novel. This is a local boy who can actually write!One criticism of the writing - the author employed a tactic a few times in the book where the chapter leaves a character in some jeopardy. And when the character in next seen, they are in a different setting/scenario. The reader with the cliffhanger in mind has to read unrelated text before the previous event is finally referenced. This does create a feeling that life moves on and each man is responsible for his own survival. But I was annoyed each time it happened. I like immediate closure!Most of the novel's environment and character actions (SEAL team, University of Michigan research, government authorities) had a true ring to it. It was easily believable based on my experience. The couple expectations were that a CIA employee could be bent so easily and that US/foreign intelligence agencies could cooperate and share information so seamlessly. I chalk this up to a necessary plot point and the author's wholesome naivety.Additional thoughts: Towards the end of the book, law enforcement officers are unsentimentally killed in the line of duty. That always makes me sad. All non-officials went "rogue" at some point. Officials (except the traitors) followed orders and procedures, which seemed realistic even if not glamorous. The newspapers printed a full report of the espionage and boat crash (minus a few restricted details) the day following the arrests. It felt a bit unrealistic that they would have access to the full story so soon. Perhaps this is the author's wholesome innocent naivety, which I can appreciate. The author doesn't write directly about politics, but he is clearly unapologetically conservative. Conservative characters in the book aren't automatically bad. :-) A republican character and a venture capitalist are mentioned briefly in the story without being vilified. When I read that, I suddenly realized how much I missed books that let conservative characters just be normal, without some horrible evil secret or intention. The hero is honest and straight-forward with his mission; nothing "morally complex" like the anti-heroes in many novels. Finding this book was like finding water in the desert. I didn't realize how much I needed it until I encountered it. This is what I hoped Newt Gingrich's fictional novels would be like, but sadly they weren't.Two (premarital) sex scenes referenced with a bit of explicit imagery. Make your own judgment for age appropriateness. Adults will find this book innocent compared to most spy novels.Published in 1999 - no cell phones in the story. Computer floppy disks & cassette tapes still being used!

  • Rose
    2018-11-28 13:40

    Fun because much happens in MI.

  • M.R.
    2018-12-09 15:25

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this. I'm a hard case when it comes to spy-fi: all too often, the characters are cardboard and the dialog stinks. Not so here. This guy wirtes dialogue WAY better than the likes of Tom Clancy (thank heavens for that). Moreover, his IT geeks were completely credible characters (I've known many, and they're too often stereotyped). Plus, I'm from Chicago, and I know Michigan pretty well from years of trips to Union Pier, Benton Harbor and Ann Arbor. Not only was I gratified to see a geographical setting that's accurate and a university setting that made me happy because it was different, but the young professionals there were very appealing characters, too (although that romance was telegraphed almost from the beginning; I would have been just as happy if they'd remained friends and dated other people but still stayed confidants).And that Lee Iacocca touch at the end was just hysterical! Good laugh there. Hey, I prefer Mustangs myself, but I wouldn't refuse a concept car, either.Tom Grace managed an excellent command of the subject matter without ever once coming close to boring me to tears (I can't say that about a lot of high-tech spy-fi). Can't recommend this book highly enough. Oh, and it's a pretty fast read, too, though perhaps one shouldn't neceesarily go by me: I fairly inhale books). I'll be reading more of Tom Grace's stuff soon as I can lay my hands on it. Hurrah!

  • Bev Taylor
    2018-12-08 16:33

    gatekeeper is a computer device designed by the us govt that can effectively block the most experienced hacker the reverse side is spyder - which is identical but when installed in one computer can easily and undetected hack into any other computer put these two together with the states and china plus professional hacker 'consultants' and u have a recipe for disaster this introduces us to nolan kilkenny who has just finished his duties as a navy seal but just back in his job as a compuer expert he does not like what he has found. soon he is recruited to solve this problem before it is too late only one question - would love to know what the owner thought of the demise of spitfire .... ! bev

  • Mark
    2018-11-21 15:37

    Kind of a disappointing read. When I bought this book in 2009 it was marketed as if it was newly published and to be fair, this edition was published in 2009. What was not clear at the time was that the book was originally written in 1998. Ordinarily, that would not pose much of a problem but for a book which centres its plot around high-tech computer stuff, what seemed high-tech at the time, is now fairly old-fashioned (which just shows how much computer technology has progressed even in the last decade). To counter this criticism the action sequences (car chase/crash; and power-boat chase along the Thames) are quite thrilling.On the whole, a bit of a disappointment because of the way technology has developed over the past decade.

  • Joe White
    2018-11-28 14:55

    The technology dated to between 88-'95. The author as a writer either didn't have the depth of OS knowledge and application programming that he needed, or purposely obscured and dumb-ed down details for readers with less knowledge.The author approached the characters and sex as if he were writing for high school level boys.The espionage portions of the story were quite good, except for the ending being too dramatic.

  • Jeff Dickison
    2018-12-15 12:48

    Fair computer-espionage book, was first by Grace. This is the second computer-espionage book I have read this week and I think I'm done with this genre for a while. Besides, my computer guru is my wife. She's not as good as the guys in this book, but then she's not a mastermind criminal nor a goverment agent. Anyway, I recommend the book to anyone interested in the computer-espionage genre.

  • Margo Brooks
    2018-11-14 17:40

    This is a thriller with little thrill. It is hard to feel the fear in computer espionage when all the action comes from a curser on a computer screen. Then there was all the description of that curser. The steaks weren't high enough for the main characters and the descriptions too mundane to make me want to read another of these spy novels.

  • Mark
    2018-12-02 16:51

    The first half of the book sets up the second half of the book - which is a good thing. But I need to warn you that the first half of the book is slow.I like what the author does with his main characters... but at times this reads like a movie script treatment more than a stand-alone novel.Yes, I'm aware it's the first book in a series - I'm curious to see where he goes from here.

  • George Ladds
    2018-12-06 13:46

    If you want a good crime writer then look no further, this is a great introduction to the series. coming out of the navy seals nolan k goes to work at a high tec firm run by his dad. quickly he is sucked into a world of espionage. twists and turns a fast moving crime book.

  • Benita
    2018-11-14 11:27

    Good read. Nothing mindblowing, but if you like a spy story, this is good entertainment. Tom Grace also has a very relaxed writing style and it is easy to get into the story. His main characters were also very likeable

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-08 15:45

    Good spy-book. It's really fun b/c the author sets his characters from University of MI. The female was a UM swimmer! It's fun to read something with reference points that you have actually seen/been/experienced.

  • Ron Holmes
    2018-11-22 12:38

    This is the first book by Tom Grace and the first one of his I have read. It is very interesting, almost believable, lots of twists and turns. Alas, not really any intimate relationships. It was a good first book.

  • Ralph McEwen
    2018-12-04 15:43

    The book is well put together the font and whiteness of the pages made this a easy book to read. The story line and characters actions did not require that you suspend disbelief. The interactions of the characters was realistic. I am looking forward to reading more of this authors works.

  • Peter
    2018-11-20 12:32

    A damn good read, I liked it a lot. Very much like Clive Clusser. I cant wait for his next book.

  • Charley Nosswin
    2018-11-23 17:51

    I didn't like all the detail about the technical aspects; the blurb was far more focused on the action parts. In reality, this took up maybe 30% of the book, with the rest being filled with jargon.

  • Ian
    2018-11-25 09:44

    cool book this guy writes such easy to read books, they do tend to just end abruptly though. still an enjoyable read whil drinking cofee in my face cafe.

  • Veselin Topchiev
    2018-11-15 11:25

    Well, it was not amazing read to give it 5, but well worth 4 stars.Enjoyed it and will continue the series.

  • Adrian Wills
    2018-12-09 10:49

    Couldn't get on with this one. Had to give up after just a few chapters

  • Richard
    2018-11-26 10:30

    A fast-paced, taut thriller that kept me hooked from the beginning. Several different characters are followed, who gradually interact. Combines, espionage, computers and action.

  • Elizabeth Clark
    2018-11-16 14:53

    It's not clear why Nolan ended up in London, but otherwise the book is interesting and reminds me of Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy.

  • Chris
    2018-12-02 13:26

    Unfortunately you need a degree in computer science to get what's really going on and it leaves you a bit bored and thinking if you've picked up a textbook.