Ghost Ship opening line: They were driving into a void, or so it seemed to Chief Inspector Robert Swan of the Durban Police Department.
By coincidence I started reading this book on the 25th of July, the same day the book starts. Co-written with Graham Brown, the NUMA® Files are a series of books I shall be on the lookout for. Kurt Austin is the hero of this book. The story starts with the Klaar River Gang and how they escaped from Durban in 1909. There is a large gap to 1987 and the story picks up in 2014 with events influenced by those that took place so many years ago.
The future generation want to commit a crime involving large amounts of money and to do so they need some top notch hackers and computer software writers. They are ruthless to the extreme and Kurt and his associates find themselves scouring the bottom of the sea, and crossing the DMZ zone between South and North Korea. They need to find the secret hideout and save the hackers in order to protect the Federal Reserves.
When Kurt Austin is injured rescuing souls from a sinking yacht, he wakes with conflicting memories. Did he witness an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? Kurt doesn’t trust either version of his recollection.
In his hunt for the truth Kurt soon descends into a shadowy world of state-sponsored cybercrimes, uncovering a pattern of suspicious accidents, vanishing scientists and a web of human trafficking.
Now, he must take on the sinister organization behind this conspiracy, facing off against them from Morocco to North Korea to the rugged coasts of Madagascar.
What I liked most about this book was just how believable and easy to read it was. It took me under 3 weeks to read which I consider quite reasonable when I am not on holiday. I also discovered that North and South Korea are effectively still at war even though it is currently a cease fire – the longest one I am sure for any two countries as the armistice was signed in July 1953!
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