How secure are your secrets in the virtual world? Weeks before pharma-giant Acel is ready to file a global patent application for cancer wonder-drug Colare, its offshore data centre in Mumbai is hacked. The charismatic, young leader of its Indian business, Dr Udai Vir Dhingra, finds himself being blamed for negligence and breach of security. Battling market pressures, media scrutiny, livid American bosses and crumbling relationships, Vir must find the perpetrators, or see his career – and his life – spiral downwards. But the deeper he gets dragged into the shadowy world of masked online identities and muddied digital footprints, the more Vir discovers that nothing is easy or obvious, and everything has a price. Set across Mumbai, Washington and Guangzhou, Breach is a compelling and edgy cyber thriller that explores the dark and dangerous underbelly of our increasingly virtual existence
The novel, Breach revolves around a biotech company, Acel Biosciences that is about to file for an International Patent on a cancer drug that would revolutionize the cure for the disease, but unfortunately gets in the muddle where their recent data gets stolen and upon scrutinizing it in depth, it is found that the information was being modified thus, deviating them from the much-awaited success.
The beginning of the few chapters were mind boggling, and as a reader I had to force myself to sit through them, but then as the story started to unfold, I could feel the excitement within as the novel started moving relatively fast with small, concise chapters and saying to the point for a particular scene or a character. As a reader, I had difficulty remembering the names of some characters since the story line was moving from one country to another in a jiffy.
Tech terms were some times a little overboard, but the conversation between Madhu and Ankita made things a little effortless and elementary for a layman like me.
Besides, running around with Vir who was in the limelight of the breach of the Acel India division as he was trying to decode the hacker and get to the bottom of it, the author also took us on an emotional ride with him as he was in the middle of his ex-flame, Diti and his current fiancee, Tracey. Thus, making him live on the edge. Another story of a couple of teenagers was being unfolded amidst this rift, and it was interesting to see how these two story lines intersected in the novel. But, this story ended abruptly, and not with a bang, which disappointed me. I was expecting some big drama towards the end.
Breach is a well-researched novel, and in the fast lane especially once it's on the track of deciphering the hacker. And I would recommend it to any tech lover cause of the ride that involves thrill, adventure and the fireworks that exploded while cracking the code.
Meet the Author
Amrita Verma Chowdhury is the author of Faking It, an art crime thriller about fake modern and contemporary Indian art.
She holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley, where she was a Jane Lewis Fellow, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper Business School). Her work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication – something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband Sumit, their two children Shoumik and Aishani, and an assortment of pets including a cocker spaniel, a guinea pig and two turtles. She loves travelling, baking cupcakes with her daughter and hearing from her readers.
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