Log in

No account? Create an account
recent witterings other journals calendar about me espresso coco earlier earlier next next
I've just finished reading Maximum Impact, by Jack Henderson. In… - almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
if I had to explain, you wouldn't understand
I've just finished reading Maximum Impact, by Jack Henderson.
In 1993, a legendary hacker brainstorms the ultimate terrorist attack in a members-only online chat room. On September 11, 2001, he sees his dark vision materializing into a murderous reality. Jeannie Reese, lead designer in the US government's Total Information Awareness program, begins a high-tech pursuit of this mythical figure of the Internet underground. But the hunt soon leads Jeannie down an alarming trail of revelations: the terrorists are gathering again and a massive follow-up attack is coming, designed by the most formidable mind she's ever encountered.

Silly, but fun. One of those books where you suddenly seem to be halfway through and have to keep picking it up to see what highly implausible things happen next. Seriously, there were several moments where I had to skip back a few pages and go 'hang on just a second there bub. You did *what*? How, exactly, did you do that, from there?'

And yes, Jeannie Reese is ubertalented, extremely gorgeous and very smart.
3 thoughts or leave a thought
From: jackhenderson Date: July 15th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC) (linky)

I'm glad I think you liked my book


This is actually a dual reply, both to this post and the one just above it.

First, from your mini-review it seems like you enjoyed Maximum Impact, and I'm happy you did, if you did.

Second, on your post concerning writer's angst: the only books I really remember are the ones written despite that worry you're talking about. The same goes for essays, blog posts, screenplays and love letters. If you try to make us like it, the highest bar you can reach is that we probably won't hate it. There's a lot of money to be made turning out stuff like that, I hear, but not very much history. So go ahead write it, precisely because it makes you nervous. My two cents.

And say, if you really are a rocket scientist, visit my site and get in touch if you feel like it. I might have a couple of questions for you.

All the best,


dakegra From: dakegra Date: July 15th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC) (linky)

Re: I'm glad I think you liked my book

Hi Jack

blimey, this caught me a bit by surprise!

Yes, I did really enjoy the book. It was enormous fun, and I found myself sneaking off from various jobs around the house at the weekend to cram in another few pages wherever I could. And I don't tend to get much reading time these days, so it's definitely a compliment! The characters were great too, and I'd love to see Reese and Fagan back together again.

As I said, there were a couple of points where I had to skip back a few pages to work out who had done what in order to get them to [x], but I suspect that was due to me reading it in bite-sized chunks for much of the day!

I should really qualify the rocket scientist bit - I studied Astrophysics at university, but I'm sure I've forgotten 99% of it. It's always a handy thing to whip out though in an argument.


From: jackhenderson Date: July 15th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (linky)



Yes, the last 1/3 of the book really wants to be tackled in one sitting, but that's a lot to ask of a reader. Working on the next one now.

On that subject, if it would be of any interest to you at all, I'd like to know what someone with your background thinks of this:


(I don't know if LJ allows links in these posts, so let me know if you have any trouble getting there.)

It's not necessary in the story that the premise of this video is true, only that a very smart person (with some other corroborating evidence) could come to believe that it is.

Nice to meet you,

3 thoughts or leave a thought