Flashmob: A Novel

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Christopher Farnsworth’s new techno-thriller, Flashmob is the second novel starring protagonist John Smith. Smith is a fixer in the clandestine organization called “One Percent.” He has a unique ability to read other people’s minds. Because of his gift, he is highly valued by his clients, who hire him for various duties like protection and tracking down their enemies. In Farnsworth’s latest book, John Smith must track down a demented individual who turned the Internet into a weapon. He uses social networking to put prices on celebrities’ heads at his whim. John Smith learns about this after attending a wedding of a celebrity he rescued from kidnappers. As the wedding is underway, gunmen burst into the reception and open fire, hitting the bride. As Smith learns of this diabolical plan, he must put his unique gift of mind reading to the test to take down this evil person before other celebrities get hurt.

Flashmob is even more suspenseful than its predecessor, Killfile. Farnsworth writes in first-person in the present tense, which greatly adds to the suspense. This technique allows the reader to immerse themselves into the plot and closely follow the action. Character development is quite strong in the book as well. However, what I liked most about Flashmob is its premise. The book shows the tremendous power rapid advances in modern technology such as social networking and the “Internet of Things” have in our lives and how they can be turned against us by evil persons. The book is a dire warning to our society, a stark reminder that we must use modern technology with great responsibility, especially with all the advancements that happen almost daily.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 388 pages
Publisher William Morrow
Publish Date 2017-Jun-27
ISBN 9780062568496
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Issue August 2017
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller


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