Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Spotlight for H.A. Somerled's "Angel's Code"

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Excerpt

With a shaking hand, Johnson gave Oliver the file. Oliver snatched it from Johnson, flipped open the file and read the report. He barely noticed that a hush had fallen over the room, as he read. Oliver scanned through the technical jargon and halted when he read the suspect’s name, Danny Murray - his brother.

“Shit,” Oliver said under his breath. “Bring him in for questioning.”  

“Yes, sir,” Johnson snapped to attention.

“I’ll mobilize a team right away.” Oliver turned around in his chair and stared out the window. “Damn it, Danny. What have you done?”


Blurb

Angel’s Code is an exciting romp through the seedy world of cyber crime. Based in London, the story revolves around Danny Murray and his introduction into the hacker lifestyle.

Danny is a young, bored web design student at Birkbeck College, who dreams of becoming more than just an IT guy. He wants to make a mark on the world, and releases a prank virus, attracting the attention of internationally renown hacker, “The Fallen Angel.”

Angel agrees to teach the young Danny the ways of the hacker, but his online skills are not the ones in need of refining.

The only setback Danny has is his older brother, Oliver Murray, who has just been promoted head inspector of the cyber crime division for London’s Metropolitan Police. Oliver feels it is his main duty to keep Danny away from the mysterious, and dangerous Angel. However, when the tables are turned and Oliver is the one in need of rescuing, will the skills Danny learned from Angel be enough to save his brother from Cyber Terrorist Ahmed Eid?


Today I'm pleased to introduce to you Oliver. 

Oliver Murray 

Raised by a determined Irish immigrant and an adoring mother, Oliver Murray was the center of his parents world. Eight years later, Danny, his younger brother came into his life. Oliver always protected his brother, from other kids, from troublemakers, from harm. He enlisted in the Brittish Army and quickly became one of their top interrogators, known for his polite but straight forward style of questioning.

IMG_0142.JPGOliver didn't return home from Afghanistan until after his mother died from cancer. This is a subject of contention between the two brothers, Danny believing that Oliver abandonned his family during their time of need, and Oliver insisting that there was nothing he could do.

Shunning away from relationships, Oliver tends to hookup with women only out of his lonelyness and their needyness. He always tells them to be gone in the morning. A no nonsense man, Oliver gets results quick, and was able to track down and capture notorious Cyber Terrorist Ahmed Eid.

Recently promoted to Senior Investigation Officer, Oliver wonders if the new responsibilities are worth the title. He still feels responsible for Danny, especially when he gets arrested for hacking into the emergency warning system. Now with the added threat of the Fallen Angel, Oliver puts his title and reputation on the line to keep his family safe.

Oliver was inspired by an amalgum of characters played by the mesmerizing Brittish actor Benedict Cumberbatch. He has an intensity unmatched by any actor now. I rank Benedict up high with my other favorite actors Gary Oldman and Alan Rickman. Benedict also has a great sense of humor, seen in how he plays the serious but childish Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock. I was drawn into his style from the first episode. (Martin Freeman is another great reason to watch... but he's not a character in my books... yet.)

Oliver will be the main focus in the second of the series Angel's Betrayal, coming out hopefully this winter. His past haunts his dreams and Angel infects his reality.

Everyone who knows the story seems to be drawn to Oliver, I guess it's because of his black and white mentality, his strong moral code, his willingness to protect his family no matter what the cost.

I like putting him in the most uncomfortable situations and watch him squirm. But I'm just sadistic like that.



If you would like to know more about the Characters of Angel's Code, my final character study will be on November 24th on Lori Struiff's blog. http://lorriejuly.blogspot.com 


1044678_10151697651916294_998390114_n.jpgAuthor Bio 

H. A. Somerled lives in the Missoula, Montana area. After an uneventful tour in the U.S. Navy, she followed her passions and enrolled in Culinary School. She graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art and has also completed a writing course from the Long Ridge Writer's Group. This is her first published work.

She has two dogs, a puggle named Fritter and a pug named Flapjack. She considers herself lucky to be single and claims she's half the age she really is.


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