Read Chapter One of The Alexandria Project here
Those that know me know that I firmly believe that there is a Monty Python vignette, or at least a catchphrase, for every occasion. On this occasion, that catchphrase is, “And now for something completely different!”
How completely different, might you ask, as if on cue? Glad you asked. Quite completely different. More specifically, what you will find here is a cybersecurity mystery novel called The Alexandria Project, originally shared here in serial form, in the grand tradition of yesteryear, when authors like Charles Dickens presented their latest works in weekly or monthly (often cliff hanging) chapters.
Except in this case, there were a few twists.
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For one, readers could follow Frank Adversego, our erstwhile cybersecurity hero, on Twitter. For another, poor un-technical slob that I am, I’ll gratefully accepted help from my readers as I attempted to describe the security exploits that lay behind the plot as it unfolded.
So this was something of a combination of Print 1.0 and Web 2.0 authorship, partly a traditional suspense novel and partly an interactive, social media experiment that headed off in directions that neither I, nor the readers, anticipated. Indeed, when I began posting chapters, I did not know how the saga would end in more than the most general fashion.
Why write a “Tale of Treachery and Technology” at all? Let’s just say that while technology cartoonists abound from Scott Addams on down, the Geek Lit bookshelf remains sadly sparse. So perhaps it’s time the IT world had a series of Dan Brown-type books written about, and for, both the IT professional and the recreational hacker. Hopefully, you’ll find that this story is at times deeper, and at others more fun, than your typical symbologist romp. Plus pictures, links to other sites, dynamic images and more. But no monks, Masons or circingles. Sorry.
You can find the first chapter here, and buy the completed book by clicking on one of the links above. And, in these dawning days of social media, you’ll also be able to follow our friend Frank on Twitter.
Read the first chapter here