The Switch

The Switch

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files. When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0--and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it's too late. When Will fails to gain Tanner's cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous "fixer" for help. In the meantime, the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still--and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: ©2017.
New York, NY :, Dutton,, [2017].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781101985786
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary: "Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files. When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0--and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it's too late. When Will fails to gain Tanner's cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous "fixer" for help. In the meantime, the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still--and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one"-- Provided by publisher.

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kaytatmain
Feb 21, 2018

This book was amazing in plot directions (many), well written and well thought out. It was a maze of paths, you never knew their destination, and you never wanted it to end--and you will never guess its conclusion. YA for the auther for teasing us IT security personas to such thinking cognatively so well! BRAVO! KAYT

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brangwinn
Feb 13, 2018

Who would think a guy minding his own business, would end up being hunted by the NSA, Russians and hitmen? And right to the end of the story, he’s being chased because of a laptop he ended up with accidently. Although it seemed a little far-fetched, it was a great way to escape my reality.

AL_LESLEY Feb 08, 2018

Recommended to me as a fast paced thriller I was disappointed. The entire book was quite simplistic. Story, sentence structure, dialogue, Finder literally hands the reader the entire thing on a platter. It took me a long time to read this. I need more substance and effort in my books. The genre just isn't for me.

DOMESTICAT Oct 18, 2017

I'm a fan of the author but this book lost me immediately. Who writes their laptop computer password on a sticky note and then puts the sticky note on the underside of the laptop ? Especially someone with access to state secrets...I just couldn't continue.

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McAnnieG
Oct 17, 2017

Exciting and with so many twists that I read it in a day!

Racing from security screening to make his flight, Michael Tanner grabs his laptop only to later discover it isn't his! Password protected it should cause an issue in trying to contact the actual owner but when the password is taped to the bottom of the device Tanner decides to open the files. Tanner finds himself in a race to stay alive once some scary people discover he's got the laptop.

I loved the story. I struggled with the premise that a US Senator would be subjected to regular airport security screening searches. Once I decided to let that go, and enjoy the story it was a really great ride.

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capitalcity
Aug 09, 2017

A shallow, escapist excursion into the seedy realm of government, populated by self-aggrandizing, delusional, power seeking politicians, and colluding, insecure apparatchiks, mutually exploiting the enterprise. Wryly noteworthy in The Switch, the US senator whose solution to forgetting computer passwords is to write 'em down on a Post-It and attach it underneath a laptop. With such Einsteinian caliber acumen, who better to make decisions on state security. No doubt an individual earmarked for the White House. Note also plot wise, if you're wedded to debit cards, credit cards, ATMs, smartphones, or other networked pay systems, chances of engineering one's dropping off the radar screen is zero. Only cash offers anonymity and liberty. What's in your pocket?

DSGCPL Aug 05, 2017

The plot was a little hard to keep up with, but this was a great book. There was a little too much switching back and forth between character's points of view.

This is one of my favorite authors, his books are always very suspenseful and highly engaging.

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Eil_1
Aug 04, 2017

Not one of his best. Nevertheless, it was fast-paced: Turner vs. Will & the government. A bit too much filler that did nothing for the plot. It was a good book; however, I wouldn't give it a "must read" rating.

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0007548100dmw
Jul 29, 2017

Good book. Was a bit of a drag in places but, overall another good book by Finder. Very good story.

katbee Jul 19, 2017

This was a fast paced thriller with good twists. I liked the characters Joseph Finder created and learning about the coffee business. It's crazy how a simple mistake and initial miscommunication could escalate so far. If you like political thrillers where the hero is just a regular guy, this book is for you. I listened to the audio version and the narrator did a good job.

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