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No Biz Like Showbiz

Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series

Book 5

Julie Moffett

Genre: Mystery/Romance/ Action Adventure

Publisher: Carina Press

Date of Publication: July 21, 2014

ISBN: 9781426898730


Word Count: 75,000

Book Description:

Lexi Carmichael: Helping Geeks Everywhere Get Some

Okay, so it’s not exactly as it seems, but that’s what is happening on the dating reality television show called “Geeks Get Some” that I, Lexi Carmichael geek extraordinaire, am called to work on. Not that I’m a fan of reality shows (I can barely deal with my own reality), yet I’ve been sent to Hollywood to find a hacker who’s screwing with the results of the show’s online voting system.

So what happens when I get there? Well, the producers convince me to continue my investigation from the inside. What should be an easy hunt for the hacker turns ugly when he sets his sights on me. Add to that a studio obsessed with ratings, a bunch of nerdy contestants, and my own confusing love life, and unraveling this mystery might make me a star—or get me killed.

Catch up with Lexi in No One Lives Twice, No One to Trust, No Money Down, No Place Like Rome!


No Biz Like Showbiz . . .

My name is Lexi Carmichael and I have a problem with most of today’s television programming. Not because of the sheer implausibility of a majority of the shows—although that does factor—but because too many programs seem to feature a tech genius who can solve the problems of the world with one stroke of a keyboard.

Here’s how it happens… a tech head is desperately trying to hack into a system. Death, the collapse of the free world, or the apocalypse is imminent if he fails. (Yes, tech heroes always seem to be guys since I guess in Hollywood a woman doesn’t know her way around a keyboard.) He types commands frantically as the clock ticks down to Doomsday. As the scenario continues, our frazzled hero takes a moment to run his fingers through his perfectly styled hair before he types just one more command and bingo, he’s in. He’ll then have a whole millisecond to navigate a completely unfamiliar system, find the magic switch, and shut down the entire system in time to save the day, world, girl, whatever, with one stroke. All of this while the super expensive, cutting-edge government system or expensive black-market technology used by the show's villain will aid our intrepid hero by providing helpful visual prompts like Access Denied or Access Granted in big bold letters across the screen as he works his hacking magic.

Just shoot me.

I’m a real hacker and yes, I’m female. I double-majored in mathematics and computer science at Georgetown University and have spent most of my twenty-five years learning how to bypass cryptographic protocols, exploit system vulnerabilities, and finesse distributed denial of service attacks. I’ve never had to avert an apocalypse, but if I did, I’m pretty sure it would take more than one freaking minute, and I wouldn’t be worried about my hair while doing it. My first successful hack on a relatively simple system took five hours. It might have taken four, but my mom kept distracting me by yelling through my bedroom door that if I gave ballet class just one more try she’d give me a hundred dollars to spend however I wanted. So, watching these types of shows and movies is hard on both my nerves and stomach.

© Julie Moffett No Biz Like Showbiz Excerpt

About the Author:

Julie Moffett is the award-winning author of thirteen published novels in the genres of historical, paranormal fantasy, and time travel romances, and action/adventure mysteries.

She grew up as a military brat (Air Force) and has traveled extensively. Her more exciting exploits include attending Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan, backpacking around Europe and Scandinavia for several months, a year-long college graduate study in Warsaw, Poland and a wonderful trip to Scotland and Ireland where she fell in love with castles, kilts and brogues.

Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is nearly finished with her M.Ed from Liberty University in Virginia. Able to speak Russian and Polish, she worked as a journalist for the international radio station, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Washington, D.C. for eleven years, publishing hundreds of articles. She now works as a proposal writer and research advisor for a defense contractor in the Washington, D.C. area.

Julie has two sons who keep her quite busy. She belongs to Romance Writers of America and Washington Romance Writers where she served six years on the organization’s Board of Directors. She was also the Market News Columnist and Feature’s Editor for the organization’s monthly newsletter, Update, for eleven years.

Twitter: @JMoffettAuthor

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No Biz like Showbiz by Julie Moffett is a 2014 Carina Press Publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This fourth book in the Lexi Carmichael series, has Lexi in a romantic triangle and is assigned the job of determining who is hacking into the system of a wildly popular reality show called “Geeks Get Some”. So, despite the fact she is still recovering from her last adventure, she sets off to Hollywood.
The show is like “The Big Bang Theory” meets “ The Bachelorette”.
Obviously, Lexi is offended by the concept of the show, but if she doesn't determine who is jacking with the votes it could cost many people their jobs. Plus, it's a crime and it's her job specialty to stop cyber crime.

Once Lexi gets started to work, she is flabbergasted by the way things work in Hollywood. Nothing is really real, no ONE is real and it's just like the old saying about smoke and mirrors. When the “cracker” begins making threats against Lexi's family and the show runners do a little strong arming, Lexi not only finds herself looking for a very clever hacker, she finds herself on national television and the “prize” all the geeks are trying to win.

This mystery is very well thought out and is almost scathing toward so called reality TV. Naturally, by now most people know the shows are rigged. If not , it would not be all that entertaining. So, the creators try to spice things up. Lexi learns that the hard way and her ethics makes it difficult for her to play along. There is one moment when an alternate theory to the show is offered making it seem as though people cheered for the geeks hoping they will learn social skills and find a person they can be happy with. I suppose that might pacify the people who are die hard , hard core lovers of this sort of entertainment, but for the most part Lexi is unimpressed. She does meet some nice people along the way, and some of the situations she gets in are hilarious. Lexi's character put me mind of Brennan on “Bones”. She was often a little socially awkward herself and found all the falseness of Hollywood unappealing, and she felt bad for the geeks being forced to show their limited knowledge about dating and women for all the world to laugh at.

Meanwhile, Lexi discovers Slash had done something that really upset her and she is now wondering about the relationship's possibilities. Can he get back in her good graces? Could they become a team again?
I enjoyed the characters, the obvious homework the author did in regards to tech lingo and the ins and outs of reality TV. Quirky characters are a favorite of mine because I guess I'm sort of quirky myself and can relate to these characters more than some 6 foot blonde who does combat in high heels. Lexi is one of those characters that is confident, stands up for what is right, but is also human and feels insecure and afraid just like most of us do. So, here's to the geek in all of us quirky types!! Well done!

4.5 rounded to 5

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