As you can probably tell, I have thoroughly enjoyed both books by this author. This one is chilling in many ways, and even the most steeled reader will cringe at a few points in this book. There are some nasty people out there and David Buschi has brought them to life in Proportionate Response. You’ll quickly wish he hadn’t…but once exposed, you can’t turn back.

“I haven’t read two back to back books by the same author in years. Dave Buschi’s second novel, Proportionate Response, ended this streak with a vengeance. I downloaded it immediately after finishing The Back Door Man and thought I would read a few pages. I was immediately sucked back into the fold for another incredible ride on Buschi’s techno-thriller bullet train.

Buschi showed his talent for merging the technical world with the physical one in The Back Door Man. He takes this perfectly balanced game to another level in Proportionate Response. You’ll be quickly introduced to Marks and Lip (nicknames), two former covert operatives from an extremely secretive, techno-paramilitary branch of the NSA. The kind of branch that never existed.

The action starts when their ex-NSA teammate’s wife shows up with a mysterious letter. Her husband has recently disappeared and left her with a set of very explicit directions. Directions that would put her in contact with Marks and Lips, while ensuring she couldn’t be tracked. They agree to meet in a Starbucks, a crowded, neutral location…a few minutes into the meeting, it becomes painfully obvious that they’ll have uninvited guests. Guests with bad intentions. The scene in Starbucks is incredible, as are all of the action scenes.

Without spoiling any more of the fun, let me say that the action continues at break-neck speed from this point forward. As Marks and Lip start to unravel the mystery and conspiracy behind their ex-partner’s disappearance, the story descends into dark, unapologetic territory. The men sent to “meet” them at Starbucks are part of a hideous network operating on U.S. soil. Their discovery is not for the faint of heart. It’s utterly frightening…and it’s only the tip of the iceberg, as they soon realize.

The master conspiracy propelling this novel forward is unlike anything I have encountered before. Within the framework of recent events, the plot is highly realistic and entirely believable. After doing some internet research on my own, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was already happening.

If you’re a fan of fast paced techno-thrillers, you can’t miss this one. You’ll especially enjoy Marks and Lip…unlikely partners that work seamlessly to survive against the odds.”


Review of Dave Buschi’s The Back Door Man

I didn’t find nearly as much time to read during my vacation as I had anticipated. Shuffling between six cities and three countries pretty much eliminated any of the down time we normally experience while traveling. Jet lag kept me from waking up early…and put me to bed involuntarily. I still managed to finish two books in between museums, palaces and cafes. The Back Door Man was one of them. Once you start reading Dave Buschi’s first entry into the techno-thriller genre, you’ll quickly realize why I finished this one. It grabs hold and doesn’t let you shake loose…not that you’d try. This was a very addicting read from start to finish. Take a look at my review of this incredible find from a promising author. As a side note, I’m a little more than half way through his second book, Proportionate Response. I lost a lot of time over the weekend sneaking away to read a few pages at a time on my Kindle.

“Meet James Kolinsky, a mid level, low profile information security manager at ComTek, a market leader in providing information security to banks and large scale commercial companies. The future is uncertain at ComTek, as James and the rest of the company’s employees head home at the end of the day. Many of them don’t expect a job to be waiting for them in the morning, including James. When James’s credit card is rejected while trying to pay for gas on the way home, he returns to ComTek to retrieve some petty cash in his desk. He shouldn’t be in the building after hours. Neither should the company’s COO. ComTek’s emphasis on security extended well past the firewalls and systems provided to their customers. Come to think of it, security never carried firearms before. Something had changed at ComTek, and the last thing James suspected was that it all revolved around him.

David Buschi’s techno thriller, The Back Door Man, starts strong and never lets up. From the very first page, I was hooked. Think of the mayhem that caused by the sudden “wipe-out” of every major bank account worldwide, of every credit card and personal financial instrument. Then think deeper. Through James Kolinsky, Buschi brilliantly and patiently describes the high tech aspects that underlie this possibility…then he takes us out into the physical world, where the consequences aren’t limited to the invisible exchange of bytes along high speed communication wire. This is a world where the impact of such a catastrophic event threatens the very safety of family and friends.

The conspiracy goes deep in The Back Door Man and unleashes some of the most unsavory characters you have ever met in a thriller novel. Ruthless executives, brutal power brokers and apologetically sadistic organized crime syndicates. David Buschi takes terrifying to new levels as he weaves these characters into the story and pits them against James Kolinsky.

This was my favorite aspect of the story. When we meet James, he’s not much of a man…or maybe he simply resembles the average middle aged cubicle prisoner in corporate America. Either way, he was specifically targeted for a reason. They were convinced he’d roll over…that he was an easy target. I won’t spoil too much of the fun, but I had a blast watching James defy these expectations against overwhelming odds. It kept getting better and better.

One last note for this review. Buschi presented a lot of technical details about the information security world. I was transported back to Clancy’s older works, where I would get pleasantly lost in the details. Unlike Clancy, Buschi throws the reader a lifeline during these descriptions, keeping them manageable for non-techies like myself. I can honestly say that Buschi’s treatment and description of The Vault, a key setting in the story, is alone worth reading the book.

I look forward to future offerings from this author.”