Book Review: No More Magic Wands by George Finney, JD, CISO

19 Sep

Title: NO MORE MAGIC WANDS
Author: George Finney
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 130
Genre: Business/Leadership/Management/Cybersecurity/Technology

 

Once upon a time, there was a company that made magic wands, but when they were hacked all the magic in the world couldn’t prevent their data from being stolen. If that company had a chance for a clean start, what would they have done differently? The unlikely hero isn’t a security guy. She’s a business elf who makes it her mission to change the way her company does business from the top down.

Most books on Cybersecurity are written for highly technical professionals, focus on specific compliance regulations, or are intended for reference. No More Magic Wands is different…it takes complex security concepts and puts them into practice in easy to read, relatable stories.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

For most of us, the subject of cybersecurity is boring and technical but George Finney has written this book for those of us who aren’t so technical. This isn’t a reference book on cybersecurity. This is a book that anyone can read and understand. It contains stories of a magic world with elves and fairies and a business of magic wands and relates it to the business world. It’s an entertaining way to learn!

At the end of each chapter, there are key points (takeaways) and questions to ponder or discuss. The most important thing to remember is that security is everyone’s job from the top down and it should begin from the startup of the company. To implement and keep security ongoing and up-to-date, communication within and outside the company is vital.

This is a book is directed at management but I think all employees would benefit from reading it and learning how important everyone’s role is in cybersecurity.

 

About the Author

George Finney, ESQ., has worked in Cybersecurity for over 15 years and is the author of No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Southern Methodist University where he has also taught on the subject of Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Mr. Finney is an attorney and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional and has spoken on Cybersecurity topics across the country.

 

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Life Long by Ronald L. Ruiz

18 Sep

Book Title: Life Long by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction, 268 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Amika Press
Release date: June 9, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 6, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (For foul language and questions about the existence of God)

 

Book Description

Ray Lopez is on the run with a duffel bag full of cash. Both drug dealers and the police are after him. But Ray is not a criminal. His last brush with the law was over traffic tickets. Recently released from the hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, he is haunted by voices, auditory hallucinations, that frighten him and cause him to question his every move.

Ray’s journey from California to Laredo is perilous. Like so many Americans before him, he travels through unfamiliar territory with no clear way of knowing who will help and who will harm him. And he may well find himself on the wrong side of the border with a mind that has no borders.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Life Long started out a little slow but once I got into it, once Ray was on the run, it got very good all the way until the end. Ruiz does a good job of describing life with schizophrenia as well as delving into some of the social problems for Mexican Americans.

Poor Ray lost his parents and then his grandma. On top of that, he has a psychotic break and is in the hospital for a couple months where he finds out he has schizophrenia and must take his medicine every day in order to keep the voices away. He doesn’t like hearing the voices, they terrify him, so he obsesses over having his medication with him.

If Ray didn’t have a criminal cousin, he’d be a productive citizen but instead he ends up on the run from the police and drug dealers. He finds himself in Mexico with no passport or Visa so he can’t get back into America. And now he’s running out of medicine. Ray is alone and desperate. It was difficult reading about his circumstances not knowing how in the world he was going to get out of the mess he was in. Or would he?

I definitely recommend Life Long. From what I’ve learned about schizophrenia, Ruiz seems to have captured the thoughts a person may have to deal with. He has also captured some of the social problems in our world today.

 

Praise for Life Long:

“Ruiz proves to be a very sharp social critic, and no detail gets past him in this richly imagined book. A highly recommended novel that appeals to both the heart and the head.”
– Kirkus Reviews

 

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 Born and raised in Fresno California – Educated at St. Mary´s College California, University of California Berkeley, University of San Francisco – Practiced law from !966 to 2003 as a Deputy District Attorney, a criminal defense attorney, and a Deputy Public Defender – Appointed to the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 1974 and later served as the District Attorney of Santa Cruz County California.

Ronald L. Ruiz has published 5 novels and a memoir. Happy Birthday Jesus (1994), Giuseppe Rocco (1998), The Big Bear (2003), A Lawyer (2012), Jesusita(2015). and Life Long (2017).Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Storyteller’s Book by Kevin Fleming

15 Sep
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The Storyteller’s Book
The Chronicles of Midway Book 1
by Kevin Fleming
Genre: SciFi Fantasy
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“ … you must realise and accept, neither me, your mum, nor either of you are
human.”
Nick and Mel are 14 year old twins living normal lives with their parents.
When they discover an ancient book in their attic and read from it,
strange events begin to happen around them. Something has been
awakened which prompts their parents to take them away to a town
called Midway where they reveal to the twins that they are not human.
They had been hidden on Earth, brought up as though they were human,
awaiting the right moment for the truth to be told.
 
When their parents mysteriously disappear on their first night away, they
are forced to discover for themselves what their roles are in the new
lives they’ve been thrown into. They struggle alone as they try to
understand and balance their past human lives with their alien
destiny. When the book they discovered at their home is stolen, it
falls on the twins to recover it. The book has a lot more power than
they realised, and if they fail, it will not be they who suffer, but
the whole human race.
 
Along the way, they meet an array of characters, some will become friends,
some will become enemies, who can they trust? For now, they can trust
only each other.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Storyteller’s Book is about Mel and Nick who are twins. They’ve led a normal life until one day when they’re 15 years old, they are taken out of school and their parents rush them out of the house and take them to Midway. They soon find out that they’re not human and that they have a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell them what that destiny is. Of course, that’s frustrating for them and it was frustrating for me as well.

There are quite a few characters in this story and they are either good or bad, bright or dark. The twins aren’t typical 15-year-olds as they take everything in stride. They get a little overwhelmed at times but they never seem to be too upset about not being human. Since they’re not humans, though, I guess they wouldn’t act as typical 15-year-olds.

The Storyteller’s Book starts a little slow but it has more suspense and action as the story develops. I think it’s a story that young adults would enjoy as well as some adults.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Carbon by AJ Eversley

14 Sep

Book Title: Carbon – Book Two in the Watcher Series by AJ Eversley
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Sci-fi Dystopian
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: Sept 26, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No swearing and PG kissing scenes)

 

Book Description:

Sawyer has lost everything. Her family, the man she loves…her humanity. No longer a Watcher, Sawyer must now begin a journey to understand her new identity. Carbon.

With nowhere left to call home, and no one left to guide her, Sawyer must rely on the help of a stranger to learn who she really is now, and how to use it to her advantage. In a world where nothing is as it seems, and who to trust is a thin line between friend and foe, Sawyer will turn to the stars that have shaped her destiny long before she even knew she had one. And the man who fate has sent her.

Book two in this epic series, Carbon will answer questions you didn’t even know you had. And strangers will become the only ones who can help her. Join Sawyer as the journey to save humanity continues.

 

My Review:

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I recently read Watcher, the first book in the series and I was excited to read this book because Watcher was so good.

Carbon picks up where Watcher left off. Sawyer is on a ship on the way to the United Isles to find out more about being a Carbon and breaking her tie to Coleman. He can control her and all Carbons when in close proximity but she’s told there is someone who has broken the tie. She plans on learning how to do that so she can go after him to seek her revenge and to save the rest of humanity.

Max is sent with Sawyer to assist her but she doesn’t like him at all. He’s constantly teasing her and she’s not in the mood. All she wants to do is grieve the loss of her friends and the love of her life. Eventually, she realizes that he’s trying to help her let go so that she can do what she set out to do. As time goes on, Max grows on her. The relationship between the two becomes a close friendship and maybe more if she can let go of Kenzie. I liked this relationship because it’s one that has grown over time and not “love at first sight.” 

There’s not quite as much action in Carbon as there was in Watcher but it was still difficult to put down. It also contains heartbreak, betrayal, loyalty, and strong female characters. There are also some interesting revelations. It can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading Watcher first. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

 

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Meet the Author

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

 

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