Author: Ola Adigun
Author: Ola Adigun
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could create an ingenious stock market program that trades for you as it predicts trends where you earn hundreds of millions of dollars and where your accuracy rate would be about ninety-seven percent, give or take a two percent error margin. Not bad! And this is exactly what a brilliant nineteen year-old Nigerian third year university math student, Supo Adelaide (also known as Zeus), the protagonist in Ola Adigun's debut novel, Razor Sharp 3.0, accomplished.
He named his program Razor Sharp, however, little did he realize that his creation would become extremely aggressive taking on a life of its own causing a great deal of havoc with some astounding ramifications. Incidentally, if you are wondering why the name Zeus? Apparently, the name made him “bigger and stronger than he actually was.”
Early in the novel Zeus
informs us that his father died a poor stock broker, and as a result,
he was unable to afford the best medical care that might have saved
his life. In addition, he left Zeus with a huge amount of debt which
he now feels obliged to repay. As he is very creative and
addictively drawn to solving problems others give up on, Zeus decides
that the only way he will be able to meet his obligations and have
some fun in the process is to come up with a software program that
will earn him millions of dollars.
To accomplish this feat Zeus enlists the help of a few computer nerds located in various locales of the world including an American woman, twenty-four year old Dido Rupley, whom he falls in love with and who in turn travels from her home in San Diego to Nigeria to track him down.
Due to the complexity of the program, Zeus needs to secretly borrow a huge amount of processing power from world-wide Internet providers and this in turn will entail the hacking into thousands of computers. However, what Zeus didn't foresee was that this risky venture would lead to the infecting of the computer system owned by some very nasty and dangerous individuals, wherein nothing will stop them from tracking him down to wipe him out as well as his program. As we are to discover, the computer system that is breached contains some extremely sensitive data pertaining to files of a secretive plan called “operation nuke it” involving the FBI and CIA. What did Zeus getting himself into and how will he be able to get himself out of this suicidal situation?
Adigun's rollicking yarn
is filled with a great deal of information concerning Nigeria where
he was born and no doubt his B.Sc in information Systems Engineering
and MBA had a great deal to do with his plot development. And
although for the most part I enjoyed the ride, I did find some
glaring literary shortcomings that could have easily been picked up
by a good content editor.
For one, there are too many lackluster
scenes thrown in that simply don't work nor do they further the
momentum of the plot. They seemed to have been thrown in chaotic and
disorderly haste without giving any thought to their purpose. Every
scene written by an author must have some reason why it is included,
if not, leave it out. As an example, in one scene we witness Zeus'
girlfriend Dido coming down with an attack of appendicitis. We never
learn what happened to her and abruptly she leaves the story and
reappears several chapters later. In addition, as the case with so many
debut self-published authors, there is not enough showing and too
much telling. More showing would have greatly increased
the tension of this narrative, as well as convincing me that the
improbable such as creating a Razor Sharp program would not only be
possible but is also happening. Unfortunately, I was not entirely
convinced and this is in fact the prime responsibility of a thriller
writer. On another note, particularly if you are a reviewer and
continually making notes, there were no page numbers and as I was
reading I had to inscribe the numbers-something that should never
have been required. Also, why include a Prologue that is
unconnected to the story and unnecessary? Nonetheless, I have to
admit that Razor Sharp 3.0's is
basically a good idea that unfortunately is bogged down by poor
content editing. I look forward to hearing more from this promising
and creative writer.