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By Norm Goldman
Published on June 1, 2012
 

Author: Ola Adigun

ISBN: 9781475039917




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Author: Ola Adigun

ISBN: 9781475039917

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.

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