Thursday, December 29, 2016

Book Review: Firewall, by Andy McNab

Firewall (Nick Stone, #3)Firewall by Andy McNab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fun part of the Nick Stone series is that the hero is not some sort of super special forces guy. He's fallible, human and has serious issues. I love the Seal Team Six No More books by Doug Murray, because the heroes die every now and then. But you know things will work out in the end. With the Nick Stone books all you know is that Nick will survive because there's another book in the Nick Stone series. That's all you know, for the rest the book stays wide open.
Furthermore, it is cleat that McNab is only writing what he knows about. There's no tech mumbo jumbo that makes no sense to the technical inclined reader. McNab knows about being in 'a drama' and how to get out of it. This part is significant because the story is about hi-tec computer stuff, and at no point McNab is pretending to understand that stuff, instead he makes it very clear he doesn't through Nick Stone. But he also makes it clear that this is irrelevant. It's a motive for the baddies in the story, but the details are left out, because they don't matter.

I can recommend this book to all of you that like thrillers about special forces fellas that are not super heroes.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Hello...? Hello...? HELLO! Are you still there?


It's been a while, like over 3 years, since I last posted on this blog. I thought it was time again to spend some time here instead of over at my IT Architecture and Strategy blog.

So don't expect too much this time around. Just some scene setting for you to put my posts back into context again.

This blog will be about me and my life in the Netherlands... and outside of the Netherlands, seen from a Dutch point of view. And rest assured, it doesn't mean that it will be about how somebody stoned like a donkey, wearing wooden shoes to the brothel is looking at whatever he sees.

So, me. Yeah well. Still got a wife, same one as before, and two kids, also the same. Although they're all a bit older than 3 years ago. And I live in the Netherlands, still. So no Walking like an Egyptian. I've been traveling around the globe for business as well as pleasure. And was connected to two startups in the past couple of years. One being Only Once BV and the other being dopay.

Still love to visit the movies and to play games on one of my Xboxes. Also still enjoying some TV series and reading a lot for somebody with slightly over 24 hours in a day. Oh yeah, I started assisting with science lessons in two groups with gifted children to make their days in school just a bit more interesting than usual.

And that my dear reader is about all for this time and I hope that I will be able to publish a new post in the really near future.

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