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Brody Taylor loves hacking humans. After all, people are the weakest link in all computer systems. If he’s hired to break into your network, he will find and exploit the weak point. You.

The problem with always manipulating people is that even those closest to you don’t trust you.

And Brody’s just fallen in love with Melanie, a zany, beautiful French animal rights activist. But she’s in love with the character he’s trapped himself in, not the real Brody, social engineer and computer hacker. Can Brody social engineer his way to the truth and save his relationship with Melanie?

A novella that introduces Brody Taylor in a thrilling standalone adventure. At 60 pages, SOCIAL ENGINEER can be read in under two hours!


Charles A. Ray Amazon Reviewer

Fascinating characters and enough mystery to keep you reading and wishing to know more – quavering as you learn just how vulnerable we all are to those who would do us harm. After reading this book, you just might be reluctant to go on line ever again.

The story telling flows easily, making this short story readily readable in one sitting. It's a fun but engaging introduction to Brody, his world and talents. Cleverly written too, in that it gives you a little 'ooh... I see how this ties together' moment which is always rewarding!

Mark DiezGoodreads Reviewer
Dan Santos Amazon Reviewer, Author and Former US Diplomat

The novella introduces an unlikely hero; unlikely, that is, to this former soldier and diplomat. Brody Taylor is not made of the same stuff as the spy in a Ludlum novel; no, indeed. He's much more believable. Sutherland gives life to a character whose humanity permeates his feats. He gives us a hero, so to speak, we can 'sink our teeth in.'



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Ian Sutherland

Ian Sutherland was brought up in the Outer Hebrides, idyllic remote islands off the west coast of Scotland. In an effort to escape the monotonous miles of heather, bracken and wild sheep, Ian read avidly, dreaming of one day arriving in a big city like London. And then, at the tender age of 12 he was unexpectedly uprooted to Peckham, an inner city suburb of South-East London. Ian quickly discovered that the real London was a damn sight more gritty and violent than the version in his books and shown on tv. Undeterred, Ian did what he did best, and buried his head in books, dreaming of other places to escape to.

Roll forward some years, and Ian can still be found with his head in a book. Or, given that he enjoyed a successful career in the IT industry, an eBook Reader. And now, having travelled a fair bit of the globe in person and even more of it via the Internet, Ian lives with his wife and two daughters in a small idyllic village, surrounded by green fields, copses and the occasional sheep, yet located just outside of the London he finally came to love.

Here, he writes gritty, violent crime thrillers full of well-rounded characters, set in and around London. His stories also feature the online world that most of us jump into blindly each day, but Ian exposes its underbelly and dramatically illustrates how dangerous the internet can be for the unwary.