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"King strikes another vein of modern noir gold. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews Theft. Deception. Murder. The Travelers, husband and wife con artists going by the names Joe and Tess Campbell, agree to wreck a computer server and steal a newly developed data-mining program. A simple, lucrative job. Or it would have been if their employer had told them half the truth. Instead, they dis "King strikes another vein of modern noir gold. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews Theft. Deception. Murder. The Travelers, husband and wife con artists going by the names Joe and Tess Campbell, agree to wreck a computer server and steal a newly developed data-mining program. A simple, lucrative job. Or it would have been if their employer had told them half the truth. Instead, they discover that they’ve been thrown into a poorly-planned, amateur scam that turns into a maze of deception and betrayal. Nothing is as it seems, and the Travelers must scramble if they are to stay ahead of both the criminals and the police. The Computer Heist is a fast-paced crime thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.


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"King strikes another vein of modern noir gold. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews Theft. Deception. Murder. The Travelers, husband and wife con artists going by the names Joe and Tess Campbell, agree to wreck a computer server and steal a newly developed data-mining program. A simple, lucrative job. Or it would have been if their employer had told them half the truth. Instead, they dis "King strikes another vein of modern noir gold. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews Theft. Deception. Murder. The Travelers, husband and wife con artists going by the names Joe and Tess Campbell, agree to wreck a computer server and steal a newly developed data-mining program. A simple, lucrative job. Or it would have been if their employer had told them half the truth. Instead, they discover that they’ve been thrown into a poorly-planned, amateur scam that turns into a maze of deception and betrayal. Nothing is as it seems, and the Travelers must scramble if they are to stay ahead of both the criminals and the police. The Computer Heist is a fast-paced crime thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.

30 review for The Computer Heist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bill Ward

    This was a very good, fast moving, crime thriller with two very original heroes, a term that I must use very loosely, as the main characters Joe and Tess are con artists. They do have a moral compass of sorts, which I found really fascinating. The plot starts simple but becomes quite intricate and moves along quickly to a clever ending. There is a varied assortment of characters but Tess is definitely my favorite! There was a sense of realism throughout the book which I appreciated. Would make a This was a very good, fast moving, crime thriller with two very original heroes, a term that I must use very loosely, as the main characters Joe and Tess are con artists. They do have a moral compass of sorts, which I found really fascinating. The plot starts simple but becomes quite intricate and moves along quickly to a clever ending. There is a varied assortment of characters but Tess is definitely my favorite! There was a sense of realism throughout the book which I appreciated. Would make a good film. Highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greg Spry

    The Computer Heist (The Travelers Book 2) by Michael P. King is a mostly well-executed thriller in which unscrupulous individuals each attempt to rip off a software company for their own benefit. I have yet to read The Travelers Book 1 but had no trouble following The Computer Heist, which works well as a standalone novel. The plot and prose flow smoothly and logically. The author does a great job of integrating the different characters' greed-based motivations and actions to create a cohesive an The Computer Heist (The Travelers Book 2) by Michael P. King is a mostly well-executed thriller in which unscrupulous individuals each attempt to rip off a software company for their own benefit. I have yet to read The Travelers Book 1 but had no trouble following The Computer Heist, which works well as a standalone novel. The plot and prose flow smoothly and logically. The author does a great job of integrating the different characters' greed-based motivations and actions to create a cohesive and engaging series of events. As I reader further, I found myself getting pulled deeper and deeper into the story, which is what a good book should do. I've read other reviews of this book in which readers take issue with the corrupt characters or feel that they lacked depth. It's true that I struggled to identify a single redeeming quality for any of the characters. Giving them richer backgrounds and personalities would've led me to better empathize with them, drawing me in that much more. That said, the novel works just fine without any of that. The self-serving nature of each of the key players is what interjects each page with conflict and tension. Any perceived issues with the characters would stem from a given reader's personal expectations, which would be incorrect for the genre and type of story. Stating the obvious, this is a plot-driven thriller, not a deep, emotional romance novel or a journey of literary self-discovery. When viewed in the proper light, the nature of the characters and the extent of their development is appropriate. There were only two minor things that bothered me. The first is the author's formulaic way of telling physical descriptions on the immediate introduction of a character into a scene. "Here's Sam. She's wearing a red sweater with jeans and white shoes. She has brown hair and full lips." Descriptions should be "earned," as in provided only when the information is relevant to the situation at hand. If someone trips over their shoelaces and falls while being chased by thugs, you thus know that the runner is wearing the type of shoes that have laces. If a character's appearance doesn't matter, let the reader fill in the blanks with their imagination. Secondly, the story ends abruptly without resolving the situations with many of the characters. For all the build-up, the end was a bit of a letdown. Otherwise, this is a quality thriller and a very easy read worth the time of anyone who enjoys books in the genre or similar.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael King

    From Kirkus Reviews: “King’s (The Traveling Man, 2015) latest thriller picks up the trail of his married con artists as they descend on a software company. . . . After surviving their previous con in Seanboro, this ruthless, manipulative couple once again hopes to fleece a deserving mark. . . . Personal lives, however, tend to skew even the best-laid scams. . . . King returns in fine form with his devious creations in tow. . . . The violence here, though brief, is unexpected . . . the repercussi From Kirkus Reviews: “King’s (The Traveling Man, 2015) latest thriller picks up the trail of his married con artists as they descend on a software company. . . . After surviving their previous con in Seanboro, this ruthless, manipulative couple once again hopes to fleece a deserving mark. . . . Personal lives, however, tend to skew even the best-laid scams. . . . King returns in fine form with his devious creations in tow. . . . The violence here, though brief, is unexpected . . . the repercussions electrify the narrative. . . . King strikes another vein of modern noir gold. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen Ingalls

    The story does move fast and the characters and plot are believable. I did have difficulty keeping track of which character was which and the relationship the characters had to one another. An enjoyable read all in all and I would recommend it to anyone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Romuald Dzemo

    The Computer Heist by Michael P. King is the second book in The Travelers series, a well-crafted story featuring interesting characters, a meticulously imagined and well-executed plot, and a couple with unusual hacking skills. Joe and Tess Campbell think its fun to hack into computer systems and steal data. Now hired to do what they would consider a very easy and simple operation, they soon find themselves caught up in a deadly game between the police and the real criminals. Can they evade gettin The Computer Heist by Michael P. King is the second book in The Travelers series, a well-crafted story featuring interesting characters, a meticulously imagined and well-executed plot, and a couple with unusual hacking skills. Joe and Tess Campbell think its fun to hack into computer systems and steal data. Now hired to do what they would consider a very easy and simple operation, they soon find themselves caught up in a deadly game between the police and the real criminals. Can they evade getting caught and keep their pace ahead of the bad guys and the police. I enjoyed how the author blends different literary elements together to create the intricate and deeply moving plot. The pace is fairly good and the intense action will keep readers focused and well entertained. The writing is good also and the text is well polished. Michael P. King knows how to create characters readers can relate to; the setting is also an interesting one and modern readers will be interested with the very relevant idea behind this interesting story. Its a fast, breezy read with a lot of entertainment, one of those books Id recommend for readers looking for sheer entertainment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This book whips along at a great pace, with multiple viewpoints and innumerable twists and turns. There doesn't seem to be a character in sight who's not out to do all the others down, and money is a considerable motive for everything that happens here. There are one or two improbable things: the idea that there would be no backup to a new computer program - as at first appears to be the case - seems unlikely. And Joe and Tess, the husband and wife team who are the mainstays of this series of bo This book whips along at a great pace, with multiple viewpoints and innumerable twists and turns. There doesn't seem to be a character in sight who's not out to do all the others down, and money is a considerable motive for everything that happens here. There are one or two improbable things: the idea that there would be no backup to a new computer program - as at first appears to be the case - seems unlikely. And Joe and Tess, the husband and wife team who are the mainstays of this series of books, have a knack of not only being right 99% of the time, but also always capable of coming up with a new idea when caught in a corner. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable and not overly violent noir novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cliff Dalton

    Amateur Hour The Travelers got tangled up with some wanna be bad folks trying to scam a software company. Things didn't click for the plan the Travelers had to relieve the scammers of the ill-gotten gain Helping the computer programmers steal a buggy software program to sell off to competition. Too many involved with the heist tried to steal a live of the pie and everyone got short changed. The Travelers cut their losses and left with a tidy sum but a lot was left on the table. Maybe next time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Cons trying to con other cons. Blackmailers, thugs, All make up the characters of this novel. The author makes Joe, the master conman, out to be dumber than he needs to be in able to make the story work. In the end Joe and Tess make off with some money, but the ineptitude of Joe causes them to leave a lot of money on the table. Second of a series. This one can be read as a stand alone. There is very little reference to book one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bettyboop

    Traveling Man’s book 2 doesn’t have the shocking twist like book 1, but it has the fast paced, page turning lengths con artists, Joe and Tess go to to get money. Michael P King gives readers another creatively developed storyline with believable characters, all after money. This makes great suspenseful reading to the end. Must read to see if Traveling Man and wife, Tess come out winners of the money they planned on for this con. I love this series, start with ‘The Double Cross’ and you’ll be hoo Traveling Man’s book 2 doesn’t have the shocking twist like book 1, but it has the fast paced, page turning lengths con artists, Joe and Tess go to to get money. Michael P King gives readers another creatively developed storyline with believable characters, all after money. This makes great suspenseful reading to the end. Must read to see if Traveling Man and wife, Tess come out winners of the money they planned on for this con. I love this series, start with ‘The Double Cross’ and you’ll be hooked too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Fast paced This is a fast paced tale about what was supposed to be a simple take down of a computer program. As you may suspect, nothing goes right for most of players. Players get greedy, someone dies and the tale gives the reader a satisfying denouement

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zippergirl

    Bonnie n Clyde for the 21st Century Not a high-tech thriller but a thriller none the less. Twists and turns and switchbacks abound until you're not exactly sure if you can trust anyone. Fun story, good dialogue, and characters you'd like to meet again. No need to read book number one you can always go back for it, the story stands alone.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    What's In Your Computer? The Computer Heist (The Travelers Book 2) by Michael P. King I just finished this fun book by Michael P. King, an author who is new to me but will not be soon forgotten. As the title, "The Computer Heist," implies this story involves cyber crime, but there is a whole lot more! This well-rounded, "current" story had murder, double-crossing, money, sex, bribery, greed, and all the great characters that I expected and hoped for. All of this fun takes place under one companies What's In Your Computer? The Computer Heist (The Travelers Book 2) by Michael P. King I just finished this fun book by Michael P. King, an author who is new to me but will not be soon forgotten. As the title, "The Computer Heist," implies this story involves cyber crime, but there is a whole lot more! This well-rounded, "current" story had murder, double-crossing, money, sex, bribery, greed, and all the great characters that I expected and hoped for. All of this fun takes place under one companies roof and because of one software product titled Lily Pad 5, a custom made program which mines data on a large scale. I couldn't put this book down thanks to the author's talented writing and great editing making for a smooth, uninterrupted flowing story. The twists and turns that the plot took kept my complete attention. The author beautifully painted every detail, right down to the character's clothing. At first, I thought that the story would have a lot of fluff, but everything that the author included worked to tell a great story. The to the point cover art gives just a sample of what fun awaits the reader. I see that this author has several other books and am looking forward to exploring them, too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Мария Райкова

    The Computer Heist by Michael P. King is the second book from his Travellers series. If you have few days off and plan to spend them in bed with an interesting book The Computer Heist is a really good option. The story is about a simple theft of software program that turns into something quite different. The travellers known as Joe and Tess are a brilliant in rip-offs and won’t let themselves unpaid. The story line is intriguing and loaded with enough action to keep away from falling asleep. The The Computer Heist by Michael P. King is the second book from his Travellers series. If you have few days off and plan to spend them in bed with an interesting book The Computer Heist is a really good option. The story is about a simple theft of software program that turns into something quite different. The travellers known as Joe and Tess are a brilliant in rip-offs and won’t let themselves unpaid. The story line is intriguing and loaded with enough action to keep away from falling asleep. The author uses understandable and easy going writing technique so the book will be a true pleasure even if English is not your native language. Michael King offers a nice bunch of different types of personalities which enriches the story very well. A good thriller like this it’s always a great addition to your personal library. I can honestly recommend it to my friends and will definitely take a look at the next part of the series. This was the first book from Michael King I‘ve had the chance to read but it certainly won’t be the last one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ehlen

    They’re Joe and Tess Campbell now, but they’re up to the same old tricks.This time it’s a pretty easy industrial sabotage job, but they are pretty sure that they are not being filled in on all the details. Will those details come back to bite them? It’s rare that they aren’t controlling all the minutiae but this one might have too much going on for even them. The second book in the Travelers series, and follows married con artists on their latest job. While at first I found it a little hard to g They’re Joe and Tess Campbell now, but they’re up to the same old tricks.This time it’s a pretty easy industrial sabotage job, but they are pretty sure that they are not being filled in on all the details. Will those details come back to bite them? It’s rare that they aren’t controlling all the minutiae but this one might have too much going on for even them. The second book in the Travelers series, and follows married con artists on their latest job. While at first I found it a little hard to get into, once I did I couldn’t put it down. It has a classic noire feel, and I appreciated that all the character depth and flaws. If you are looking for a feel good romp, this is not it. But if you like a solid plot and interesting characters that don’t feel like they jumped out of a toothpaste commercial, this is well worth your time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Larry Landgraf

    A Winner! From page one, this book took off and never slacked off. It’s fast paced and held my interest to the very end. I don’t know if Michael King is an ex-cop or an ex-thief/conman, but he knows both sides of the fence. The story is very realistic and could have been taken directly from one of Michael King’s case files if in fact he is an ex-cop. This is one of the best books I’ve read the past couple years. I felt like I was watching the story play out rather than reading a story. The charac A Winner! From page one, this book took off and never slacked off. It’s fast paced and held my interest to the very end. I don’t know if Michael King is an ex-cop or an ex-thief/conman, but he knows both sides of the fence. The story is very realistic and could have been taken directly from one of Michael King’s case files if in fact he is an ex-cop. This is one of the best books I’ve read the past couple years. I felt like I was watching the story play out rather than reading a story. The characters are interesting and well developed. I don’t recall any typos or errors. The story is easy to read and easy to keep up with. I recommend this story highly and do not hesitate in doing so. Not a 4.6, 4.8, or 4.9 star book, but a full 5 stars start to finish. I’ll be reading more of Michael’s books. I like his style.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eva Silverfine

    The Computer Heist is an equal opportunity caper–even the most benevolent of characters is trying to get something over on someone else. A fast-paced plot with a cast of morally challenged but realistic characters, I read it too quickly! Although The Computer Heist is a stand-alone work, I recommend reading The Traveling Man first to gain a more in-depth look at the grifter couple at the core of these stories.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    I enjoyed this book. I was glad to read the next book in the series. This is a fun and very interesting series for me. I couldn't wait to read more! What I great series!. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen Thompson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maxime Croft

  20. 5 out of 5

    DIANA M. DOUGHER

  21. 5 out of 5

    Arno Plancher

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tony Plesic

  23. 4 out of 5

    loryl

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tom Kew

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Olson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Satinder Singh

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marietjie Steyn

    Urg! What a fashion show, with the writer making sure the reader knew exactly what everyone was wearing at each scene. So much double crossing I haven't seen in a long time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Harrison

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hilary Evans

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