“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

I have been on a roll lately with my choices in reading material. The Voss Coin by A.B. Alexander was my latest reading conquest. I saw that it was a psychological thriller and was instantly intrigued so I downloaded it from Kindle. This book is a mental roller coaster! I absolutely loved it. I was annoyed that I had to put the book down in order to sleep so I wasn’t part of the walking dead the next morning for work. If you know me, I don’t get annoyed by having to sleep.

The book begins with Kevin Voss and his guilt over the soon to be collapse of his family and his life that he had worked so hard to build. It flashes back to three years prior when he went on an emergency trip to Tokyo to investigate a security breach for the company he worked for. Kevin was top in his field and was making a name for himself as a tech guru. He had several strange unwilling sexual encounters and was blackmailed with pictures of the sessions. He was forced to cooperate with an unknown organization that wanted him to create a new type of cryptocurrency with a back door for them to have access to funnel millions from unsuspecting victims. He was kidnapped and held for days while forced to embrace some unorthodox mental training. Eventually he escaped and made his way home only to discover he wasn’t free of them. His family’s lives were on the line if he didn’t write the code for the new currency within six months. He was able to complete it but the situation began to spiral out of control when people around him started to die. The blackmailers had cleared the way for the currency to be approved by the corporation that he worked for. Kevin worked diligently to figure out a fail-safe to stop what the blackmailers had planned and to keep some leverage for the lives of his family.

The story was fast moving with plenty of action and suspense. I enjoyed the transformation that Kevin was forced to go through and the desperate decisions that he made. It was very well written and at times I could feel the adrenaline rush and panic of the hunted through the author’s words. It was like riding a roller coaster in pitch dark, no way of knowing when there would be a drop or a turn. I encourage anyone to pick this book up and devour it like I did.

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