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rank 5684
word count 69241
date submitted 11.01.2010
date updated 05.02.2012
genres: Fiction, Thriller
classification: moderate
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Flicking

Lukas Oberhuber

Uploading movies to the internet seemed like harmless fun, until the killing began.

 

Dorian is a serious Italian hacker, uploading blockbuster movies to the internet in a race against other hackers. He loves the thrill until one day his hobby leaves his family murdered, and his every moved stalked by killers.

Unfortunately, the police think he’s delusional and the killers know his dorm room number at Harvard.

He’s in a race to find the death squad that killed his family before they find him. Every computer he touches, risks exposing him to death, but it’s the only way he’ll find the killers. He must meet up with Andrea, a part-time hacker who has information that could uncover the killers, but first they both have to get to New York alive.

The quest careens between Boston, Milan, London, New York and LA and the Internet, in encrypted secret conversations in invisible chat rooms and on hidden servers.

The novel is steeped in the issues that recently launched the global protests against SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act). Where Hollywood looks to severely punish anyone who downloads movies.

The novel draws the reader into its twisted world until the book becomes impossible to put down.

 
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Helena wrote 1526 days ago

Hi Lukas really good opening, straight into the action, I was on the edge of my seat as Federica tried to fend of her attackers. I liked the gentle beginning, your decriptions are brilliant, I've had a few of those nights when it's just too hot to sleep and I really got a sense of it from your writing. Then you delve right into the action, are her parents killed, who are these people and why do they want the server? Lots of questions means I'm hooked, good thriller writing. On my shelf. Helena (A Load of Rubbish)

zenup wrote 1562 days ago

Wow, this is terrific! I'm on the edge of my seat ... tension is .. I've got to keep reading! Love the cover & title, too.
Backed.

Thomas J. Winton wrote 1548 days ago

Son of a gun, Lukas, what an opening chapter. I'm not a thriller guy, but it would be next to impossible to come up with something more suspensful. You jolt the reader with one super-charged surprise after the next. And the writing -- other than an extra "as" or "the" here and there, it is flawless. You're on this site two weeks and don't have one backing? There's a lot of folks on this site that need to wake up! Start marketing this by asking for read swaps. It will take off. Backed because it's one darn good piece of work.
Thomas J Winton
(Beyond Nostalgia)

BDNelson wrote 1505 days ago

Love the premise of this book. I'm putting it on my watch list to read later.

BD Nelson
Abigail's Cries
Scorned

AlanMarling wrote 1509 days ago

Dear Lukas Oberhuber,

Thank you for sharing your story with us. You start with active verbs and crisp phrases describing a sweltering night for Frederica. She struggles against insomnia and doubts whether she’s getting her money’s worth out of her education. Next she hears something, her thoughts portraying her heightening fear. Her breathing sounds like “crashing waves” in the silent darkness. I love the phrase “A rapid burst of gunfire snapped the word off”. You’ll want to look at “.. she had failed her family”.

You have great strength in describing the tension in this scene. You don’t neglect to first build sympathy with Frederica, personalizing her through her thoughts. Her frantic later thoughts make the scene more visceral, personal in its terror. Her later misunderstanding of her own injury adds further depth. In my fallible opinion, you could make the end hook better by having her thoughts turn to her brother. She’d wonder if he’s safe, maybe even if something he’d done had caused this (well, that might be going too far).

I enjoyed your story. Bravo! Backed.

Best wishes,
Alan Marling

lionel25 wrote 1510 days ago

Lukas, your first chapter is professionally written. Good job. I can't nitpick anything there.

Happy to back this.

Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

Helena wrote 1526 days ago

Hi Lukas really good opening, straight into the action, I was on the edge of my seat as Federica tried to fend of her attackers. I liked the gentle beginning, your decriptions are brilliant, I've had a few of those nights when it's just too hot to sleep and I really got a sense of it from your writing. Then you delve right into the action, are her parents killed, who are these people and why do they want the server? Lots of questions means I'm hooked, good thriller writing. On my shelf. Helena (A Load of Rubbish)

Jesse Hargreave wrote 1531 days ago

Backed January 26.

Jesse - Savant

http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=14062

bonalibro wrote 1532 days ago

Hi,

I have backed you book because I found it eminently readable
and have to cover 25 books a day just to keep my place on here.
If you would like a more specific comment please return the favor.
Good luck with it.

Tim Chambers
Moonbeam Highway: With Apologies to Miguel de Cervantes.

Linda Lou wrote 1533 days ago

Hullo Lukas. You must have an extensive history of net experience. I can simply make them work for me and nothing extensive. just finished ch. 20 and will continue later to finish. This is great. found just a few incorrect words but nothing extensive. Very good. you are the one on my shelf and now I am backing. Please consider a look at my book. Thanks in advance
Linda Lou Long
Southern dis-Comfort
http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=11421

klouholmes wrote 1536 days ago

Hi Lucas, A harrowing outset. Dorian’s oblivious bravura after his hacking and while Andrea has detected his account set up for one shocked Dorian. His thoughts about re-booting a brain and electro-shock therapy were ironic. This spells tragedy from the beginning and how that happened makes for a compelling contemporary plot. It's well-crafted. And shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

Freeman wrote 1537 days ago

I like the idea of this book since it has an up-to-date plot.
I know just how she feels; I can’t sleep sometimes when I am thinking about changes to my book. This has a fast paced opening chapter leaving us wondering if Federica was killed or drugged. The log in the second chapter is strange but realistic. Chapter 3 introduces us to Dorian and his internet action.

This is well written with good narrative. I liked the change of styles in different chapters. I enjoyed reading it and I will back your book with pleasure.

Tony
Life Bringer

Jared wrote 1540 days ago

Lukas, I love the cover and title combination, what a great start. You've got the ideal background for a book of this nature and your short pitches are well worded and very effective. It's a truism that less is more when it comes to pitches and this is certainly the case here.
The opening is suitably graphic for a thriller and when Dorian the MC makes an appearance we enter his world and begin the process of bonding with him. It's a clever thriller, well structured and with a good sense of that essential ingredient for the genre - pace. I read four chapters, enough to see where this is going and the book is settling down to be an intelligent and thought-provoking thriller. Backed.
Jared.

gillyflower wrote 1546 days ago

This is a book with a plot which is both exciting and different. Your opening scene, coming from Federica's point of view, is gripping and chilling. You lead us to believe at first (if we haven't read the pitch) that Federica will escape, and it's only towards the very end of the chapter that we realise that's not going to happen. You shock us, because you've made her a very real person, one we can relate to, so her sudden death is horrifying. The next scenes open up the plot to us, and we meet Dorian and can feel the same empathy for him that you created for Federica. This is moving along really well, drawing us in. Your writing is good, no mistakes that I've seen, and a very appropriate style for its genre, short sentences, straightforward, and easy to read. Backed.
Gerry McCullough,
Belfast Girls.

John Booth wrote 1546 days ago

Hi Lukas
Powerful opening chapter and a clever start for what is in some ways a very cerebral thriller. I read the first four chapters and didn't spot anything that looked like a mistake.

I enjoyed this a lot - shelved

John Booth (Shaddowdon)

T.L Tyson wrote 1547 days ago

When I first read the pitch I though, 'Wouldn't it be funny if a major movie producer wrote this script to deter people away from downloading movies?"
Sorry, that was what I thought. I had to read this to find out what happens, and the beginning didn't start with Dorian as I expected it would.
The opening is certainly dramatic and one has to read on to see what is happening. I am enjoying this but feel the late introduction to Dorian is wasting time. That said, how could I know for sure as I haven't read the whole book. You do a wonderful job with getting this all together. I can see it weaving now.
The tension and intrigue are there but you actually do a good job of setting that from the beginning, simply from the pitch alone, which is great. It lets us know what we are in for.
Backed
T.L Tyson-Seeking Eleanor

Thomas J. Winton wrote 1548 days ago

Son of a gun, Lukas, what an opening chapter. I'm not a thriller guy, but it would be next to impossible to come up with something more suspensful. You jolt the reader with one super-charged surprise after the next. And the writing -- other than an extra "as" or "the" here and there, it is flawless. You're on this site two weeks and don't have one backing? There's a lot of folks on this site that need to wake up! Start marketing this by asking for read swaps. It will take off. Backed because it's one darn good piece of work.
Thomas J Winton
(Beyond Nostalgia)

paxie wrote 1548 days ago

Lukas

I made a couple of notes:-
It was simple as that....typo......it was (as) simple as that

She loosened every muscle (in her body)....I'd delete (in her body)......to say she loosened every muscle conjures enough imagery.....

To be honest at first I thought this a slow read....Her tossing and turning in bed was taking too long, I found myself skimming to get going.......Once she got up and put on her tank top I was raring on sitting up paying attention....

A gripping opening which is a definate page turner...

Hope my comments help.

Shelved with pleasure.

Bob Steele wrote 1549 days ago

The first chapter of Flicking grabbed me immediately; this is very good, and you certainly know how to crank up the suspense. Then chapter 2... sorry, this meant nothing to me, so I skipped over it to C3, where your story resumes with Dorian and the story gets going again well - I especially liked how you portrayed his reaction when he takes the call from Aunt Claudia. IMHO if you delete C2 and stay away from the detailed technical side of hacking/internet this is a well written thriller with a good narrative pace that will do very well with your target audience. I'll be happy to back.it.

lukaso wrote 1550 days ago

Good start for a thriller and an original premise, very much of today. My only crit is the line in the opening.

"Leaves canopied inky sky." as a stand alone sentence it makes no sense. I would delete this. I get the picture of what it is meant to say, but it fails to do so and only jars the read. Other than that I found this to be a smooth read and will keep coming back to read more as the story is of interest.

Derek
thedarkside@edating



I've made a change to the first paragraph. As you say, it was trying to get too much across. I think it's cleaner now.

Thanks!

Pat Black wrote 1551 days ago

Hi Lukas, a fine start to your thriller. The idea of the hot sweaty night, with the female character's discomfort, fixes her as being strangely vulnerable in our eyes, just as the intruders make their appearance known. It's a very clever way of getting us firmly on her side, especially when she's confronted with these characters and their savoury - and in one case less-than-savoury - motives. You play on a lot of primal fears here, and play on them very well.

All the best

Pat Black
Snarl

bookjunky wrote 1553 days ago

Lukas,

"Flicking" is a definitely a thriller. Enjoyed the read. You are on my bookshelf.
If you get a chance would mind checking out my novel, "The WIld, Wild Quest"? I appreciate any and all comments I can get.

Best of luck,
J. A. Johnson
(The Wild, Wild Quest)
http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=13246

Lorri wrote 1556 days ago

Killer pitch. Perfect.

Looking inside, I'm not dissapointed.

backed with pleasure.

Lorri

Silent Storm wrote 1558 days ago

Shelved with pleasure!

Ida L. (Silent Storm)

meemers wrote 1559 days ago

Can a cover be ominous, exciting and suspenseful at the same time? This one seems to hit it on the head. The writing flows at a great pace and has what it takes to pull the reader in and kidnap him.

backed
sue sohn
fate's chastening

TheLoriC wrote 1559 days ago

Good, intense, nail-biting and spine-tingling material right here. Shelved for high potential!

L. Anne Carrington, "The Cruiserweight"

Francesco wrote 1562 days ago

For Frank to contact me about a book I knew that I was to be in for a treat...I wasn't wrong. This is a spanking read, really top draw!!
Backed.

Francis Albert McGrath wrote 1562 days ago

Brilliant (I don't say that lightly) opening. Slight overwriting in the initial paras ("Leaves canopied inky sky"... the sky is the canopy, not the leaves...) but this is powerful. Shelved.
Frank

zenup wrote 1562 days ago

Wow, this is terrific! I'm on the edge of my seat ... tension is .. I've got to keep reading! Love the cover & title, too.
Backed.

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