Under The Cloud by B.R. Erlank

Today is my stop on Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour for Under The Cloud. They call themselves The Settlement Bureau. A faceless, soulless organization coercing Americans with threats to expose their improprieties and vulnerabilities. Inhumanely persistent, they’ve secretly driven hundreds of victims into bankruptcy, despair – and several even to suicide.

But when this organization tries to blackmail IT expert Terry Reynolds, they make a serious mistake. Terry is down on his luck. He is penniless, divorced and in a dead-end job. Yet, the abuse of his personal information stirs Terry out of his lethargy and he fights back. He embarks on a digital game of cat-and-mouse with the cold, calculating minds behind The Settlement Bureau – and in doing so, uncovers a sprawling criminal conspiracy.


This book was not what I was expected but it didn't stop me from loving it. It is 374 pages and I love a good sized book sometimes. It is told by multiple narrators giving me a broader perspective of the story. I'm glad the story was told this way because there are several subplots. The story brings out questions about data mining and what should be allowed and what the data should be used for. This was fascinating for me because while I hope it is mostly fiction, I know its real also. Who should have access to your data and how much? What can they do with that data? Use it to target market you, use it to blackmail you, use it to improve their business? So many good and bad things come out of data mining that is it not clear.  

This book brought up a lot of questions and was action packed as well. I was engrossed in the characters and their stories. I read half the book the first day because I couldn't put it down. I only wish I had as much time the next few days to finish it quicker. I was excited to pick up the book every day!

About the Author:

Boris Erlank grew up in Southern Africa and Namibia. He has lived and worked in places as diverse as Luanda, Cape Town, Singapore and San Francisco. Boris recently gave up his job as Global Privacy Manager with a Fortune 100 company to focus on writing full-time.

He has an extensive background in IT, data privacy and cybersecurity, and has drawn on that experience to craft his latest novel, "Under the Cloud".

Boris lives with his family and two dogs in the foothills of Mount Diablo, east of San Francisco. In his spare time, he likes to cycle, hike, sing in a choir, and listen to audiobooks.

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