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5+ stars for Cyphers and Sighs by Glen Hellman #espionage #thriller #cyberthriller #technothriller #bookreview

Title: Cyphers and Sighs

Author: Glen Hellman

Genre: Espionage/Thriller/Cyber Thriller/Technothriller


Book Blurb:


From the bustling streets of Hong Kong to the streets of World Capitals, Ryan is plunged into a whirlwind of danger, secrets, and unexpected alliances. As the intricate plot unravels, he grapples with personal demons, strained family ties, and newfound passions.


Cyphers & Sighs is not just an espionage thriller; it's a journey into the human spirit, testing the boundaries of love, loyalty, and resilience. As the pieces of this intricate puzzle fall into place, readers are invited to question: In a world of shadows and secrets, how much would you risk for the truth?


My Review:


From the moment Dee walks into Ryan’s world, his life is in danger. Can he outwit espionage masterminds to clear his name, or has he sealed his fate? Cyphers & Sighs is an exceptional espionage thriller even Bond would enjoy. The world-building is top-notch. The descriptive narration plunges the reader into Ryan’s shoes. The action is intense while the worldwide spy organizations’ movements read like a chess game. Cyphers & Sighs is a thriller worth losing sleep over, which I did.


Let’s start with the world-building. Glen Hellman creates a world that is not only realistic but full of intrigue. Since this is an espionage thriller, the various global spy rings are in play and need to incorporate intricate world-building. Glen Hellman takes his writing skills and crafts a world so realistic, I took it for fact. Layer upon layer of world-building allows the reader to dive into the story.


The characters are written with an expert pen. Each character has their own voice and personality. Because of the scope of the plot, the cast of characters is large. Thankfully, the author keeps the reader invested so it’s easy to follow the characters throughout the story.


The plot is well-crafted and well-executed. Glen Hellman writes a thriller with expertise and addictive to read. He makes sure the false clues and dead ends are well-hidden. He keeps the reader turning the pages in this pulse-pounding cyberthriller. The ending is brilliant.


If you’re like me and inhale spy thrillers, you’ll want to read Cyphers & Sighs. I look forward to reading more from this author.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Free to read on Kindle Unlimited! Also available in audiobook on Audible.







Author Biography:


Glen Hellman’s career began in 1978 when he joined an early-stage technology startup. Since then, he has been a pivotal member of numerous startup teams, contributing in roles spanning sales, marketing, and product management. He has also served as a senior executive, board member, and investor.


Today, Hellman is a distinguished faculty member at the University of Maryland. He instructs Ph.D. researchers from a plethora of esteemed institutions, including Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, Howard University, George Washington University, Virginia Tech, Hampton University, University of North Carolina, and NC State. His teachings are part of a National Science Foundation program that aims to transform innovative technology from federally funded university labs into commercial applications.


Beyond academia, Hellman is a sought-after executive leadership coach. He collaborates with CEOs and executive leadership teams, either in one-on-one sessions or peer groups. His primary objective is to guide these leaders in discerning their next steps and ensuring they take decisive actions.


"Cyphers & Sighs" marks Hellman’s debut in fiction. He has also penned the non-fiction title, "Intentional Leadership," a definitive guide for leaders aiming to cultivate trust and confidence while building and leading high-performance teams. The book is available on Amazon.


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Reviewed by: Nancy


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