Sara’s Review of Mind Trace by Holly McCaghren


Hi_res_cover_Mind_TraceRating: paw4

Release Date: November 16th 2012

Goodreads Description:

What would you do to possess unlimited knowledge and power?

Nineteen year-old Alice McArthur never had a choice. A shy girl from a small town, Alice has gained a reputation for her near-genius programming abilities, even getting the attention of EngineerCorp, a rising electronics empire. With her unique skill-set, she is hand-picked to test their network security by hacking into their global mainframe.

But something goes terribly wrong.

The next thing Alice knows, she wakes up on the floor with a migraine, unnatural powers, a server’s worth of data in her head and the realization that this job was not what it seemed.

Now a fugitive from justice and on the run from the evil leader of a corporate empire, Alice doesn’t know who to trust or where to turn. She must find a way to secure her freedom and stop those who would keep her prisoner for life — or worse.

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Talk about a surprising and enjoyable read. While admittedly I had a bit of trouble wrapping my whiskers around a lot of the computer hacking aspect of the book, I found the entire plot to be engaging. It definitely kept me reading long past the point where I should have stopped for the day. There’s a little bit of something for every reader in this one. =^.^=

What stood out the most for me with this book was the dynamic characters. Alice was a great individual who not only grows considerably throughout the story, but also proves that women are just as capable as men when it comes to computer technology. It both annoyed and amused me that folks underestimated her capabilities throughout the book. It just goes to show that one should never judge another based on their gender (the same can be said of felines). Garrett was funny and your typical geek. I felt rather sorry for him when I found out what had happened not only to his company but also to his parents thanks to his brother, Gabriel. It was great to see him find hope again. And may I say that I simply LOVED Eric? Honestly, I don’t often glom onto antagonists much, but in Eric’s case he is a fantastic bad guy! He’s so sleazy, ruthless, and just plain mean…he’s perfect. Watching him lose his cool thanks to Alice was just priceless. I really hope that McCaghren brings all three of these guys back for a second book!

Plot wise, like I said I had a hard time getting into all of the computer stuff, but that still didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. Every idea flowed smoothly, to the point where I literally made the comment to my fellow feline reviewer, “This could happen.” Yes, I firmly believe that one day we will be able to process tons of data using nothing more than our minds and as a result, computers will become obsolete. It most likely won’t happen in my time, but you never know. The minor down side that I had with this story was that it did sometimes feel like it dragged in spots, especially when Alice gets caught a second time. But there was still plenty of action and intrigue to keep me interested, so it wasn’t too bad a lag in action.

On the whole I think this is definitely a book worth checking out. At present it is a stand alone novel, but as I mentioned earlier, I do hope McCaghren decides to do more in the future, murr!


As she was closing the side cargo compartment on her Ducati, a deep, velvety voice spoke behind her.

“Going somewhere, Alice?”

She spun around so fast that she tripped over the wheel on her bike and fell down onto gravel. As fast as she could manage, she stood up and found herself backed against the opposite sidewall under the carport.

It’s him!

Eric stood there, on the edge of the opposite wall. He was dressed in a perfectly fitted, expensive-looking suit, leaning casually against the wall as if he had every right to be there. A smirk teased the corner of his lips, and his eyes glittered menacingly down at her. She quickly glanced around, trying to assess her chances of escape. She didn’t see anyone else around, but she had to assume that there were others, currently hiding out of view.

How did this happen? I should have known better. I should have been prepared! What am I going to do? I have to stall him until I figure out a plan.

“Wha-what are you doing here?” she finally managed to ask him.

Eric smiled; a confident look on his face.

“Alice, dear. Let us not feign ignorance. You know very well why I am here. You took something from me, and I want it back. It’s really quite simple.”

“How could I possibly have anything that you want? I don’t even know who you are!”

“Oh, I think you know exactly who I am. That is irrelevant though, because I know for a fact that you gained unlawful access to a large amount of data that did not belong to you. You are going to take a little trip with me, so we can discuss all of this in great detail.”

He paused, and then turned his head, glancing behind him, mouth opening as if to speak. She saw four men dressed in black tactical uniforms seemingly materialize, fanning out behind Eric.

You have to be kidding!

Alice looked around, rapidly calculating the best possible route of escape.

Now or never.

Without hesitating, she bolted around the edge of the carport, running as fast as she could in the direction of the forest surrounding the cabin.

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About the Author:

Holly McCaghrenI was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area, and have lived in Texas my whole life! (Gotta love humidity!)

Nothing makes me happier than settling down with a good book, but they aren’t always easy to find! Some of my favorites (in no particular order) include: Jane Eyre, The Blue Sword, Dracula, Ender’s Game, Heir to the Empire, and the Harry Potter series. I love a good scifi/fantasy book, but it certainly isn’t limited to that genre.

My first book was just published via Createspace, called “Mind Trace.” It is a science fiction/adventure novel, appropriate for all ages! It is currently available through (paperback and Kindle), (paperback), and the Createspace store.

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