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by Meaghan Igel | meaghan@revuewm.com LIT LIFE


Cyber Sleuth Novel Brings Literary Thrills to ArtPrize


publisher of MITechNews.com. Brennan’s latest mission? Turning his knowledge of all things


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Internet into a book that will be featured with live actors in the Waters building at ArtPrize this year. Cyber Styletto, an e-book (also available in


CYBER STYLETTO Waters Building, 161 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 104, Grand Rapids Sept. 21-Oct. 9 artprize.org


paperback) about cyber sleuth Yvonne and her vendetta against super hackers and internet spies, is co-written by Brennan, fellow cyber security expert Richard Stiennon and novelist Gion DeTorre. Brennan writes with the con- viction that any of the events in Cyber Styletto could potentially happen should the United States let down its guard. The book is set a year in the future, in


December 2012. The story’s villains have reengineered the Stuxnet virus that spread throughout the world last summer. In Cyber Styletto, the reengineered virus is used to attack the U.S. “It goes after infrastructure like water plants, power plants, railroads;


everything is computerized nowadays, so that’s the kind of stuff that the worm goes after,” Brennan said. “It serves as a warning to the U.S. and to other places about what could happen in the future unless certain preventative measures are taken, because these hackers are just so good.” Cyber Styletto is Brennan’s first public foray into fiction writing. “I make my living writing nonfiction. Writing fiction is the fun


writing. It’s a dream come true for me.” However, in order to bring the book to fruition, all three of the co- authors drew on their areas of expertise to create the finished product.


IGITAL FORENSICS AND writing may be two com- pletely different planes of expertise, but on both counts, Mike Brennan knows his stuff. “I’ve been covering technology for 20 years and I’ve


worked at a magazine covering tech news for 10 years, so I cover cyber-security issues a lot,” said the editor and


“Richard and I developed a story, and then we brought in [Gion]


to make a pretty good story into a really good read,” Brennan said. “We fictionalized characters based on … characters we’ve dealt with in the cyber security world.” Cyber Styletto, being a novel, makes for an interesting addition to


ArtPrize and begs the question of how a piece of literary work can be included in an art festival that places heavy emphasis on visual art. Because the authors wrote Cyber Styletto in a film noir-esque manner, the structure of the novel led to drafting a script of several chapters of the book. Brennan & Co. will bring in local actors to act out key scenes, bringing a dramatic element to an already dynamic storyline. Brennan hopes to write a full screenplay of Cyber Styletto in the


future, but for now he’ll focus on the novel’s impact in West Michigan. For more information about Cyber Styletto or to download the book, visit cyberstyletto.com. n


Other Literary Events | by Meaghan Igel Author Event & Book Signing:


D.E. Johnson Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Schuler Books & Music (28th Street location) schulerbooks.com, (616) 942-2561


Detroit is arguably best known for two things: cars and organized crime. Author D.E. Johnson’s first two books,


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Detroit Electric Scheme and Motor City Shakedown, re- spectively, have both of these things, as well as mystery, intrigue and gritty drama. Set in 1911 Detroit, Motor City Shakedown follows Will Anderson, who, in Johnson’s first book, cleared his name of a horrific and mysterious murder. In Motor City Shakedown, Anderson finds himself a newly minted narcotic addict and finger amputee and the heir to the Anderson Electric Car Company, formerly known as the Anderson Carriage Company. Anderson is


determined to see justice for the death of his close friend, Wesley McRae, but before he knows it, he’s caught in a web of mobsters (Detroit’s first Mob boss, Vito Adamo, makes an appearance), corruption and murder – and, once again, Anderson himself has become the prime suspect. Now he must clear his name and bring down the ones who are on his trail before it’s too late.


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