The plot of D.E.M. - Deus Ex Machina is based in London and takes the reader to various scenic locations as the story develops. The main character, Rachel, is a computer specialist who investigates footage of a woman's young child being kidnapped in her neighborhood—of all places. Having gained access to the child's social media profile, Rachel is able to build a profile, but it brings Rachel another big problem. This story is based on hacking computer networks and may be a deterrent for a reader not interested in this sort of stuff. I think the book captures the reader's imagination by moving through various scenes with a mix of comedy, and not just focusing on Rachel’s technical skills. Rachel’s character takes on a split role, as many supporting characters are surprised of her inquisitive abilities to get to the bottom of what is really going on, which is a far cry from her nerdy tendencies.
Trying to save the life of a kidnapped child is bait in getting Rachel involved in hacking into computer networks and being paid huge sums for her work. Rachel finds herself caught in a wave of events that may put her life in jeopardy. Is she able to deal with the aftermath of her involvement in espionage?
The email pinged again. The attachment was a picture of the door to her flat. She reeled. Clasping her hand to her mouth as she retched again.
“It was never about the money, Rachel. It was always about you. I could use someone with your skills. I’ll be in touch. I know where you live. D.E.M.”
No good turn goes unpunished!
When Rachel is spurred to use her computing skills to find an abducted boy, she has no idea that it will bring her to the attention of an anonymous vigilante. Is the vigilante what he seems and what does he want with Rachel?
Rachel is coerced by the mysterious D.E.M. to carry out hacking on seemingly innocuous companies, helped by her friends Deborah, Cam and Cam’s ill-tempered boss, Dave.
As she gets drawn deeper into their world, she tries to find out more, only to put herself and her friends in grave danger.
When she finally realises that the mysterious D.E.M. isn’t a vigilante at all, Rachel is in a race against time to save her friends and prevent an escalation in the war between Israel and Palestine.