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Marlins Cry CoverREVIEWS / READER COMMENTS  for “MARLINS CRY A Phishing Story”

The Digital Damnation of Civilized Society

A Battle Cry for Cyber Security For Individuals and The Business World’s Big Fish

WAKE UP CALL “Casey Tennyson has hit a home run with ‘Marlins Cry A Phishing Story.’ Not only is it a fast paced, fun novel to read for the pure enjoyment of a great story, but she has done every citizen in today’s ultra-connected society a huge service: she has given us a wake-up call as to just how dangerous our digital world actually is. By weaving a fascinating novel from her true life experience of innocently falling victim to a frightening cyber stalker, she sends a warning shot across the bow to everyone with a cell phone, a computer, or a social media account.” – Lori Siragusa, marketing professional

WORLD NEEDS TO READ “I loved the book ‘Marlins Cry.’ It’s not a book I would have picked up randomly, but the world needs to read it. I loved the author’s description of fishing. Her observations of people on the docks in the Bahamas is better than any focus group. Her observations of life hit home, like when she described the boat owner seen for the first time in a weakened state brought to tears, or when she noted that when it’s your problem it seems bigger up close even though solvable from afar. The book engaged me because I know the author, I like the topics, and I hate computers. It hit me between the eyes.” — Scott L. Richardson, Attorney at Law

CONSPIRACY “‘Marlins Cry’ was a very good read. It plays into my conspiratorial mind. I also love offshore trolling, diving in the Bahamas, tiny little bars in the Abaco islands, and Bahamas rum. You are a beautiful writer Casey. I love your style and your heart for God.” — Kim Jordan Mugele, Emergency Medical Professional

THRILLER of PURE EVIL “‘Marlins Cry’ in reality is worse than the book because in real life it is unresolved. The book left this image in my mind of crawling through tar up a mountain. It’s an enticing thriller that embodies pure evil beyond my understanding. The villain shows a deep sickness of the soul. I admire the healing process, and the strength of the author to share the story to educate others. Cyber stalking, especially on this level, is not anything someone should go through.” — John Garvey,  Petroleum, Inc.

DESTINED TO BE A FILM “‘Marlins Cry’ was scary. The book reads like a screenplay for a movie. Hollywood should contract with you. Also, the news media would be interested. Right now you could go to any editor at the Journal or the Times or the Post, or any television network, and I think they would be very interested in this story. It’s not make believe, but a true cyber stalking tale that makes it so compelling.” — Matthew Baudoin, Chateau Des Barrigards French winery

INSPIRATIONAL “Dearest Casey, I truly enjoyed reading MARLINS CRY. Holy crappisoly that you went through all of that. My very favorite line in the book is ‘You have the protection of the wings of one thousand angels. Look up. Protecting them are one thousand more for every star of the sky.’ Thank you my friend for a very compelling, yet a bit scary, read. And thank you for that line of inspiration when some days it seems a bit too much to handle. LOVED IT.” — Tracie Sayyah

EERIE FEELING  “I’ve never felt fear in my life so reading about the cyber stalking of the character in Marlins Cry, I was deeply moved. I dreamed about it afterwards. It could happen to any of us at any time. I’m a nice person, so I’d let someone borrow my phone, but not after reading this book. Then there was nowhere to turn for help and some people didn’t believe the victim. The book left me with an uneasy eerie feeling because cyber stalking is so easy to do.” — Judy Ballard

BIG BOOK OF LIFE “Marlins Cry A Phishing Story is more than a slice of life. In a few succinct chapters this novel is a Big Book of Life. Each chapter has a novel-size volume of depth. The way the author creates a sequence of words of profound simple truths of humanity makes her a powerful, relevant voice of our time. The book reads as if you were in all the places, you were involved in the dramas, you are part of the scene and part of the very same life. What a voice for modern story telling weaving moments in time … how moments are big, expand and continue from one era to the next present moment … how words have power and people make the meaning expressing universal truths. The main character asks, ‘What do you stand for and how do you live up to it?’ Everyone knows the sharks, the alligators, the bugs characters but to understand the Marlin is big. I am going to read this book time and again for deeper meaning. I am an avid reader, and when I read this book, I thought ’This is a writer. Casey Tennyson can write.’” – Xenia Psihas

TIMELESS “Even though Casey Tennyson’s Marlins Cry A Phishing Story was written in 2012 about a Palm Beach cyber stalking ordeal, the book is still timely with the Facebook news this week. It’s an quick, interesting, captivating read with just enough spice. The intrigue of the character’s plot leaves you wondering what happens next. I’ll want to read the sequel to find out the rest of the story.” — Mary Rogan

THRILLER “Author Casey Tennyson’s Marlins Cry A Phishing Story is a staggering saga about someone’s electronic life being hijacked all counter-balanced by description of Island Living! I read it in two nights. It took a few chapters to get traction. Then I settled in to the exciting real life spy thriller. Throughout the tale, I had a sinking feeling that this was a real story about the powerlessness when one’s entire electronic life was taken over! The hacking and manipulating of someone’s entire electronic life was beyond any concept that I had imagined. I had no idea that cyber threat remedies might have NO recourse.” — Toni Lee, Real Estate Broker Corcoran Palm Beach

TALENTED WRITER “As a serious reader, I found in the beginning of the book the continuity could be better and details in the descriptions could be less. I didn’t care about designer sunglasses for example. When I finished, I found it to be a good read. I learned so much and felt so grateful I knew more about cyber stalking. In real life, I can’t believe someone who terrorized didn’t have to pay for his crime. The cyber stalker was never charged with the crimes. The author really is a very talented writer. She can string sentences together in a way that most people can’t do. I was impressed.” – Kat Fox

VERY WELL WRITTEN “The book ‘Marlins Cry’ was very well written. I liked that the book touched on the concept of the American democracy. Wealth and freedom are not possible without a democratic country. Everyone can become ‘a someone’ if they want to with no limitations.” — Maurizio Candotti Russo, Idelson Gnocchi Publisher, Inc., Italian Publisher

FAST PACED “I loved the book ‘Marlins Cry A Phishing Story.’ I read it in two sittings – a very fast paced read! The Bahamian island chapters reminded me of the great times years ago being at Gusty’s on top of Harbor Island and having a Kalik or two looking out over the Harbor … all the bright colored houses, shops and boats. The book brought back great memories of the Bahamas.” — Scott duPont, Actor, Host, Film Producer

POWERFUL “I was blown away reading ‘Marlins Cry.’ It was very powerful, like reading ‘Don Juan.’ I felt like I was there with the author being cyber stalked and fishing in the Bahamas. The detail of the islands and catching a marlin took me back to my own memories of deep sea fishing. The love story added another dimension. I was so there in the moment with each page. I read the book in one afternoon. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Casey Tennyson has a gift as a great writer of our time.” — Gregory Ratner

EROTICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY CHARGED “‘Marlins Cry A Phishing Story’ by Casey Tennyson is a fabulously creepy tale, the conceptual centerpiece of which – the dark side of cyberspace – should raise public consciousness of the potential downside of the ever-increasing amount of personal / private data that people are exposing to potential identity thieves and predators through casual use of the internet, laptop computers, and the multitude of handheld communications devices that have become so critical to our daily social and business interactions. This is an erotically charged story of obsession, terror and cyber-stalking, in which the protagonist Charlotte bites off much more than she can chew when she casually befriends the mysterious stranger from Palm Beach who ‘somehow’ seems to know all of her darkest secrets. With two noteworthy exceptions, the book is inhabited by characters that are generally down to earth, intelligent, and likeable: the protagonist and sympathetic single mother and public relations consultant extraordinaire Charlotte; Owen, Charlotte’s champion, oil tycoon, and general captain of industry who is plagued by cyber-security problems of his own in the form of hacker-driven international corporate espionage; Ted, the romantic outdoorsman and lover du jour; the treacherous and depraved cyber-stalkers Andrick “Rick” Kira and Sick (the exceptions); Captain Ed, yacht captain and supreme navigator of the extraordinarily alluring Bahamian fish havens of the Abacos, and the whole Caribbean. The chapter on recreational fishing for yellowfin tuna and other species of gamefish that inhabit the Abacos is told by the author in intense accurate detail. Among other kudos to the novel, the fishing experience is the best you will ever read on the subject.”  – Mark Wisniewski, Attorney

AUTHOR PREDICTED CYBER CHAOS  “Before the Dec. 2013 cyber-attack which syphoned credit and debit card records of 40 million Target shoppers to data thieves in Russia, Casey Tennyson was fictionalizing scenarios of cyber espionage in her 2012 novel, ‘Marlins Cry’.  Shaken by a personal experience as a victim of cyber stalking, Tennyson used her pen to craft a compelling story.  ‘We live in the digital world.  Safety and danger live in equal parts anywhere in the world now,’ says Tennyson through the voice of Charlotte on page 50.  ‘Marlins Cry’’s message comes through loud and clear.  No business or individual is immune from being a potential target of spyware and data theft. The story weaves chilling scenes of computer monitors displaying foreboding personal messages and mysteriously changed flight schedules, with the tension of high stakes black mail of confidential information from computer files of a major international business. Pages in the last couple of chapters turn themselves as seemingly separate storylines intermesh and ‘Marlins Cry’ races to a redemptive conclusion.” – Laurel Bookhardt, Freelance Writer  (Note: The redemptive conclusion is part of the fiction of the novel. In real life, the cyber criminal so far has gotten away with his antics.)

UNITE UNDER ATTACK “As a 30-year veteran of the technology industry and 15 years in the software business, I believe Casey Tennyson’s book, ‘Marlin’s Cry A Phishing Story’ accurately portrays that our personal and business data security is under attack. The experiences shared by the author about her 2011 attack are the very tip of the iceberg when compared to the espionage, data breaches and cyber warfare that are happening now in 2014. Our political representatives, government agencies and all the leading technology vendors must make the protection of our personal and business data the utmost priority.  Only then will we ensure that our freedom and privacy is never compromised by cyber-terrorists.” – Jim Greene,

ENORMITY OF SITUATION “Having made fishing trips to the Bahamas many times, the whole scene in ‘Marlins Cry’ was reminiscent. The world to me seeks balance in every aspect; Yin-Yang, positive-negative, expand-contract, etc. One of the elements of balance over history is centralized-decentralized. Civilizations were built and lost over centralization of decentralized ways of life. Communication, education and business seem to follow the pattern very closely. Mainframes centralized, PC’s decentralized, and world-wide-web is one step in a centralization cycle. There are always reasons ostensibly for the pendulum to swing back, but it’s mostly nature. So I don’t know if hackers are part of the equalization system or not. What I do know is that all of the smartest people I know consider cyber security to be the biggest threat to our civilization since the nuclear bomb, and know that we have yet to rally around the enormity of the situation from a societal standpoint. In the middle, and I mean literally in the middle, of tying a thought on UCF and cyber security, my PC shut off. I finished this on my iPad. Freaky.” — Michael J. O’Donnell, University of Central Florida, Executive Director: Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship and Faculty: College of Business, Management Department (2013)

SUSPENSEFUL AND EDUCATIONAL “I started reading ‘Marlins Cry’ after lunch and couldn’t put it down! I finished it by dinnertime. I loved it! It was not only exciting and suspenseful, but educational as well. The character development was exquisite, especially the depiction of the business guru, ‘The Marlin.’ I felt like I personally knew each and every character and related each one to individuals in my own life. I felt the emotional ups and downs with the main character Charlotte as though I was experiencing the emotions myself. I also enjoyed the last sentence in each chapter – usually full of wisdom and wit – they left me anticipating the next chapter. I can’t wait to find some time to read the other books by Casey Tennyson.” – Kara Bergum, Advertising Executive

VALID MESSAGE  “I read ‘Marlins Cry A Phishing Story’ and I am calling from vacationing in Mexico to tell you how much I enjoyed the book. Yes, you do have a message, and, yes, it is valid. Keep on doing what you are doing. You are doing the right thing.” — Stan Fixler, Sailor and Circumnavigator of the earth, former NYC City Councilman

MIRRORS OUR FEARS “There is a new digital age taking over our lives and Casey Tennyson has written a story that mirrors our questions and fears of this new world.  ‘Marlins Cry’ is a compelling, quick read that pulls you into a tale of spyware stalking and the damage that can be done. Two stories weave throughout the book – the personal story of Charlotte, a writer who finds herself stalked by a mysterious man who uses her electronic equipment from cellphone to computer to home security system.  Another story creeps through the book as well, that of a threatening cyber attack on a global scale that could change our lives forever. The adventure begins as Charlotte flees from her Florida nightmare and sets sail in the Bahamas with her friend and business client, Owen. Charlotte relaxes on the yacht knowing she has escaped her stalker. But as days go by and she struggles to solve her personal dilemma, she watches with apprehension as Owen is faced with a global cyber threat that could bring down the world’s economic machine. Casey Tennyson’s gripping story will keep you in suspense until the last page is turned.” — Susan Chesser Branch, writer, editor, writing consultant

BOOK SERIES DUE “The ‘Marlins Cry’ book for me had a slow start, and I struggled through the middle, but then it had a great finish. I only recreationally read books that I am really interested in. I read this one only as a friend of the author. Now that I’ve gotten to know these characters, I’d like to see a series, with the action starting in the first chapter in the next book.” — Thomas P. Warlow, III, President and Chairman of The Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation, Inc.

CHILLING “‘Marlins Cry’ is a chilling warning of how vulnerable all of us are to hackers who can invade and control our computers, iPads, and even our cell phones for their personal advantage. In a larger context, this is a story of how international conspirators may be able to perform acts of cyber-terrorism on a global level. To be honest, I found ‘Marlins Cry’ to be a chilling book to read.” — Bill Guggenheim, Co-author of “Hello From Heaven!”

BUSINESS CHALLENGE “I read ‘Marlins Cry.’ I certainly got to know you better but now I have no clue as to what is fact and what is fiction… probably one of your objectives. I did have my eyes opened to hacking and feel very lucky that I no longer am in business.”  — George Cross, Palm Beach Retired Executive

VULNERABLE, OPENED MY EYES  “‘Marlins Cry’ opened my eyes to how vulnerable our IT networks really are to disruption. That the author shared her own personal story with the world is a credit to her own strength and resilience. Her writing style was very enjoyable and the story kept me very interested. I knew Casey to be a delightful person, but now I know what a smart, capable woman she is. I’m going to ask her to go fishing sometime!” — Robert G. Beaumont, Jr. MAI, State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser RZ 384 and Senior Managing Director

NOT JUST SCARY BUT TERRIFYING “What happened to me was scary. What happened to you was terrifying. People who abuse your personal self, taking your privacy for their own benefit, cannot be corrected through a computer. To me, I believe the law should give you the right to deal with them personally. I’d like to shoot him, but he would have to come out of hiding from behind his computer.” – Dr. Carl “Sandy” Dann, III – retired orthodontist and big game hunter – Note: Casey Tennyson produced Sandy’s life story “Dreadful Errors in Judgment, The Wild Worldwide Stories of Native Florida Outdoorsman Carl “Sandy” Dann, III”, which is about his near death adventures big game hunting, world class marlin fishing, spearfishing, sailing and diving. She also was the ghostwriter for “Sandy Dann’s Old-lando The Lawson and Dann Families,” and “The Hunt for Nirvana The Gentlemen Ranchers of El Saladera, Uruguay.” The books are available on and other online bookstores.

DARK SIDE OF THE DIGITAL AGE “Set in the warm sunshine of Florida and the Bahamas, Casey Tennyson has written a chilling tale about the dark side of the digital age. ‘Marlins Cry’ is sure to haunt anyone whose digital devices seem to go awry in the wake of a soured relationship or other distressing event. I have received calls from many people who think their mobile phone is bugged, or their computer hacked, or their email compromised, and they shared the book character Charlotte’s fear and feeling of helplessness. Although the Ricks of the world can, and sometimes do, hack into phones, computers or email accounts for malicious purposes, there are ways to detect and stop such intrusions so that you can use your mobile phone and your computer without worrying about who is watching or listening to every word. Just like Charlotte overcame the spying from the book’s antagonist Rick, everyone has a right to feel safe.” — Richard D. Connor, Jr., Esq., AccessData Certified Examiner, Certified Computer Examiner, Certified Forensic Computer Examiner, Digital Forensic Certified Practitioner, EnCase Certified Examiner

ADVENTUROUS  ”‘Marlins Cry A Phishing Story’ is certainly relevant. Being from Florida and a traveler in the islands, I think it is a fun read to those who like adventure”.  – Hugh Darley I D E A, inc. President/Executive Producer

INSIGHTFUL TIPS “Since I run my custom jewelry business from both Orlando and the Virgin Islands, I am very dependent upon digital communication. The cyber attacks to the character in ‘Marlins Cry A Phishing Story’ created great fear in this small business owner! The book gave a lot of insightful tips which I plan to implement immediately.” — Noelle Morone, Owner Bright Side Collection

DISCONNECT “I just finished ‘Marlins Cry.’ Wow! Thank goodness my banjo is not connected to the internet! Nice work.” – Mac McFadden Realtor Delray Beach

SAFETY INTEGRATION IN NEW APP  “‘Marlins Cry’ outlined many weaknesses in the online world allowing cyber crime. When I developed ListNChat, an online consumer classified listing app, I put safety first and foremost in the design. I want people to be able to buy and sell items safely on my app.” — W. David Taylor, CTO, nPUTE, developer of ListNChat

JARRING “I enjoyed the book ‘Marlins Cry’: the plot, the writing and the pacing — but the story made me afraid to go near my computer! I will certainly never let anyone borrow my phone even for a second after reading this. One slightly jarring note, but it seems like it took an awful long time to de-friend Rick, the villain. I would have de-friended him after the first suspected invasion.”– Paulette Cooper Noble, Paulette is the author of 22 books (and 1000+ articles) including “The Scandal of Scientology,” “The Medical Detectives,” and other books. She also writes a column for The Palm Beach Daily News

pre-book-release reader REVIEWS from the manuscript:

“The serene waters of an idyllic life are made turbulent by a cyber-pirate with mayhem as his catch-of-the-day in this book. ‘Marlins Cry’ is an exhilarating read with admonitions for trusting souls in our global electronic world. It’s a cautionary tale of the invigorating, often harrowing, adventures of a woman determined to regain her peaceful life.” — Risa Bos, MA, LMHC

“‘Marlins Cry’ is a page turner. The action on every page keeps you intrigued so you can’t put it down. I intensely related to the main character’s thoughts, fears and feelings. It evoked an eerily familiar story as I lived with spyware myself. Everyone thinks you are crazy when you try to defend yourself. And, you don’t know who was contacted and what was said that wasn’t really from you. This novel will help validate the fear of spyware victims and help create compassion for those who haven’t been a victim yet.” — Nina deVanguardia, Accountant

“In ‘Marlins Cry’ the action picked up to a fever pitch with the offshore fishing and with the spyware and espionage incidents. The last chapters are huge and tie it all together. The book really makes you think about cyber safety, and is a good reminder to change your passwords.” — Allison Edwards, Attorney at Law, Civil Litigation, Charles M. Greene, P.A.

“I couldn’t put it down. ‘Marlins Cry’ is an excellent read. The novel heightened my awareness of the dangers of the cyber world in an entertaining way. It was highly informative and helpful in what I can do to protect myself and my family. I related to the main character’s connection to her spiritual self to remain safe and secure in a sea of cyber chaos.” — Jan Edwards, Paving the Way

“Overall ‘Marlins Cry’ was brilliant. It could definitely be made into a movie. I’m a voracious reader and the first sentence grabbed me right there at the beginning. The writing is engaging and the verbal imagery is amazing.” — Sarah Edwards, Editor

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