The Next Target (O Proximo Alvo) by Marcel Trigueiro


The author sent me ARCs of this book (mobi format, English and Portuguese) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4.4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

[New: fourth edition released on dec/8th/2014]

When fear is used as a weapon, the panic paralyses the target like a spider web which immobilizes the preys in the last seconds of their existences. Thenceforth, eliminating a life becomes something elementary.

Rio de Janeiro had already experienced the climate of terror at the end of 2010, with cars and buses being constantly torched overnight. Now, a similar climate settles in the city, but this time the targets have names and surnames. Hundreds of thousands of people are progressively threatened by terrorists who seem to know all the details of their lives. Some of them are cowardly murdered, in a demonstration that anyone can die.

Matheus Erming is the Computer Forensics specialist responsible for examining the computers used by the victims and for finding out how details of their daily routines, kinship and friendship relations were taken by the perpetrators of the attacks. The investigations are the starting point of a persecution not only cybernetic, which touches the lower levels of the organized crime and chases for the roots of chaos in the city. During this search, the security of Matheus’ family is also put at risk. When this happens, he knows he has only one choice: to go further, at any cost.


Genre:  Thriller, Mystery

Series:  n.a.

Length:  430 pages (English), 450 pages (Portuguese)

Release date:  2014-12-20 (English), 2015-08-26 (Portuguese)



Now, the new strategy was stealth evidence collection. The Computer Expertise Department had been brought in to define more actively the lines of investigation. Matheus and his boss had created a plan that would take advantage of the techniques commonly used by hackers to break into electronic systems. Even so, collecting evidence without arousing suspicion wouldn’t be easy.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Matheus Erming – specialised in Computer Forensics. His current job: fight against terrorists posing a threat to the whole nation.

With The Next Target, Marcel Trigueiro has created an intriguing nerd thriller. It is a compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Matheus and his team. Marcel Trigueiro paints a pretty clear picture of the main characters while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Matheus – as invisible partner in solving the crimes. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is nicely smaller plot lines with the main plot line. The locations are not described in too much detail; this was not really necessary – if you’ve been to Brazil, you can easily see and feel the environment. I also liked the excellent translation to English by Leiah Cooper – very well done!

This is a book for you if you like computing/technology, thrillers and especially the combination of both.


In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Many twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed, complex
Violence No violence (some hints)
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV Third person


About the author

Almost five years ago, I started writing a novel. At first, all I knew was that the protagonist would be a Computer Forensics specialist, since a regular programmer or software engineer would be too boring for the plots I could figure. It would be better someone able to hold a gun, involved in some mystery built from solid and real Information Security principles.

As for the antagonist, sorry, I can’t reveal nothing about him/her now.

Still about the building of the plot; months passed, years elapsed, and after countless review rounds (made also by professionals) the book is finally finished and fully translated to English.


Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Next Target?  Or – if you did not yet read The Next Target – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Next Target was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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