In Gary Beck’s new novel, Sudden Conflicts, we follow the adventures of three unlikely friends – T.J., Clar, and Pete – who meet in college, become roommates, and form a close bond that builds as they navigate their way through their differences, all while working and living together in New York City. These three very different individuals manage to survive a school shooting at their college, and earn their PhDs — all before going on to work together in the world of high-technology. The story moves at a brisk pace, offering insights into each character’s personality -giving a human element to the novel that sometimes is missing from books where the plot centers around technology. Mr. Beck allows for the personal development of the three friends, who grow closer as they delve deeper into the world of high-tech dangers, finding their security and safety at risk – as well as anyone who gets involved with them. Overall, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced read that should appeal to a wide range of individuals, regardless of their interest in computers or the cyber world. Gary Beck proves his talent for novels is right up there with his talent for poetry.