Under the Cloud delivers a cyber-thriller full of twists and turns, leaving the reader pondering the fine line between fact and fiction.


About The Book

Publication Date: September 15, 2022

They call themselves The Settlement Bureau. A faceless, soulless organization coercing individuals with threats to expose their improprieties and vulnerabilities. Inhumanely persistent, they’ve secretly driven hundreds of victims into bankruptcy, despair – and several even to suicide.

But when this organization tries to blackmail IT expert Terry Reynolds, they make a serious mistake. Terry is down on his luck. He is penniless, divorced and in a dead-end job. Yet, the abuse of his personal information stirs Terry out of his lethargy and he fights back. He embarks on a digital game of cat-and-mouse with the cold, calculating minds behind The Settlement Bureau – and in doing so, uncovers a sprawling criminal conspiracy.

Under The Cloud is a chillingly plausible new thriller by B.R. Erlank. With a plot ripped straight from the headlines, advance readers warn, “this book delivers a roller coaster ride right up to the final pages.”



The Review

Seemingly unrelated storylines are deftly woven together into a thriller by author B.R. Erlank.

Under the Cloud takes on an all-too-real scenario featuring data analytics: the concept that someone is analyzing information about consumers and then selling it to the highest bidder.

When an entity called the Settlement Bureau uses the data in a blackmail attempt against a computer specialist, Terry Reynolds is determined to fight back. How is the Church of Holy Redemption and its Renaissance Institute connected to massive data servers pumping out algorithms and personal information?

It’s an intense story that takes readers to the fringes of this technology without getting too technical. When used properly, it can be beneficial, but it has destructive capabilities. The author illustrates the negative impact in Lily’s fate.

The young characters at the Renaissance Institute—Danny, Gerald, and Tommy—were especially well-developed. It was interesting to see how they fit into the bigger picture.

Under the Cloud delivers a cyber-thriller full of twists and turns, leaving the reader pondering the fine line between fact and fiction.

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About The Author

Boris Erlank grew up in Southern Africa. He has lived and worked in places as diverse as Luanda, Cape Town, Singapore and San Francisco. Boris recently gave up his job as Global Privacy Manager with a Fortune 100 company to focus on writing full-time.

He has an extensive background in IT, data privacy and cybersecurity, and has drawn on that experience to craft his latest novel, Under the Cloud. His previous novel, Catch You Later, is a murder mystery set in Cape Town.

Boris lives with his family and two dogs in the foothills of Mount Diablo, east of San Francisco. He likes to cycle and hike. “Those solitary pursuits give me time to dream up the characters and plots for my novels,” he says. Boris also enjoys choir singing, travel, and listening to audiobooks.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Thank you so much for the review. And I love what you’ve done in terms of graphics.

    Whenever I speak to audiences about data privacy I ask them, “What do you fear more, having your identity stolen or getting root canal treatment?” I wonder how some of your followers would answer that question.


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Under the Cloud delivers a cyber-thriller full of twists and turns, leaving the reader pondering the fine line between fact and fiction.5-STAR REVIEW: UNDER THE CLOUD by B.R. Erlank