Lost money on this one. Could not bear more than an hour of this author's pre-pubescent use of the "f" word. Not needed for the plot (is there a plot?), just gratuitous abuse of language.
BTW, the single star was a requirement to move to the next page. No stars is not acceptable apparently.
I am sorry to say this is the first book I have downloaded and I more than dislike it. While it is full of some interesting ideas, the storyline is poor and more importantly the characters are one dimensional and uninteresting to me... I will not bother to finish it...
I found this book to be well-written. However, the story line and the character development didn't engage me as a reader/listener. I had to "work" at paying attention to this book. That's unusual for me.
Technobabble at it's very best (or worst in my case). 40 minutes is all I could stand. I just could not get into the high techie pizza guy trying to beat the clock. I guess I am too old...
This book was boring and unimaginative. If you took a lot of bad movies like, Escape From LA, Water World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and mixed them up you might get a flavor for what this book is like. But, wait, let's throw in the mafia, pizza delivered by skate boarders, motorcylce riding ninjas, and the tower of Babel from the Old Testament. Did I forget to mention surfers, and every Pacific Rim culture, oh yeah, and Russians, Stinger missles and AK-47's It takes place in the future, but all the technology is old, or pure fantasy. Actually, Mutant Ninja Turtles has a better plot. I know this sounds too critical, but don't say I didn't warn you.
This book is very dated in terms of it's descriptions of technology and it spends the entire first half (several hours) doing nothing. The last half is so farcical and ridiculous that it's just plain boring. The characters are all shallow and cartoonish. The italian mob guys, the asian guys the religious fanatics, the businessmen are all flat and unbeleivable. Dont' waste your money.
He can be SO funny and the story had great potential but sadly it gets bogged down and I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I wanted to like it--I still think it could have been a great book if it had been properly edited, he's just so long-winded and doesn't know when to stop. Two stars because I wouldn't say DON'T READ THIS BOOK, but I will say CONSIDER CAREFULLY, Buyer Beware!!
I found the story uninteresting, to many wild changes and the original story line was uninteresting to begin with, the unnecessary and constant use of vulgar language was a series detractor in my opinion.
During the first half of the book, I wondered why I was so detached from the story and the imaginative world the author was trying to create. Finally I realized that the story was merely a vehicle the author was using to espouse his own philosophies and prove he is well read. The characters were created and hung upon his ideas, instead of springing from the story itself. It's a real shame too, the world could have been so fascinating. I did manage to finish the book, but only because I refused to give up and hoped for something to redeem the work. Unfortunately, it never happened.
A story that made any kind of sence, this was a lot of scatter brain stuff.
I have read several story's about the digital age and was expecting something to do with that this had not so much to do with the digital age as it did for total futuristic fantasy
the original description I read did not match the book in MHO