Westminister, MD, United States | Member Since 2004
Seriously! Spend the CREDIT!
This story line is like watching a Ballroom Dancer doing the Foxtrot. Sometimes the plot change footwork is so fast you have to back it up to make sure you caught it.
BACK it up! It is worth it! I cannot recommend this one enough.
The main character, Richard Forthrast, is very human and normal, for a guy in 1972. He just wants to be able to live his own way and make a living like everyone else. Over the years, stuff just happens to him and his friends, and family and strangers… Somehow, the characters are all brought into the plot as if they were the other dancers spinning and dancing with Richard, unknown to each other until they spin together, picking up partners, switching plot lines, blowing up buildings by accident.
Ok, yes, this has a Virtual Game plot twist. But do not let that possible little miss-direction of the description fool you. This is a reality based mystery-action 3-D book with great heroes and villains who are not as in-human as they seem at first, well not all of them anyway. There are enough computer geeks for all and lots of flying in airplanes, hijacking boats, and escapes by foot.
This book is adult themed and has lots of cool fight scenes, stolen money, bad guys, miss-communications, multiple languages, guns, cultural shifts of view, exotic locations, all the stuff that makes Neal Stephenson so very clever and interesting to read. I promise, if you like smart, funny, fast paced, but not easily solved or resolved story lines, you will enjoy this one.
The book was really well read by Malcom Hillgartner. I can honestly say it was a pleasure to listen to his characterizations. They were an addition to the prose.
Sequel to this one - please?
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