Milwaukee, WI, United States | Member Since 2007
Amazing, if amazingly paranoid, view of modern life in today's industrialized world, where no amount of surveillance is too much and only a few people seem to care. After all, they're only wiretapping the bad people, right? Those chips in my passport are for my own good, those facial recognition programs that can reduce my face to an algorithm will only be used to find terrorists, and those datamining programs that can analyze all my credit purchases will only be used to send me coupons. No, it's not a clever amalgamation of all of Dick Cheney's wet dreams. According to the author (who lives off the grid) all the tech in the novel is already in use or is in development. Melding this real-life information with a page-turner plot of brother against brother, a deadly female bodyguard, and even davinci-esque ancient societies struggling across the ages to hide their secrets, JXIIH has created a highly compelling novel that really made me think about how much of my privacy I have given away to The Great Machine. Can't wait to read the next installment. Note: I listened to this book (unabridged) as read by Scott Brick who did a fantastic job.
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