Still, Cayce is her father's daughter, and the danger makes her stubborn. Win Pollard, ex-security expert, probably ex-CIA, took a taxi in the direction of the World Trade Center on September 11 one year ago, and is presumed dead. Win taught Cayce a bit about the way agents work. She is still numb at his loss, and, as much for him as for any other reason, she refuses to give up this newly weird job, which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia. With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film to its source, and in the process will learn something about her father's life and death.
©2003 William Gibson; (P)2004 Tantor Media, Inc.
"With incredibly evocative prose, Gibson masterfully captures the essence of a specific time and place and the often chaotic sense of disorientation experienced while globe hopping." (Booklist)
"William Gibson's new novel is so good it defies all the usual superlatives." (Seattle Times)
"Gibson's ability to hit the sweet spot of cutting-edge culture is uncanny." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Elegant, entrancing." (The New York Times Book Review)
Unlike some of the other reviewers to have given this one a single star, I stuck with the book, hoping that something would eventually develop. With about an hour left I started simply wishing for a twist or a shock. Nothing.
The mystery at the core of this story never materializes. Rather than sinister or mysterious, the solution turns out to be as blase as could have been imagined. The same with the question of the main character's missing father - tangentially referenced for hours but never participating in the story. Even the "cyber punk" seemed tedious and uninteresting.
In the end it seemed like this story was more transcribed diary entries than anything else, complete with all the boring bits that happen to you and me. If you like that sort of thing, a meandering story that leads nowhere, knock yourself out. I will not be recommending this one, however.
I've been a Gibson fan for years and once I got into this one it was very good. Gibson has an excellent command of language and a great eye for culture in mid-flux.
However, the choice of narrator is disappointing. Deadpan is fine for this novel, but she just sounds harsh, grating, and bored at times. The first three or four times I tried listening to this title I quit after a minute or two because the narration just couldn't hold my interest long enough for the story itself to take hold. Even Gibson himself is a much better narrator (if you've ever listened to Neuromancer) but I doubt many in the audiobook industry would agree.
This piece isn't really science fiction, though it is certainly high-tech stuff. But most of it actually could happen today. And the present-tense narration is smart and witty and moves along at just the right pace for a high-tech noir piece.
Sure, this isn't a Dirk Pitt novel or anything - here you will find depth and character and mystery that isn't always solved. You will find corporate marketing as a potentially evil force and that not everything on this earth is as one-dimensional as Danielle Steele.
Gibson is at the top of his game and provides a story more readable than his genre-defining Neuromancer. Great read, great narration, A+!
This was a horrible book. It lacked imagination, and rambled on and on. I suffered through the whole book and the ending just made it seem so pointless. Character developement was flat and 2d, so I didn't even care if there was a point to their story.
I had a friend who also bought this book and found it to be the same, he didn't even listen to the whole thing. If we had only in advance that we were both looking at it, might have saved some money.
More of interest to someone that is into all things Internet. Lots of insider terms. Not sure what the purpose was, but was glad at the end no one was dead.
I tried 3 different times to weed this this book and it was impossible. I'm a pretty patient person but there was so much flowery prose that I simply couldn't get into the story line. I love word games in prose, but this made the story line unrecognizable. One of the worst I've gotten from Audible. Word of advice: Don't waste your time!
I read a lot of espionage - thriller type books and I really didn't ever get into this book. I had forgotten the subject matter as I was listening on my iPod, and had to go back to Audible to find out what it was really about, and I had listened to 1/2 hour of the book. Can't recommend.
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