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A rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world’s most powerful technology and energy executives. But when a close brush with death reveals that the influence he wields makes him a target, impossible cracks appear in his perfect, richly appointed life.

Like everyone else, Dag relies on his digital feed for everything - a feed that is as personal as it is pervasive, and may not be as private as it seems. As he struggles to make sense of the dark forces closing in on him, he discovers that activists are hijacking the feed to manipulate markets and governments. Going public would destroy everything he’s worked so hard to build, but it’s not just Dag’s life on the line - a shadow war is coming, one that will secure humanity’s future or doom the planet to climate catastrophe. Ultimately, Dag must decide the price he’s willing to pay to change the world. 

©2018 Eliot Peper (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-20-18

This novel made me think!

On the positive side it made me think about if Google or Facebook could become the global political powerhouse that CommonWealth is in this novel. CommonWealth controls publicly available information to the point it is more powerful than any government and threatens to become the world government. The strongest part of the novel is the author's short afterward.

Bandwidth also made me think about:
1. How Audible could classify near-term political science fiction as suspense mystery/thriller.
2. How any listener could rate Bandwidth 4 star or 5 star.
3. How smart the author was to make Bandwidth free with Kindle Unlimited.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 05-01-18

What. A. Ride. Peper’s Best Yet!

Unless 10 other truly unbelievably good books are written this year – Bandwidth will make my top books of 2018 without blinking an eye. I’m a fan of Peper’s work – but this is on another level. Sure, there are some of the same players (just a few callbacks to companies and places) but the world that Peper created is one I don’t think I’ll ever forget. Just like the first time I read Jurassic Park – I’ll never forget Isla Nublar (even without the movies) – Bandwidth is set in a world that you can tell Peper took some time to craft and get just right.

The story follows a lobbyist as he tries to figure out just where he belongs. An orphan raised by the system (orphanage after orphanage) he has something to prove to the world and wants to make a name for himself at his new firm where he was just named partner. But things are as they seem when he stumbles across room 412. He doesn’t know who did it or how they pulled it off – but he needs to figure it out. This launched Dag into a world that he couldn’t believe existed and will force him to challenge everything he holds dear.

Where to start – as I stated above – the world building in Bandwidth is top notch. It’s a perfect near-future world that felt chillingly real. I can’t even get into any of the details because it will take away from the way that Peper builds each place and each even up. From the issues around Southern California to the event that causes him to become orphaned – Peper paints a terrifyingly real future that felt more fact than fiction.

The feed and its use within Bandwidth is also something that I can tell that Peper spent some time figuring out. Its just one of those “of course that’s where it’ll go” moments – but the way it is written about makes it feel so realistic I found myself both glad it’s not here yet and missing it.

P.J. Ochlan does a perfect job narrating this and really getting into the Dag character. As Dag develops on the pages you can feel Ochlan’s version of him morph with him. It was truly a stellar performance by a great narrator. He really helped bring Peper’s words to life.

Without giving much more away – Bandwidth is Peper’s best work to date. Easily one of those novels I’ll have a hard time moving on from.

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Don't go from space military to this...

Forced myself to endure this book. No highs or lows, needless details, and I would not consider any book with this narrator. Please listen to the sample and then picture 10 hours of the same thing.

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Good narration, boring story.

I downloaded this to listen to while driving and after about two hours had become quite disinterested in the plot. Gave it another try yesterday for an hour or so and, yep...still boring. I'm not going to try again.

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Poor writing style

I gave up after an hour of this. The story itself might be fine, but the overuse of florid adjectives and unnecessary analogies made it intolerable. The attempt at characterization of Dag also fell flat for me. The narrator was okay, though I was reminded overmuch of a radio announcer. Pass.

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  • Jodi
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 05-12-18

Failed to deliver

The brief sketch of this plot is a good one. However, the book never deliver on the promises suspense or intrigue. Instead there is a lot of detailed minutea that leads to no insight orcharacter development. Characters do and say things for no apparent reason (eg an unexplained trip to a toxic wasteland that in no way impacts the story). The story feels full of holes and moments that are meant to be suspenseful just fall flat. The characters feel disjointed and unrealistic, even at the end I did not feel like the mail character was someone I was interested in. I always try to finish book I start, I was glad when this one ended. I have not read this author before and I won't be doing so again.

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  • joan
  • YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States
  • 05-10-18

blah blah blah

Too much description and I found that I didn't care about any of the characters.

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worst book ever

the title says it all this is seriously the worst book I have ever gotten on Audible thankfully I only paid $2 for it or you wouldn't be reading this review I would have returned it it is seriously horrible save your money and your time

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Very well written plausible near-future fiction

I devoured this book, it drew me right in and kept me glued to my headphones. It is so easy to think that this is going to be our world before we know it.

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Narration is bad

Narration is boring--like a newscaster. The story was ok, but a chore to get through the book.