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Tito is in his early 20s. Born in Cuba, he speaks fluent Russian, lives in one room in a NoLita warehouse, and does delicate jobs involving information transfer.

Hollis Henry is an investigative journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Node. Node doesn't exist yet, which is fine; she's used to that. But it seems to be actively blocking the kind of buzz that magazines normally cultivate before they start up. Really actively blocking it. It's odd, even a little scary, if Hollis lets herself think about it much - which she doesn't. She can't afford to.

Milgrim is a junkie. A high-end junkie, hooked on prescription antianxiety drugs. Milgrim figures he wouldn't survive 24 hours if Brown, the mystery man who saved him from a misunderstanding with his dealer, ever stopped supplying those little bubble packs. What exactly Brown is up to Milgrim can't say, but it seems to be military in nature. At least, Milgrim's very nuanced Russian would seem to be a big part of it, as would breaking into locked rooms.

Bobby Chombo is a "producer" and an enigma. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for manufacturers of military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry has been told to find him.

©2007 William Gibson; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Gibson's fine ninth novel offers startling insights into our paranoid and often fragmented, postmodern world....Compelling characters and crisp action sequences, plus the author's trademark metaphoric language, help make this one of Gibson's best." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Paul
  • Shelton, WA, USA
  • 08-28-07


I'm in complete agreement with Cindy. Nowhere in the first three plus hours have I recognized anything remotely akin to a plot. From the very first sentence, I've been trying to get involved with someone in this dis-jointed amalgam of characters and have been thwarted at each chapters end. This may be the worst piece of writing I have ever laid down good money for. Just glad to see SOMEONE can put a value on it ! Though I hasten to think some people have too much spare reading time on their hands.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cindy
  • victoria, BC, Canada
  • 08-27-07


Could not even get past 2 hours of this book, wishy washy, story line ALL over the place, don't recommend at all.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Hunter
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 02-17-08

Boring story, bad direction

This is certainly not Gibson at his best. I found the story boring, really. It meandered all over the place and eventually went nowhere of importance. The ending was a huge let down. I felt it was a waste of time and money.

And what the hell is with audio directors these days? This is the second book I've listened to in the past two months that had mispronunciations all over the place. I can't totally fault the narrator as they're just actors who are reading the text of someone else and may not be familiar with all the words/terms. So all I can say is that the director must've not actually been there in the studio when it was recorded.

I mean, who in the last 20 years would not know that Adidas should be pronounced "uh-DEED-uhs" and not "AHH-deed-dahs"?

Skip this one and find something more intriguing to spend your time with.

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  • Evan
  • 10-04-07

not great

had a very hard time paying attention. not what i hoped for. i felt like i had just listened to next by crighton, also a bad book

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The many spooks

There are multiple characters and scenarios going on in the start of this book. At first it is a bit difficult to discern all the weird happenings and there relationship to each other. Yet, the author slowly brings all of the characters closer and closer together until they all meet, in a way near the end. If anything the end is kind of anticlimactic considering the trouble the author goes to to weave his sterling web.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful