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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,508 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Gibson, Shelly Frasier Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce’s client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there’s more to this project than she had expected.

But 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2004 Locus Award Nominee
  • A 2004 Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shawn Roberts | 2/1/2014

    " Science Fiction is not my normal bailiwick. This book was tightly written, but the discursive reality of genre fiction is just not my thing. If you like Minority Report, this will be up your alley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 1/14/2014

    " I picked this book up at the library because I felt like reading something a little more challenging than some of my recent books. This did challenge me more; I was even lost occasionally (but I question if that had more to do with the writing than my personal deficiencies). The biggest drawback of the book was that it took a very long time to get going--I didn't feel like there was much plot in the first 100 pages or so. The author (Gibson) used the opening of the book to lay a groundwork examination of marketing and globalization. I almost gave up, but when the plot finally took off, I was hooked and enjoyed it thoroughly. Personally I think Gibson could have done a better job of integrating his social commentary throughout the plot so the beginning wasn't so slow. A highlight of the book is the heroine, Cayce Pollard, who is smart, strong, interesting, and flawed enough to be personable. I also really appreciated how well Gibson wrote about the different cities that the book is set in. He conveyed the unique nuances of Tokyo just as I remember them, and because he did such a good job with Tokyo, I felt like I could trust his descriptions of London and Moscow even though I have not been to those cities. In summary, an interesting book examining the role of marketing and globalization in a post-9/11 world that has enough elements of a classic Russian spy novel to keep it suspenseful. Content warning: a smattering of strong language here and there, but generally a clean read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deanna | 1/13/2014

    " I can barely remember this book now, but I remember I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alistair | 1/3/2014

    " This is not the usual plot line for a Gibson story. I was suprised that I actually read it. But Gibson story is well written and there is enough character depth to keep you interested. "

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