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Four decades ago, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family, fled to a wild and lonely mountainous corner of British Columbia to avoid the draft. Smuggling backpack loads of high-grade marijuana across the border into Northern Idaho, he quickly amassed an enormous and illegal fortune. With plenty of time and money to burn, he became addicted to an online fantasy game in which opposing factions battle for power and treasure in a vast cyber realm. Like many serious gamers, he began routinely purchasing virtual gold pieces and other desirables from Chinese gold farmers—young professional players in Asia who accumulated virtual weapons and armor to sell to busy American and European buyers.

For Richard, the game was the perfect opportunity to launder his aging hundred dollar bills and begin his own high-tech start up—a venture that has morphed into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Corporation 9592, with its own super successful online role-playing game, T’Rain. But the line between fantasy and reality becomes dangerously blurred when a young gold farmer accidently triggers a virtual war for dominance—and Richard is caught at the center.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rip-roaring race through computer hacking and guns, China and North America, virtual reality and terrorism.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “[Reamde] is, without a doubt, one of the smartest, fastest-moving, and most consistently enjoyable novels of the year.”

    Irish Examiner

  • Reamde combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A story that, despite its gargantuan heft, speeds along like a bullet train…The depth of the story, the attention to detail, the interlocking narratives, and fine characterizations mark Reamde as an immersive literary experience.”

    Pittsburgh Tribune

  • “Expertly crafted and often gorgeously written.”

    Boston Globe

  • Reamde is an entertainment, an enormous, giddily complex one. There’s no telling what Stephenson might be planning for his next novel, but now’s the time to dive into a first-rate intellectual thriller without fear of being overwhelmed by its virtuosity.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Stephenson…delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Noir futurist Stephenson returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller…Who’ll prevail? We don’t know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson’s knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of satisfying mayhem.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “There’s an intellectual pill buried deep in Mr. Stephenson’s narrative candy, one powerful enough that he deserves to be classified as a major national and international resource.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “In less masterful hands, this pile-up of implausible coincidences, madcap romance, technological mayhem, and nail-biting suspense might have been a train wreck, but Stephenson pulls it off. Reamde has one of the most satisfyingly over-the-top endings of anything I’ve read in years.”

    Washington Post

  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction: Thrillers
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, September 2011
  • A 2012 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roland Elferink | 2/16/2014

    " Another great novel from Neal and again, quite a different storyline to his past novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonathan Booth | 1/29/2014

    " Just finished Reamde. 1,042 pages of fantastic fiction. Why oh why hasn't this been made into a film? If you want computer geekery, shootemup adventure, spy thriller, or anti-terror tales they are all in this book. Go out and buy it now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gert-Jan | 1/16/2014

    " This one started off in a very promising way. But, ultimately, I was disappointed, because there was no real depth to the story. Definitely not as good as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age or the Baroque Cycle "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sabina Gellrich | 12/31/2013

    " big action romp. I would have liked it better had I been more interested in on-line gaming and hackers. "

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