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Spook country
William Gibson
Adult Fiction GIBSON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Robertson Dean's deep, soothing tones anchor this post-9/11 thriller, a follow-up to Pattern Recognition. Told from three third-person perspectives, the story concerns a journalist backed by a mysterious Belgian industrialist, a young Cuban-Chinese go-to guy from a secretive clan of criminals, and a junkie fluent in Russian, who get caught up in a search for a mysterious shipping container. Gibson reinvents the concept he made famous in his landmark SF novel, Neuromancer-i.e., cyberspace-creating a more nuanced and up-to-date relationship between the virtual and the real. For Gibson, the nature of the quest object is almost beside the point; it merely serves as a spark for a series of cleverly orchestrated confrontations and interesting meditations about the world and where it's headed. In a novel that's light on dialogue and heavy on narration and interior monologue, Dean doesn't need to create distinct, accented voices. He provides reflective calm for Gibson's musings, and clarity to detailed, complex action scenes. Although there are a few strange mispronunciations, this is, on the whole, a smooth, intelligent recording of an intriguing and gripping book. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, June 18). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The characters in Gibson's latest novel (after Pattern Recognition) live in the present, but the future is catching up to them faster than to the rest of us. Hollis Henry, the former lead singer of a cult rock band who has turned to journalism to make a living, gets an assignment from a mysterious magazine so new that it doesn't even exist yet. The story, about an underground art movement, leads her to investigate a mysterious shipping container whose unknown contents have attracted a Belgian billionaire, a family of Cuban spies, and the U.S. government. Thrown into the mix are such surreal details as Santer!a coexisting with sophisticated computer codes and instant messaging in a makeshift Cyrillic-not to mention a virtual giant squid. Part thriller, part spy novel, part speculative fiction, Gibson's provocative work is like nothing you have ever read before. Highly recommended for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/07.]-Jenne Bergstrom, San Diego Cty. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Tito
Male
Age: 20s
Cuban
Speaks fluent Russian; lives in one room in a warehouse.
Criminal

Hollis Henry
Female
Writing an article on virtual reality for a magazine that doesn't exist yet.
Journalist

Brown
Male
Searching for Tito.
Agent

Bobby Chombo
Male
Works for Global Positioning Software; refuses to sleep in the same place twice.
Special agent



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