By: Chuck Wendig
Location: FIC WEN
Is this topical or what....?
scientific-based, propulsive narrative style of Michael Crichton with
the eerie atmosphere and conspiracy themes of The X-Files and the imaginative, speculative edge of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es
explores our deep-seated fears about government surveillance and
hacking in an inventive fast-paced novel sure to earn Chuck Wendig the
widespread acclaim he deserves.
rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an
old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go
to prison or help protect the United States, putting their brains and
skills to work for the government for one year.
But being a
white-hat doesn’t always mean you work for the good guys. The would-be
cyberspies discover that behind the scenes lurks a sinister NSA program,
an artificial intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an
evolution both dangerous and disturbing. And if it’s not brought down,
will soon be uncontrollable.
Can the hackers escape their federal
watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious creator? And what does
the government really want them to do? If they decide to turn the
tables, will their own secrets be exposed—and their lives erased like
lines of bad code?
“I neither like nor approve of this government.”
“But as you note, you are American. Which means this is your government
as much as it is mine.” “This government hasn’t been mine in a long
time.” One of those types. “You and I are going to have to differ on
that point. I say you live here, it’s your government. All the bells and
whistles. All the warts and wrinkles.”