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Acts of the Apostles (Mind Over Matter Series) Paperback – November 17, 1999
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I actually got scared reading this book and had to put it down for a while before I could return to it and keep reading. There was enough reality mixed with enough convincing story telling to cause me to doubt that this couldn't be real. This is a technothriller and as a reader I was given an experience well beyond the value of the book.
This is a novel that rewards you for knowing what tech culture was like in the 90's, and if you don't know you'll get a glimpse of what it was like before it became geek chic and popular. There are big name corporations that can be recognized by their description and campus locations, though the names have been changed. Most or all of the location settings are real, written with enough detail and accuracy to follow along if you are familiar with the areas.
The characters are developed with care and depth, not tropes. You'll grow attached to them as you follow them along their separate story lines and reach out for them to be careful when the tension builds up and the action sweeps in. You may find yourself caring for them, and even crying for them, as there is humanity written in to them. I feel like I have worked with some of these people before, they are "real" to the point of making me wonder if I actually have worked with source material for these characters.
After I finished reading Acts I find I'm still asking myself if I thought it was a happy ending or not, and that is the most startling and disturbing thing I can think of as a reader. And I want to make it clear: I see this is a powerful experience!Read more ›
I enjoyed the character development the most. The protagonist is a wonderfully fallible Everyman. Some of the other characters are recognizably based on real players in the computer industry. Some of those players will probably recognize themselves, and more than a few oversensitive Silicon Valley noses may be left a bit out of joint. The primary bad guy is a brutal pastiche of the least pleasant traits of the CEOs of several major Silicon Valley heavy-hitter firms, with an extra dollop of attitude, and a couple tabs of the brown acid left over from Woodstock folded in just for spice!
Bottom line: I liked it, and I finished it in two sittings. It feels like what might have resulted if Tom Clancy had decided to write "Soul of a New Machine", but base it in a somewhat maleveolent parallel universe. You don't have to have worked in the high-tech industry or be a conspiracy theory addict to get into this one.
On the technical side, it is every bit as software and hardware aware as Soul of a New Machine, as fascinating as any computer techno-thriller written by anyone to date, but with a literary punch and authority that out shines most mystery or legal genres and much that passes for literary mainstream. Sundman cannot be dismissed as either a shallow techno-geek or an ivory tower aesthete, because as this novel demonstrates, the range of his intellect and sensibilities has it all covered.
Dramatic and finely tuned, this witty and insider-savvy roman a'clef narrative cuts a devastating swath through high tech industry, from silicon valley to the East Coast, sparing no one from Bill Gates on down. Acts is nothing less than a work of genius. The range of insights and arcane technical knowledge that pervade and inform the high-stakes international plot are balanced by a command of culture from Sunnyvale to Basel. Sundman's facile command of human relationships blows away once and for all the image of the technophile as a two-dimensional drone bounded by a finite memory-map of gadgetry.Read more ›
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An excellent sci-fi/techno thriller. Full of action, believable hacking, a villain so despicable you'll seeth at his every word. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Stuart
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Favorable comparisons with Tom Clancy are a good shorthand for this book: the plot is firmly rooted in science (current at the time of writing, and hanging in there to this day),... Read morePublished 17 months ago by i_am_tooch
This is the first book in the Mind Over Matter series (a 3 book series). An amazing read it is! Kind of a cross between William Gibson's Neuromancer and George Orwell's 1984. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andy Strain
Not the best of reads. Gets boring at lot of places. Definitely not a page turner. While the concept is good, a poor conversion of the concept into a novel.Published 22 months ago by Vishruth Madhav
As an ardent bibliophile and fan of Hoftstadter, James Joyce, Umberto Eco, Andre Breton, and the like, I really enjoyed this novel. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Matthew Carpenter