From Publishers Weekly
Though deeply derivative of William Gibson's cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, Giller's action-packed debut has cinematic crackle and a crisp pace despite its dense exposition. The titular high-tech cowboy, Cray Alden, is caught in guerrilla warfare between the Collective, the corporate world government, and an opposition group of fanatical Luddites known as the Inru, who are hell-bent on stopping the advance of science and technology. Giller throws the standard cyberpunk elements-recreational designer drugs, surgically enhanced assassins and direct interface with the matrix-into the mix of his dystopian world, in which wired individuals called runners carry information illegally obtained by the hammerjacks, selling it to the highest bidder. Cray works for the CSS (Corporate Special Services, the Collective's CIA) under the supervision of the dangerous and inscrutable Phao Yin. After Cray botches the capture of a runner named Zoe, who carried blueprints for a technological innovation that could tip the global balance of power, he's sent on a global odyssey, teaming up with beautiful maverick Lea Prism and facing down the lethal Inru agent Avalon. Giller's brave new world consistently entertains and may provide a solid foundation for a series. Agent, Kimberly Cameron.
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In a future society of virtual reality junkies and increasingly sophisticated computer technology, a hammerjack is a savvy superhacker capable of siphoning secrets from the most heavily protected corporate networks. Cray Alden is a former hammerjack turned investigator for a multicorporate entity known as the Collective, and his targets are his former partners in crime. After a hazardous assignment in which he nearly loses his life to a genetically enhanced female felon, Cray stumbles on a plot to unleash a biological supercomputer that will shift the balance of power from man to machine. Improbably hatched by a fanatical antitech cult, the scheme will be foiled only if Cray can track down and join forces with a notorious hammerjack who has become his most elusive target. Giller's debut hits all the right chords for genre success: breakneck action, high-tech inventiveness, and a compelling protagonist in the hard-boiled hacker-gumshoe Cray. A winning blend of crime novel motifs and computer technology makes it must reading for fans of cyberpunk and detective fiction alike. Carl HaysCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved