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The Ultimate Rush [Kindle Edition]

Joe Quirk
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The cult classic:
The Ultimate Rush
by Joe Quirk

San Francisco. Downhill. No brakes.

Chet Griffin, San Francisco's fastest rollerblading messenger, was given a simple assignment. But that delivery turned real deadly, real fast. Seems the package he was carrying contained a single computer disk-- worth a cool billion. On a routine run, one of Chet's co-workers gets murdered, the finger’s pointed at Chet, and he finds himself running for his life. Chet enlists the help of his skaterchick bisexual buddy and his superhacker roommate, and takes off across the city to track down the evidence he needs to bring down a financial Ponzi scheme that uncannily foretells our current crisis.

On a wild ride through SF's sloping streets and the twisted channels of cyberspace, Joe Quirk delivers a hip, sexy game of cat-and-mousepad that will leave you breathless.

This retro classic takes place in the nineties, before cell phones and ipods, when Google was still called BackRub, and beepers were cool.

“Exciting … a witty, skillfully paced action thriller.”
-- The New York Times Book Review

“Page-turner of the week!" -- People Magazine

“This book flat-out rocks .. some of the best action writing I've ever read.”
-- Chistopher Moore, author of Lamb and You Suck

"One of the best opening sequences of any novel I've read. A Gen-X novel with the crucial addition of a plot.”
-- Richmond Review


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

If you thought Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock on a bus was thrilling, wait until you meet Chet Griffin, the hero of Joe Quirk's first novel, The Ultimate Rush. Chet makes his living as the only rollerblading courier in San Francisco, a job that entails screaming down steep hills at high speeds; dodging automobiles, pedestrians, and streetcars; and delivering, among other things, highly illegal stock information all around town. Enter the Chinese Mafia who, for reasons we won't get into here, consider Griffin a threat; suddenly our hero-on-wheels is in mortal danger from more than just a traffic accident. Targeted by a gang of Chinese killers, Griffin and his girlfriend, Ho, careen through a series of high-speed chases and narrow escapes before finally turning the tables on their tormentors in a bloody, but highly original, finale. What makes The Ultimate Rush such a hoot is the way Quirk piles one thriller-genre cliché after another onto his plot, then puts his own quirky twist on them. Hackers, skateboarders, crooked cops, and Chinese assassins keep Chet and Ho hopping and the reader happily going along for the wild ride from first page to last.

From Publishers Weekly

Check out Chet Griffin! He's a tattooed, snake-owning, San Francisco-dwelling, way attitudinous dude! He works as a Rollerblade messenger by day and surfs the Internet as an outlaw computer hacker by night until his courier job?combined with his relentless pursuit of the ultimate adrenaline high?gets him mixed up in an illegal investment scheme. Soon the Chinese and Italian mafias, the police and the FCIC (Federal Computer Investigations Committee) are chasing him and his punk-rock girlfriend through the streets, the sewers and the public transportation system of his native city. Chet may be little more than an amalgam of Generation X stereotypes, and the contrived plot leans a little heavily on previous cyberthrillers like Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and extreme-sports action movies like Point Break, but Quirk knows how to keep an action plot twisting along, and his relentlessly bubbly, hip one-liners hit as often as they miss. Readers who don't mind MTV and ESPN2 cliches will enjoy the amusement park of a plot, a handful of engaging characters?particularly Chet's wheelchair-bound roommate?and some memorable wisecracks. Major ad/promo; author tour; audio rights to S&S.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vox Novus Press (September 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00433U5HS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensory Overload with Sugar on it February 14, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh my god, what a ride! The genius of what "Joe Quirk" has done is all the more amazing when you consider the fact that this book actually got published. I was beginning to think it was impossible to find a book by a contemporary author about characters other than the disillusioned middle and upper classes. As far as I know there has never been a book about this particular iteration of the nihilist fringe element in our society. The author doesn't let up on those of us who are unschooled in the jargon of "badass" bladers, skate boarders, etc. and I couldn't have been happier. READ it for its originality and for the love the author put into it even if you don't think you have anything in common with people with blue hair and pierced bodies. It has been a revelation. I could go on and on, this book excites me so, but I'll just try to chill and wait for Mr. Quirk's next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Read January 21, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, let's just accept the fact that, well, there are no facts in this book. Joe Quirk has admitted that he knows nothing about either inline skating or computer hacking and his writing backs him up on this. His mistakes are laughable, from his dearth of knowledge about the laws of physics to the fiberglass wheels he places on the bottoms of his character's skates (which would shatter under punishment of riding San Francisco's hills) to the impossible computer programs his characters write to his complete botch-up of the retail distribution methods of crack cocaine.
But you have to decide why you are reading this book. Is it to gain factual information regarding the underground life of messengers? I propose not. Is it to experience a realistic trip through cyberspace? I hope not. Or is it to take a breathtaking journey through the fictional San Francisco in Joe Quirk's mind? If that's your goal, then you will not be disappointed.
Upon reading the first three pages of "The Ultimate Rush", I was feeling likeI had been punched in the stomach. I was breathless, tense and shaking, as though I had shared Chet Griffin's ride to the Mission from on high. I have not read anything that gripping or funny since the first three pages of Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash".
Sadly, or perhaps fortunately, Quirk cannot maintain the adrenaline rush of his opening chapter (I say fortunately, because I would not have survived the novel at that opening pace), but he does settle into a rather nice little thriller, one that is chilling, amusing and exciting and just plain fun. I kept reading deep into the night, hoping to regain that cherry high of the opening. I wasn't disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Average Joe's Ultimate Rush September 21, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Haha...first lemme point out, I find my review title funny. Wow, I crack myself up. Anyhoo...this book, The Ultimate Rush, my friend Alicia and I read it and wow, did it give us something to gawk at or what. I'm still passing it around my circle of friends as well, who would all comment well on it. We find ourselves now using clever lines flourished from the author Joe Quirk's head, and refer to it even as the "Bible" on some occasions, considering we follow up on it for quirky lines and thanks to Ho, fashion statements. Not only has this book opened my eyes to more comedic and real-time thoughts, thanks to sarcastic lead character Chet Griffen, a hacker turned ex hacker turned blader boy hacker with some serious issues when it comes down to love life, making rent, and choosing television channels with his roommate and disabled buddy Denny. Not ONLY do things get worse when his lesbian friend Ho breaks up with her girl, and Chet realizes that he's got the hots for her, but also when this simple messenger guy becomes the hunted by the hunter, which not surprisingly turns out to be the Chinese mafia! I dunno about you, but this is simply one paragraph, and already I'm feeling the need to re-read the book for the hundredth time. Anyway, pick up the book...I got it for cheap because the boneheads that call themselves book critics can't tell the difference between shat and THE SHAT (I'll make it past tense so my review will be read), so spare a few bucks and give this excellent bundle of paper and ink a try, and trust me: You'll soon be left feeling the average Joe's ultimate rush.
Haha...I did it again. Go me. And go READERS and pick up the book already!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite the rush May 6, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are the type of person who doesn't like books that are not "realistic", then you shouldn't read this book, as the whole thing is really over the top. However, if you enjoy a ballistic plot, highly original characters and lots of fun and laughs along the way, then you should definitely read it. Chet is just an "ordinary" guy who gets accidentaly mixed up in a life and death struggle against the Cineese mafia, putting himself and his friends at risk. What follows is some fast and furious action that is fun but borders an the absurd at times. Eventually the battle moves to cyberspace, and another foe - MP Phred joins the mix. Somewhere along the line the plot gets muddled with too many bad guys and too much going on, but plows forward on sheer adrenalin. The characters are very original and there are lots of funny exchanges between them throughout. The writing style is very fresh and enthusiastic adding to the fun. So yes, it does have its flaws, many courtesy of its over-enthusiasum but it is also that same enthusiasum that makes for an exciting, fun, original experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The book "Premium Rush" was based on. Book is much, much...
I first read this book in the late 90s. Since then, it has been my favorite. I have read it at least half a dozen times and have gone through 4 copies. Read more
Published 23 months ago by LordOderus
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Lots of profanity and sex, but a fast-paced read. Better than the movie - premium rush! I'd recommend it, with some forewarning.
Published on December 8, 2012 by vkb3
5.0 out of 5 stars This book shook me
This book gave me fun, thrill, laughs and excitement. Definitely a good investment. I had an hard time understanding ALL of the slang 'cause I am not a native English speaker,... Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by Febs
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
It's too bad this book is out of print, and Joe Quirk didn't continue to write (at least as far as I know). Read more
Published on January 21, 2007 by B. Jett
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT a RUSH!
It's just killing me that Joe Quirk never finished his next book. I WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!! I could easily become addicted to his unique brand of quirky (Ha!)writing. Read more
Published on August 14, 2005 by D. A KENNEDY
4.0 out of 5 stars An Ultimate Listen!
This was a solid bit of thriller audio-fare. The main character is a hacking-addicted roller-blader who was caught when he was a Jeuvie, and now faces life without a machine. Read more
Published on June 16, 2003 by Jonathan Burgoine
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollin' over Reality...
Well, by now you got the idea, the plot. What I liked was the precision of the adjectives, the honesty of the sexual tension, the grit of the crashes, the nastiness of the... Read more
Published on January 13, 2002 by O Otvos
5.0 out of 5 stars A real rush
The ultimate rush is really a page turner. for a couple years this one is the first that made me feel riding a roller coaster while reading, no chance to put the book away once... Read more
Published on December 3, 2001 by Jager
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Fast
The Ultimate Rush is not serious literature. The author will never win a Nobel Prize for literature from this but it is a very fun book to read. Read more
Published on December 18, 2000 by Chris MB
5.0 out of 5 stars When is the next book on the way?
I have read Mr. Quirk's first novel and am eager for more. The book soothed my nerves and helped pass some time stuck in the airport. Read more
Published on December 14, 2000 by brian C
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More About the Author

Yes, I am both Joe Quirks.

People say the Joe Quirk who writes the science humor can't be the same Joe Quirk who writes the action/adventure fiction. How many Joe Quirks do you think there are? Both guys are me.

Fiction readers. Science readers. Please. I declare a truce between you. Stop accusing the other readers of confusing the two Joe Quirks. They are both me.

This is what happens when authors don't stick to their category. The professionals advised me: "You might want to change your name so you don't confuse and upset your readers." If I did that, I'd have to change my name every book. My marine mammal book is cute and kid-friendly. Yet my first novel drops the F-bomb so many times, I calculate that if I took out every curse word, the book would be 2/3 as long. I don't want to offend the readers of my curse book if they accidentally pick up my cute book. But I can't change my name every book.

It's time I came out of the closet. I am not only Joe Quirk, I am also the other Joe Quirk.

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