- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312969023
- ISBN-13: 978-0312969028
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,393,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ultimate Rush Mass Market Paperback – October, 1999
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Haha...I did it again. Go me. And go READERS and pick up the book already!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun stuff, especially for anyone who "grew up" in the '90s. I think I saw Ho's band play in The City back then. In fact, I think I saw a couple dozen of them.Published 19 months ago by Dean Du Pont
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 morePublished on January 14, 2013 by LordOderus
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
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 morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Febs
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 morePublished on January 21, 2007 by B. Jett
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 morePublished on August 14, 2005 by D. A KENNEDY
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 morePublished on June 16, 2003 by Jonathan Burgoine
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 morePublished on January 13, 2002 by O Otvos
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 morePublished on December 3, 2001 by Jager