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Zenith Angle, the (2004) [Novel]
by Bruce Sterling Rating: Weighted - 6.1 / Average - 5.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Infowar. Cybercombat. Digital security and techno-terror. It’s how nations and networks secretly battle, now and into the future. And for Derek “Van” Vandeveer, pioneering computer wizard, a new cyberwarrior career begins on the fateful day of September 11, 2001.

Happily married with a new baby, pulling down mind-blowing money as a VP of research and development for a booming Internet company, Van has been living extra-large. Then the devastating attacks on America change everything. And Van must decide if he’s willing to use the talents that built his perfect world in order to defend it.

“It’s our networks versus their death cult,” says the government operative who recruits Van as the key member of an ultra-elite federal computer security team. In a matter of days, Van has traded his cushy life inside the dot-com bubble for the labyrinthine trenches of the Washington intelligence community – where rival agencies must grudgingly abandon decades of distrust and infighting to join forces against chilling new threats. Van’s special genius is needed to make the country’s defense systems hacker-proof. And if he makes headway there, he’ll find himself troubleshooting ultra-secret spy satellites.

America’s most powerful and crucial “eye in the sky,” the KH-13 satellite – capable of detecting terrorist hotbeds worldwide with pinpoint accuracy – is perilously close to becoming an orbiting billion-dollar boondoggle, unless Van can debug the glitch that’s knocked it out of commission. Little does he suspect that the problem has nothing at all to do with software… and that what’s really wrong with the KH-13 will force Van to make the unlikely leap from scientist to spy, team up with a ruthlessly resourceful ex-Special Forces commando, and root out an unknown enemy… one with access to an undreamed-of weapon of untold destructive power.

Original title: The Zenith Angle
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionAdventureSpy/Espionage
FictionScience FictionTechnologyComputers, Automation, Artificial Intelligence

Edition #1: Zenith Angle, the

Zenith Angle, the (2004)
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Language: English

  • "A darkly comic fable of info-war, the black budget, uber-geek idealism and the politics of Homeland Insecurity. Sterling's grasp of the surfaces of contemporary reality is deftly prehensile; his understanding of what underlies those surfaces is both compelling and important." William Gibson
  • "Vibrates with fantastic in-jokes and insights . . . rockets along like a hijacked airliner heading straight at you, like a flash-worm compromising every unpatched Windows box on the net at once. Lots of books are called "thrillers" but very few are this thrilling." Cory Doctorow
  • "A Catch-22 for the slashdot generation: a wry, cynical, informed peek at the paranoid world of the post-9/11 cyberspookerati. Buy it, read it, be very afraid." Charles Stross
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ISBN: 0345460618

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