Written under the nom de plume of Stephen Bury, this excellent black comedy blends bio-tech with political puppet mastery in a very unnerving manner.
The author has written a compelling storyline that spins a fresh perspective on the usual conspiracy theory, and if you like your future-tech sprinkled with a generious measure of political intrigue, then this will most certainly satisfy.
The main character actually reminded me a lot of Sargeant Bobby Shaftoe, the morphine-dependant marine from Cryptonomicon - another Stephenson classic.
It follows the fate of a Governor in mid-western America afflicted by a stroke and the people around him who are bent on controlling him for their own ends.
Think political Big Brother, but without the fame-obsessed residents, think Tony Blair with a game controller interface implant patched straight into your own tv.
This book is a must for all cyberpunk afficionados who are looking for something a bit more down to earth. You should also take the time to track down the excellent 'Cobweb' which is the other Stephen Bury masterpiece.