If you enjoyed Stephenson in Snow Crash best, especially the action scenes, this might be for you. If you enjoyed Cryptonomicon or Anathem, especially for the ideas, this is not going to satisfy you. Too little original ideas, too much action. After the first 50 pages of the first shootout, I realized I was bored and quickly turned the next 50 pages to find the shootout was finally almost over and I do not think I missed much. Some folks were still alive, the ones not mentioned any more I guess were shot or blown up or eaten by cougars, but I did not care about them anyway.
I commend Stephenson for his research, though. As someone from Hungary, I even found Csongor's background story more or less believeable. Pronounce "Cs" as "Ch" in children.
I read Cryptonomicon, Anathem, and even the Baroque Cycle twice. As I will not re-read this, can someone please tell me, was the poor chopper pilot finally saved?