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The action happens in the nearly derelict arena of our motorway system--an executive playground--since the lower orders can no longer afford petrol. Individual drivers or teams manoeuvre to run the opposition permanently off the road in a Mad Max frenzy, no mercy asked or given. At first, Faulkner has a black mark for taking a defeated opponent to hospital instead of finishing the kill. He won't make that mistake again. After all, the latest management status symbol is the exclusive Nemesis-10 handgun.
International business decisions are tough ("Regime change is our worst-case scenario"), and there's no longer any safe distance between boardroom decisions and blood on the streets. As a big deal with revolutionary South American factions goes badly wrong, both careers and lives are on the line. This deadly game still has some rules of conduct, but getting to the top means pushing the envelope. Faulkner pushes hard enough to make you wince.
With terminal stress on his marriage, his battered conscience, and his few friendships, our man seems doomed to become either a monster or a mutilated corpse. Company backstabbing intensifies; the stakes are higher with each new challenge. One chancy way out of the rat race is offered, but maybe it's possible to get addicted to living on the edge?
An ultra-black, ultra-violent and intensely depressing vision of 2049's amoral Masters of the World. Compulsive reading for the un-squeamish; you can almost hear Michael Moore saying "I told you so". --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
No, it's not Richard Morgan's best. But that's a pretty high bar. As always, there are some very interesting ideas. I enjoyed it.Published 2 months ago by John Andrews
After reading his first books (Altered carbon et al ) I was really looking forward to reading this. Wish I had not bothered; less of a work of fiction and more of a rant, I think... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P G Bulpin
While packed with slightly more graphic violence and multi-orgasmic sex than my usual reading matter, this book is absolutely gripping, both in its delineation of the collapse of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. W. P. Esq
Great concept for a novel. Scarily echoing certain areas of today's life. As with all of Richard Morgans Novels - ExcellentPublished 9 months ago by Hoss
I loved the dog eat dog corporate machinations in this book and the nihilistic vision of the near future. Read morePublished 16 months ago by G H Sargeant
Another interesting vision by Morgan. A violent drama in the future. Fast read and rather brutal...Anyway, readers of the "Altered Carbon" trilogy wont be dissapointed.Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by Whiskeyjack
Absolutely briliantly modern take on the cyberpunk genre, with action, betrayal and love interest aplenty.
Read it and see why.
Morgan wrote it in the 90ies - but one could imagine this being the outcome of the economic collapse and dominoe-effects we experience today - the man was lucky or a visionary -... Read morePublished on 9 April 2013 by M. Woischneck
Mad max meets the arbitrageur (Gordon Gekko alike) - grippingly told tale of an England split into the super rich, above the law and the poor - abandoned to rot in squalid shanty... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2013 by Duncan Howorth