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Posted on 14 Jul 2014 20:24:42 BDT
Chris says:
I'm wondering if Otherland by Tad Williams fits the bill. Definitely techno, but possibly not thriller enough. It has a conspiracy and a killer, so maybe it qualifies.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 16:57:08 BDT
I love submarines (and other warships). I will look in that direction. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 16:44:18 BDT
Thank you. I bought both to see how I like them.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 16:16:07 BDT
sean duffy says:
There's a whole genre of techno thrillers in the submarine 'field', as it were. Jeff Edwards is very underrated.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 15:54:34 BDT
I recommend this one a lot but have a look at "Daemon", by Daniel Suarez, in which an expert system (they repeatedly make the point that it's NOT an AI) makes a plausible stab at changing (but not exactly taking over) the world. The story is concluded in "Freedom TM".

Posted on 13 Jul 2014 16:54:30 BDT
Thank you to all who (constructively) contributed to this forum thus far.

I would like to ask my version of the question: I am interested in techno-thrillers (including sci-fi) that have a lot of emphasis on technology, whether currently existing (e.g., the sonar et al. in Hunt for Red October) or futuristic (I'm having a senior moment about the series based on using an exotic military bomber, but I was disappointed to discover that the author's earliest books in the series were not available on Kindle last time I looked).

Thank you for any thoughts !

--Doug

Posted on 30 Nov 2012 12:16:25 GMT
A. Winkworth says:
I'm assuming that you are all familiar with William Gibson's books. Although written several years ago Neuromancer is by far the most prescient of the cyber thriller type books. I would also recommend Jeffery Deaver's The Blue Room.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2012 13:56:50 GMT
Heide Goody says:
I'm going to second that vote for Tom Aston's The Machine. A brilliant read.

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 19:09:14 GMT
A. van D. says:
The discussion seems to have died a natural death... shame.:)

I agree with Anita and M.Jolliff. IMO, the very term techno thriller suggests new technologies or near-future settings.

There's a Russian military SF author who's recently had an action techno thriller published in English. This is more on the tough-guy side but overall, I quite liked it. Memoria. A Corporation of Lies (a sci-fi thriller).

I'll have a look at those M.Jolliff and Anita mentioned, they sound like good stuff. Thanks!

Posted on 6 Oct 2012 14:00:55 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
And how could I forget Zodiac, very good eco-thriller

Posted on 6 Oct 2012 13:23:10 BDT
Carl B. says:
I really enjoyed a couple of John Birmingham books earlier this year. Read the first two of the Axis of Time trilogy, WEAPONS OF CHIOCE and DESIGNATED TARGETS. Seriously good techno thrillers, and I think very original. :)

Posted on 6 Oct 2012 11:27:57 BDT
Ree Der says:
Try Ian Hocking's books:
Déjà Vu (The Saskia Brandt Series Book One)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 21:29:35 BDT
gille liath says:
That's good, never too late to learn new words.

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 16:15:36 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
Reamde or Interface
Halting State and Rule 34
All good near future techno thrillers

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 14:34:47 BDT
Steve says:
I completely agree about looking for thrillers which are a bit different from the hard-bitten detective (always divorced) or the Special Forces bad-ass. Even the Scandinavian writers like Nesbo are still conforming with these types.

Michael Crichton for me was always a fantastic read, and definitely techno. His books are NOT character based, they are idea based. I disagree about Micro however. It has to be his worst book. Prey and State of Fear are the best.

Robert Harris usually gives us something a bit different, especially with The Ghost. Again, his latest (Fear Index) is weak.

The nearest I have come to your spec of social media, Arab spring etc is The Machine by Tom Aston, which is based in China. He's a Julian Assange type guy (but cooler!) who uses his leaks site and blog throughout. The characters and the plot are genuinely different. There are some very cool techno ideas and themes in there, but also references to Chinese history and even poetry. The Machine (An Ethan Stone Thriller)

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 13:40:45 BDT
Anita says:
Anyway - why I mentioned science fiction - I think the Takeshi Kovacs novels by Richard Morgan might appeal, but if not, just skip this post.

Altered Carbon (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Broken Angels (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Woken Furies (GOLLANCZ S.F.)

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 13:16:41 BDT
Ethereal says:
That's what comes of rushing before leaving the house, slapped wrists!

My meaning is clear though.

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 10:06:30 BDT
My apologies for the keyboard warrior infantile rants, but i do believe M.O.D. fits the criteria. I purchased this book sometime ago and left a review on the authors bookpage. It is there to for all to see.

Thank You.
(I can hear the scratch of tiny clawed feet already, Lol.

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 10:00:00 BDT
Just a few wasted seconds to ask, what gives you the right to tell people who buy books that they they cannot offer a review.

Childish? indeed you are.
Preeeesumptious? you couldn't spell the word never less know the meaning.

Goodbye, don't respond, i have just discovered what IGNORE means.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 09:19:19 BDT
Ethereal says:
"No one has the slightest interest in you or your childish views throughout these forums."

Presumptious.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 09:02:53 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
I wonder to which childish views Roy refers. Could it be the hopelessly immature notion that it's wrong for people to abuse Amazon's hospitality (and fellow writers and customers) by self-promoting their books against forum rules? Or is it the infantile concept that people who practice deceit with phoney posts and reviews should be exposed? If it is childish to try and restore some integrity to the world of publishing (however futile such efforts may prove to be) then please accept my application to join the forum kindergarten!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2012 23:44:17 BDT
Miss M says:
Hmm, the techno part is hard...for smart young hero(ine) I'd recommend Stella Rimington's Liz Carlyle, she works counter-terrorism:
At Risk

Posted on 4 Oct 2012 22:38:15 BDT
Anita says:
IM - sorry for off topic, just wanted to ask: if you are up to "techno", do you read any science fiction?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2012 21:56:49 BDT
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Anita says:
Dear Ray, have you forgotten you have me on ignore?

EDIT: and if not, where have you seen my faded, or any other at that, photograph? Just curious

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2012 21:40:32 BDT
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