- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 Jun. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099594315
- ISBN-13: 978-0099594314
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gridiron Paperback – 6 Jun 1996
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"England's answer to Michael Crichton" (Financial Times)
"I loved Gridiron. It is truly original disaster novel with a theme that is awesome" (Ruth Rendell)
"Brilliant thriller about a computerised building that turns into a killing machine" (Independent)
"Kerr paces the action, teases and controls... The novel is all the more powerful for being close enough to contemporary truth for this skillful writer to engender a real sense of horror... Severely frightening" (Frances Fyfield Daily Telegraph)
"Ingeniously gruesome... I found myself turning the pages in feverish anticipation" (The Times)
A Sunday Times bestseller, Gridiron is a dazzling thriller set in LA from ‘England’s answer to Michael Crichton’ (Financial Times)See all Product description
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All of his books are superb,especially the Bernie Gunther books.
This book unfortunately is not a good book.It could have been much better with very little adaptation.
I do not recommend that you read this book.
I give it two stars as I happen to be in a generous mood at the minute.
But when a virus compromises the main system just before the building’s grand opening, the computer locks a group of people inside and begins killing the characters one by one in a series of inventive and gruesome ways.
It’s kind of like Die Hard mixed with The Towering Inferno. Fun, dumb and fast.
Boy, did I get taken.
The writing in "The Grid" is awful, the characters two-dimensional (cold-hearted architectural genius, overweight programmer, tough cop, etc.), and the plot laughable---a kid's computer games get into the control system of a "smart" building, which then proceeds to kill people off one by one. I'd call it a second-rate pastiche of Crichton, except that even when he's writing badly (e.g. "Rising Sun"), Crichton does better than this. And while it might be a minor point to some people, it really irks me that Kerr keeps getting his technology wrong. If you know anything about computers, science, or architecture, you'll spot howlers on every second page.
If you're thinking of buying this book, don't; try Zencey's "Panama" instead.
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