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F2F [Paperback]

Phillip Finch
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Oct. 23 1995
Agora is a computer network which allows users to communicate intimately without ever meeting or knowing each other's real identity. That is, until a psychopath killer computer expert finds a way of accessing personal details and embarks on picking his victims one by one.

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From Library Journal

Finch's Sugarland was lauded for its "plot, introspection...and disturbing insight" (LJ 9/1/91). F2F (i.e., "face to face") tells of a murderer who stalks an online community.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Gripping hi-tech computer thriller, smartly up-to-date and yet, at the same time, already dated by recent films like The Net and Michael Crichton's Disclosure. Finch (Paradise Junction, 1993, etc.), though, keeps up a fast pace and pours out an easily grasped flood of details as a San Francisco nut--motivated by little more than his inflated respect for the unimaginably powerful force (``this magnificent animal'') of the computer, trivialized by mere gameplayers and chatsters of the Internet--threatens computer folk less bright than himself. Christian Willem Hartmundt, a.k.a. Corwin Sturmer, has devised a devilishly complex game (TRY ME) that only true computer wizards can beat, and through it he sucks in victims. Masquerading as Snowflake, he first attracts people through postings in the Verba Interchange on the Net. Victim number one is found with his head skinned and a spike hole through his breast. The second is drenched with gasoline and burned alive in a garage. A woman is split open with a machete, and so on--all of which acts are videotaped by the villain. Meanwhile, Ellis Hoile (named after gamesmaster Hoyle?), a wizard known on Verba as Avatar, matches Snowflake and his ghastly game of TRY ME. Eillis has been recently divorced by filmmaker Kate Lavin, whom Snowflake has on his list of five or six cowlike future quarry. Also included is computer whiz Stephen Leviste, an adolescent whom Snowflake kidnaps and thrusts into a real version of his virtual reality maze. By now the visually juiced up reader knows he's in movie script, not just turning pages in a thriller. Ellis calls in the police, but Snowflake escapes and kidnaps Kate for a final game of TRY ME. Enter here to be F2F (face to face) with a champion trickster of the Net. (Film rights to Touchstone) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 1 of Top 10 Audiobooks thus far ! Jan. 12 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Hello, Folks this is a great audiobook. Excellent, thrilling, gripping story. Wonderful sound effects. Jason Culp did a fantastic job as narrator. I will listen to F2F many more times. I am going to try and obtain some of Phil Finch's other audiobooks if available. Get this audiobook, now !
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5.0 out of 5 stars It could be real Jan. 3 2002
Format:Hardcover
The worst part of this book is that it could be real, never let your children at the internet alone, and you have to take care of what are you saying on the net.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be able to put it down. April 30 2001
Format:Hardcover
Better than tape!
Once you log on the Net...anyone can find you! April 19, 2001 My father handed me this book becasue I was a "computer guy" and he thought I might enjoy it. (He would have given it 3 stars at most); but being as I am in computers...and you can do everything that is done in this book....I enjoyed it. Anyone who uses a computer, a chat room and a bulletin board will really appreciated it. The deaths are a little more gruesome than is required...but once you get pass that, the book keeps your attention.
It starts slow and picks up with every page. I could not put it down. I finished it on one day! This book is a thriller even up to the last page. A must read.... this is a thoroughly entertaining novel.
Note: I now turn off my computer at night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once you log on the Net...anyone can find you! April 19 2001
Format:Hardcover
My father handed me this book becasue I was a "computer guy" and he thought I might enjoy it. (He would have given it 3 stars at most); but being as I am in computers...and you can do everything that is done in this book....I enjoyed it. Anyone who uses a computer, a chat room and a bulletin board will really appreciated it. The deaths are a little more gruesome than is required...but once you get pass that, the book keeps your attention.
It starts slow and picks up with every page. I could not put it down. I finished it on one day! This book is a thriller even up to the last page. A must read.... this is a thoroughly entertaining novel.
Note: I now turn off my computer at night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is real...Trust me...I can find you... Feb. 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
You think you're safe out there in the net? You think your life is hidden behind a firewall? Dont make me laugh. This book is tremendous. I wont be discussing those two lamers, who left their poor marks for this book...Yes, fellaz, you'll die with NO STYLE. Beware...Pheer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best Feb. 7 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
F2F is simply great. My friend recommended this book to me and true to her words, I couldn't put it down once I've started reading it. What my friends and I liked about it is that it was about computers and the plot was great... a real thriller, esp. for us people on the net! The ending was quite abrupt though... any sequel?
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3.0 out of 5 stars middle was great; ending flat Aug. 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Halfway through this book (borrowed it from the library) I was set to give up on it. I thought the two murders were grotesque and gratuitous and the prose was a little too quiet for my tastes; then, when one of the characters stumbles on the existence of the murderer, the thing took off and I couldn't put it down. But then the ending happened: flat, nothing; I wanted more, a confrontation, dialogue between the villain and the characters. The ending was so abrupt. It's a maddening book. An entertaining read, yet devoid of style or craftmanship. Since I enjoyed it, I have to recommend it. It just could have been better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 21 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is a book I would recommend to all my friends in the Net
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