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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.
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.See all Product Description
Hello, Folks this is a great audiobook. Excellent, thrilling, gripping story. Wonderful sound effects. Jason Culp did a fantastic job as narrator. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003
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.Published on Jan. 3 2002 by Jorge Frid
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2000
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000
Descriptions are quite accurate, like (the Verba server SUN Enterprise 1000, the device to see a remote monitor, both exists ). Read morePublished on May 19 1998
Es sobre un asesino que chatea en un lugar llamado Verba y luego se ven cara a cara con las personas y los mata.Published on April 24 1998
Philip Finch put together all that makes a book a classic. F2F is terryfying like a good Stephen King, it's technically correct like the better works of Michael Chrichton and most... Read morePublished on Dec 5 1997 by R. Kaper