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F2F [Paperback]

Phillip Finch
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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.

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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 But would it happen in real life? June 29 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The title got me curious, the opening got me hooked. I could not put this book down, even tho I had to, a couple of times. I wanted to tell all my friends about it...I frequent a chat room and a bulletin board so, because I wanted the people there to find out about this book, and thinking it would be a fun way of doing it, on 6/7/97 I posted the whole prologue (except for the last line), on one of the boards (there are nine rooms there) under the heading "A Warning", then posted a second bulletin under the heading "Reactions?" (which is the last line of the prologue) and in the body of the message I wrote: ..and so begins the new novel by Phillip Finch, entitled "f2f"...Anyone who uses a computer, a chat room and a bulletin board will really appreciated it... And on both of those bulletins, I used the name "Snowflake".. (Gee, I hope Mr. Finch is not going to sue me for that?)
Well, they sat there for a week and no response ! So I posted the same thing in another room and another week went by without any response. So I tried to wake the people up by posting under one of my own handles: "Has anyone clicked on the posts by Snowflake?"...again, no response ! Two nights ago (6/27/97) I reposted the whole thing all over in another room. Yesterday, one response: "Got up on the wrong side of the bed?"... Maybe there will be more! I tried to get in this morning: the server is down!!!!!!!!
Please tell Mr. Finch I really wanted to pass this book around but I was not very successful ! Personally, I loved it ! Best story I've read in a long time... As to the threat, would it work in real life? Did not seem to shake up those people where I post...
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Format:Paperback
If you are into great thrillers that you simply cannot put down then this is the book for you. The writing style of Finch is easy yet at the same time draws readers in like the proverbial spiders web for the fly - and he leaves you wanting more. Characters are well described as well as being believable and likeable (with the exception of the killer!) Readers will find that they simply cannot put the book down as they are lured into a world where anything and everything is possible through the touch of a finger on a keyboard. The reason why this book dosen't score the perfect 10/10 is that it is a tad unbelievable in parts. However do not let this deter you from reading as I belive that this new author has a better standard of writing that some of the so callled 'star' writers who have been around so long that they have become stale. I am looking forward to more work from this fresh writer
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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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Format:Hardcover
Today lives are incomplete without computers, but now lives are
threatened because of them. An intellect who abuses the power of technology
to kill the ones who don't take him seriously. An unremorseful stalker who makes death a
game with his victims, but he doesn't know that someone is watching him. This novel quickly
illustrates how vulnerable people make themselves towards others via the modem. Just when you thought
an alias and a change in a few expressions could hide your identity, your trapped in a game, and the
killer is the programmer.
Thrilling, captivating and contemporary. A must read to those suspense types that will most likely think
twice before sharing personal information over the computer.
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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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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 1 of Top 10 Audiobooks thus far !
Hello, Folks this is a great audiobook. Excellent, thrilling, gripping story. Wonderful sound effects. Jason Culp did a fantastic job as narrator. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars It could be real
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is real...Trust me...I can find you...
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 more
Published on Feb. 10 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best
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 more
Published on Feb. 7 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a book I would recommend to all my friends in the Net
Published on April 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate
Descriptions are quite accurate, like (the Verba server SUN Enterprise 1000, the device to see a remote monitor, both exists ). Read more
Published on May 19 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Its an original story. I like it very much.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The '1984' of cyberspace.
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 more
Published on Dec 5 1997 by R. Kaper
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! A hell of a read!
For those out there who have any interest in the Net and everything related to it, pick this up. And if you do, you won't look at your computer sceen the same again. Read more
Published on May 15 1997
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