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Halting State [Hardcover]

Charles Stross
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Oct. 2 2007
In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates, a dot-com startup company that's just been floated on the London stock exchange. The suspects are a band of marauding orcs, with a dragon in tow for fire support, and the bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four. For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But she soon realizes that the virtual world may have a devastating effect in the real one-and that someone is about to launch an attack upon both...

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Starred Review. This brilliantly conceived techno-crime thriller spreads a black humor frosting over the grim prospect of the year 2012, when China, India and the European System are struggling for world economic domination in an infowar, and the U.S. faces bankruptcy over its failing infrastructure. Sgt. Sue Smith of Edinburgh's finest, London insurance accountant Elaine Barnaby and hapless secret-ridden programmer Jack Reed peel back layer after layer of a scheme to siphon vast assets from Hayek Associates, a firm whose tentacles spread into international economies. The theft is routed through Avalon Four, a virtual reality world complete with supposedly robbery-proof banks. As an electronic intelligence agency trains innocent gamers to do its dirty work, Elaine sets Jack to catch the poacher. Hugo-winner Stross (Glasshouse) creates a deeply immersive story, writing all three perspectives in the authoritative second-person style of video game instructions and gleefully spiking the intrigue with virtual Orcs, dragons and swordplay. The effortless transformation of today's technological frustrations into tomorrow's nightmare realities is all too real for comfort. (Oct.)
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'A great read, and a fascinating look at the future of security in a massively networked world.' Bruce Schneier, CTO, BT Counterpane 'The first couple of pages had me hooked, and I didn't touch another book until I finished it.' John Carmack, Technical Director, iD Software and creator of Doom and Quake 'As keenly observant of our emergent society as it is our emergent technologies, Halting State is one extremely smart species of fun.' William Gibson

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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love the principal character in this series. The Scot detective has potential, and Charles Stross makes much of it. Although I don't always have a reference point for the colloquialisms and some of what I think are local references, the story ticks along nicely, and I am very much looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't continue July 31 2013
By Matt
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This book looked very promising, with a captivating synopsis. I couldn't bring myself to read on past the 4th chapter, the writing style feels a little all over the place, and the paragraphs feel like they just drag on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good price, kinda hooked after the first couple Aug. 24 2014
By andrew
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arrived quickly, good price, kinda hooked after the first couple pages
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