Cruising Boston Harbor with lab tests and scuba gear, S. T. rides in with the ecosystem cavalry on his 40-horsepower Zodiac raft. His job of tracking down poisonous runoff and embarrassing the powerful corporations who caused them becomes more sticky than usual; run-ins with a gang of satanic rock fans, a deranged geneticist, and a mysterious PCB contamination that may or may not be man-made--plus a falling-out with his competent ("I adore stress") girlfriend--all complicate his mission.
Stephenson/S. T.'s irreverent, facetious, esprit-filled voice make this near-future tale a joy to read.
Strong central plotline, good, if somewhat stereotypical characters and decent pace. Not as much of a thinking book as Anathem, Reamde, or the quicksilver collection, but enjoyable... Read morePublished 27 days ago by P. Golds
This is actually my favorite Stephenson book. As a writer, his curse is usually that he lets the plot go spiraling wildly out of control. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Dave Stagner
This book was utterly captivating. In addition to excellent character and plot development, Stephenson does an amazing job relating to people who have lived in Boston and capturing... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by "sublmnl40"
Set in Boston this thriller centres on the exploits of the oddly monikered Sangamon Taylor aka The Toxic Spiderman. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003 by Matthew Wharton
I was a little hesitant to read this book, afraid I'd have ecological evangelism pushed down my throat, but it wasn't like that at all. Read morePublished on May 28 2003 by owookiee
I am a big Stephenson fan after having read Diamond Age, Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon, but I was a bit hesitant to pick up Zodiac after I heard some mediocre reviews by other... Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by mhnstr
Interesting discussion of the problems inherent in the US environmental policies and the dangers of technology when it comes to the environment. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2002 by "adamhir"
Read this a year or so ago. Great fun to read but
as I recall there were some slow spots within it
that kept me from giving it 5 stars. Read more