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#CBR4 Maneuver #21 – REAMDE

Target: Neal Stephenson’s REAMDE

Profile: Fiction, Political Thriller, Suspense?

Summary: From the back of the book, “The black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, former draft dodger and successful marijuana smuggler Richard Forthrast amassed a small fortune over the years – and then increased in a thousandfold when he created T’Rain.  A massive, multibillion-dollar, multiplayer online role-playing game, T’Rain now has millions of obsessed fans from the U.S. to China.  But a small group of ingenious Asian hackers has just unleashed REAMDE – a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom – which has unwittingly triggered a war that’s creating chaos not only in the virtual universe but in the real one as well.  Its repercussions will be felt all around the globe – setting in motion a devastating series of events involving Russian mobsters, computer geeks, secret agents, and Islamic terrorists – with Forthrast standing at ground zero and his loved ones caught in the crossfire.”

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CBRIII Maneuver #30 – P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

Target: James Kirkwood Jr.’s P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

Profile: Fiction, Absurdism, Black Comedy

Summary: From “It’s New Year’s Eve in New York City. Your best friend died in September, you’ve been robbed twice, your girlfriend is leaving you, you’ve lost your job…and the only one left to talk to is the gay burglar you’ve got tied up in the kitchen… P.S. your cat is dead.” Read the rest of this entry

CBRIII Maneuver #8 – Pattern Recognition

Target: William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition

Profile: Contemporary Fiction, Suspenseful Thriller

Summary: From the inside cover, “Cayce Pollard is a new kind of prophet – a world-renowned “coolhunter” who predicts the hottest trends.  While in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo, she’s offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded on the Internet – footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.”

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