Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book #40 - Reamde

41T01W-cWQL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I really enjoy Neal Stephenson and I have been thinking of reading this book for a long time. When I saw a friend post they'd read Reamde, I grabbed it. I wanted to call it ReadMe the entire time, but eventually got the name down right.

It's a wild ride, one with a large collection of characters that come together, separate, find new characters and all come together at the end. It's a mix of some technology, lots of thrilling action, and quite a few silly coincidences that result in humorous situations.

Basically a girl gets caught up in her boyfriend's criminal activity. When it goes awry, from a completely unrelated issue, she's kidnapped to China to find a hacker there. Along the way she must escape from Russian criminals, then avoid Chinese authorities while handcuffed to a Muslim terrorist. Her uncle back in the states tries to track her down, and eventually gets help from a British MI6 agent, an American special forces operator in the Philippines, one of the Russians, the Chinese and Hungarian hackers, and his own survivalist family.

It's a wild ride and one I really enjoyed.

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