Random House Publishing Group, May 31, 2005 - Fiction - 448 pages
From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic political thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a savagely witty, chillingly topical tale set in the tense moments of the Gulf War.
When a foreign exchange student is found murdered at an Iowa University, Deputy Sheriff Clyde Banks finds that his investigation extends far beyond the small college town—all the way to the Middle East. Shady events at the school reveal that a powerful department is using federal grant money for highly dubious research. And what it’s producing is a very nasty bug.
Navigating a plot that leads from his own backyard to Washington, D.C., to the Gulf, where his Army Reservist wife has been called to duty, Banks realizes he may be the only person who can stop the wholesale slaughtering of thousands of Americans. It’s a lesson in foreign policy he’ll never forget.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing
I believe this was the only novel by Neal Stephenson that I hadn't read, so, in the interest of completism, of course I had to read it. Sadly, I have to admit, it wasn't that good. Being dated was ... Read full review
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I could claim thematic similarity to Dean's Tam Lin (keeping a heart of flesh in spite of, hm, various agencies in this case) but really the only fantastical element is one character's uncanny ability ... Read full review