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When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2012
Edition: 1st William Morrow pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780062191496
Characteristics: 1044 p. ; 21 cm


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May 10, 2017

Hey, a dot-com billionaire, a Russian mafioso, a Chinese hacker, an Islamic jihadist, an English spy, and an Idaho survivalist walk into a bar…
Actually, they don’t gather in a bar, but these are a few of the main characters in Stephenson’s improbable but raucous romp. Oh, and to make things more interesting, some of the action takes place through avatars in a virtual world as well… An unusual thriller, and highly recommended.

Jun 09, 2016

This is a rollicking adventure that goes around the world but in fact has some excellent action that takes place with detailed description a little corner of the Kootenays (not to mention Washington and Idaho). I've read it twice. Highly recommended.

Nov 05, 2015

Is there a place for a 6th star? So long (600? 700 pages?), and so memorable. You've already roared through 300 pages by the time the international terrorists make their appearance.

And, according to folks I trust, this isn't even the best of his novels. Apparently, he's a genius, and a bit of a nut. Can't recommend 'Reamde' enough.

Apr 23, 2015

More a techno-thriller than science fiction but a great and geeky read.

Jan 10, 2014

This is a long read (over 1,000 pages) but it's like a roller coaster ride without the dull parts. Lots of suspense and cliffhangers that will keep you turning the page late into the night.

Jan 07, 2014

From the Publishers Weekly review: "Stephenson (Anathem), the master of meandering, inconclusive plots.." Oh wow, one can certainly tell the reviewer has read Stephenson's books!

Jan 02, 2014

Loved this book, it was a little slow at the start but after the first chapter or so it had me hooked until the end.

Mar 23, 2013

This was a great book! So many unusual, and yet fully realized, characters, plus wild plot twists and lots of violent fun. Very different from Stephenson's other books (e.g. Cryptonomicon), but in a good way. I literally had trouble putting it down, and at 800+ pages, it got pretty heavy ;-) I hope he writes more like this one.

rhvic Feb 23, 2013

An excellent story! Lots of disparate characters come together for a final thrilling climax. Great stuff!

Jan 16, 2013

If you liked William Gibson's recent Blue Ant series you'll enjoy this as it seems very similar in style. If you're into WoW you'll love it for the online RPG angle (which incidentally even though I don't play any games like this I still thought it was pretty cool). If you're an out an out Stephenson fan you might find it lacks depth a bit compared to some of his other novels. It certainly doesn't have the innovation or scope of Anathem. As per the other comments it's fun, and progresses at a quicker pace then some of his other novels. Worth a read.

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