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The Zenith Angle: A Novel de Bruce Sterling
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The Zenith Angle: A Novel (original: 2004; edição: 2005)

de Bruce Sterling (Autor)

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"Gleeful, shrewd, speculative, cynical, closely observed . . . The Zenith Angle offers wisdom and solace, thrills and laughter."--The Washington Post "Compelling and important  . . . A darkly comic fable of info-war, the black budget, über-geek idealism, and the politics of Homeland Insecurity."--William Gibson, author of Pattern Recognition             Pioneering computer wizard Derek "Van" Vandeveer has been living extra-large as a VP for a booming Internet company. But the September 11 attacks on America change everything. Recruited as the key member of an elite federal computer-security team, Van enters the labyrinthine trenches of the Washington intelligence community. His special genius is needed to debug the software glitch in America's most crucial KH-13 satellite, capable of detecting terrorist hotbeds worldwide. But the problem is much deeper. Now Van must make the unlikely leap from scientist to spy, team up with a ruthlessly resourceful ex-Special Forces commando, and root out an unknown enemy--one with access to a weapon of untold destructive power. "Great fun . . . A cyberthriller of 21st-century technologies [that] peeps wittily behind the national security scenes of a modern superpower."--New Scientist "A comedic thriller for the homeland security era."--Entertainment Weekly… (mais)
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Título:The Zenith Angle: A Novel
Autores:Bruce Sterling (Autor)
Informação:Del Rey (2005), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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A good midlist quality read. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
I keep wanting to really like Bruce Sterling, but then just - not. The Zenith Angle, is, reportedly, a techno-thriller about computer/Internet security. Sadly, unless you are the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security to the Bush Administration (who wrote a glowing blurb for this book), Internet Security is just not that thrilling.
In this novel, the main character, Van, leaves his corporate job as a computer geek to go work for the government. He finds himself underpaid and broke, trying to convince people that Internet Security really is important, Meanwhile, his wife is doing well, working as an astronomer on land owned by a chacter whom Ted Turner would not be pleased by. This gets tied in to a malfunctioning spy satellite that Van is asked to fix. Of course, Foreigners are Out To Get Us. Which would be OK, if it was interesting or exciting. Maybe it could have been, in the hands of William Gibson or Neal Stephenson. Here, it's not.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Started very good, the end was a little gung-ho. ( )
  webhat | Jan 12, 2015 |
Summer of 2013 must have been a better time to read about the reality of Edward Snowden in the Guardian than the speculation in Zenith Angle, because I paged through it, but barely remember the book a month later. Sorry Bruce. ( )
  acarrico | Sep 10, 2013 |
This is a disappointing book. The author has always had the knack of channeling the future and this power does not desert him here. Set in the fall out of the dot.com boom, Derek 'Van' Vandevere and his long-suffering, long-distance wife Dottie are both geeks. Dottie is an astronomer while Van is an all round technical genius, inventing the concept of the secure network at one point and later in the novel he solves all the technical problems plaguing the latest American spy satellite. Just about every paragraph raises a smile with a punchline of a technical in-joke. The bureaucrats, business tycoons and military men are all seen as power-hungry buffoons. The humour/satire is what makes this book.

What unmakes it are two other elements. One is a minor secondary thriller theme about a revolutionary rifle, which one of the dunderhead hardmen Van encounters gets involved with. This seems superfluous. The second is that the novel opens with the fall of the towers on 7/11. Humour and horror simply do not work together here. What tries to be a Catch 22 for techies is fatally blighted by an atrocity carried out using nothing more sophisticated than wire cutters. ( )
  AlanPoulter | Aug 4, 2011 |
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"Gleeful, shrewd, speculative, cynical, closely observed . . . The Zenith Angle offers wisdom and solace, thrills and laughter."--The Washington Post "Compelling and important  . . . A darkly comic fable of info-war, the black budget, über-geek idealism, and the politics of Homeland Insecurity."--William Gibson, author of Pattern Recognition             Pioneering computer wizard Derek "Van" Vandeveer has been living extra-large as a VP for a booming Internet company. But the September 11 attacks on America change everything. Recruited as the key member of an elite federal computer-security team, Van enters the labyrinthine trenches of the Washington intelligence community. His special genius is needed to debug the software glitch in America's most crucial KH-13 satellite, capable of detecting terrorist hotbeds worldwide. But the problem is much deeper. Now Van must make the unlikely leap from scientist to spy, team up with a ruthlessly resourceful ex-Special Forces commando, and root out an unknown enemy--one with access to a weapon of untold destructive power. "Great fun . . . A cyberthriller of 21st-century technologies [that] peeps wittily behind the national security scenes of a modern superpower."--New Scientist "A comedic thriller for the homeland security era."--Entertainment Weekly

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