The first page hooks you with its ultra-hip description of the Deliverator, a pizza delivery guy you do not want to f% with. Delivering pizza in this future could be fatal so the Deliverator wields a pair of samurai swords to keep things in line.
The story is set in the near future, and features the insane tech, implants, weaponry, hacking, virtual realities, etc., that are the staple of any cyberpunk novel. The pace is furious and the ultimate plot gobsmacking - you can't put this one down. It has since its publication become an icon of 1990s science fiction like William Gibson's Neuromancer did in the 1980s.
If you want an idea of the look and feel of it then imagine something like a cross between the movies The Matrix and Johnny Mnemonic, and a twenties-something drop-out James Bond with a hard-on for samurai swords and computing wizardry who has to face the ultimate mo-fo in the universe. Now imagine that on fast-forward, chased with a slug of Habanero sauce.
A sample from the first paragraph describing the Deliverator's armour:
"His uniform is black as activated charcoal, filtering the very light out of the air. A bullet will bounce of its arachnofiber weave like a wren hitting a patio door, but excess perspiration wafts in through it like a breeze through a freshly napalmed forest."
Expect tons of action and high-tech gadgetry, and it helps if you are turned on just a little bit by computers, networks, mathematics, software, AI, nuclear weaponry, virtual reality, mono-filaments, nanotech, UNIX, ultra-cool vehicles, mirror-shades, etc., etc., etc.
OK, so it's a bit of a guys-book, but nerds of either sex may apply!...Continua