The Zenith Angle

The Zenith Angle

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Like his peers William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, bestselling author Bruce Sterling writes cutting-edge speculative fiction firmly rooted in todaya€™s reality. Now in The Zenith Angle, he has created a timely thriller about an information-age security expert caught up in Americaa€™s escalating war on terror. Infowar. Cybercombat. Digital security and techno-terror. Ita€™s how nations and networks secretly battle, now and into the future. And for Derek a€œVana€ Vandeveer, pioneering computer wizard, a new cyberwarrior career begins on the fateful date of September 11, 2001. Happily married with a new baby, pulling down mind-blowing money as a VP of research and development for a booming Internet company, Van has been living extralarge. Then the devastating attacks on America change everything. And Van must decide if hea€™s willing to use the talents that built his perfect world in order to defend it. a€œIta€™s our networks versus their death cult, a€ says the government operative who recruits Van as the key member of an ultraelite federal computer-security team. In a matter of days, Van has traded his cushy life inside the dot-com bubble for the labyrinthine trenches of the Washington intelligence communitya€”where rival agencies must grudgingly abandon decades of distrust and infighting to join forces against chilling new threats. Vana€™s special genius is needed to make the countrya€™s defense systems hacker-proof. And if he makes headway there, hea€™ll find himself troubleshooting ultrasecret spy satellites. Americaa€™s most powerful and crucial a€œeye in the sky, a€ the KH-13 satellitea€”capable of detecting terrorist hotbeds worldwide with pinpoint accuracya€”is perilously close to becoming an orbiting billion-dollar boondoggle, unless Van can debug the glitch thata€™s knocked it out of commission. Little does he suspect that the problem has nothing at all to do with software . . . and that whata€™s really wrong with the KH-13 will force Van to make the unlikely leap from scientist to spy, team up with a ruthlessly resourceful exa€“Special Forces commando, and root out an unknown enemy . . . one with access to an undreamed of weapon of untold destructive power. From the Hardcover edition.And, Van, you and I just proved to everybody watching us that we can turn Boeinga#39;s biggest private business jet into a giant remote-control Predator. Ia#39;m a very proud and happy guy to know you, Dr. Vandeveer. This is working out brilliantly.

Title:The Zenith Angle
Author: Bruce Sterling
Publisher:Del Rey - 2004-04-27

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