The US Strategic Petroleum Reserve has been destroyed by a white supremacist group called the Factor. The attack has been hushed-up and time is of the essence if national and global economic meltdown is to be avoided.
McIntyre’s nemesis, Senator Tampoline, wants McIntyre to track down those to blame for the terrorist attack and, using his unique ability, kill them. But things are not as they seem. McIntyre struggles to determine who are his allies and who are his enemies and, forced to go on the run, discovers that to save his own life he must tread well beyond the furthest reaches of his moral code and kidnap the future president of America.
Praise for FURTHEST REACHES:
“A thriller as taut and urgent s a killer’s garrotte. Tough, tight and utterly compelling.” —Neil Broadfoot, author of No Man’s Land
“Grabs you by the throat, punches you in the body then gives you a good slapping.” —Caro Ramsay, author of The Suffering of Strangers
The prime minister explores the lives of eight outstanding twentieth-century figures to uncover why some men and women make difficult decisions and do the right thing when easier and far less dangerous alternatives are open to them. Those profiled range from icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy to lesser-known figures such as Edith Cavell, who nursed the wounded of World War I in Belgium and helped Allied soldiers escape, and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who returned to Nazi Germany from New York to lead the Christian opposition against Hitler's regime. Bringing his personal reflections to these intimate portraits, Brown illuminates a common thread of inspiring courage in every one of these eight heroes and, in doing so, introduces us to his own inspiring values.
One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.
In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.
But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .
Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.