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Hammerjack (Bantam Spectra Book)
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Here is a smashing debut, a dark thriller of the near future that dares to ask the provocative question: what happens when man manages to build God? Once, a long time ago, Cray Alden faced a choice--his soul or his life--and took what he thought was the easy way out. Now this former hacker works as a corporate spook, chasing down the information traffickers who have turned the matters of business into a clandestine war, and war into profit. But beneath the surface skirmishes lies an even greater secret. Determined to thwart the development of synthetic intelligence, an antitechnology cult known as the Inru has been waging its own battle--and now Cray is caught in the cross fire as his past threatens to rise from the grave he so carefully packed it in. In this action-packed debut, humanity is trapped in a deadly evolutionary race between human beings and a biological supercomputer that threatens to displace man as the highest form of life on the planet. On one side is the Collective, a group of corporations that has been developing the technology for a living computer. On the other, a mysterious group called the Inru--techno-terrorists, who have been waging a holy war against the Collective while also pursuing a dark plan of their own. In the middle is Clay Alden, a onetime hacker now working for the Collective. When Cray is called upon by the Collective to investigate what looks like Inru sabotage, he finds himself drawn into a vast and shadowed conspiracy that could cost him his life--and change forever the balance of power between man and machine.
"Though deeply derivative of William Gibson's cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, Giller's action-packed debut has cinematic crackle and a crisp pace despite its dense exposition. The titular high-tech cowboy, Cray Alden, is caught in guerrilla warfare between the Collective, the corporate world government, and an opposition group of fanatical Luddites known as the Inru, who are hell-bent on stopping the advance of science and technology. Giller throws the standard cyberpunk elements-recreational designer drugs, surgically enhanced assassins and direct interface with the matrix-into the mix of his dystopian world, in which wired individuals called runners carry information illegally obtained by the hammerjacks, selling it to the highest bidder. Cray works for the CSS (Corporate Special Services, the Collective's CIA) under the supervision of the dangerous and inscrutable Phao Yin. After Cray botches the capture of a runner named Zoe, who carried blueprints for a technological innovation that could tip the global balance of power, he's sent on a global odyssey, teaming up with beautiful maverick Lea Prism and facing down the lethal Inru agent Avalon. Giller's brave new world consistently entertains and may provide a solid foundation for a series. Agent, Kimberly Cameron." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This dark thriller of the near future asks the provocative question: What happens when man manages to build God? In this action-packed debut, humanity is trapped in a deadly evolutionary race between human beings and a biological supercomputer.
In this dark, futuristic thriller, Marc Giller defines the cutting edge of suspense with a relentless tale of murder, techno-terrorism, and a conspiracy one man is driven to uncover—even if he must undo reality in the process.…
They ride virtual waves of code and pirate high-tech secrets to sell to the highest bidder—they are faster and smarter than your security system, and are only too happy to show you by how much. They are hammerjacks, and the rewards of their profession are second only to the sheer rush of what they do. Cray Alden was once one of them. Now he’s a corporate spook chasing down the information traffickers who’ve turned business into all-out war.
But beneath the surface skirmishes lurks something darker—rumors of a biological supercomputer that threatens to shift the balance of power between man and machine. Now Cray is caught in the cross fire between the corporate Collective and a shadowy fanatical anti-tech cult called Inru. With an assassin on his trail and a devastating secret locked in his mind, Cray must turn to the hammerjack who’s been his most dangerous, most elusive quarry. Together they are on the deadliest mission of Cray’s life—to destroy the god that man made.
About the Author
Marc D. Giller wrote his first science fiction novel at the tender age of sixteen, with the certainty of fame and riches before him. When that plan didn't work out he went to college, earning a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Texas A&M University.
Never cured of the writing bug, he tried a few other genres—horror, thriller, historical fiction—when a script he wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation earned him a chance to pitch stories for the show.
Though none of those stories aired, the experience made him more determined han ever to keep writing. He fired off a few more novels and screenplays until Hammerjack finally caught the attention
of Bantam Spectra. This is his first published work.
Over the years, Marc has worked as a photographer, producer, computer trainer, and even had a one-night stint as a television news reporter. For the last five years, he has been manager of information systems for a Tampa law firm.
Marc makes his home in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a furry golden retriever.
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