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Posted July 20, 2006
A Great Read!
ECHELON grabs us right out of the box and never lets go. Conviser does a terrific job of immersing us in a world that's like ours but not quite - which is the mark of great 'what if' science fiction. Sci-fi can be obtuse at times ECHELON isn't. The future he envisions is a believable evolution of the one we live in now. And in Ryan Laing he's created a great franchise character. Can't wait for the sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2006
Great Summer Suspense
This book is a really fun, exciting read. I read it in two days because I could not put it down. The only thing that drove me crazy is that the end definitely left me wanting more, and I now I have to wait for the sequel!! Of course, with the real government spying that is going on, this book is maybe a scary prediction of the future instead of just a work of science fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
grim plausible science fiction thriller
In the late twentieth century, the NSA used ECHELON as an information gathering program on the net but the data collected proved too chaotic and overwhelming to be useful. Computer scientists sought the key to separate the dross from the gold, which led to Echelon becoming the guiding force that ruled humanity though most people believe that to be an urban legend. However those who allegedly control Echelon use the program to insure the planet is a safe place to live. --- The head of Echelon believes that a saboteur is working inside the Echelon community. The head of the Agency maneuvers thing so that when he is captured, Echelon agent Ryan Laing, restored from the dead due healing drones added to his physiology, learns who the traitor is. However, Ryan assumes this is too simple because the person is a follower not a leader so he turns to hacker Sarah to help him uncover the traitor¿s master. --- John Conviser paints an interesting picture of a future guided by guardians who hold so much power that when one turns egomaniacal the world is in jeopardy. Combining current technology with Lord Acton¿s warning that ¿Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely¿ ECHELON is a plausible science fiction thriller that grips readers with its grim realism. This compelling action-packed story line starring a wonderful hero will have audience pondering whether we are already walking that path with telecommunication manipulation. --- Harriet Klausner
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