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Night Vision
     

Night Vision

by Ronald Munson
 

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He calls himself Cyberwolf. A legend among hackers, he prowls cyberspace, lurking in electronic shadows. Yet beneath his smooth, polite surface, his eerily evolved superintellect pulsates with a twisted, primitive lust to violate the ultimate taboo with the unlimited power of the computer networks.

His object of desire is Susan Bradstreet, one of Hollywood's

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He calls himself Cyberwolf. A legend among hackers, he prowls cyberspace, lurking in electronic shadows. Yet beneath his smooth, polite surface, his eerily evolved superintellect pulsates with a twisted, primitive lust to violate the ultimate taboo with the unlimited power of the computer networks.

His object of desire is Susan Bradstreet, one of Hollywood's reigning stars. He knows everything about her-her heartaches, her bank balances, her unlisted phone number. As for Susan, Cyberwolf will give her the terror of her life and the role of her career: She will be his kidnap victim. And as he schemes to reap a dazzling fortune in ransom, he threatens to hold all who interfere-and the entire East Coast-hostage with one press of a single computer key. In this relentlessly suspenseful high-tech thriller, no one is safe from Cyberwolf-the ultimate electronic terrorist.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
In Fan Mail Munson cleverly integrated the use of electronic devices into a chilling thriller. His latest suspense tale, however, has few real chills, since it is sabotaged by a combination of lukewarm action scenes, a recycled plot and a generic villain. The antagonist in question is Tom Gibson, aka Cyberwolf, a computer hacker with an unfortunate attraction to dead bodies. He is also obsessed with actress Susan Bradstreet, who has suffered a nervous breakdown that brings her to the UCLA hospital where Cyberwolf's friend works. The doctor attending Susan is David Hightower, a former surgeon who has become a psychiatrist following a tragic accident. When Susan flies to a Boston psychiatric institute, Cyberwolf and friends follow, taking her and other patients hostage. Hightower pursues her, determined to stop the doomsday computer program initiated by Cyberwolf. With all the cerebral powers available to his main characters, Munson makes a puzzling choice: Cyberwolf and Hightower battle on a mostly physical level, an arena to which neither seems suited. Despite his electronic wizardry, Cyberwolf comes off as a garden-variety psycho, one so incompetent as to leave the novel few chances for suspense.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Fan Mail Munson cleverly integrated the use of electronic devices into a chilling thriller. His latest suspense tale, however, has few real chills, since it is sabotaged by a combination of lukewarm action scenes, a recycled plot and a generic villain. The antagonist in question is Tom Gibson, aka Cyberwolf, a computer hacker with an unfortunate attraction to dead bodies. He is also obsessed with actress Susan Bradstreet, who has suffered a nervous breakdown that brings her to the UCLA hospital where Cyberwolf's friend works. The doctor attending Susan is David Hightower, a former surgeon who has become a psychiatrist following a tragic accident. When Susan flies to a Boston psychiatric institute, Cyberwolf and friends follow, taking her and other patients hostage. Hightower pursues her, determined to stop the doomsday computer program initiated by Cyberwolf. With all the cerebral powers available to his main characters, Munson makes a puzzling choice: Cyberwolf and Hightower battle on a mostly physical level, an arena to which neither seems suited. Despite his electronic wizardry, Cyberwolf comes off as a garden-variety psycho, one so incompetent as to leave the novel few chances for suspense. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Tom Gibson, a.k.a. the Cyberwolf, is a necrophiliac computer wiz who publishes black market magazines that appeal to clients with a taste for photos of dead women. He is obsessed with actress Susan Bradstreet who, after experiencing panic attacks, admits herself to a high-security psychiatric hospital upon the recommendation of David Hightower. Due to a tragedy that killed his wife and left him partially blind, Hightower is a surgeon-turned-psychiatrist. When Cyberwolf learns that Susan is hospitalized, he unleashes a maniacal scheme to kidnap Susan, paralyze the New England/New York communications system, and collect millions in ransom. In his third suspense novel (e.g., Fan Mail, LJ 8/93), Munson repeats his obsession theme to create a harrowing tale loaded with amoral characters, violence, and suspense. For popular fiction collections.-Mary Ellen Elsbernd, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451180131
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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