Voice of the Whirlwindby Walter Jon Williams
An interstellar war destroyed the company that held his allegiance. His wife has divorced him, along
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Steward is a Beta-- a clone. In his memories, he's an elite commando for an orbital policorp-- but because his Alpha never did a brain-scan update, Steward's memories are fifteen years out of date . . . and in those fifteen years, everything has changed.
An interstellar war destroyed the company that held his allegiance. His wife has divorced him, along with the second wife that he can't even remember. Most of his comrades died in a useless battle on a world called Sheol, and those who survived are irrevocably scarred. An alien race has arrived and become the center of a complex and deadly intrigue.
And someone has murdered him.
"Fast-moving, hard-driving, with a robust well-handled plot . . . a stirring and heartening performance." – Kirkus Reviews
"Walter Jon Williams proves that he is a master of action, character and galaxy-spanning plots." -- Fantasy Review
"A combination of fast action, gritty realism, and high-tech polytechnics that is certain to be popular with Williams' growing audience." –Booklist.
"(Williams) is a master of the intricate yet fast-paced plot-- the essence of thrillers and novels of political intrigue." –Locus
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Meet the Author
Walter Jon Williams is an award-winning author who has been listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times and the Times of London. He is the author of twenty-nine novels and three collections of short fiction.
His first novel to attract serious public attention was Hardwired (1986), described by Roger Zelazny as "a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars." In 2001 he won a Nebula Award for his novelette, “Daddy’s World,” and won again in 2005 for “The Green Leopard Plague.”
Walter's subject matter has an unusually wide range, and include the glittering surfaces of Hardwired, the opulent tapestries of Aristoi, the bleak future police novel Days of Atonement, and the pensive young Mary Shelley of the novella "Wall, Stone, Craft," which was nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, and a World Fantasy Award.
His latest work is Deep State, a near-future thriller set in the world of alternate reality gaming.
Walter has also written for the screen and for television, and has worked in the gaming field. He was a writer for the alternate reality game Last Call Poker, and has scripted the recent mega-hit Spore.
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This book was originally published in 1987 and to be honest,you can't tell. The only clues are paper newsheets and video cartridges. I love this book and Steward is a likable character with some sociapathic tendancies. It is obvious this was written before lots of talk and books about technologic singularity but that is a good thing. I recommend this book and am very glad to have it in ebook form.
Lots of twists, great protaganist, very satisfing.
the world what you think of this product.A sleek, well written, intelligent cyberpunk espionage thriller featuring a clone (Beta) on an obsessive pursuit of his deceased original, his Alpha, an elite Zen warrior mystic. The first hundred pages or so are a bit dull, as Williams laboriously sets up the character and the situation, getting some exposition of the world out of the way, but by page 100 he has us into what turns into a very well paced, exciting plot. This is a very well put together book in which nothing is out of place, and everything is there for a reason. All the pieces connect, and add up to a wonderfully satisfying conclusion. An added dimension of interest is added by how Williams treats the main character, the Beta. Voice of the Whirlwind takes place in the Hardwired science fictional universe, where the solar system has become a wild arena of political/economic competition between numerous police corporations, or "policorps". The Alpha, the original, a cybernetically augmented soldier for one of these policorps, is murdered. His Beta awakens with fifteen year old memories, because the original has neglected to update his memories. Disoriented by the rapidly changing world around him, and without any loyalties or ties to anyone, without anyone to trust, Beta is a true outlaw, even a sociopath. Beta does not think of himself as a person, as a complete individual, and in some sense, he is not. He is a shadow. In terms of the militarist Zen warrior ideology in which his Alpha was indoctrinated, he is a child of vengeance, a leftover of his Alpha's karma.