Zodiac

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Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt from the can to Scotch on the rocks. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil — all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places. Before long Taylor's house is bombed, his every move followed, he's adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBI's most wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a ...
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Overview

Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt from the can to Scotch on the rocks. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil — all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places. Before long Taylor's house is bombed, his every move followed, he's adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBI's most wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a presidential candidate. Closing the case with the aid of his burnout roomate, his tofu-eating comrades, three major networks, and a range of unconventional weaponry, Sangamon Taylor pulls off the most startling caper in Boston Harbor since the Tea Party. As he navigates this ecological thriller with hardboiled wit and the biggest outboard motor he can get his hands on, Taylor reveals himself as one of the last of the white-hatted good guys in a very toxic world.

Sangamon Taylor is spreading the word about corporations piping toxic wastes into the water from his 40-horsepower Zodiac raft. Now, he's wanted by the FBI, the Mafia, and a group of Satan-worshipping drug dealers--the least of his problems. Because somewhere out there is an unhinged genetic engineer and a lab concocted bacterium that could destroy all ocean life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stephenson's (The Big U) improbable hero is Sangamon Taylor, a high-tech jack-of-all-trades who inhales nitrous oxide for kicks and scouts environmental hazards for GEE, the Group of Environmental Extremists. Taylor particularly wants to nab the polluters of Boston Harbor, whose toxic sludge he monitors by zipping from illegal pipeline to illegal pipeline in his inflatable Zodiac raft. His work is slow-going and boring until the concentration of deadly PCBs rises inexplicably and then mysteriously drops to nothing. And then the ``eco-thriller'' begins: the bad guys are everywhere as Taylor ferrets out the connections between his bizarre landlord, a nerdy friend from college who's at work on a top-secret genetic-engineering project for a high-tech company, an industrialist-turned-Presidential-candidate and the crazed fans of Poyzen Boyzen, a heavy-metal band. In creating this all-too-conceivable story of industry and science running amok, Stephenson puts his technological knowledge elegantly to use, but never lets gadgets and gizmos take over the story. The characters are entertaining, if broadly drawn, and the rip-roaring conclusion will make a dandy denouement in the movie rendition. Film rights to Warner Brothers. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802143150
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/10/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 515,872
  • Product dimensions: 12.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    A Solid Book, a Timely Topic, a So-So Delivery

    Zodiac is a solid effort. While, for me, it will never rank up there with any of the Ender's Game books or anything by Stephen R. Donaldson or Frank Herbert, I was entertained. I do not know or understand a lot about the plight of our planet, so this short excursion into an understanding of toxic threats (from a chemical science perspective; not from a political one) was new material for me. Somewhat educational, or at least awakening, the backdrop of action probably allowed me to absorb it a little more readily. The climax is a page-turner, I just wish it had been more-so throughout the entire book. It is a quick read and not too heavy. It is a great book for a rainy-day (as some speed-readers could likely finish it in a day or two), and a decent break from the heavier stuff for anyone who is usually a history, business, or other non-fiction reader. I will likely not avoid more Stephenson books, but I will not necessarily be seeking them out. Like your first motorcycle, I will remember the book fondly, while also looking forward to moving on to better things.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2001

    Zodiac Stephenson's take on Haz Waste

    After a somewhat rough start, Stephenson straps you in for a full speed ride in his Zodiac. Recommended reading for all who are interested in the varagices of chemical and hazardous waste and it impacts. Stephenson builds this thriller using archtypical charachters in a way that is both amusing and informative. The hidden practices of both his enviornmental group and the chemical companies are truly hysterical. He uses abstract philosphies and science in equal measure to yield a page turning read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Good read

    One of his more focused stories.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Stephenson at his best!

    Stephenson at his best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Goldenfme

    "Oh...I havent been here before. I am not thr Goldenflame you speak of."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Scorpionear

    Thank you pads there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    ARIESKIT IS SERGENT LIANNE PARKINGSONNER'S KITTEN

    "I am here for safe keeping!"

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    Posted November 24, 2012

    Please join SwiftClan at "White Wings" all results

    Sorry for tresspassing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Rawr

    Whitemorning looks around.
    ((Heya! Peeps! Ignore da mousebwain!))

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Moonleaf

    Sighs

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    ZODIAC MEETING GROUNDS

    ~finnstar

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Catchfeather

    May i join? Ps....i wont be on for a long time so seeya but i will cum bak

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Hmm

    Got to go, *smiles and runs off*
    Skullstar

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Painfeather

    "Third result.."

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    Posted May 16, 2012

    This is AriesStar. my nook died and i couldnt find my charger so

    This is AriesStar. my nook died and i couldnt find my charger so i am using a different account. RabbitTwins your in charge until then and leopaw I would like to make you a full warrior. By the powers of Starclan Leopaw you will now be known as LeoHeart. Serve our clan well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Smoke to leosun

    Uh......are you an idiot the prophecy is talking about you!!?

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    Posted May 19, 2012

    Leosun

    She lashes her tail irtitated.

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    Geminirabbit

    GEMINI RABBITS RULE!!! FRUITS BASKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!! MOMIJIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!! YEEEAAAUUUHH!! No, I don't want to join. MYSTERY CAT?! OMG! YOU'RE AT...AT...NUMMY!!

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    Posted February 16, 2014

    My den is leo

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    Posted January 11, 2014

    Bree

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