Glass House 51

Glass House 51

by John Hampel


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Glass House 51 is the insanely amazing adventure—or misadventure—of a lifetime, of one Richard Clayborne, a hard-charging young marketing maverick at gigantic AlphaBanc's San Francisco branch.

Hyper-ambitious Richard has been offered an intriguing assignment: Get online via NEXSX and make e-time with the lovely, brilliant (and doomed) Chicagoan Christin Darrow. All to set a trap for the reclusive—and very deadly—computer genius, Norman Dunne, aka the Gnome.


Three lovely young women dead in the streets of Chicago. And the Gnome, a former AlphaBanc employee, is the main suspect. But there just might be another AlphaBanc agenda in the works. . . .

Little does clueless Richard know what is in store: a tangled, twisted—and very treacherous—journey through the AlphaBanc underground, but by the time he realizes it, he's in too deep to get out.

From the author: For Glass House 51, I set out to write an updated recombinant version of 1984 and Brave New World. Well, I don't aim low. The result is a long look into a primordial dystopia, future present — what's happening now with a techno / human layer gone bad — or actually going bad, as the world slouches along to oblivion. This is where it all begins, ground zero, the beginning of the end — of privacy, freedom, dignity, perhaps civilization as we know it. The Dystopia Primeval.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780962799228
Publisher: Bzff Books, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

John Hampel romped through the 60s watching "Leave it to Beaver," and "Sky King" (and Penny), stumbled through the 70s (surviving somehow), got into computers in the 80s (it was the thing to do), picked up an MBA in the 90s (it was just (sigh) the thing to do), and currently lives and works in Wisconsin.

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Glass House 51 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
Recently I stumbled across John Hampel's book Glass House 51.  The premise for this story centers around Alphabank, the largest financial institution in the U.S.  The powers that be at Alphabank have picked two of their employees, Richard (no last name) and Cristin Darrow to be bait in their quest to draw out Norman Dunne, a reclusive computer genius who is a former employee, and a suspect in a series of murders of young women.   What unfolds is a captivating story about power, greed, and control in the same vent as the classics dystopian novels like 1984 and Brave New World.  In fact, the publishing blurb for the book states, "Glass House 51 is humbly dedicated to George Orwell and Aldous Huxley,,,,,,They saw it coming; they saw it first; they warned us.  We learned nothing."  In fact, the story that John Hampel weaves in this book is a first rate story that combines all of the best elements of the classic Big Brother stories of the past.  Reading the book was like reading 1984, Brave New World, Animal House, and Fahrenheit 451 all rolled into one, with the addition of an exciting thriller threading through the story.  I loved the way that the author referred to these books throughout the story, but I also loved the way that he updated the themes presented in the classics to make this book relevant to the current times.  The addition of a thriller story line only added to the suspense in the book and really kept me turning the pages.   The main characters in the story were also masterfully done.  I love books where the characters continually surprise me, and that happened in this books in many ways.  At times I would think that I had a character figured out, only to have them do an about-face.  This propensity to change and challenge my thinking of the characters really kept me interested to see what was going to happen next.  I loved the way it also blurred the lines between the good and bad guys, and kept me on my toes trying to figure out who were going to be the eventual heroes.   Unfortunately, this book has not gotten a lot of either press or exposure, which is really sad.  It is a top-notch story with  well developed characters that deal with important issues for our times.  Is the story entirely plausible....probably not, but it has a lot to say to us about the information intensive age that we live in and lessons that it would be better to learn through fiction than through real life. Since neither of my sons were required to read 1984 OR Brave New World, I am going to direct them towards this book and hope that is sparks some great discussions among us. A big thank you to Bzff books and Netgalley for giving me a chance to read and review this book. 
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
A conspiracy theory in progress, and a list of traces only found through brilliant detective work, despite all the pit falls 
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Richard Clayborne is a super ambitious young marketing exec on the fast track to success with a large firm, AlphaBanc. He is offered an intriguing assignment, to set a trap to catch an evil and twisted computer geek, the Gnome, the main suspect in the murders of three women on the streets of Chicago. But as Richard fumbles his way along, he discovers that just maybe, there is other evil afoot and is shocked to find it might be in his own backyard. Is AlphaBanc overstepping their boundaries regarding the data they hold about each and every person? Have they crossed the boundaries of propriety in order to have total control over the population? How does one stop this insidious behavior? With a huge cast of characters woven into this frighteningly realistic sci-fi plot, there is always something going on , the pace is near frantic at times and a scorecard may be needed! Is this a hint at OUR near future? Will the computer age and information highway become our own worst nightmare? <b>Glass House 51</b> by John Hampel could be viewed as a warning or wake up call to all of us, because, face it, this could be happening as we speak! That said, Mr. Hampel has created an intriguing thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, away from windows, your computer, and possibly wearing a foil hat over your head! If you like the thrill of a near-future read, entwined with the limitless possibilities of a small data chip, the human brain and some nefarious villains hiding behind possible government involvement, grab your e-reader and hang on while you watch a cyber apocalypse unfold! A review copy was provided by NetGalley and Bzff Books, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Trying2retire More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book, couldn't put it down. It is a fast paced, well-written story of banking and financial intrigue. It has a tempo that reminds me of John Grisham combined with the subject detail of Michael Crichton's writing. I couldn't wait to find out what happens to the hapless main character, Clayborne; and if the evil corporate leaders got their due. But more importantly, you are on edge during the entire during the entire book wondering what mega corporations really know about you and how they control your decision. It is a great book and I strongly recommend it. 
Teritree001971at More than 1 year ago
GLASS HOUSE 51 is modern Big Brother, apocalyptic science fiction thriller. Not only can the reader see todays technology thriving throughout the story, but also a few things that are around the bend, just not publicly seen at this time. It offers us a different take on apocalyptic times foretold in the Bible with the mark, by integrating modern barcodes and an implant which allows for mind control by the Alphabanc executives. Best of all, the glass house is a twist the reader doesn't see coming. In the story, Alphabanc is the huge corporation attempting to control the world with plans for a grand unification in todays world. The people running Alphabanc have created a computerised system, nicnamed &quot;the Beast&quot;, which has access to everything a person does via his computer trail and what they can't find on the computerised highway, they can dig up via cameras posted throughout society, as well as in the persons home. From the information gathered, the executives running Alphabanc have plans to control the world and keep themselves at the top. Although the story was a little slow in the beginning, it picks up and before you know it you're at the epiloge wondering where the time went. It leaves the reader thinking that maybe, just maybe all this technology in our daily lives does more harm than good, especially when it is in the hands of the wrong people.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
The concept is one that our society needs to be aware of. At the moment most of us spend our time on the periphery of technology and its true capacity for Big Brother like surveillance. The majority choose to ignore it or accept it as part of our era and the unstoppable advancement of science and technology. Then there are the others that are paranoid to the point of delusion about what exactly the upper echelons are doing with it. Then in the middle we have the people who do know and are at the heart of the wave of development. If you just take a step back for a moment and think about what it would mean or does mean that the powers that be have the right to look into, listen to and watch every aspect of your life if they choose to do so. In this book the author looks at what happens when someone abuses that surveillance system for their own nefarious purposes. Concept is interesting, but I found the actual presentation in regards to flow of the story lacking. When it came to the villains the author was evasive to the point of not enough info to follow the clue. It needed more clarity and structure. The sub-plot of the murders became stronger than the main one, which then begs the question is this a book about someone getting their rocks off by killing or about the subversive dangers of surveillance in the wrong hands. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.