The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War delivers "a riveting near-future science fiction story of the dangers of living in a surveillance state" (The Tech).
Wounded in combat and honorably discharged nine years ago, Jack Daley still suffers nightmares from when he served his country as a sniper, racking up sixteen confirmed kills. Now a struggling author, Jack accepts an offer to write a near-future novel about a serial killer, based on a Hollywood script outline. It’s an opportunity to build his writing career and a future with his girlfriend, Kit Majors.
But Jack’s other talent is also in demand. A package arrives on his doorstep containing a sniper rifle, complete with silencer and ammunition—and the first installment of a $100,000 payment to kill a “bad man.” The twisted offer is genuine. The people behind it are dangerous. They also prove that they have Jack under surveillance. He can’t run. He can’t hide. And if he doesn’t take the job, Kit will be in the crosshairs instead.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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I have enjoyed Joe Haldeman's work for decades. His SF works were unique, but this is not one of them, it is instead a contemporary suspense thriller. It is also that rarest of gems: an original plot that you have never seen before. For my tastes, the book is too short and the ending too abrupt. But I have to give four stars to the original plot.
So very dissappointing. The ending was rushed like he had to get the manuscript inthe mail before noon. It had been a real page turner but totally fell apart.
I think this isone of those books written to fulfill the terms of a contract. This awful writing is not worthy of a review. Spend your money elsewhere.
I don't know what H. was going for here but this piece of work is really beneath him. Nothing to like about this book at all. The novel within the novel is repulsive, the characters are completely uninteresting, and the first person narrative is like something out of a high school English class. Skip this one.