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From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise.

There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage—an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip implanted in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. Cozzano is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect.

“Complex, entertaining, frequently funny."—Publishers Weekly

“Qualifies as the sleeper of the year, the rare kind of science-fiction thriller that evokes genuine laughter while simultaneously keeping the level of suspense cranked to the max."— San Diego Union-Tribune
“A Manchurian Candidate for the computer age.” —Seattle Weekly







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Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on May 31, 2005
ISBN: 9780553901610
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Not as great as NS's later solo SF work, but an enjoyable political thriller with some touches of technology thrown in. Plus lots of it takes place in Illinois.read more
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Interesting idea. Kinda like the Manchurian Candidate. Ending was a bit weak compared to his other books.read more
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Never a dull moment from Mr Stephenson. Maybe not quiet up there with Cryptonomicon, but not far off it.read more
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Not as great as NS's later solo SF work, but an enjoyable political thriller with some touches of technology thrown in. Plus lots of it takes place in Illinois.
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Interesting idea. Kinda like the Manchurian Candidate. Ending was a bit weak compared to his other books.
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Never a dull moment from Mr Stephenson. Maybe not quiet up there with Cryptonomicon, but not far off it.
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I loved this book and am surprised that it hasn't been made into a movie yet. It's a well-written, gripping combination of media manipulation, abuse of power and the fight of a small band of decent people trying to overcome the big guys. With a side order of intelligent humour. I had a hard time putting it down in the last two days.
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This book is more political fiction than science fiction. It is an excellent read. Very well done. Terrific plot interwoven with well-drawn characters.
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Good stuff--holds up surprisingly well after ~15 years. Especially appropriate now with the election.
However, I got halfway through and realized I'd already read it. I have no idea when.

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